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September 25, 1981 - Image 68

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-09-25

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68 Friday, September 25, 1981

The 1938 Nazi takeover of
Austria cut off 180,000 Au-
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By SHIMON BEN NOACH

World Zionist Press Service

JERUSALEM — A visit
to France, the country in
which they were born,
turned into a nightmare for
the Rosenkovitch family. It
was an experience in which
a week's anxiety and an-
guish as hostages in
Entebbe earned them
$68,000.
Now, five years after the
raid on Entebbe, the hos-
tages who were rescued
from Uganda have finally
received compensation for
their ordeal. Air France
conceded that their lax se-
curity enabled the hijacking
to take place and had to pay
out more than $2 million.
But what is the value of suf-
fering?
"If I was offered 10 times
the amount to endure an-
other Entebbe I'd flatly re-
fuse," says Claude Rosen-
kovitch, a Jerusalem ar-
chitect, who along with his
wife Emma and two of their

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children, Noam, now 15,
and Ella, 10 (at Entebbe
they were 10 and 6) were
among the 110 hostages.

The family hopes that
the awarding of the com-
pensation will mark the
end of an episode that in-
evitably will always
haunt them. They are
satisfied with the sum
they have been granted.
Each hostage receives
$17,000, while those un-
lucky ones who were in-
jured will get even more.
This figure is the result of
a group lawsuit and in-
cludes deductions - for at-
torney's fees and a dona-
tion, agreed upon by all
the hostages, to the Israel
Security Fund and to
Hershel Sarin, an Israeli
soldier crippled during
the raid. .
But most of all the Rosen-

kovitches remain grateful
that the Israeli army
brought them home safely
and that the children have
grown up with no
psychological scars. Rather
like German reparation
payments for the Holocaust.
money can never repair the
damage done. Sarin will
never regain the use of hip
arms and legs. Jonathan
Natanyahu, the raid's
leader, and hostage Dora
Bloch, cannot be returned to
life. Neither can the painful
memories of those like the
Rosenkovitches be erased. -
Indeed in its small but
spectacular way Entebbe
echoes the experience of the
Holocaust but demonstrates
the difference between the
pre-Israel and the post-
Israel periods: now the
Jewish people have learned
how to look after them;
selves as a sovereign people,
Israel can help to make its
own history and not rely to-
tally on others.
The Rosenkovitches, who
lost many of their own fam-
ily when the Nazis occupied
France, chillingly recall the
manner in which the ter-
rorists, two of them Ger- --
man, separated the Jewish
passengers from the rest.

But in fiction Entebbe
has become distorted.
The Rosenkovitches feel
only disdain for the
Entebbe cult of books -
and films that have sen-
sationalized and
trivialized an event that
is sacred to them. "We all
watched one of the films
on television and saw no .
resemblance to what we
experienced," says
Claude.
--

"Throughout our captiv-'
ity the terrorists behaved
politely. The two Germans
were tough but civil and the
Arabs were confused and
uncertain. We were all-.
scared, including the ter-
rorists, yet the film showed
them as savage fanatics and
us as noble heroes," he said.

But the rescue was of
necessity dramatically exe-
cuted. The Rosenkovitches
knew nothing 'about it until
the moment that the Is-
raelis burst into the hall in
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which they were being held.
"When the bullets flew,
then our fear vanished," re-
calls Emma. "We threw out-
selves on top of our children
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