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Friday, June 5, 1981

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Gra'ae Dowben, a woman
who must deal with her
son's defection to the Hare
Krishnas and her daugh-
ter's total absorption in the
women's movement is the
central character in Joanne
Greenberg's "A Season of
Delight" (Holt, Rinehart
and Winston).
Now that her own chil-
dren have left home so de-
finitively, Grace has found
meaning for her own life in
her faith, her community,
and especially in her work
as a volunteer in the local
fire-and-rescue squad.
Driven by her desire to
halt an entire generation
from turning away from
their Jewish heritage,
Grace befriends a young
man, Ben Sloan, who works
with her on the rescue
squad. Ben, raised as an ag-
nostic, but a Jew by birth,
becomes her "project" and
rekindles the spirit in Grace
that was lost along with her
son and daughter.
Joanne Greenberg is the
author of five previous
novels, including "I Never
Promised You a Rose Gar-
den." She lives in Colorado
with her husband, where
she is a member of a fire-
fighting and emergency-
rescue team.

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Nathan Ziprin Reconstructs Journalistic
Memories in An Unending Tale of Love

Nathan Ziprin was for
more than three decades a
one-man institution • in the
American Jewish commu-
nity as editor of the Seven
Arts Feature Syndicate, an
affiliate of the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency; as a
nationally-syndicated col-
umnist; as a leader in the
ranks of the Yiddishists; as
a linguist, mastering He-
brew, Yiddish and English;
and as an admired jour
nalist.
He is equally the sen-
timentalist, the man mas-
tering deep human qual-
ities, as his trilogy of love,
expressed for his late wife
Rose, attests. This is in evi-
dence again in his new ex-
pression of affection, "An
Unending Tale" (Shengold
Publishers), which is at the
same time a volume filled
with recollections about his
devotions to his craft: his
journalistic experiences,
the great personalities he
befriended, the Yiddish
language he loved, al-
though most of his writings
were in English.
His new book, the tribute
to his late wife, is filled with
impressive vignettes. A typ-
ical one is the brief "A Le-
gacy":
"My mother's legacy to
me was her Tzenna
Urenna,' a Yiddish re-
ndering of the Bible for
women.
"My father's gift of in-
heritance to me was the
yarmulke he wore when he
stood before the prayer
table as messenger to
heaven for the congregation
of the hasidim.

the life of Nathan Ziprin,
his devotion to tradition, his
love for the ceremonial, his
spiritual sentimentalities.
In "An Unending Tale,"
primarily the love song for
his Rose, Zipirin included
many letters he had written
to friends and associates.
One is a copy of a message to
this reviewer in which he
recalled his early associa-
tions with him and with Leo
Frisch, the nonagenarian
who was then the publisher
of the Minneapolis Jewish
World.

NATHAN ZIPRIN

"And my saintly wife left
me a single copper penny,
the only material wealth of
which she died possessed.
"Now my years are falling
like autumn leaves, golden
but in unfear of fading, se-
cure in the faith that my
treasures will be
preserved."
Here the reader is intro-
duced to another theme in

Rabb Named
to Italy Post

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Maxwell Rabb, a 70-year-
old New York lawyer and
president of Temple
Emanu-el in Manhattan,
was officially named by
President Reagan Thursday
as U.S. Ambassador to
Italy.
Rabb, who was Secretary
to the Cabinet during the
Eisenhower Administra-
tion, was an active member
of the Coalition for
Reagan-Bush in the 1980
campaign.

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German Seminar Proposes
Stricter Anti-Nazi Statues

BONN (JTA) — Social
scientists and Jewish com-
munity leaders have ex-
pressed concern over the
lack of effective measures
by West German
authorities to deal with the
resurgence of neo-Nazi ac-
tivities, particularly among
the youth.
While the authorities are
aware of the phenomenon,
they seem to be blind to its
political implications, ac-
cording to speakers at a
seminar on the subject or-
ganized by the ruling Social
Democratic Party (SPD).
One example noted was
the failure to register the
far rightwing National
Democratic Party (NPD) as
a neo-Nazi organization.
Heinz Galinski, chairman
of the West Berlin Jewish
community took the legis-
lators to task for failing to
correct the present situa-
tion whereby only the rela-
tives of death camp victims
can sue neo-Nazis who
spread propaganda that the
Holocaust never occurred.
"This cannot be tolerated.
We have to see to it that the
state prosecution initiates
such cases," Galinski said.
Minister
Justice
Schmude
Juergen
agreed that existing laws
must be tightened to curb
neo-Nazi propaganda or
new laws introduced. He
has taken initiatives in
that direction. Peter
Glotz, secretary general
of the SPD, said more at-
tention should be paid to
the neo-Nazi phenom-
enon.
Much of the seminar was
devoted to discussions by
experts of recent public
opinion polls which showed
that 13 percent of the West
German population holds
views characterized by
hatred toward foreign
groups. Social scientists
said that by their nature,
those views could be
classified as neo-Nazi. But
they disagreed - as to
whether the resurgence of
neo-Nazi ideas was caused
by economic decline and un-
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The pollsters who con-
ducted the survey on behalf
of the government said the
results did not indicate a
definite relationship be-
tween unemployment and
extreme rightwing opin-
ions.
Meanwhile, another de-
bate is under way on the
anti-Semitic or anti-Israel
bias among certain leftwing
groups in the Federal Re-
public. It was triggered two
months ago when a young
German Jew, Henryk
Broder, immigrated to Is-
rael.
He left a letter to his
former leftwing friends
protesting their anti-
Israel views, which was
published in the weekly
Die Zeit. Jn an interview
published later in Der
Spiegel, Broder attacked
the Middle East policies
of Chancellor Helmut
Schmidt.
Both weeklies were
flooded with letters support-
ing or repudiating Broder's
charges against West Ger-
man society.

Ex-Intelligence
Chief Opposes
War With Syria

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MONTREAL (JTA) —
Shlomo Gazit, former chief
of Israeli intelligence,
agrees that Israel has an
interest in the survival of
the Lebanese Christians
but he does not believe it
should go to war with Syria
for their sake. Gazit is cur-
rently president of the Ben
Gurion University of the
Negev in Beersheba.
According to Gazit, the
problem is that "We have an
interest in the survival of
Lebanese Christians and in
the continuation of Lebanon
as an independent country.
It is against our political
interest to see the Middle
East as a monolithic Arab,
Moslem Middle East." He
stressed the importance of
continued aerial surveil-
lance by Israel over Leba-
non to monitor the activities
of Palestinian terrorists.

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Then there are the per-
sonalities, among them Elie
Wiesel. This reviewer first
met Elie Wiesel through
Nathan Ziprin, at a brief
meeting at the United Na-
tions.
"An Unending Tale" is a
personal document. Yet it
has the merits of a recon-
structed memoir about an
interesting generation and
the profession of Jewish
journalism. Coupled with
the love tale, it is a com-
mendable memoir.
— P.S.

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