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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-01-26

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

22 Friday, January 26, 1919

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TEL AVIV (ZINS) —
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president of Hadassah and
the American Zionist Fed-
eration, ran into Israel's
bureaucratic red tape when
she made aliya to head the
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that many friends aided her
and she had little difficulty.
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By ALAN HITSKY

Thirty-five years after
the Holocaust, a Dutch
woman who has now made
aliya to Israel has painfully
recorded her five years of
running from the Nazis in
Holland while serving as a
nurse and fin4lly as a
member of the underground
resistance.
Leesha Rose has pain-
fully recorded Those five
years of living in fear in
"The Tulips Are Red" (A.S.
Barnes).
Mrs. Rose's personal story
not only describes the
thoughts of the population
as the Nazis slowly tight-
ened their noose around the
Jews and the Dutch; she
also gives the reader an in-
sight in to the daily life of a
captive nation under Nazi
occupation.

For five years, Leesha
lived one step ahead of
Nazi transports, first as a
student nurse in hospi-
tals that Jewish patients
and staff were eventually
removed from by the
Nazis; then in hiding with
gentile families. Dedi-
cated to the many Dutch
Christians who risked
their lives by protecting
Jews, her tale of Dutch
underground activities
on behalf of the "onder-
duikers" (hidden people)
has chilling and
heartbreaking moments.

At the age of 18, Leesha
found a nursing position in
the Joodse Invalide hospi-
tal, where it was not un-
usual to find Jewish
"patients" in hiding from
the dread Gestapo. While
she was relatively safe, her
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and deported to concentra-
tion camps.
Finally, the hospital itself
was raided and the patients
shipped away • in closed
vans. Leesha managed to
escape and find her way into
another hospital "for Jews
only." There, she met a
young man who has been
mortally wounded by the
Nazis. A member of the
Dutch Resistance, he urged
the young girl to join.
"The Tulips Are Red" de-
scribes the fate of Leesha's
family, Jewish and gentile
friends and members of the
Resistance.
Mrs. Rose decided to
write her book because
"after many years of
teaching, I began to
realize that the
Holocaust as an event in
Jewish history was being
commemorated in a most
pitiful manner. There
was ignorance of its his-
toric, national, and reli-
gious significance on the
part of leaders, students,

Papers Reveal
1948 Intrigues

-

LONDON (ZINS) — The
British government in No-
vember 1948 considered the
suggestion that British
forces "might be called upon
to support the Transjorda-
nian force operating in
Palestine" and thus clash
with the army of the new
state of Israel. This is the
most startling revelation in
the British Cabinet and
Foreign Office papers,
which have been made
available to the public after
the expiration of a 30-year
period.
The documents reveal
that an unnamed American
Zionist said to represent Dr.
Chaim Weizmann (who
later became Israel's first
President), approached the
British Embassy in Wash-
ington, This man, described
as "a senior official of the
Zionist Organization of
America," suggested that
the British might review
the decision to leave Pales-
tine on May 15, 1948.
In another document,
British Ambassador Lord
Inverchapel told the
Foreign Office that Ameri-
can Zionist leader Rabbi
Abba Hillel Silver had re-
turned from Palestine much
less belligerant than when
he had left.
A document dated April
1948 records that Britain
was prepared to retain
bases in the new state of Is-
rael. The unnamed Zionist
emissary assured the
British Embassy that
"Weizmann would be pre-
pared to break with the
Jewish Agency over this
plan."
When the British Ambas-
sador asked about Rabbi
Silver's position, in view of
the Basle Congress of De-
cember 1946 (when Rabbi
Silver opposed Dr. Weiz-
mann), "the informant said
that most of the Jewish
Agency would give $10,000
to see Silver and Emanuel
Neumann (another Ameri-
can Zionist) underground."

teachers and parents
alike.
"I began to be consumed
by a flame of awakening,
and the hermetically closed
vault of my memories began
to open up slowly but pain-
fully. However, it was my
son's intense interest in my
personal experiences that
finally convinced me of the
necessity to relate my own
story in full.
"I began to lecture at
school assemblies and
teachers' seminars. I staged
Holocaust commemora-
tions. I wrote and directed
plays stressing the heroism
during the Holocaust. I
began to delve into the his-
tory of anti-Semitism and
Nazism, into the mechanics
of the "final solution" of the
Jews in Europe, and I be-
came more and more as-
tounded at the unbelievable
monstrosities perpetrated
against the Jews.
"I also found to my great
dismay that 35 years after

the Holocaust books are
being published denying
that the Holocaust ever took
place — some even denying
that Hitler knew or was re-
sponsible for the systematic
extermination of the six
million Jews.
"The Neo-Nazi move-
ments claim the
Holocaust is but a fig-
ment of the Jewish im-
agination. All this, de-
spite the millions of per-
sonal, eyewitness re-
ports, the vast Holocaust
literature, and the official
German Nail records.
"Therefore, we, the
eyewitness survivors,. the
last link to the Holocaust,
must tell our personal
stories, no matter what pain
and anguish we suffer in
doing so. That is why I have
written this book — so that
present and future genera-
tions will never forget the
Jewish agony. Only then
will they prevent it from
ever happening again."

More Jews Are Gained
by Conversion, Rabbi Says

NEW YORK (JTA) — A
Michigan Reform rabbi con-
tends that if accurate data
existed, they would show
that conversions out of
Judaism and conversions to
Judaism would, on a bal-
ance sheet, "show a steady
stream . of converts to
Judaism and only a slow
trickle of converts out."
Rabbi Ralph D. Mecklen-
berger of Temple Beth
Emeth, Ann Arbor, made
his assessment in reacting
to the flow of articles and
committees dealing with
"the alleged threat to Jewry
from the cults."
Writing in a recent issue
of Sh'ma, he said th•ques-
tion of how many young
Jews are being converted to
non-Jewish faiths "depends
on whom you believe."
"Some articles and
speakers say the num-
bers are astronomical
and others say they are-
small," Rabbi Mecklen-
berger declared. He
added that from this
perspective in the uni-
versity town of Ann Ar-
bor, "the problem ap-
pears small. A few
Jewish students, but only
a few, are attracted by
fundamentalist sects or
cults" and "my col-
leagues at Hillel concur
that there is little cause
for alarm."
He asked what all the
furor was about if there are
more converts to Judaism
than Jewish converts to
Christianity. He com-
mented "we could charita-
bly ascribe it to a feeling
that even a few Jews lost is a
few too many."
He contended Jews do
have problems "but not the
problems the national
Jewish community seems to
enjoy discussing. The real
danger that we face is not a
youth problem but a multi-
generational problem of
secular drift away from
Judaism."
He said few Jews knew

more than one or two con-
verts to the cults "but all of
us know many Jews, un-
affiliated and uninterested,
who rarely give a thought
(or even a dollar) to Jewish
causes." He declared that
while this is "hardly a new
problem," it is "the more
serious problem we neglect
as we agonize. over the
minor annoyance of the
cults."
He contended that the
Jewish community
should "simply write off
those few who actually
convert out of Judaism,"
adding that "paroxysms
of guilt on our part ac-
complish nothing.", .
While agreeing that the
Jewish community "obvi-
ously" should try to reach
more Jews, he added "we
should be realists enough to
know that we are going to
lose some Jews just as we
gain some Jews. In a society
as open as ours there are
bound to be individuals who
shift from one religious
camp to another."
Stressing that Jews, like
the cults, were making con-
verts, he argued "we should
have enough faith in Jews
and Judaism not to be
panicked by proselytizers."

Fund Raiser
Head Named

NEW YORK — Leonard
H. Sherman of Chicago, a
United Jewish Appeal na-
tional vice chairman, has
been appointed chairman of
the third annual UJA Na-
tional Walk-A-Thon to be
held May 6.
"We expect well over two
million people to walk as
one along the 'Road to Re-
newal' on that May Sun-
day," said Sherman. "More
than ever, the 1979
Walk-A-Thon will be an ex-
pression of solidarity with
Israel's people, as well as a
means of raising funds for
overseas and local aid pro-
grams."

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