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October 05, 1979 - Image 23

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-10-05

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, October 5, 1979 22

U.S. Holocaust Commission ssues Report cr

WASHINGTON — The
President's Commission on
the Holocaust last week
presented its final report to
President Carter. Among
its recommendations were
establishment of a National
Holocaust Memorial
Museum in Washington
and a Committee on Con-
science to alert the world to
all potential acts of
genocide.
The 34-member commis-
sion concluded several
months of study and public
hearings aimed at deter-
mining the form of a U.S.
memorial to the Holocaust
and the means for creating
and maintaining it.
Rep. Jim Blanchard (D-
Pleasant Ridge), who was
one of 10 members of Con-
gress and the only one from
Michigan to serve on the
commission, said "Our
recommendations are an
important first step toward
establishing a fitting
memorial that appropri-
ately pays tribute to those
who suffered. It will also

serve to enlighten present
and future generations
about the horrors of the
Holocaust. It is especially
important that we never
allow the lessons of the
Holocaust to be forgotten.
"The next step is to
ensure that this report
does not simply gather
dust. There is still a great
deal of work to be done to
turn the recom-
mendations into a reality.
It is going to take a com-
mitment from the federal
government as well as
substantial private sup-
port to meet our goals."
The commission has pro-
posed that the museum con-
tain an educational center
to provide teacher-training
programs on Holocaust-
related subjects and re-
search facilities and arc-
hives for scholars of the
Holocaust period. The
commission also recom-
mended that a period of
time be officially set aside
each year to commemorate
victims of the Holocaust.

JAMES BLANCHARD

bolizes our most fervent
hope."
He noted that "10,000
human beings were /being
murdered and burned every
day" in the death camps
close to urban centers dur-
ing the Holocaust. "How
was that possible?" he
asked. "We don't know the
answer. The commission be-
lieves we must seek an an-
swer," he said.
President Carter, in his
response, said "that those
who perished in the
Holocaust were "victims of
the most unspeakable
crimes in all history." He
said that all civilized people
must see to it that "never
again will the world stand
silent Or look the other way"
at the "terrible crime of
genocide."

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The New York limes

(Editor's note: The fol-
lowing article is re-
printed from the Sep-
tember issue of "Jewish
Currents.")
The huge painting shown
above, six feet wide by nine
feet high, hangs in the Cen-
tral Gallery in Minsk, cap-
ital of Byelorussia in the
USSR and was last seen
there in May by a U.S.
tourist. The Central Gallery
title for this work by a
) Soviet painter, Mikhail A.
Savitsky, is Two Murder-
ers."
Against a background of a
gas oven, there is shown a
pile of naked corpses. At the
left, a helmeted German

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soldier stands grinning. At
the right, a skeletal concen-
tration camp inmate in
striped uniform and with a
Star of David on his chest,
stands grinning.
"Two Murderers," the
Nazi and the Jew! This de-
praved "work of art," this
moral and intellectual
obscenity, is the result of
the constant Soviet prop-
agenda that the Zionists col-
laborated with the Nazis in
destroying the Jewish
people!
In theN.Y. Times June
27, accompanying a re-
production of this paint-
ing with the apparently
mistaken title, "Summer

Theater," the Moscow
correspondent Craig R.
Whitney wrote: "Despite
protests in Minsk and in
Moscow that the painting
was both anti-Semitic
and a gross distortion of
history, the painting was
not withdrawn. It was
even printed in the jour-
nal Literatura i Mas-
tatstva, the organ of the
Byelorussian Ministry of
Culture."
Whitney adds that this
particular painting "was
part of a collection depicting
the brutalities of the Nazi
occupation of Byelorussia,"
and "scores of people protest
(ed) to the authorities."

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NEW YORK — More for institute delegates will
than 400 women from be held Oct. 16, during
around the country will 'which time Rosalynn Car-
meet in Washington, D.C., ter will be presented with a
Oct. 15-17 for the National special NCJW award, hon-
Council of Jewish Women's oring her contributions to
10th biennial joint program voluntarism in the field of
institute, an intensive ad- mental health. Sen. Henry
vocacy training program M. Jackson (D-Wash.) will
that will include legislative receive NCJW's Faith and
and federal agency brief- Humanity Award "for his
leadership in the field of in-
ings._
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