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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-05-11

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Friday, May 11, 1979 35

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

U.S. House Asks W. Germany to Abolish
or Extend Statute of Limitations on Nazis

Boris Smolar's

Between You
. . . and Me'

WASHINGTON — The
U.S. House of Representa-
tives voted 401-0 on Wed-

Editor-in-Chief
Emeritus, JTA
(Copyright 1979, JTA, Inc.)

SOVIET EMIGRATION: Jewish federations
throughout the country, and their agencies, are now
mobilizing themselves for reception and settlement of
25,000 Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union this year.
e JDC and HIAS have taken proper steps in Wash-
n to bring the question to the attention of the govern-
' meet. They urged to expedite processing. As a result, U.S.
ttorney General Griffin Bell has now authorized the is-
suance by the U.S. Consulate in Rome of 25,000 "parole
— visas outside the regular immigration quota — to
*b visas"
e used by "transmigrants" from Russia by Sept. 30.
The U.S. government also awarded a grant of $16 mil-
lion to the Council of Jewish Federations for the resettle-
ment of Soviet-Jewish immigrants this year in this coun-
try. A larger grant of $25 million was now decided upon by
the U.S. government for Israel to help in the resettlement of
Soviet Jews arriving there this year.
COMMUNITY COMMITMENTS: Federations will
submit their requests for a share in the $16 million fund
irectly to the Council of Jewish Federations. Their appli-
cations will be considered by the CJF on a 50-50 matching
• basis.
The brunt of absorbing the increased number of new-
comers from the Soviet Union will, however, fall on New
York City, where NYANA, the New York Association for
New Americans, has helped to settle 12,265 Soviet Jews
during the last two years, including some 7,000 in subur-
ban areas. NYANA is a beneficiary of the UJA-Federation
Joint Campaign of Greater New York.
The first transport of the more than 10,000 Soviet
...Jews, 613 persons, last month received their "parole visas"
in Rome and arrived in the United States. About half of the
group were taken over by NYANA for resettlement in New
York.
WHY DROPOUTS?: There are numerous reasons
why Soviet Jews who apply in the Soviet Union for visas to
proceed to Israel are changing their minds and become
drop-outs after they cross the Soviet frontier into the free
- world. One of these reasons is the fear to reside in a country
involved in a war. In the minds of these Soviet Jews Israel is
not yet secure.
But one of the major reasons — unknown even in this
country to those interested in promoting Soviet Jewish
emigration to Israel — is the negative image of Israel
- broadcast by the Voice of America and the British Broad-
casting Corp. Soviet Jews listen to these broadcasts which
constantly focus on Arab riots, acts of terrorism, Israel's
,economic difficulties, internal dissension within Jewish
groups in Israel. These descriptions are being
supplemented with a succession of glowing success stories
about Soviet Jews finding life comfortable in the United
—States and other democratic countries.
The drop-outs are also heavily influenced by letters
from relatives and friends who have gone to Israel. These
letters contain complaints about Israeli bureaucracy and
'4;he difficulties of finding a home or a suitable job in Israel.
Compared to that, letters from the United States, Canada
and Australia express happiness and contentment. Is-
raelis, hurt and disappointed by the increasing proportion
of drop-outs, respond that they cannot compete with the
( rewards available to the drop-outs in the United States.

nesday afternoon to ask the
West German government
to abolish or extend the Sta-
tute of Limitations which
would prohibit prosecution
of Nazi war crimes after
Dec. 31.
The resolution was spon-
sored by Rep. Elizabeth
Holtzman (D-NY).
Michigan Rep. William
Broomfield, in speaking for
the resolution said, ',The
Nazi Holocaust claimed the
lives of millions of innocent

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calculated and brutal mass
murder can evade justice
and be rewarded by the
mere passage of time."
A similar resolution on
the state level was proposed
by the Jewish Community
Council of Metropolitan De-
troit. State Sen. Joseph
Forbes and House Speaker
Bobby Crim introduced the
resolution which was
adopted by the Legislature.

o Aottlek cbUttli

WILLIAM BROOMFIELD

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men, women and children in
what was one of the darkest
chapters of world history.
Out of respect to those vic-
tims, we have a moral obli-
gation to remember their
suffering—and pass that
torch to future generations
as a reminder of the need to
prevent any repetition of
such crimes.
"The continued identifi-
cation and prosecution of
Nazi war criminals ensures
that no one who was

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Isaac Elchanan Theological
Seminary. He also attended
New York Law School and
taught philosophy at Port-
land State College. Before
assuming his position at
Shaare Zedek he served as
director of organizations for
the American ORT Federa-
tion.
The Detroit Friends of
Shaare Zedek have estab-
Talansky, who only last lished the dialysis unit at
- -0 year assumed his position at the Shaare Zedek Medical
Shaare Zedek, chaired the Center. Irving Nussbaum
- recent leadership mission serves as fund raising
dedication of the Medical chairman of the Detroit
:"' Center. More than 400 Friends and Mrs. Herman
Americans participated in K. Cohen is chairman of
the dedication which in- "The Save A Life. Project."
eluded a delegation from the
Rabbi Joshua Sperka is
Detroit area.
president of the group and
Talansky is a graduate of Alex Roberg is chairman.
the. Yeshiva College of Reservations may be made
- Yeshiva University and by calling Roberg, 544-8412
was ordained by its Rabbi or 547-3890.

orris Talansky, senior
tive vice president of
I American Committee
for Shaare Zedek Hospital,
will be the featured speaker
Tat the annual dinner of the
Detroit FriendS of Shaare
Zedek May 29 at the Shera-
ton Southfield Hotel, ac-
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