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April 28, 1978 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-04-28

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, April 28, 1978 5

Another 'Holocaust' Reaction —Sensitive Views of the Actors

By ROBERT ST. JOHN

(Editor's note: Jewish
members of the cast who
appeared in the televised
"Holocaust" program
were interviewed by the
eminent author and lec-
turer, Robert St. John,
after a preview of the
film, in New York, prior
to the public pre-
sentations. The portion of
the St. John article ex-
pressing the views of the
members of the par-
ticipating cast follows:)

WASHINGTON — At a
luncheon and dinner we had
a chance to talk with these
10 people who for 16 weeks
in Austria and West Ger-
many re-enacted the cruel
drama. Oddly, only two are
Jews, although a third in-
sisted, incorrectly, that she
was.
Our favorite was Jeremy
Levy, age 12, who played
the role of Aaron, the
youngest Jewish fighter in
the Warsaw Ghetto Upris
ing. He was born in New
York and had never been
out the country until he
went with the others to Vie-
nna. He described his fam-
ily as "religious but not Or-
thodox." Then quickly he
added: "I'm going to be Bar
Mitzva in two months and
then I think I'll go to Israel
for a while."
The other Jew is Tovah
Feldshuh, who starred as
Helena Slomova, the Czech
fighter who provided most
of the film's romantic inter-
est; a New Yorker who re-
cently married a member of
a prominent Washington
Jewish family. She already
has the professional actress'
hesitancy about revealing

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I am not sure I know the
ported from death camp
When her father was a
her exact age. ("Just say
answer to either question.
to death camp."
boy of five the Nazis -sur-
early twenties.")
I wish I did.
Blanche said that until
Her best friend several rounded the village of Bar-
the day of the preview she
BIG SELECTION!
years ago married an Is- dejov, Czechoslovakia,
had
never
seen
herself
on
raeli, so Tovah went to where the Garfein family
film. Her reaction? "I
lived,
rounded
up
all
the
vil-
visit her on a kibutz near
thought I was awful!" — an
Jerusalem and became lagers, burned down the
opinion shared by no one
so fascinated with the houses and took their pris-
else in our viewing group.
TO
country that she stayed oners to Treblinka, where
To 44
Her parting comment:
were
on and on,. Her parents the boy and his mother
"Seeing the whole film
had also been there, for the only members of the
than
made
me
more
angry
family selected for survival.
Yom Kippur last year.
sad. Why did the rest of the
Fritz Weaver, who had As the separation took place
world let it happen? Are we
the most sympathetic role, a four-year-old daughter
Jews (sic!) always to be ex-
begged
so
frantically
for
her
that of Dr. Josef Weiss, the
pendable?"
Polish physician, told us, mother not to leave her that
I did not attempt an an-
his voice intense with sin- she voluntarily joined the
swer.
child in the death line, well
cerity:
By the time we finished knowing what it meant,
iv—Hospooi a:
Doisy.e.thr
the film, I felt myself more a thus leaving the boy the sole
Jew than if I had been con- survivor of the family.
Years later, after being in
verted. Never again, as long
FRUIT
as I live, will I be able to Bergen-Belsen, Buchen-
BASKETS:
think of myself as a non- wald and Auschwitz, he was
finally liberated. Because
.-.-s,.. 3 Times Daily
Jew."
::.
N t o n-id e :: ..-
And now about Blanche he would never talk about
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that when her father, Jack dejov and then to all the four
Garfein, a Czech' Jew, was camps in which her father
liberated from Auschwitz had been, taking photo-
and came to the United graphs. Why? "Just a com-
States, he married an pulsion, I guess."
American non-Jewish ac-
Of her father she said:
tress. When I told Blanche I
"He was only a boy
had just interviewed the when it all happened, but
only two Jews among the he will never, never
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My father suddenly
I asked if her mother had
turned white and rushed
converted to Judaism.
"No, but what does that from the room. Later he
have to do with it? My told me the sound made
father is a Jew. I am a him remember, much
Jew. I have always been a too vividly, the click-
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Jew. Everyone knows I clickety-click of the
am a Jew. I am very wheels of the cattle cars
proud of it. I tell them in which he and the
that I am a Jew before others had been trans-
they ever ask."
After I explained the rab-
binical definition of a Jew
and suggested that if she
ever went to Israel (which I
hoped she would do) and fell
You work hard for your money. So do
in love with an Israeli
But I don't think that a low price alone is enough to get you to spend your
(which was likely) she
money at Jerry Glassman Olds, or any other car dealership.
should be forewarned of the
I believe people want to buy their car from a dealership they can put their
problem she might have in
trust in. A dealership, that'll work as hard for their money as they did. Making
getting married there, she
sure things are right — before. during and after the sale.
When you visit Glassman Olds, well help you pick out a car that's right for
laughed and then told me a
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personal story that would
make a film in itself.
any in town. Maybe lower.
And, after the sale, you'll find our smiles are just as wide. our handshakes
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