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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-08-24

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

20 Friday, August 24, 1919

Immigration, Drop-Out Rate Up Some Reminiscing in August

Rafael Kotlowitz, head of
JERUSALEM (JTA) —
The Jewish Agency has re- the Jewish Agency immi-
ported a 57 percent increase gration and absorption de-
in aliya in the first seven partment, said, however,
months of this year. The that a continued increase in
number of immigrants the number of Soviet Jewish
reached 21,012, compared dropouts in Vienna was also
to 13,354 in the same period recorded. Out of the 4,068
Jews leaving the USSR in
last year.
July, only 1,300 arrived in
Israel, a dropout rate of 70
COMPLETE ALTERATIONS
percent,
which is a new re-
Reasonable Prices
cord in the number of drop-
outs.
The number of Soviet
Cleaners & Tailors
immigrants this year so far
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is 10,058 compared to 5,979
last year, an increase of 68
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NEAT YORK — Actress
Vanessa Redgrave said she
will not step down from the
role in which she portrays a
concentration camp sur-
vivor.
CBS's choice of Miss Red-
grave for the role of Fania
Fenelon Goldstein, whose
memoirs are being
dramatized in the proposed
TV film, "Playing for Time,"
was subject to sharp criti-
cism from Jewish groups
and Mrs. Goldstein for her
pro-Palestinian activities.
The network defended its
choice of Miss Redgrave to
play Mrs. Goldstein, saying
she had been chosen strictly
on acting ability.

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decreased by 22 percent.
Kotlowitz noted in his
report that there is an in-
crease in the shortage of
housing for immigrants,
and unless an early solu-
tion is found there would
be no more room in the
absorption center and
other transition facilities
for olim.
Sonie 15,663 immigrants
are currently staying in 80
absorption centers
throughout the country,
waiting for their housing.
Many- of them have been
staying there for more than
a year, he said.
The shortage in immig-
rant housing continues de-
spite the opening in July of
three new absorption cen-
ters in Afula, Ofakim and
Ashkelon, Kotlowitz re-
ported.

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by ratification of the
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By DAVID SCHWARTZ

worthless — and yet he was sitting in an adjacent
performed a valuable office to Weizmann talking
With all the talk these function in some ways, in on the telephone to
days of various ways of exposing various kinds of Jerusalem. A friend of
meeting the energy crisis, it stupidity. Angoff was Weizmann came in and
is interesting to recall that then his right hand in heard the shouting.
Theodor Herzl had some editing the American
"Who is that shouting?"
ideas. In his book "Altneu- Mercury.
he asked Weizmann.
land," Herzl, with the eye of
"Weisgal is talking to
But Angoff did other
an engineer, taking note of things. He taught literature Jerusalem," said Weiz-
the fact that the Dead Sea at Fairleigh Dickinson Col- mann.
region is the lowest point lege in New Jersey. He was
"Why doesn't he use the
below sea level, suggested also the author of numerous telephone?" asked the
that immense energies bociks dealing with Jewish friend.
might be released if the life and many thought them
Stories like these are not
"drop" were used. Compari- very good.
recorded in history. This is
sons were made by Herzl
I suspect that Angoff too bad. They give a tasti-
with the Niagara water might have entertained the ness to pastevents.
* * *
power.
idea that some day he might
"Altneuland" is hardly get the Nobel Prize. Per-
Maybe the program
read today, but it had a very haps, with a turn of luck, he about Jews soon to be
interesting fate. The book might have.
shown on television will
became a city. When the
* * *
enlighten the public
Zionists were building their
Time marches on and about Jewish history and
first city, Sokolow, the there is only history to re- life. The fact that Abba
Zionist leader, suggested call it, but history doesn't Eban will be in charge is
that it be named after the remember too much.
a good omen, but there is
book. So Tel Aviv got its
one story which I am sure
We got to thinking will not be told, and yet it
name, Tel, meaning hill,
about
Meyer
Weisgal
the
standing for old and Aviv,
seems to me to deserve a
meaning springtime, for other day. Behind the place.
new. Old New Land became scenes, he was no incon-
It is of the time when the
siderable force in Jewish
Tel Aviv.
life. He was the editor of British government issued
* * *
the Balfour Deblaration.
The recent passing of the New Palestine and
later
when
the
Jewish
Weizmann wanted it
Charles Angoff removes
the man who wes the state came into being, he translated at once into
right hand of H.L. was the chief assistant of French and German at the
Mencken. One of the Weizmann in the building same time it was published
off-Broadway shows of of the Rehovot scientific in English. He summoned
today is "The Impossible institution, known as the his secretary, a fine lin-
Mr. Mencken." Some 30 Weizmann Institute of guist, but she had only a
short time before giving
or 40 years ago, no one Science.
was better known among
He was very vocal. He birth to a little boy. She
American intellectuals never needed a microphone. couldn't leave the infant
than Mencken. He was a You always knew when he alone. So she bundled him
complete social reactio- was around. One of the up and took him with her to
Weizmann's office.
nary — his political and stories about him was of the
The little infant was
economic views, in my time when he was with
Abba Eban.
opinion, were entirely Weizmann in New York. He

(Copyright 1979, JTA, Inc.)

Vanished Generation Memories
in Lewin's Turning of the Tide'

Samuel Lewin left many
legacies as a Yiddish author
of note. A native of Poland,
he lived in Berlin from 1920
to 1933. Then, upon the ad-
vent of Hitler on the politi-
cal scene, he had the experi-
ence of many flights, to Au-
stria, France, Switzerland
and Holland, before coming
to the United States in
1935. He died in 1959.
He wrote many novels
that left their mark upon a
generation of Yiddish
readers. His "Turning of the
Tide," written in Yiddish 20
years ago, now draws re-
newed attention to him in
the translation by Joseph
Leftwich, published by A.S.
Barnes.
This novel testifies to an
era of changes, to transfor-
mations from the time when
the faithful and devout
dominated the Jewish
scene, to the later stages of
descendants of the pious
being tempted by the libera-
tive powers of modernized
Europe and the Western
world.
"The Turning of the
Tide" assumes impor-
tance as a definitive por-
trayal of life in the
shtetl, of the piety that
influenced the lives of
Jews in the Old World. In
spite of the economic
difficulties, the threats

from the outside world,
the synagogue domi-
nated the Jews whose
faith sustained them.
Then came the changes,
and these, too, are described
skillfully by the writer
whose personal involve-

ments lent realism to the re-
flections that make his
work so deeply moving as
reminiscences of experi-
ences of a generation that
has vanished but whose
memories linger.
P.S.

Norwegian Group Captures
Terrorists in Metulla Battle

TEL AVIV (JTA) — A
Norwegian contingent of
the United Nations Interim
Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)
captured nine terrorists
Monday in a clash with a
terrorist group.
Norwegian soldiers in
Metulla said a band of about
15 terrorists entered the
Norwegian-controlled area
on the way south. When the
Palestinians were ordered
to halt, they opened fire on
the UNIFIL contingent. In
the subsequent fight and
pursuit the Norwegians
captured nine of the ter-
rorists and were searching
for the others.
Maj. Saad Haddad, leader
of the Christian militia,
who has been critical of the
UN forces sent a cable of
congratulations to the
commander of the Norwe-
gian troops. But the UN
turned down his demand
that the terrorists be turned
over to him. The prisoners,
were to be taken to the UN

headquarters in Tyre:
In a related incident,
Israeli air force planes at-
tacked terrorist bases in
south Lebanon. All
planes returned safely to
base. An army com-
munique said that Israeli
planes attacked two
targets considered to be
departure bases for ter-
rorists on their way to at-
tacks in Israel. One of the
targets was Ras el Ein, on
the Mediterranean, south
of Rashidiyeh in the Tyre
area, and the other was in
"Fatahland."
Meanwhile, the UN has
promised Israel to work out
some arrangements
whereby Israelis going to
the Umm Hashiba station
in Sinai will not be checked
out by members of the UN
Truce Supervisory Organ-
ization (UNTSO), which has
replaced the UN Emer-
gency Force at the station.
Israel has rejected the use of
UNTSO in Sinai.

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