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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-07-03

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Survivors Group to Develop
an Oral History Library Here

Formation of a special
Committee on Holocaust
Oral History was an-
nounced by Leon Halpern,
president of Shaarit Hap-
laytah — survivors of Nazi
genocide.
Dr. John J. Mames, past
president of the organiza-
tion, was appointed chair-
man and will coordinate the
activities of this committee.
According to Dr. Mames,
this project is of vital sig-
nificance and urgency.
The survivors of the
Nazi Holocaust remain
the living testimonials to
the greatest tragedy
and unprecedented
wholesale massacre of
innocent people. Each
survivor has a special
story, each story has a
different message and a
different lesson to teach.
"As these individual
stories will begin to unfold,
new light will be shed on
this unspeakable bestial
period, new complex facts
and new agonizing truths
about the Hitler's 'final
solution' will emerge.
"These voices are impor-
tant, they belong to eye wit-
nesses, they are authentic
and must be recorded before
too late. They will speak of
the beautiful pulsating
world with a rich tradition
which is no more, of the life
in ghettoes, concentration
and death camps of terror,
barbarism, torture, of Au-
schwitz, Treblinka, Maj-
danek, Bergen Belsen,
Sobibor, of gas chambers,
crematoria, of desperate
struggle, of faith, hope, of
courage, resistance.
They will talk about re-
birth, miracle of surviving
and of reaffirmation of life
after liberation," Mames
stated.
The Oral History Li-
brary will provide addi-
tional valuable historic
and resource material to
educators, researchers,
teachers and historians
of the Holocaust.
"It will help to dismiss the
vicious, outrageous anti-
Semitic propaganda fabri-
cated by the growing neo-
Nazism attempting to con-
vince the world that 'Au-
schwitz is a lie and a myth'
and The Six Million is a
hoax.' It will also help to
sensitize and heighten the
awareness of Holocaust
with all the implications,"
Dr. Mames said.
Sidney Bolkowsky, asso-
ciate professor of history at
the University of Michigan
— Dearborn, who in 1975
published a book "The Dis-
torted Image'ranalyzing the
postwar attitude of German
Jews towards Germans and
gave special courses on
Holocaust, and Hank
Grynspan former fellow in
psychology and history,
currently conducting inter-
views with survivors and
their children, have joined
the project and enlisted vol-
unteer interviewers.
The aim of the project is to
acquire a broad representa-
tion by survivors from di-
versified backgrounds,

different countries, various
cultural, economical
environments, with indi-
vidual personal recollec-
tions and experiences.
The committee also is
planning to include in-
terviews of "righteous
gentiles" and American
servicemen (gentiles and
Jews) who helped liber-
ate concentration and
death camps. In addition,
special interviews with
second generation (chil-
dren of survivors) and
selected educators in-
volved in teaching about
the Holocaust are under
consideration.
Rabbi
Charles
H.
Rosenzveig, director of the
Holocaust Memorial Cen-
ter, who attended the World
Gathering of Jewish
Holocaust Survivors in
Jerusalem and who is a
member of the conference's
national executive commit-
tee, will examine the Oral
History Department at Yad
Vashem and evaluate the
various approaches to this
project. --
Sonia Popowski, pro-
gramming and cultural
chairman of Shaarit Hap-
laytah, Martin S. Water,
first vice president and Abe
Pasternak, of the Holocaust
Memorial Center said that
the oral history tapes will be
deposited in the Holocaust
Memorial Center, founded
by the Shaarit Haplaytah
and copies will be forwarded
to Yad Vashem in
Jerusalem and possibly to
other Holocaust repos-
itories.

British MPs
Attack Begin

"The oral history project
will provide a vivid remin-
der what had happened and
will stand as a witness and
warning for future genera-
tions," Halpern and Dr.
Mames said. All survivors
(member and non-
members) are urged to con-
tact Shaarit Haplaytah
through Rabbi Rosenzveig,
559-3649, for interview ap-
pointments.

Speaking on behalf of
Shaarit Haplaytah, Hal-
pern and Mames expressed
appreciation to Charles C.
Benham, director of Detroit
Round Table of the National
Conference of Christians
and Jews; the Interfaith
Coordination Committee on
the Holocaust; Archdiocese
of Detroit; Dr. Carol Rittner
of Mercy College; Lillian
Genser of Wayne State
University; Norman
Naimark, chairman of the
Jewish Community Council
Holocaust Subcommittee;
Dr. Irving Panush; Zelda
Robinson; Beverly Geltner;
and all members of the sub-
committee; Charles Silow
president of Children of
Holocaust Survivors Asso-
ciation in Michigan
(CHAIM); superintendents;
educators; teachers of pub-
lic and private schools, and
all participants "for their
active dedicated involve-
ment to the process of effec-
tive programming, expos-
ing and teaching the grave
lesson of Nazi Holocaust
and for recognizing the
great need and importance
of oral history project."

LONDON (ZINS) — The
vice chairman of Britain's
Labor Party, Dennis Hilly,
delivered a scathing attack
against Israeli Prime
Minister Menahem Begin
during a debate in Britain's
Parliament.
Following Begin's attack
on West German Chancel-
lor Helmut Schmidt, Hilly
called Begin "a money-
hungry chauvinist and ra-
cist."
A Jewish member of Par-
liament, Reg Preson, de-
fended Schmidt and called
Begin's attack "irrational,
hysterical and false."

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HAMBURG (ZINS) — A
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WASHINGTON — A re-
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Intelligence Agency claims
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around the world have risen
dramatically and that
American businessmen and
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