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November 03, 1978 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-11-03

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THE DETROIT
DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

PLEASE!!

Leo Frank Case Retold; 'Members of Tribe' Reissued

In "Members of the Tribe" by Bantam Books. It was
Richard Kluger retold the first published by
tragic case of the victimized Doubleday as a hard
Georgia Jew, Leo Frank, cover book in 1977.
Reviewed in The Jewish
who was falsely accused of
the murder of a young girl News on Jan. 20, 1977, the
who worked in his pencil reviewer, Jewish News
factory. It was a shocking staff member Heidi Press,
display of hatred, in 1913, stated:
"In the first book of the
which resulted in the lynch-
three-part novel, Kluger
ing of Leo Frank.
Kluger wrote it as fiction, renders a skillfully pre-
but his novel contains all of sented description of the
the facts in the case, includ- Southern way of life, the
ing the anti-Semitism of Southern mentality and
attitudes. It never becomes
Georgia officials.
This story has just been tedious, and is necessary as
issued as a paperback a warm-up for the impact
that is achieved in the latter
portion of the story. How-
LET ME SHOW
ever, the key to the novel
YOU THE • can be seen in this portion
Adler, well into his
NEW '79 FORDS when
legal career, is planning the
defense of the Frank-based
character, Noah Berg (Ber-
SEE ME FOR THE BEST DEAL kowitz):
IN TOWN ON CARS & TRUCKS
" 'I wondered why all the
obsessive interest. The At-
lanta man shoved his hat
back and gave his suspen-
ders a few portentous snaps.
Well now, I'll tell ya,' he
said. 'Partly it's because a
little white working girl got
killed, and that always
plucks the heartstrings.
And partly it's because the
defendant is a Jew and a
Yankee, and you couldn't
hardly have a more villain-
ous combination. I mean
get strung up a
COOK-FARR niggers
dime a dozen for lookin'
FORD
cross-eyed at a white
woman's butt, so there'd be
0 MILE &
no novelty in that.
GREENFIELD
" 'And a poor-white

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Albert A.
Kramer

for

Oakland County
Circuit Judge

CREDENTIALS

Practicing attorney, 29 years

State Representative, Michigan House of
Representatives, served three terms

Presently a Special Assistant Attorney General

Present Legal Counsel, Michigan House of
Representatives, Committee on Insurance

Former 3 year public member, Executive Managing
Board of Director of Blue Shiels

Former Vice President Zionist Federation of Detroit

Thirty year member Jewish War Veterans and B'nai
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Member and former officer of Bnai Moshe

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boy'd be likely to get a lot
of sympathy. People'd
figure he was just bein'
playful or tryin' to spread
his oats and the girl be-
came a little too fidgety.
But a genuine Jew? Why,
that's a twist. Jews are
exciting. They're foreign
— even if they're not, they
seem that way in most of
Georgia — and smart and
rich and look kinda
spooky, lllEe Noah Berg.
Everybody knows
they're tightfisted and
money-crazy, no matter
what-all nice things get
said about 'em. And of
course his being a Yan-
kee Jew to boot makes
him just perfect to hate.
On top o' which, most of
these people around the
state got nothin' to do this
time o' year except sit and
whittle and watch the
crops grow by day and
count June bugs by
night. It's quiet as a lizard
out there, so all they do is
talk about the murder of
this poor innocent girl-
child and how Berg's
eyes're gonna pop right
out of his skull when the
noose is sprung.'
"There may not as well
have been a trial. The sen-
tence was already pro-
claimed before the man
even was brought before the
jurY.

"That hatred is given a
boost with the character of
Tom Watson, a real-life
Southern politician who
existed at the time of the
Frank case who may have
had a hand in the Frank
lynching. All of the other
characters are inventions.
"Kluger's erudite style
should not offend. It is not
tedious and only embel-
lishes the general atmos-
phere in which the tale is
told. The easy-going cliched
Southern lifestyle, the
Bible-toting Christian out-
look added to the general
postwar state of the South
swallow up the reader in its
believability.
"An artist in his de-
scriptions, Kluger, a
non-lawyer renders a
courtroom presentation
reminiscent of all the
famous court trials.
"Kluger purposely and
skillfully links his tale to
history. the events con-
tained in 'Members of the
Tribe' parallel economic,
political and social changes
in America from the post-
Civil War period to the pre-
sent.
"It is also a Jewish story
in that it traces a portion of
the history of the Jew in
America, his struggle
against anti-Semitism and
his rise in various spheres."

Friday, November 3, 1978 25

Vote

for our grandpa

MARKUS SIMON

for

STATE SENATE

15th District

Blacks, Jews Natural Allies
Mrs. King Says at Synagogue

By GLORIA ULMER

(Editor's Note: The fol-
lowing story was origi-
nally published in the
Cleveland Jewish News.)
It is cruel to tell blacks to
"lift yourself up by your
bootstraps," Coretta Scott
King told an audience of
several hundred who had
gathered at Cleveland's
Fairmount Temple on Yom
Kippur afternoon for a spe-
cial social action program.
The widow of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. declared,
"There is a tendency to
compare the Jewish experi-
ence with the black experi-
ence, but it is important to
understand there is a dif-
ference in terms of the ad-
vantages that you as Jewish
people have had that blacks
did not have and do not
have."
Though persecuted, Jews
were able to maintain and
transmit their heritage. Not
so with blacks. She re-
minded the audience that
blacks were forcibly taken
from their African tribes
and brought to an alien land
as slaves. Families were
broken up and tribal lan-
guages disappeared.
Jews, as well as other
white immigrant groups,
could easily assimilate
and were given a chance
to establish themselves in
business, to become edu-
cated and to receive land
grants. When blacks
were finally freed it was
to a life of poverty and
ignorance.
Throughout her talk,
Mrs. King stressed that
blacks and Jews have much
in common and are natural

allies. She added that the
two groups have had a
common history of oppres- ,
sion and must therefore
work together in a common
struggle.

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