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April 03, 1981 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-04-03

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Prevent Another Holocaust:
Remember the Six Million


they must be read. And if
they upset us, so much
Have we forgotten the S ix the better. We will then
began to understand
Soon we will be observi ng what happened in the
the 38th anniversary of t he world in the '40s and
Warsaw Ghetto Revo lt, what those events tell us
which has become the sy m- today.
bol of our remembrance of
Just as during every
all Jewish resistan ce Passover we are ordered to
against the Germans, as remember the Exodus as if
well as of a Europe litter ed it happened to us, so must
with Jewish corpses.
we view the last years of the
The Warsaw Revolt was a Six Million — in Warsaw
milepost of unbelievab le and elsewhere.
gallantry along the Ion g
Those who escaped with
and lonely road th at their
lives , those who did
stretched into a seeming ly
up in smoke, those
unending night.
We remember that on . whose bones are not fertiliz-
April 9, 1943, more than ing the fields of East and
13 months before the Al- Central Europe — they
lies invaded Europe, the have been named ,"sur-
JeWs in Warsaw began vivors." Yet in some ways,
the first insurrection in we are the survivors. Upon
all of German-occupied us lies the weight of destiny,
territory. Half starved, the crushing responsibility
lacking minimal arms of perpetuating Jewish life
and ammunition, Jewish and Jewish identity of fil-
men, women and chil- ling the vacuum that once
dren held off the German held the Six Million.
The accident of birth is
military for 27 days.
The Herren yolk had to not enough because it is just
bring up artillery and tanks that — an accident. It car-
to crush them. Softie 13,000 ries no positive commit-
Jews died fighting or were ment or effort. It does, how-
burned to death in their ever, give us the opportu-
buildings and bunkers. In nity,' the challenge, to live a
September 1939, the entire positive Jewish life; to
Polish army collapsed in fiercely resist assimilation,
Jewish ignorance and
less than 27 days.
We must remember that apathy. The Six Million
the Warsaw Jews fought died as Jews; they died be-
alone and that the Six Mil- cause they were Jews, so, in
lion died alone. The nations essence, they died for what
of the world did nothing, all of us are — Jews. Can we
either before or after April live and be less? Have we
19, 1943. The Six Million that right? Dare we?
might have been the Five
Whenever we read
Million or even the Four about the Six Million, talk
Million, but then one or two about them and think
million human beings about them we plant a
didn't matter much if they firm headstone. What-
were Jews.
ever we do in our daily
The Warsaw Ghetto Re- lives to assure the eter-
volt and 100 other resis- nity of Judaism and the
tance actions of lesser scope eternal quality of the
lit a torch for the Jewish Jewish People is a
people that will never be ex- memorial to their genera-
tinguished. It flames high tion.
in Israel. The world hasn't
So long as we thus re-
changed fundamentally member
them, the Six Mil-
since April 19, 1943.
lion are not nameless or
Its sensitivity to the faceless. They are not alone.
loss of Jewish lives is still They are with us, within us.
covered with callouses
They live again. The "non-
Constant calls still go ou t people" have become im-
to Israel to "com
promise" with its
Remember! Remember!
enemies. The possibility
of a Middle East Munich
cannot be written off.
A people that has been Memorial on Site
sold out once with a loss o f
six million lives (some say of Synagogue
seven million) would have
only itself to blame if it col- Mayor Alois Lugger of In-
laborated in a second basi- nsbruck has announced
cally similar transaction.
that the city will erect a
It is, therefore, more than memorial at the site of the
just a coincidental accident former main synagogue de-
of history to have the an- stroyed during the Kris-
nual observance of the re- tallnacht in November
volt so close to the date of 1938. Lugger said the state
the anniversary of the state of Tyrol agreed to subsidize
of Israel. If we remember the project and the In-
the first we shall know what nsbruck City Council will
to do to keep the second.
decide shortly on the financ-
So, we must ask again:
The announcement fol-
have we forgotten the Six lowed a request by the Is-
raeli Ambassador to Au-
To be sure, books about stria, Yissachar Ben-
the last days of the War- Yaacov, that the city gov-
saw Ghetto specifically, ernment build a memorial.
or the Holocaust in gen- Before the Nazi take-over,
eral, do not make for more than 2,000 Jews lives
hilarious reading. Yet in Innsbruck.

Friday, April 3 ; 1981

Samuel Haber Tells of Increasing
Need for Hebrew U. Scholarships

Addressing the Detroit
Friends of the Hebrew Uni-
versity, at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Thomas Klein on
Monday evening, Samuel
N. Haber, national chair-
man of Hebrew U. Associ-
ates, emphasized the urgent
need for scholarships.
Klein, president of the
Detroit Friends of Hebrew
U., presided.
Haber, who volunteers
his services to Hebrew Uni-
versity on a full-time basis
since his retirement as
executive vice president of
American Friends of the
Hebrew University, said
that reduced allocations to
the university from the Is-
rael government due to the
current economic difficul-
ties, and the services pro-
vided for the increasing
number of students from
underdeveloped countries,
necessitates increased pro-
visions for scholarships.
He pointed out that the
university policies of
encouraging student
enrollments of youths
from Muslim countries
and cooperation with the
Israel armed forces to as-

Sprin unlocks the flowers
to paint the soil.

facilities for army vete-
rans have created a great
need for the scholarship
program, with the He-
brew U. Associates serv-
ing as the medium to as-
sure financial aid for this
vital program.

During his brief visit
here, prior to departure for
Israel to attend the Hebrew
U. board of governors meet-
ing in Jerusalem, Haber
also addressed Maimonides
Womens Auxiliary, one of
the chief backers of the He-
brew U. program in Detroit.




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