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August 10, 1979 - Image 34

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-08-10

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

34 Friday, August 10, 1919

More Protests Heard Over Redgrave's Role

NEW YORK (JTA) —
CBS-TV came under fresh
attack from Jewish organ-
izations for selecting Van-
essa Redgrave, an outspo-
ken supporter of the Pales-
tine Liberation Organiza-
tion, for the role of a Nazi
concentration camp sur-
vivor in a TV film based on
Fania Fenelon's "Playing
for Time."
The latest denunciations
came from the Anti-
Defamation League of Bnai
Brith and the American
Jewish Congress. Dore
Schary, honorary ADL
chairman, said the casting

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Schary suggested that
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chose to play that part as "a
gesture of redemption" for
her "close alliance" with the
PLO, specifically a film she
made showing small chil-
dren "practicing the killing
of Jews and aiding the
obscene propaganda of the
PLO."
Indicating he doubted
that was the reason,
Schary said the unfor-
tunate casting degrades,
offends, depreciates
those who survived the
death camps and de-
fames the names of those
who died in them."
Howard M. Squadron,
AJCongress president,
called the Redgrave casting
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be "offensive to the Jewish
community." He expressed
the hope that Miss Red-
grave, in that performance
might learn something "ab-
out the Nazi slaughter of
the Jews" and "recognize at
last" that the Jewish people
have a right to a state of
their own" which seeks only
"to live in peace with its
Arab neighbors."
Earlier • protests were
heard in a sharply worded
telegram to Fred Rappaport
and William Paley, director
and chairman of the board
of CBS, respectively, Rabbi
Marvin Hier, dean of the
Simon Wiesenthal Center
for Holocaust Studies in Los
Angeles and member of the
Advisory Committee to
President Carter's Commis-
sion on the Holocaust which
declared:
"Your selection shows
utter callous disregard of
the tens of thousands of sur-
vivors for whom Miss Red-
grave's portrayal would de-
secrate the memory of the
martyred millions.
"Your decision," the
telegram continued,
"could only be compared
to selecting J. Edgar
Hoover to portray Martin
Luther King Jr.
"The very thought of the
prospect of Miss Redgrave
using the money she earns
from this film to further de-
gradate the state of Israel, a
nation born out of the ashes
of Auschwitz, is an insult
that survivors and the
entire North American
Jewish community will not
accept."
Meanwhile, Arthur Mil-
ler, who wrote the
screenplay for the film, said
that "Miss Redgrave was of-
fered the role of Fania Fene-
Ion as an actress suited to it.
To fire her now for her polit-
ical views would be
blacklisting. Having been
blacklisted myself in time
past, I have fought against
the practice abroad as well
as here, and I cannot par-
ticipate in it now."
In a related develop-
ment, responding to cast-
ing Miss Redgrave in the
film, David Volper, pro-
ducer of television
and
documentaries
including
dramas,
"Roots," and Lionel
Chetwynd, a writer with
many screen and televi-
sion credits, disclosed
they have canceled proj-
ects with CBS.
Bernie Sofronski, vice
president of special pro-
grams for CBS Entertain-
ment, said Miss Redgrave
was chosen because "the
feeling was" that she was
"the best actress for the
part, that we should never
position ourselves where we
penalize people for their
personal or political views,
that our business was show
business and that it was our
responsibility to come up
with the best actress we
could find." He said actres-
ses Jane Fonda and Barbara
Streisand were also consid-
ered for the part, but both
were not available.

An apology is a good
way to have the last word.

Hasidic Rabbi's Grave Protected

ELIZABETH, N.J. (JTA) and understanding, espe-
— An American delegation cially when it was pointed
of Hasidic Jews has s.ic- out by the delegation that
cessfully completed dis- the site had been chosen by
cussions with Soviet Rabbi Nachman because it
authorities for the was the burial place for the
safeguarding of the shrine remains of the 30,000
of Rabbi Nachman of Bres- Jewish victims of a pogrom
lov, it was reported by Rabbi and massacre in the early
Pinchas Teitz of the Jewish 18th Century, Teitz re-
Educational Center here.
ported.
The shrine, located in the
Ukrainian city of Uman,
houses the grave of Rabbi
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Oil
Nachman, founder of the
Breslover Hasidic move- from the rich Alma oilfield
ment, who selected the site on the Gulf of Suez, which
as his burial grounds eight Israel discovered and de-
years prior to his death in veloped, may not go to Israel
as promised after the area is
1811.
It has served for over 150 returned to Egypt in No-
years as the focal point of vember if Israel is not the
the world-wide Breslov highest bidder for the petro-
movement, which — alone leum.
This possibility emerged
among Hasidic groups —
has had no hereditary titu- from statements by Egyp-
lar leader since Rabbi tian Fuel Minister Ahmed
Ezzadin Hilal Tuesday to
Nachman's passing.
Information reaching Israeli reporters accom-
the U.S. in recent months panying Israeli Energy
had indicated that the Minister Yitzhak Modai on
burial site was slated by a visit to Cairo to seek as-
Soviet authorities for in- surances on the continued
clusion in a proposed flow of Alma oil to Israel.
housing complex. As a Oil from the Alma fields
result, a delegation from now provides 25 percent of
the New York area went Israel's needs.
Modai was told that Israel
to the Soviet Union to
discuss the situation with will not get oil from the
the appropriate Alma oilfields immediately
after transferring them to
authorities, Teitz said.
The attitude of Soviet of- Egypt as originally prom-
ficialdom was sympathetic ised, but would have to wait

The Soviet officials in
Kiev, the regional capital,
reassured the delegation
that although major con-
struction was being under-
taken in Uman, it would be
restricted to the city's cen-
ter, and would in no way
impinge upon the shrine,
which is 1'/2 miles from the
center.

Israel May Not Get Alma Oil

another nine months until
the normalization of rela-
tions between the two tour -
tries goes into effect in a
cordance with the Israeli-
Egyptian peace agreement.
In addition, Hilal said
that each January, Egypt
will put up the oil from
Alma for international
bids. If Israel is the high-
est bidder it will get the
oil; if not, some other
country will get it, Hilal
said.
The field now yields some
40,000 barrels a day, or two
million tons a year, a figure
which includes a new oil
well which was only put into
operation a week ago.
Israel would also like
Egypt to pay something of
the high cost spent by Israel
in developing the Alma
field, but Egypt has refused
to pay anything for the in-
vestment made by Israel
during its control of Sinai.

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