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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-04-03

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THE JEWISH NEWS

(LISPS 275-520(

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with the issue of July 20, 1951

Copyright © The Jewish News Publishing Co.

Member of American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers, National Editorial Association and
National Newspaper Association and its Capital Club.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075
Postmaster: Send address changes to The Jewish News, 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing Offices. Subscription $15 a year.

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ
Editor and Publisher

ALAN HITSKY

News Editor

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ
Business Manager

HEIDI PRESS
Associate News Editor

DREW LIEBERWITZ
Advertising Manager

Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the 29th day of Adar II, 5741, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Leviticus 12:1-13:59, Exodus 12:1-20. Prophetical portion, Ezekiel 45:16-46:18, I Samuel 20:18, 42.

Sunday, Rosh Hodesh Nisan, Numbers 28:1-15.

Candle lighting, Friday, April 3, 6:42 p.m.

VOL. LXXIX, No. 5

Page Four

Friday, April 3, 1981

NO PANIC FOR AMERICANS

Many Americans may have been panicked
all-too-soon by the claims of the "Moral Major-
ity" of having influenced the last Presidential
election and of having established roots for con-
trolling political affairs in this Land of the Free
and the Home of the Brave.
The fact is that there are differences of opin-
ion and the American Way is the right to differ.
It is interesting that' prominent Christians
are mobilizing under other movements, one of
them being labeled American Way. Meanwhile,
there is the silent citizen who acts the tradi-
tional way of not being bullied. He may be mis-
led or drawn into controversy. He does not
buckle under to threats.
The American Way is often affected by the
economic conditions, by the threats to this way
of life from foreign complications. There is no
buckling under from the ultra-conservative or
reactionary
This needs to be said as an encouragement to
those who are influenced by the philosophies of
the Founding Fathers, by the teachings which
have made this democracy a champion of the
rights of all peoples, who have emphasized the
importance of the Separation Principle.
Even if it is the President of the United States
and the Chief Lady of the land- who may be
pursuing a policy of introducing religious
studies in the schools, in the ultimate there is

the ongoing process of the American Way of life
which separates church from state, which says
to the citizen that his home is his castle and
that's where he can dominate religiously, but
that he cannot take the religious ideals he
nourishes in his home and transfer them into
anyone else's home, and that he cannot destroy
the idea of giving church-synagogue beliefs
their just rights while keeping them aloof from
the public school.
The faith in the American Way of Life, the
confidence in the good judgment of the Ameri-
can citizen, leads to the belief that anything
akin to religious domination, rule of Church
over State, cannot prosper. That is why there is
a continuing confidence that the highest court
in the land, no matter how many conservatives
are named to rule over it, will never abandon
the basic principles of American fair play, jus-
tice and democracy.
These things need to be said as an assurance
to those who panic that the only majority in the
land is the solid citizenry, whose roots are in fair
play. The admonition to this citizenry of com-
mon sense is not to buckle under to whatever
threats may be uttered either in search of votes
or rule over State and its schools by Church. The
American Way respects Church. It protects
School and Home. That's how it will remain!
Don't panic!

.

ARMS RACE MENACE

A group of members of the U.S. Senate, repre-
senting both political parties and therefore act-
ing non-partisanly, is acting as protesters
against the increasing supply of deadly arms to
Arab states, primarily Saudi Arabia. An even
larger number of members of both parties in the
U.S. House of Representatives is similarly op-
posing the present Administration's policies of
providing arms to a country that is threatening
a Jihad — a Holy War — against Israel and is a
chief spreader of the fraud called Protocols of
the Elders of Zion. There are enough courageous
people who reject and resent the encouragement
to an arms race, and it is puzzling why an earlier
protest in Israel should have been deadened by
silence out of fear that the new Administration
in Washington may thus be angered and there-
fore possibly be isolated from friendship.
It becomes necessary to reassert that an arms

race is bad for the world. It is damaging to Is-
rael. It could undermine the peace that is so
vital for the Middle East.
Israel's Foreign Minister Yitzak Shamir had
a warning against an arms race when he de-
plored on March 15 the "massive flow of all
types of weapons, including the most advanced,
into this region from every possible source: the
United States, the Soviet Union and the Euro-
pean countries. These massive quantities of
weapons do not strengthen the West in this
region; they do not serve any positive purpose,
but they do jeopardize peace and endanger Is-
rael."
This is a commendable and statesmanlike
declaration. It is a human comment against
arms racing. On this basis the actions of the
rebelling members of Congress should be com-
mended and encouraged.

POLITICAL STUPIDITIES

A dispute between the mayor of Detroit and
the chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party
has been polluted into a racial issue.
Because the latter is Jewish, the affair was
dumped into the shocking divisiveness that in-
jects enmities among citizens and endangers.
the necessity of elevating neighborliness into
humanism.
For the Detroit mayor to have permitted the
regrettable rift in his party's leadership into a
black-Jewish issue is not only distressing. It is
shocking, it was unnecessary, it is unrealistic —
it is untrue! Good relations among all citizens,
especially between the black and white popula-

tion, is a compelling and mandatory duty for all
citizens.

An editor hesitates to resort to the term
"stupidity" in dealing with public issues. In the
matter of the injection of racism into a political
dispute, this appellation is deserving and pro-
per.

The threats from bigoted forces, from the
Nazis and the PLO, from the Ku Klux Klan and
their allies, are too grave not to be recognized as
venomous to all Americas. Therefore, disunity
must never be encouraged in the ranks of blacks
and Jews and all Americans.

Jewish Agonies in 1931-45
Chronologically Recorded

German and European Jewries' agonies during World War II and
the years of Nazi propaganda preceding the war are recorded
chronologically in an important historical chronicle.
Robert Goralski registers all the important events of that era in
"World War II Almanac 1931-1945" (Putnam).
As the title indicates, it is a chronological account and is there-
fore valuable as "a political and military record of the World War," the
description thus subtitled for the book.
It should be noted that the many photographs in this extensive
work add immensly towards an understanding and serve as a remin-
der of the events and horrors that occurred during the period
chronicled.
Robert Goralski is highly qualified for such a chronological col-
lection of facts about one of the most turbulent periods in history. He
covered military events abroad, served in the U.S. Navy during the
war and upon his return launched a 25-year service in journalism.
His earlier account of Jewish experiences in World War II is
dated March 2, 1933, and is therefore the very beginning of Nazi rule
that was marked by the inhumanities of the Holocaust. That first
.item is recorded in Goralski's initial Jewish item in the book:
"March 2 — In a hate-filled editorial, the Nazi party newspaper
Volkischer-Beobachter attacked Jews and intellectuals for their
`pacifist excesses' and 'international treason.' Specifically named
were Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, Arnold Zweig and other leading
German writers and academics.
The reader thus begins to learn who were the eminent per-
sonalities who were the objects of Hitlerite persecutions.
The name of Albert Einstein reappears in this almanac. Going
back, under the date of June 2, 1932, the attack on Einstein is re-
corded in the following:
"A deputy in the Prussian legislature, Wilhelm Kube, delivered
an anti-Semitic tirade, declaring that when we clean house the
exodus of the Children of Israel will be a child's game in comparison.'
Kube singled out German-Jewish physicist Albert Einstein for par-
ticular attention saying, 'A people that possesses a Kant will not
permit an Einstein to be tacked onto it.'
Under a date of Dec. 5, 1932, it is noted that Einstein appeared
before the American Consul in Berlin, refuted the charge of being a
Communist and was granted a visa to settle in the United States.
Then there is the Aug. 2, 1939 entry about Einstein's warning to
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, alerting him to the potentials of the
atomic bomb.
The many references to the Jewish tragedy include Sept. 15,
1935, adoption of the Nuremberg anti-Semitic laws; March 13, 1938,
Austria being incorporated as a province of the German Reich, result-
ing in anti-Semitic outbursts engineered by the Nazis; Dec. 19, 1938,
expulsion of Jews from Danzig; more than a score of other recordings
among the concluding ones, are July 28, 1944, Russians liberate
Maidanek, and references to the liberation of Auschwitz and other
death camps.
Then there is the tragic 1938 reminder:
• "Nov. 9-10 — The Nazis launched a campaign of terror against
the Jews in Germany in retaliation for the Rath murder. 'Crystal
Night,' so-called because of the shattered glass (valued at six million
marks) resulting from unbridled window-smashing, marked,the vil-
est form yet of government-supported anti-Semitism. Altogether, 267
synagogues were plundered, 815 shops were wrecked, 36 Jews were
killed, and 20,000 were arrested. In one of the grimmest of ironies, the
Nazis confiscated the insurance money paid the Jews by imposing a
billion mark penalty on them for what Goring called "their abomina-
ble crimes."

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