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January 25, 1980 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-01-25

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28 Friday, January 25, 1980

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Women's Issues AJC Topic

NEW YORK — In an ac-
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the participation of women
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Man's polish Visit Was Quite Misleading

Editor, The Jewish News:
I wish to draw your atten-
tion to the JTA corre-
spondence from Jerusalem
entitled "Hebrew Lectures
Given in Poland," which
was reprinted in the latest
edition of The Jewish News
(Jan. 18).
If the correspondence is a
correct description of Mr.
Harpaz's experiences and
assessment of Jewish life in
Poland then we should only
pity the people who have to
rely on his advice and lead-
ership.
To paraphrase an old say-
ing, if the Jews have it so
good in Poland why do they
have it so bad? The truth of
the matter is that never
since World War II have the
ruling and intellectual
elites in Poland been so ob-
sessed with the theory of
Jewish conspiracy and
Polish national purity.
Publications with
strong anti-Semitic con-
tent are an everyday
occurrence and anti-
Jewish propaganda is
being used as a weapon
against the leading polit-
ical dissenters in Poland.
None of Poland's univer-
sities offer extensive He-
brew studies, and there-
fore very few people
know the difference be-
tween Yiddish and He-
brew let alone speak any
of these languages (and
the couple of thousand
Jews still in Poland are
no exception).
The audiences Mr. Har-
paz lectured to must have
been composed mostly of
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Middle East politics. Lec-
tures by specialists, particu-
larly in the fields as esoteric
as Mr. Harpaz's, are not
widely publicized even at
the universities and thus ef-
fectively prevent potential
curious outsiders from
attending.
As to the government as-
sistance to the Polish
Jewish community, it is an-
other figment of Mr. Har-
paz's imagination. Apart
from the fact that the
Jewish institutions he men-
tions are no longer repre-
senting the Polish Jewish
community and for the most
part are subsidized puppets
of the government for prop-
aganda purposes and
foreign consumption only,
their activities are highly
restricted.
The Jewish weekly
"Folks-Shtime" must pro-
vide the Censorship Office
with advanced Polish trans-
lations of every issue before
permission for publication
can be granted. And this is
plain harrassment, because
the office employs people
who know Yiddish well
enough to check the copy.
The Yiddish Theater is
a popular joke, with most
actors unable to speak,
read, and understand
Yiddish, and today it
provides an excitement
for foreign visitors only,
and even they are not
particularly impressed.

HIAS to Present
Petluck Awards

NEW YORK —HIAS will
present the fourth annual
Ann S. Petluck Memorial
Awards at its 100th annual
meeting March 18 at the
Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace in New
York City.
Three $400 awards will
be made to refugees who
have made .outstanding
progress in their resettle-
ment in the U.S.
The late Ann S. Petluck
was a social work adminis-
trator specializing in immi-
gration and refugee work.
Her professional expertise
profoundly influenced the
practice of migration
casework and helped re-
shape U.S. immigration
law.
She served as associate
executive director of the
United Service for New
Americans until its merger
with HIAS in 1954 and then
as director of U.S. opera-
tions of the merged organ-
ization until 1964, when she
left to become deputy repre-
sentative of the United Na-
tions High Commissioner
for Refugees at the UN in
New York.
Applications for the Ann
S. Petluck Memorial
Awards may be obtained by
writing to HIAS, 200 Park
Ave. S., New York, N.Y.,
10003. Deadline is March 3.

The Jewish Historical In-
stittute is no longer a center
of important Jewish
studies, and it is enough to
read a couple of issues of its
publication, "Biuletyn
Zydowskiego Instytutu His-
torycznego," to see the ex-
tent of the government's
stifling intervention.
To top it all, a Jewish
senior citizen has been beg-
ging the government to
allow him to join his wife
and son in Scandinavia for
the last 10 years. Despite
numerous interventions by
top Swedish government of-
ficials his repeated requests
are denied by the Polish
government. And approx-
imately at the time of Mr.
Harpaz's visit at the Uni-
versity of Warsaw, its His-

tory Department suddenly
terminated Prof. Szymon
Rudnicki, a Jew and Po-
land's leading authority on
the pre-World War II Polish
right and fascist move-
ments. Prof. Rudnicki found
out that he was without a
job as soon as he returned
from an officially-approved
trip to England.
So much for the good life
in Poland. With friends like
Mr. Harpaz, Polish Jews do
not need enemies.

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