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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-11-28

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Friday, November 28, 1980

Fundraising Started for Michigan Dorm at Technion

Ten years after complet-
ing the Detroit Mechanical
Engineering Building on
the Technion campus, the
Detroit Chapter of the
American Technion Society
will announce on Sunday
the launching of a new
fund-raising project aimed
at raising $600,000 to build
a Michigan Dormitory as
part of the Technion's $14
million student housing
construction program.
The Technion — Israel
Institute of Technology is


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Israel's oldest institution of
higher learning and its only
technological. university,
ranking among the top 10
institutions of its kind in
the world. Technion is Is-
rael's principal source for
innovations in the field of
energy, agriculture, indus-
trialization and defense.
More than 8,000 students
are currently enrolled at the
Technion, of whom 2,000
are graduate and post-
graduate students. But de-
spite the dramatic growth of



The Michigan Dormitory will be part of Techn-
ion's new housing complex which will eventually
house 850 students.

the university's physical
plant over the past several
years, according to Sam
Rich, chairman of the
Society's Michigan Dormit-
ory Building Fund; "the in-
stitution is facing a critical
and increasingly urgent
housing shortage for stu-
dents and faculty alike:"
"Unfortunately," Rich
points out, "the Technion
currently has hostel ac-
commodations available
for only 1,900 students, or
about a third of those
students who are eligible
for on-campus housing."
More than 70 percent of
Technion's students
come from outside the
Haifa area, where the
university is located.
"Because of the general
shortage of housing in Is-
rael, especially in and
around Haifa," explains
Louis Milgrom, president of
the Society's Detroit Chap-
ter and a member of ATS's
national board, "the cost of
renting rooms outside the
campus is extremely high,
in fact, several times higher
than the students' tuition
costs, which are subsidized
by the government."
The Michigan Dormitory

will provide accommoda-
tions for 36 students in the
forested surroundings of
Technion's Mt. Carmel
campus. The dormitory will
contain 8,000 square feet of
living and working space, in
a four-story module in the
institute's newest dormit-
ory complex.
Each student will have an
individual room, with
kitchen, living room and
bathroom facilities shared
among the residents of each
five-student unit.

The new building project
will be announced officially
at the 32nd annual meeting

of the Detroit Chapter, to be
held 6 p.m. Sunday at Cong.
Shaarey Zedek.

"The construction of
dormitory rooms is a vital
aspect- of Technion's
growth," says Rich. "To
have a comfortable and
personal 'home base' that
each student may call his
or her own, a place to live
in, to study in, to be one-
self in, is a crucial ele-
ment of a happy and
fruitful academic

The $600,000 Michigan
Dormitory building project
is one of a number of special
fund-raising projects under-
taken by the Detroit Chap-
ter over the years, which
have raised more than $2
million for the_Technion.

Shown is an architect's drawing of the floor plan
for a five-student unit in Technion's proposed Michi-
gan Dormitory.

Foundation Album Shows Jews Arriving at Concentration Camps


The Beate Klarsfeld
Foundation has just pub-
lished "The Auschwitz Al-
bum," a book containing
some 200 photographs
showing Jews on their arri-
val at the Augchwitz con-
centration camp in the
summer of 1944.
The album, which has
never been published before
in its entirety (although
several of the photos have
appeared in other publica-
tions), was uncovered acci-
dently by an Auschwitz_
survivor in 1945. Lili Jacob,
who found the document,
kept it for 35 years before
donating it to Yad Vashem,
the Holocause memorial in
Jerusalem, last August.
The history of the album
and the story behind its dis-
covery is both complex and
fascinating. Serge
Klarsfeld, who did much of
the research on the project,
tells the story in a preface to
the photos:
"During the prepara-
tion of this book (a vol-
ume on the January 1980
Cologne trial of war crim-
inals), we received a
series of documents and
photographs from
Prague. They had been
found and brought from
the Jewish State Museum
in Prague by an 18-year-
old student named Em-
manuel Lulin. We had
sent him (with the help of
Mr. and Mrs. Fred

Thomases of New Jersey)
to Czechoslovakia in the
summer of 1979 to study
the remnants of Jewish
culture as could be found
in cemetaries and
elsewhere. Lulin did
much of his work at the
Jewish State Museum in
Prague, where we and
our colleagues of the
Association of Sons and
Daughters of Jewish De-
portees-- from France
have now had fruitful
"I was startled to dis-
cover, among the docu-
ments from Prague, a group
of 70 photographs showing
the arrival of a convoy to
Auschwitz. They all seemed
to have been made by the
same photographer. Cer-
tain ones were familiar to
me, having been reproduced
in numerous works about
Auschwitz and the
Holocaust. But now, exam-
ining them together, it oc-
curred to me for the first
time that perhaps these
photos might come from the
same source and that there
might be others from this
source which were as yet
unpublished .. .
"The first stages of my re-
search led me to the follow-
ing tentative conclusions:
"Only two sources are
known for photos of Jews at
Auschwitz. There are three
photos made by David
Szmulewski, an inmate,

showing nude women being
led to the gas chambers and
then showing the Sonder-
kommando of the cre-
matoria at work sorting the
cadavers after the gassing
prior to burning. These


photos were smuggled out of
the camp by the under-
ground movement. And
then there were these
photos from the Jewish
State Museum at Prague.
"Never, apparently,
had - the photos from
Prague been published in
their entirety. This was a
startling omission, given
the fact that they are the
only known visual record
of the arrival of a convoy
to Auschwitz. It is only
through the evocative
power of these photos
that we can most directly
attempt to imagine what
it must have been like for
so many countless
Jewish families to arrive
at the ramps of

The value of these photos
is inestimable to' the
Jewish people. That is
why we decided to track
down and publish all the
photos we could find, as
well as to ascertain their
origin, while it is still
possible, so that their au-
thenticity could never be
attacked. It was in this
spirit that our Founda-
tion had published, in
1978, a precise and de-
tailed response to the
would-be "revisionist"
literature of the
Holocaust "The
Holocaust and the Neo-
Nazi Mythomania" (The
launching of the Final
Solution — The existence
of gas chambers — The
number of victims) by

Joseph Billig and
Georges Wellers.
"Our first move to bring
to light all the Prague
photographs was to publish
the 70 that were then avail-
able in the "addition" to the
memorial book. Then, in
April 1980, we again sent
Emmanuel- Lulin to Prague
to obtain all available
photos of Auschwitz.
Thanks to the cooperation of
the staff of the Jewish State
Museum, we were assured
that, with the permission of
the Minister of Culture,
these photos would be re-
leased to us at the end of
June 1980 .. .
"However, it seems that
no one was ready to recog-
nize the value of this docu-
ment_for the Jewish people.

Some people approached
Lili wanting to buy it, but
they did not understand the
passionate attachment Lili
had for her album. She
could not sell it; she could
only donate it. But to which
institution should she do-
nate it, if not that one dedi-
cated to Jewish martyrs, the
Yad Vashem Memorial.

The book is not for sale,
but a limited printing of
1,000 copies has been made
available by the Klarsfeld
Foundation free of charge to
major libraries and Jewish
organizations throughout
the world. Copies may be
obtained by contacting the
Klarsfeld Foundation, 515
Madison Ave., New- York,
N.Y. 10022.

Romans' Negev Life-Style Seen

TEL AVIV — An ar-
cheological study at Tel
Aviv University shows that
the Romans took their cus-
toms and life style with
them even in the Israelite
Negev Desert. Examination
of archeological finds of
Roman and of Jewish Negev
settlements revealed a
markedly different life style
for each.
The Romans apparently
maintained a high and rela-
tively comfortable life style.
For entertainment, cock-
fighting appears to have
been the Roman custom,
even in the Negev. Ar-
cheologists discovered roos-
ter bones with sharp points
on- their feet, and which
were bred for fighting, un-
like domestic chickens
which have no such sharp
bones. The leg bone was im-
printed with a round groove
where a tight ring around
the leg must have bound the
trained roosters. • ...

Wooden cages found at
the same site were probably
used to hold the fighting
cocks. At the Roman .for-
tress, near Ein Bokek, fish
bones of various types were
found from the Bay of Eilat,
from the Mediterranean
Sea and from sweet water

ponds. Pork was -also a
source of food for the Ro-

Clearly the Romans as far
away as they were, were ac-
customed to regular deliv-
eries of much more than the
bare necessities.

A cock-fight scene from a First Century CE
Roman oil lamp. It is believed the Romans used this
form of entertainment in their Negev settlements.

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