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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-07-04

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Friday, July 4, 1980 11

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Christian Theologian Challenges
Holocaust
Sciep.ce, Uni fyqsities

HAIFA — Prof. Franklin
H. Littell of Temple Univer-
sity, Philadelphia, was re-
cently a guest lecturer of the
Shlomo Zalman and
Shoshana Strochlitz Chair
of Holocaust Studies at the
University of Haifa.
A noted scholar and
Christian theologian, Prof.
Littell is a member of
President Carter's Commis-
sion on the Holocaust. As a
Christian, Prof. Littell feels
that Christianity must
grapple with the question of
how the Holocaust could
have happened in sup-
posedly ' Christian coun-
ies. "How was it," he asks,
at after 200 years of
ristianity's being the of-
icial religion, Europe re-
mained pagan at heart?"
He asserts that the
churches _need major
surgery to remove the can-

cerous theories of anti-
Semitism and replace them
with a doctrine emphasiz-
ing the importance of the
survival of the Jewish
people.

In his lecture on "The
Holocaust and the Cor-
ruption of Science," Lit-
tell dealt with what he
calls the "credibility
crisis of the modern uni-
versity." He insists that
the Holocaust should
force us to question the
basic goals and values of
a university education.

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out the discoveries of mod-
ern science, the Holocaust
could not have taken place.
Unlike the pogroms, the
Holocaust was a rationally
conceived machine made
possible only by the
cooperative efforts of
university-trained person-
nel."
Prof. Littell warns that
the "prostitution of learn-
ing" continues today, with
university graduates going

Is it the purpose of a uni-
versity to turn out techni-
cally competent doctors,
lawyers and engineers?" he
asks. "The perpetrators of
the Holocaust were unfor-
tunately competent on
technical matters. Without
their competence and with-

Crane Continues to Push
for Embassy Re-Location

By JOSEPH POLAKOFF

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
Although the House of
Representatives defeated
his attempts to have the
Carter Administration
move the U.S. Embassy
from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
by better than a 3-1 vote,
Rep. Philip Crane (R-Ill.)
served notice today in a
floor speech that he will
continue his effort at a time
of his choosing.
He had indicated earlier
that he would seek further
debate this week to pressure
the administration to abide
by the Democratic Party
platform on Jerusalem.
Crane, who had sought
the Republican nomination
for President and is now
backing Ronald Reagan,
brought about a long debate
in a recent session that
found strong friends of Is-
rael arguing against his ac-
tion that included the point
that his proposal would
cause the State Department
to close the U.S. Embassy in
Tel Aviv without opening
one in Jerusalem.

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In effect, this meant insuffi-
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bassy in Tel Aviv. The
House rejected it 252-80.
Of the 22 Jewish mem-
bers, three voted for the
amendment Rep. Sidney
Yates (D-Ill.) and New
York Republicans Ben-
jamin Gilman and
William Green. Among
the 101 Congressmen not
voting were Reps. Martin
Frost (D-Tex.), Elizabeth
Holtzman (D-N.Y.), Ken
Kramer (R-Colo.), Ted
Weiss (D-N.Y.), and Les-
ter Wolff (D-N.Y.). The
other 14 Jewish Con-
gressmen opposed the
amendment.
Unusual voting marked
the proceedings. Millicent
Fenwick (R-N.J.), an ardent
friend of Israel, and Rep.
Paul Findley (R-I11.), an ad-
vocate of U.S. recognition of
the Palestine Liberation
Organization, both opposed
Crane's amendment. Re-
publican House leader John
Rhodes of Arizona favored
it, while Democratic leader
Jim Wright of Texas did not
vote.
Rep. Robert Lagomarsino
(R-Cal.), who with Sen.
John Warner (R-Va.) is co-
chairman of the foreign pol-
icy unit of Congressmen for
Reagan, also voted for the
amendment. A majority of
the 80 proponents were Re-
publican.

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der, regardless of whether
the work is useful or de-
structive to human life. Un-
less the lessons of the
Holocaust are studied and
learned, he predicts dire
consequences.
"The smoke of the chim-
neys is a sign of universal
doom if modern universities
continue to produce
technocrats without ethical
foundation," he said.

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