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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-09-04

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72 Friday, September 4, 19131


Dr. Eisenberg's Encyclopedic rWitn,ess to Holocaust'
Adds Immeasurably to Knowledge of Nazi Tragedy

membrance." Dr. Einstein, Shoah. Many families pluck
the tual experiences and numerous sections in the
speaking at the dedication flowers in memory of the Six
Holocaust" (Pilgrim Press) took into account those book, most of the essays,
the monument to the Million and light memorial
is an encyclopedic work. In a who could not believe emphasizing the validity
martyred Jews of the War- candles.
sense, it is a summary of the and who learned the and importance of the ac-
saw Ghetto, in 1948, said, as
Holocaust literature, the truth from the witnesses. cumulated data.
"Some families and corn-
For the record it is impor-
recorded here:
–The Death Camps: Au-
extent of which now vol-
munities outside Israel
uminously exposes the schwitz"' is a section that tant that Dr. Eisenberg has
also instituted similar
of the
crime of Nazism. The new annotates these facts. It made
which you have gathered ceremonies. Many people
work, containing more than contains several essays by "Foreshadowing of Doom,"
today was built to stand as a recall the martyrdom of the
150 items that can be those who had suffered the title of one of the sec-
concrete symbol of our grief Nazi victims at the
labeled episodes, incidents, under the Nazi oppressive tions in his book. Noted
over the irreparable loss our Passover Seder, perhaps by
confessionals, revelations, tactics. It includes an article Jewish leaders like Norman
martyred Jewish nation.has setting an empty chair_at .
and many more appella- by Elie Wiesel entitled Bentwich, Alfred Werner
suffered. It shall also serve the table to symbolize their
tions, is a superb addition to "Yom Kippur in Auschwitz and Joachim Prinz are re-
as a reminder for us who absence or by special
the library that keeps alive and the Selection." Then presented here with-reveal-
have survived to remain readings.
the memory of the horrors there is the confessional by ing essays.
loyal to our people and to
"Unless Remembrance
The six-page explanatory
SS Captain Kurt Gerstein.
as a warning to prevent
It is entitled "Gerstein Sees introduction is in itself a
their repetition.
Dr. Azriel Eisenberg, na- a Gassing," and is extracted valuable commentary on concern of the United cherished by our fathers. Day ceremonies are ac-
of the as
of the Jewish
prominent. from "Harvest of Hate" by the subject. Could the warn- States, the actions that Only through such loyalty cepted
an integral
hope t to survive this
year, the Shoah may be
educator and author, gave Leon Poliakov. This is a re- ings of what was impending came too late in Dr. may we
to this work, as its editor collection of the horrors by have been heeded? How Eisenberg's summary, age of moral decay.
and collector of the many the German who was hor- could they if many in prom- contained in the portion "The more cruel the "Just as an elaborate
articles and poems, his rified by what had hap- inence were duped by Hit- entitled "Silent, Passive wrong that men commit liturgy has been developed
against an individual or a for Tisha b'Av, which corn-
skills as researcher and as pened, who warned of the ef- ler, as Dr. Eisenberg indi- World":
fects of the Nazi terror, who cotes:
"Beyond passivity, even people, the deeper their memorates the destruction
authoritative historian.
"The new Germany the muffling of th e agonized hatred and contempt for of the Temple nearly 2,000
This is his 60th book, and exposed it. This is how Dr.
it marks another triumph Eisenberg introduces the seemed to have im- cries from overseas seems to their victim. Conceit and years ago, so Yom Hashoah
pressed some foreign have been the accepted pol- false pride on the part of a should be marked by solemn
for his labors in retaining Gerstein revelation:
"SS Captain Kurt Gers- leaders. David Lloyd icy of the Allies and of the nation prevent the rise of ceremonies and prayers in
many of the occurrences in
the synagogue, in commu-
world Jewish history in his tein's sister-in-law was a George, Britain's Prime United States. Thus, in remorse for its crime.
collected works which serve victim of the euthanasia Minister during World January 1942, eight gov- "Those who have had no nity meetings, and in
as chronicled records of program. Perhaps because War I, was duped, as ernments in exile met in part in the crime, how- Jewish homes."
It is noteworthy that the
he was so shocked by her were many of his col- London's St. James' Palace ever, have no sympathy
Jewish experiences.
In the present work, death, he joined the concen- leagues. After a visit to and issued a declaration of for the sufferings of the concluding section in "Wit-
Dr. Eisenberg has incor- tration camp service where Germany he wrote in the accusation branding Ger- innocent victims of per- ness to the Holocaust" is
porated many of the most he provided the death gas. London Daily Express many's atrocities, but did secution and no aware- entitled "The Lessons for
moving events that He compiled a report of (Nov.17,1936) that he was not mention the Jews by ness of human solidarity. Mankind." Participating
marked the Holocaust, what he saw and first took it enchanted with Hitler, name. That is why the remnants authors include Elie Wiesel,
recording its beginnings, to the Papal Nuncio in Be- and described his regime
of European Jewry are Alexander
"One of the shameful acts
Menahem Rosensaft and
the era that preceded the rlin who refused to see him. as a miracle of achieve-
of the U.S. State Depart- l anguishing in concen-
g of
rise of
N a, the war
camps an d the
"Despite Hitler's cruel ment was its deliberate re-
peop le's minds, the lies, the
for Swedish diplo ma t whoe took
and its triaged
on, the
Jewry and the world, the it to Stockholm. When the stamping out of all oppo- stricting and, when deemed sparsely
the Nuremberg necessary, even halting of of this earth close their
incred ible sufferin gs, are
aims of the Hitlerites to war ended the existence of
th e fl ow_ o f i n forma tion gates against them.
described as unbelievable
exterminate the Jews, as this report was confirmed.
firmed. It Laws, etc., Lloyd George
"Everr our right, so sol- by Dr. Eisenberg who states
and other world-renowned about the mass killing of
well as the resistance.
Jews. Various U.S. ambas- emnly pledged, to a national
in the essay introducing the
personalities, such as
There is also the awaken-
Charles Lindbergh, the sadors and ministers in homeland in Palestine is conclusive data:
ing of the dormant feelings
European countries for- being betrayed. In this era
American poet Ezra Pound,
which necessitated arous-
"As stressed in various
and the Norwegian Nobel warded the gruesome facts of moral degradation in
ing concern in Jewish ranks
Prize laureate Knut Ham- of torture and slaughter. which we live, the voice of sections of this work, Jews
4, ,
over what had happened
sun, showed enthusiasm for The Roosevelt Administra- justice no longer has any who were committed to
and what is to be averted by
Jewish ideas, whether reli-
.N, li,
tion was finally forced to re- power over men.
The world was indiffer- lease these reports, which
"t Le us clearly recognize gious, Zionist, or cul-
turalist, withstood the pres-
shocked the world and set
ent. "Silent, Passive World"
Holocaust," like many other
sure and the tragedy better
is a section that exposes the off large Jewish protest and
never cooperation
forget this:
books relating to the hor-
those who had lost
g ties than
attitudes which contributed demonstrations — alas, too furtherance of livin
rocs, arouses deep emotions.
their ties with their people
to the menace. The outrage- few and too late.
between. the Jews of all
Dr. Eisenberg emphasizes it
lesson that t all.
This is
ous silence is recalled in the
when he declared in the in-
ing for us
senses me aning
essay "Rescuing the Fugi- was broken in May 1943, and moral protection in the
troduction to the first sec-
"Who knows what tests
tives of the SS. St. Louis when Breckinridge Long at present situation. But for
tion that is entitled "A
was also revealed that its (1939)." It is recorded by long last informed his de- the future our hope lies in we may face in the future?
Crime Without Equal":
"'Witness to the contents had been for- Jules A. Braunschvig, partment, with characteris- overcoming the general These are precious pos-
Holocaust' has been an warded to the authorities in president of the Alliance Is- tic restraint, that 'it may for moral abasement which- sessions — to be cultivated,
agonizing book to prepare, London in August 1945 raeli-te Universelle. The present purposes be ac- today gravely menaces the not to be discarded. The im-
and it will be agonizing to after the war. negotiations for the rescue cepted as more than Jewish very existence of mankind. plications are manifold,
"Let us labor with all our reaching deep into our
read. But we muststudy the
"Did Sweden, keep it hopes, the abandonment of propaganda that a large
Holocaust; the deaths of six secret because it wanted to the shipload of travelers number of Jews have been powers, however feeble, to psyche."
the end that mankind re-
The Holocaust library
million Jews have charged maintain neutrality? Whatwho attempted to escape killed.'
us t3 live, to learn, to re-
would the Allies have done Hitlerism, the failure of the
"Another instance of cover from its present moral will never be complete. It
be the poorer without
member, and to tell the had they learned of Hitler's U.S. to act, Braunschvig's Allied passivity was
vitality and a new strength Dr. Eisenberg s ' assembled
world. To forget is to make Final Solution of the Jewish interment as a prisoner of refusal to bomb the Ger-
war in Germany are de- man railways, deports-
in its striving for right and material. He has added a
Hitler triumphant."
"Gerstein gave himself scribed. There is this tragic tion trains, and death justice as well as for a har- monumental work to the li-
To achieve this objec-
his essay:
monious society."
, brary already bearing his
tive, Dr. Eisenberg traced up to the Allied troops at postscript to this
camps, despite the pleas
Dr. Eisenberg points to byline.
the entire history of the the end of the war and
"Many of those saved of world Jewish organ-
Hitler era with excerpts while in prison commit- from the St. Louis were izations. Replying to a the need- to perpetuate
of the writings of sur- ted suicide. Was he a later deported to the death request by Dr. Chaim the memories with
vivors, commentaries by saint? A coward? The camp, following the Nazi Weizmann, Anthony memorials, with prayers,
eminent personalities controversy about him is invasion of the countries in Eden, the British Foreign with monuments. He
which they found refuge."
who either suffered or still unsettled."
Secretary, stated that the states, introducing the
It is in this fashion that
There is an indictment proposal was 'put to the portion containing the
witnessed what had oc-
curred, selected the ac- the editor introduces the of the passivity, the un- Secretary of State for Air Einstein statement:
. . . but . . . that, in view
"In Israel, on the eve of
of the very great techni- Yom Hashoah," the street
cal difficulties involved, lights are dimmed and all
we have no option but to places of entertainment are
refrain from pursuing the closed. The shofar is blown,
proposal in present cir- and a short period of silence
curnstances. follows.

"Throughout the country
Dr. Albert Einstein and
Rabbi Ben-Zion Bokser are assemblies are held. The
the authors of essays in the radio broadcasts songs of re-
section "In Eternal Re- sistance and talks on the


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