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February 24, 1978 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-02-24

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Yankee Who Boosted Israel
Basketball Retires Sneakers

By HASKELL COHEN

(Copyright 1978, JTA, Irte.)

The man who "put bas-
ketball on the map" for Is-
rael is finally doffing his
sneakers and calling it a
day. I am referring to Tal
Brody, the American boy
who first visited Israel in
1965 with the United States
Maccabia team, fell in love
with the country, came back
to serve his army tenure in
the United States Army,
and then made what defi-
i- —Iitely appears to be perma-
aliya.

When Brody first visited
Israel, basketball was run-
ning a very poor second to

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soccer in popularity in the
Holy Land. Somehow,
Brody caught the fancy of
the sparse crowds With his
sparkling play. In addition,
of course, he picked up the
language rapidly and be-
came, to all intents and
purposes, 100 percent Is-
raeli.
He comes from a Zionist
background. His father,
many years ago in his
youth, had migrated to
Palestine and worked as a
pioneer there before migrat-
ing to the United States. As
a. matter of fact, Brody's
father is going back to Israel
to join his son as a new im-
migrant.
Once the younger
Brody mastered the lan-
guage he joined the
teaching staff of the Win-
gate School of Physical
Education where he gave
courses on basketball to
budding coaches.
The crowning point in his
long career with the Mac-
cabi five came about last
year when he led that quin-
tet to the European Cup In-
ternational championship
in Belgrade where the Mac-
cabi five downed the Italian
representative in the game.
Israel will miss Brody's
playing. To his credit it has
to be remembered that he
"made" Israeli basketball
go. He will never be forgot-
ten for this.

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ck.

Fest's `Face of the Third Reich'

By ALLEN A. WARSEN

Joachim C. Fest in "The
Face of the. Third Reich,"
subtitled "Portraits of the
Nazi Leadership" (Panth-
eon Books), presents inci-
sive character sketches of
Hitler and his associates.
• Fest asserts that "Mein
Kampf" comprises "an exact
portrait of its author: the
high-falutin disorder of its
ideas; the random know-
ledge posing as scientific ob- .
jectivity; the lack of self-
control and the constant
lapsing into the extreme
opposite; the cramped rigid-
ity of dammed-up energy;
the maniac egocentri-
city and utter lack of hu-
manity throughout the
whole of its great length;
the monotony of its obses-
-
sions."
Fest adds: ". . . in his
description of the 'anti-man'
we come again and again
upon unmistakable
projections of Hitler's own
character: the Jews' alleged
obsession with revenge,
their feelings of inferiority,
*their Just to subjugate and
destroy, represent the
transference onto his enemy
of compulsive character
traits which Hitler sensed
within himself."
Next to Hitler, the most
repugnant Nazi was
Hermann Goering who
fancied himself as "The
Number Two," though
"The Number One" re-
garded him as the
"greatest failure," and
for good reason: he was
vain, lived luxuriously,
was self-indulgent,
pompous, and reluctant
to face reality even in
times of great peril and
military disasters.
He was depicted as a "per-
fumed Nero playing the lyre
. . . while Rome was in
`flames." For his crimes, the
International Court of Jus-
tice sentenced him to die,
but he committed' suicide
the night he was to be
hanged.
Goering's rival, Joseph
Goebbels, once said, "We
shall go down in history as
the-greatest statesmen of all
time, or as the greatest
criminals."
Goebbels, the Nazi mas-
ter propagandist, called the
Reichstag "a stinking dun-
gheap." He was the creator
of the cult of the "Fuhrer"
and invented slogans,
myths and images.
His Jew-hatred was the
externalized expression of
self-hatred. Curiously,
Goebbels was often called
"the ,Rabbi." On May 1,
1945, he murdered his chil-
dren, and a few hours later
his wife and he committed
suicide.
Reinhard Heydrich,
whom Goebbels and
others regarded beneath
their status, was tall,
blond, graceful, athletic,
devoid of emotions, and
contemptuous of
ideologies. Hitler called
him "the Man with the
Iron Heart." He looked
the ideal "Aryan type."
Yet, he was tormented by
feelings of guilt: he had
Jewish ancestors. Once se-

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eing his reflection M a inir-
Joachim Fest's book is a
ror, he became furious and significant contribution to
the literature on the Nazi
shot at his double.
It was well known that period.
Hitler and Himmler en-
A scholar should not take
trusted Heydrich with mas- up his abode in a town in
terminding and organizing which there is not, among
the pogroms of the "Crystal other reqUisites of civiliza-
0 1Ne
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GO
Night" and the "Final Solu- tion, an elementary
tion of the Jewish Problem" teacher.
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—The Talmud
for they believed that he
965.
would carry out their orders
with thoroughness and
ruthlessness in order "to
wipe out the stain of his
pedigree."
In the end, he paid for his
crimes with his life. He was
assassinated by Czech pat-
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He also said, "I know that
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Germany who feel sick when
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Martin Bormann was
called "Hitler's evil
spirit." However, "this
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phrase," according to the
author, "does not by any
means permit us to con-
clude that he forced a be-
nevolent Hitler unto the
path of evil, he was rather
the Devil's Beelzebub."
An ardent believer in the
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Bormann was regarded as
an arch-scoundrel. E .Nen his
closest associates felt an av-
ersion towards him.
Significantly, he signed
Hitler's political testament,
acted as a witness to his
marriage, and stood in the
courtyard of the Reich
Chancellory, along with
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