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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-07-29

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54 Friday, July 29, 1977

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Soviet Jews Helped by Detroiters
Aid Others in Battle to Emigrate

Rose Kleinman, Active in Tasks
for Housing Reform Legislation

Dr. and Mrs. Vladimir researcher. Others who
them, Dr. Levit believes
Levit, who were aided two aided him both in Russia
Rose Kleinman, who in
in Ann Arbor praised one of troit Institute of Arts.
years ago in emigrating and America were Dr. Nath- that they collected in the of- Detroit was active in ef- her housing theories.
Besides her husband, she
fices
of
the
KGB,
the
Soviet
from the Soviet Union by ef- an Kline, director of the
forts for housing reform
From 1973 until her leaves a son, Joseph K. ; a
security agency, where
forts of Detroiters Dr. and Rockland Research Center,
and for most of her life in- death, Mrs. Kleinman was
Dr. Janet Baum;
they could not be ignored.
Mrs. Peter Martin and Mrs.
volved herself in social wel- a member of the board of a daughter,
Dr. and Mrs. Martin and
brother,
Alfred
Anne Parzen, and an inter- Mr. and Mrs. Joel Bassan
fare tasks, died July 22 at directors of the Ferndale of Pennsylvania; Friedman
Druck said from Vienna
three sis-
age 63.
national letter-writing cam- of New York City.
that the letters were effec-
Co-Op Credit Union,
ters, Mrs. Sara Bucklan,
paign, is now helping other
Born in Des Moines,
After settling in Orange- tive primarily because the:y
A memorial service will Mrs. Lillian Yanovitz and
Soviet Jews to emigrate.
Iowa, Mrs.
burg, Dr. Levit brought the singled out his former supe-
be held for Mrs. Kleinman
Mrs. Molly Wilson; and two
Kleinman
rior
at
the
engineering
cen-
10 a.m. Aug. 7 in the De- grandchildren.
Dr. Levit, who is now on message of the Drucks to
f
o
r
the man responsible for
the staff of the Rockland the Jewish Center. "Every- ter,
merly was
Psychiatric Research Cen- one who left Russia and re- keeping him in Russia.
active in the
"The letters blamed one
ter in the New York suburb membered the hardships man,"
he said. "That is
Young
of Orangeburg, has helped tries to help those who re- how they
were good."
People's So-
win the release of a Rus- main," he said.
cialist Move-
"When he first came to
Asked why he, Druck,
sian Jewish engineer and
s ment, where
the community, I had him and so many others feel
NEW YORK—Jacob Ben-
his family.
she met her
tell his story," said Rabbi compelled to leave the So-
Ami. a founder of the Jew-
Kleinman
The family of Alexander Pesach Krauss," spiritual viet Union, Dr. Levit .said,
first hus-
ish Art Theater who
band, Robert Parker, who
Druck is now with relatives
leader of the congregation.
"You know about anti-Sem-
achieved critical acclaim
in Vienna, awaiting per-
died
in
1945.
Following
his,
"The people were deeply itism and a lack of free-
on both the Yiddish and
mission to enter the United touched."
death, Mrs. Kleinman and
dom. It is true in our cases.
English-speaking stages,
States.
her
daughter
moved
from
Many of the 500 families There is no possibility there
died July 23 at age 86.
their Pennsylvania home to
It was Dr. Levit who in the congregation wrote to be a Jew."
Born in Minsk. Mr. Ben-
Massachusetts where she
scores of letters to elected
made members of the Or-
Twenty-one-year-old Lina
was
active
in
the
Socialist
Ami
appeared in small re-
angetown Jewish Center representatives, the State Levit would have been de-
Party and the Jewish Labor
pertory companies until he
aware of the plight of the
Department, the Soviet gov- nied entry into a Soviet
Committee. 'She campaign-
was offered a recommenda-
Drucks. Were it not for the ernment, and the Drucks. medical school. Here she is
ed for Fair Employment
tion to the renowned Mos-
pressure and financial sup-
While the great majority a pre-medical student at Ye-
Practices
legislation
and
port from the international of the letters sent to the shiva University in New
cow Art Theater. Working
successfully campaigned
Drucks never reached York City.
community, Dr. Levit and
'
in
the capital would have
for a Civil Rights week in
his family would remain
meant converting from
Massachusetts.
today in the Soviet Union.
Judaism, which he refused.
In 1950 she married De-
"Only under Western pres-
He decided to emigrate to
troiter Dr. Shmarya Klein-
JACOB BEN-AM1
sure was I allowed to leave
New York where he worked
man,
and
became
active
in
Russia, - said Dr. Levit,
at
the
Neighborhood
Play-
modern productions.
race relations work under
who is 53 and lives in Or-
In his theater, starring
house and with a variety of
TORONTO (JTA )—A Mon-
gion of Honor. The award the auspices of Detroit's
angeburg. "The Soviet gov-
roles were to be rotated, bil-
amateur groups before join-
amounts to 2,000 French Jewish Community Council.
ernment says it doesn't re- treal professor and rabbi
She and a group of friends
ing a group at the Irving , ling- was to be alphabetical
francs, about $450.
spond to Western pressure. has become the first Cana-
began a Fair Housing List-
and a more psychological
Place Theater.
dian to win the prestigious
It is a lie."
ing Service and she was
approach was brought to
Broquette-Gonin
Award
for
Nazi Unit Plans
He appeared in plays by
The stories of Druck and
hired as a housing consult-
bear on acting.
work on the emancipa-
American. British, Russian
Dr. Levit are similar not his
ant
by
the
Washington-
tion
of
French
Jews.
Chicago
March
only to each other, but to
and Yiddish playwrights
' based Foundation for Coop-
Prof. Morgenstern,
Dr. David Feuerwerker,
those of thousands of other
during tours in Europe.
erative Housing. She was
CHICAGO—Nazi
leader
64,
founder
of
the
depart-
Soviet intellectual dis-
South
Africa.
South
Amer-
the
proponent
of
housing
re-
Noted Economist
sidents, many of them ment of Jewish studies at Frank Collin, who has been form legislation which was
ica and the U.S.
trying since April to hold a eventually drafted as a bill
Jews, who have been de- the University of Montreal,
NEW YORK—Oskar Mor-
march in predominantly
In 1919 he founded the
nied permission to emigrate. was notified of the acad-
genstern, a leading econo-
in
1967.
The
bill
established
emy's decision by letter.
Jewish Skokie, says he is the Michigan State Housing
Jewish Art Theater and ap-
mist and a pioneer in the de-
— Both Druck and Dr. Levit Feuerwerker said his book,
now preparing for a march
peared in "Samson and
velopment of mathematical
Authority.
held high positions in their "The Emancipation of Jews through black sections of
Delilah." His theater pre-
economies and game theo-
An editorial in July 7 edi-
respective fields. The two in France from the Old Re-
to "show we don't
ry, died July 26 at age 75.
sented productions in Yidd-
tion of The Michigan Daily
met on the same day more gime to the End of the Sec- Chicago
want any niggers moving
Prof. Morgenstern was
ish 'of plays on works by
than four years ago after in- ond Empire," took 30 years into
our neighborhood."
the co-author of "Theory of
Dr.
A.
Feldman,
Sholom
Aleichem,
Tolstoy
itially applying for emigra- to research.
Collin, coordinator of the
Games and Economic Be-
tion.
and Gerhart Hauptmann
The book, published in National Socialist Congress,
havior" with John von Neu-
Began Newspaper and
it attempted to under-
Dr. Levit was almost im- Paris, contained previously began the march plans
mann, and his theories
cut the star system preva-
mediately removed from unpublished material from after U.S. District Court
were regarded by others in
WEST HARTFORD,
lent
in
Yiddish
theater.
He
his post at a Moscow psy- archives in France, Switzer- Judge George N. Leighton
the field as being ahead of
Conn.. (JTA)—Dr. Abra-
chiatric institute, the high- land, Austria and England.
also wished to highlight
their time.
ruled last week that a Chi-
ham
J.
Feldman.
founder
est of its .kind in the nation.
Feuerwerker, who came cago Park District require-
of The Connecticut Jewish,
He was demoted to the to Canada from France 11 ment that the Nazis buy
Ledger and a former presi-
status a young resident phy- years ago after teaching at $350,000 worth of insurance
dent of both the Central
sician would hold, and even- the Sorbonne, said he was
before
holding
a
public
tually kicked out altogeth- prompted to begin research
Conference of American
rally is unconstitutional.
er. /
Rabbis and the Synagogue
during World War II when
NEW YORK—Gabriel A.
As head of the American
He applied to emigrate
he came across a book on Federations Report Council of America, died Wechsler, a proponent of League for a Free Pales-
four times. "They said I the subject.
July 21 at age 84.
Jewish causes, including
tine, he helped in the forma-
know secrets," he said. "I
He fought in the French Endowment Growth
Dr. Feldman was spirit- the Committee for a Jewish tion of the state of Israel.
said everything I know is
resistance in World War II
Army of Stateless and Pa- Later, Mr. Wechsler
ual leader of Temple Beth
openly published."
NEW YORK—Forty-
and was decorated with the
Israel from 1925 to 1968 lestinian Jews, and the formed the American Con-
Croix de Guerre and the Le- seven Jewish federations in
Emergency Committee to
when he became Rabbi
Druck, meanwhile, took
nittee for the National Sick
Save the Jewish People of . Fund of Israel, which now
the United States and Can-
matters into his own hands
Emeritus. He founded the
Europe, died July 22 at age maintains over 90 health
ada reported net holdings of
and got a transfer to a Fahmi Proposes
Connecticut .Jewish Ledger.
68.
lower institute where he
$223 million in endowment
stations in that country.
a weekly. in 1929 and contin-
In the 1940s, Mr. Wech-
would be less susceptible as All Israelis Leave
funds in 1976, setting a re-
Mr. Wechsler was a for-
ued as its' editor after his re-
sler
helped
organize
and
be-
a security risk.
cord in endowment fund
mer executive director of
tirement
from
the
pulpit.
came national secretary of the Bnai Brith Council of
He continued his dissident
growth.
WASHINGTON-Egyptian
He was the author of
the Committee for a Jewish Greater Philadelphia He
activities, particularly fol- Foreign Minister Ismail
The 47 communities re-
many books and treatises
lowing the Helsinki confer- Fahmi has suggested that it
Army of Stateless and Pa- also was president o
sponding to the annual sur-
on Judaism.
ence in 1975 where a broad would
lestinian Jews, a group that
National Haym
vey
on
the
status
of
Feder-
be
better
for
all
con-
accord on the establishment
Born in Kiev; the Uk-
advocated the formation of Memorial Committee, exec-
ation Endowment Funds
of basic human rights was cerned if all Israelis would
raine, Dr. Feldman was
a Jewish fighting force re- utive vice president of the
compiled by the Council of
- reached. The price he paid leave Israel and "go back
cruited from refugees of Civic Foundation of New
brought to the United
to
the
United
States
or
to
Jewish
Federations
(CJF),
was losing his telephone,
Hitler's Germany and
States in 1906 and settled on
York State and campaign di-
showed total receipts of ap-
spending a week in prison, the Eastern European coun-
youths from Palestine.
rector for the City of Hope.
Manhattan's
Lower
East
tries
or
wherever
they
proximately $44 million by
and receiving little of his
He later headed a confer-
Active in New York City
Side. He was graduated
came from."
mail.
their funds since 1975.
ence that brought together politics, Mr. Wechsler be-
from
the
Hebrew
Union
Col-
Fahmi made the com-
It was the mail that be-
The CJF survey also
American leaders in reli-
came general secretary of
lege and the University of
came the lifeline for both ments recently in an inter-
notes that the responding
gion, the arts, politics and the City Fusion Party soon
Cincinnati.
Dr.
Feldman
view
with
the
Washington
Druck and Dr. Levit.
other fields to work out after Mayor Fiorello H. La
communities allocated $20
was a leading ecumenist
In Dr. Levit's case, his af- Star. He added that Egypt
plans for saving Nazi vic- Guardia's election on the
million in grants last year
filiation with a World was not going to ask the
and an articulate defender
tims. The conference in- Fusion Party's anti-Tam-
from their endowment
Health Organization study U.S. "to force Israelis to go
of human rights and racial
spired the formation of the many ticket in 1933, and
funds.
of schizophrenia created back."
brotherhood.
Emergency Committee to held that position for 30
contacts with leading scien-
"Certainly," he contin-
Save the Jewish People of years.
In 1957 President Eisen-
Rabbi S.Z. Baum hower praised "his out- Europe. He became its na-
tists in the United States ued, "if you can do this, it
He was a deputy commis-
and Great Britain.
tional secretary.
would be better, and I
sioner of santitation and of
standing
leadership"
in
NEW
YORK—Rabbi
Shep-
Among those who im- would thank you for all
He helped establish the purchase during Mayor Rob-
herd Z. Baum, national vice
making his creative in-
plored the Soviet govern- time, because you know, we
War Refugee Board and,
ert F. Wagner's adminis-
president
of
Bnai
Zion,
the
fluence
felt
in
a
wide
corn-
ment to let the Levits emi- have not been living in
from New York, directed tration and served as assist-
American fraternal Zionist
munity" and "bringing
grate was Sir John Wing, a peace since they came into
part of the negotiations
ant administrator of public
organization, died July 21
strength to the nation and
noted English psychological this area."
with the Vatican for the res- affairs under Mayor John
at age 73.
hope to thefrepworlrl"
.Tatue in Linnn,,,,

Jacob Ben-Ami,Yiddish Actor
Founded Jewish Art Theatel

French Academy Cites Rabbi
for Research on French Jews

Gabriel Wechsler, Sought Aid
fOr Nazi Victims, Europe Jews

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