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April 04, 1980 - Image 36

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-04-04

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Friday, April 4, 1980


Two Women of the Resistance
Highlight JWF Spring Forum

Women's Clubs

TER, Pioneer Women, will
hold a business and cultural
meeting noon April 15 at
the new Pioneer Women
headquarters, 25900 Green-
field, Suite 205E, Oak Park.
Vice President Regina
Weisman announces Alice
Ross will review the book,
"Freedom at Night." Re-


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TER, Pioneer Women, will
hold its next board meeting
8 p.m. Thursday in the
home of Mary Shuster,
22101 Marlow, Oak Park.

Order of the Eastern Star,
will have a business meet-
ing 7:45 p.m. Monday in the
Oddfellows Temple,
Berkley. Refreshments will
be served. For information,
call Fay Herwitz, 548-9248.
** *
AUXILIARY will hold its
annual election and instal-
lation noon April 16 in the
LaMed Auditorium of the
main UHS building. Petite
luncheon will be served, and
entertainment will be pro-
vided by a musical trio,
featuring Pearl Kaplan,
soprano; Max Miller,
baritone; and Betty Pollens,
accompanist. Friends and
relatives are invited.

day. Sisterhood president
Claudia Gold invites guests.
There is a charge. For
reservations, call Renee
Lieberman, 626-1504; or
Rose Diamond, 557-9552.

Women, will hold a general
meeting noon Wednesday in
the Whitehall Apts. club
house. Plans for the May 25
dinner party at the
Whitehall club house will
be discussed. Hostesses - for
the meeting are Sylvia
Frimet and Tillie Kulish.
Guests are welcome, and re-
freshments will be served.

Education Day
Program Nears

Reservations are still
being taken for the Beth
Shalom Sisterhood Educa-
tion Day program•o be held
9:30 a.m. April 14 in,,the
Guest speaker for the
program will be Dr. F. Paul
Pearsall, who will address
the topic of The Survival of
the American Family."
Theme for the day will be
* **
"The American Family and
ADAT SHALOM SIS- Its Impact on the Jewish
TERHOOD still is taking American Family."
There is a charge. For
reservations for its
luncheon-meeting featur- - reservations by today, call
ing Florin Mark, area di- Barbara Lefton, vice
rector of Weight Watchers, president of education,
noon April 14 in the , 547-0522; or Gladys
synagogue. Rose Shoshana Goldsmith, education
Wolok is chairman of the chairman, 557-3734.

Last week, at the annual
Spring Forum of the Jewish
Welfare Federation
Women's Division, more
than 400 area women lis-
tened to two women who
played important roles in
two of the best-known resis-
tance movements of recent
history: the Hagana in Is-
rael and the Jewish Fight-
ing Organization in the
Warsaw Ghetto.
. The notion that Jews
went passively to slaughter
by the Nazis is resented by
many Jews, said Vladka
Meed, the afternoon
The armed revolt of the
Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto
began on the eve of
Passover, 1943. The fight-
ing continued four weeks
and ended only when the
ghetto was totally de-
One reason the armed
revolt did not begin
sooner was simply a lack
of weapons and ammuni-
fion, Mrs. Meed said. All
the materials used in the
fighting had to be smug-
gled in Mrs. Meed was
one of the smugglers.
She was 17 when the
Nazis invaded Poland. She
joined the underground
when the Warsaw Ghetto
was established, and, be-
cause of her fluent Polish
speech and "gentile" fea-
tures, was assigned to work

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Shown at the Spring Forum are, from left, Anita
Herashen, Dena Golden, Vladka Meed, Francine Gold
and Marcy Feldman.
activist after suffering from
outside the ghetto.
From the beginning of the acts of anti-Semitism dur-
ghetto, Polish Jews engaged ing her childhood. She still
in spiritual and moral re- resents the fact that she was
sistance. More than 85 refused entrance in to
schools were established, il- Radcliffe College despite
legally, within the ghetto. superior grades; their
Hebrew schools, a nursing "Jewish quota" was filled.
"I felt I had to do some-
school and a library were set
up. Residents even formed thing to create a better
world for my two daughters
theatrical groups.
Long before the fighting to grow up in," she said.
Her involvement with
started, Mrs. Meed said,
ghetto residents were pre- the-national speakers'
paring for battle by smuggl- bureau of a major Jewish
ing in ammunition and as- organization provided a
sembling weapons and cover for her Hagana ac-
tivities, since it offered a
Molotov cocktails.
But the bitter truth is, legitimate reason to
we were very poorly travel to various cities
armed," she said. and countries". After
"Women in the ghetto be- completing her speaking -
gged to be included in the engagements, she was
fighting units. They were able to meet with other
refused, not because they Hagana operatives, to se-
were women, but be- cure funds or to trans-
cause there weren't port arms.
enough arms." She esti-
"We always carried
mated there were 50,000 weapons, and we also car-
active participants in the ried –means for self-
revolt, but only 15,000 destruction in case we were
-armed fighters.
captured," she said. "But we
At 2 a.m. on the eve of never carried papers and we
Passover, 37 years ago, un- never used our real names.
derground guards noted Even today, when I meet
new German movement someone I worked with back _
near the ghetto walls and then, we don't address each
alerted the residents. The other by our real names."
Among Mrs. Hearshen's
Jews of the ghetto rose in
one body against the Ger- Hagana comrades was
mans." Mrs. Meed said.
Teddy Kollek,--now mayor of
Despite a recent revival Jerusalem, who headed the
in interest in the Holocaust, intelligence unit based in
Mrs. Meed said, the nature New York.
of Jewish resistance is still
Emanu-El Women
The Jews did resist, even Luncheon Nears
if it was only by hiding —
Reservations are still
and starving in their hiding
places — instead of surren- being taken for the VIP
dering to the Germans," she luncheon to be held noon
April 14 at Somerset Inn,
"Even in the concen- sponsored by Temple
tration camps, in the pit Emanu-El Sisterhood.
Guest speaker for the
of hell, there was
spiritual and physical re- luncheon will be Lynn
sistance. In Poland alone, Caine, author of "Widow "
there was physical resis- and "Lifeline." Ms. Caii
tance in 42 ghettos or will speak on "Giving Up
the Myth."
For reservations and in
What must not be forgot-
ten is that every Jew, in his formation, call the tempi,
own way, resisted the Nazis, daily between 9 a.m. and u
even if the only way he p.m., 967-4020.
could do so was to -go to the
gas•chambers wearing a JWB Parley
talis and reciting the in Los Angeles
NEW YORK — Hundreds
The morning speaker,
Anita Hearshen, is active in of Jewish communal leaders
the Jewish community in from throughout the U.S.,
Cleveland. But 35 years Canada, Israel, Europe,
ago, Mrs. Hearshen was a Argentina, Venezuela and
member of the Hagana's In- Mexico will attend the 1980
telligence Corps, specializ- Biennial Convention of the
Jewish Welfare Board,
ing in gun-running.
Mrs. Hearshen says she April 30-May 4 at the Cen-
decided to become a Jewish tury Plaza in Los Angeles.




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