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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-12-11

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Six Million Pervade HMC Event

(Continued from Page 1)
ante of the Jewish Corn-
munity Center.
"Our sacred mis-
sion," said HMC Chair-
man Leon Halpern, "is to
remember the Six Million
so that they will never be
forgotten and the tragedy
can never be repeated.
The greatest tragedy in
our people's lives can
never be forgotten."
His thoughts were mir-
rored by members of the
HMC committee in brief
remarks before the princi-
pal address by Michel,
chairman of last summer's
World Gathering of
Holocaust Survivors in Is-
rael, and Rabbi Charles
Rosenzveig, director of the
HMC.
With his voice breaking
and tears in his eyes, Gus-
tav Berenholz told the quiet
crowd, "This groundbreak-
ing lightens the awful bur-
den that I have carried as a
survivor of the Holocaust."
Henry Dorfman, chairman
of the HMC capital and en-
dowment committee, co-
vered his bare head with his
hand to
utter the
Sheheheyanu
prayer,
thanking God for enabling
him to reach this day to see
this event.
Chairman of the day
David Hermelin,introduced
other speakers for brief re-
marks, including Judge
Avern Cohn, president of
the Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion of Detroit; Thomas
Klein, president of the
Jewish Community Center;
and Peter Vlcko, who was
honored by the state- of Is-
rael in Detroit ceremonies
on Nov. 12. Vlcko was cited
as a Righteous Gentile for
saving Jews from the
Holocaust.
Hermelin announced
that proclamations and
notes of congratulation
had been received from
Michigan legislators, U.S.
Congressmen, the gover-
nor of Michigan, local
mayors and other dig-
nitaries.
A telegram from the
White House to Rabbi
Rosenzveig was read at the
gathering:
"Nancy and I are very
proud and honored to ex-
tend our greetings to mem-
bers and guests of the West
Bloomfield Jewish Com-
munity Center as you
gather at groundbreaking
ceremonies for the new
Holocaust Memorial
Center.
"The first center in the
United States exclusively
designed as a memorial to
victims of the Holocaust,
this structure will contain
archival and graphic data
and oral histories and offer
educational programs and
exhibits telling the story of
this sad and horrible period.
The center will honor and
remember all who died
under Nazi oppression and
is co-sponsored by Jewish
organizations in the Detroit
area.
"By increasing public
awareness of the
Holocaust, this memorial
will serve as a stark re-

A Seven Arts Feature

* * *

minder to the world's
conscience of what
transpired during that
period of history and will
strengthen our resolve to
prevent mankind from
sinking into that ultimate
horror again.
"You have our best
wishes and warm personal
regard on this special and
thoughtful day. May your
notable and most worthy
plans be completed with
godspeed."
Ronald Reagan

Rabbi Rosenzveig said he
had ambiguous feelings
about Sunday's event. "I
have lived to see this
groundbreaking, but it
brings back memories so
dreadful they defy descrip-
tion."
He called Germany the
land of Real Politik,
"realism, where the mind
was allowed to function
with the heart." He said the
Holocaust could not have
happened without the ac-
quiesence of the religious
Christians of Europe.
"The ground we tread
upon is made holy
ground by what we do
today," Rabbi
Rosenzveig said. "Today
we are reunited in a very
tangible way (with the
Six Million Jewish vic-
tims of the Nazis)."
Irving Laker introduced
Michel, who discussed last
June's World Gathering of
survivors in Jerusalem. He
described the World
Gathering as "a unique de-
monstration of Jewish un-
ity, continuity and the sur-
vival power of the Jewish
people." He said the gather-
ing was a reunion, a celeb-
ration of life and a show of
support for Israel.
"We ask today, why did
the world ignore the
Holocaust?" Michel said,
listing the Evian Confer-
ence, the SS St. Louis, the
exterminations, the un-
bombed rail lines leading to
Auschwitz.
"Who would have be-
lieved then that we would
see the anti-Semitism of to-
day?" he asked. "Anger is
not enough. We are the liv-
ing witnesses. These hands
carried more corpses than I

care to remember. We must
remind the world.
In building this
memorial we remind
Jews and non-Jews alike
about the single most
cataclysmic event in the
history of the world. We
owe this to those who are
today especially in our
minds. We owe it to ourse-
lves and to the Jewish
people.
"This memorial reminds
mankind what discrimina-
tion can lead to."
Following Michel's
speech, Rabbi Rosenzveig
introduced Mrs. Sonia
Popowski to read the "Le-
gacy of the Holocaust" in
the language of the majority
of the victims, Yiddish. A
group of survivors then read
the Legacy in English and a
group of survivors' children
read it -in English.
Those who read the le-
gacy included:

Steve .
Coiling,
Julius
Schaumberg, Allen Charlupski,
Irving Altus, Berenholz, Gedale
Elbaum, Sol Kleinman,
Dorfman, Rabbi Rosenzveig,
Halpern, Abe Weberman, Mar-
cus Rohtbart, Martin Water,
Simon Schwarzberg, Ben Sweet,
Israel Strassberg, Alex Karp,
Barbara Silbert, Abraham Pas-
ternak, Dr. John Mames, Fred
Ferber, Emery Klein, Bernard
Klein, Leon Gutman, Arnold
Einhorn, Ben Fisk, Harry Praw,
Louis Apfelblat and Herman
Marchak.

NY Convention

Aging Conference Should
Be Placed Above Politics

By RABBI
MARC TANENBAUM

Shown at the Holocaust Memorial Center
groundbreaking are, from left, Allen Charlupski,
Gustav Berenholz, David Hermelin, Rabbi Charles
Rosenzveig, Irving Laker, George Zeltzer, Henry
Dorfman, Richard Maddin, Judge Avern Cohn, Sol
Drachler, Irwin Cohn, Mort Plotnick, Sol Siegel, Saul
Waldman and Ivan Bloch.

Friday, December 11, 1981

The 1981 White House
Conference on Aging which
was held last week in
Washington, D. C. was the
fourth such national forum
to be held since 1950.
The present White House
meeting was authorized by
Congress to develop new na-
tional policy for improving
the life of senior citizens in
light of the vast changes
that have taken place in the
lives of our elderly popula-
tion.
Something of the drama-
tic growth in our elderly
population can, be seen in
the fact that the number of
people aged 60 and over has
increased four times as fast
as the number under 60
since 1900. Today there are
34 million older Americans,
and many of them have ur-
gent economic and social
needs.
Some 2,000 delegates
explored those needs in such
areas as the economy, jobs,
retirement income, health
care, family and community
support systems, housing,
education, community par-
ticipation.
I had the privilege of
serving as chairman of
the Technical Committee
on the Media and on the
Religion Committee, and
I can attest to the seri-
ousness and high quality
of the preparation for the
conference. -
Unfortunately, in recent
days, a cloud of doubt and
suspicion has been cast over
the conference by politi-
cians who are playing parti-

Wire - A - Copy

TEL AVIV (JNI) — The
Communications Ministry
has begun operation of a
wire-a-document services
for Israelis to send copies
abroad. The copy will ap-
pear in a clear, identical
form within one minute of
transmission, according to
the Ministry. Now available
only to Britain and Switzer-
land, service should soon be
expanded to the U.S.

san political games with the
lives of our senior citizens.
Hopefully, the citizen dele-
gates will-take the confer-
ence back into their own
hands.
Our senior citizens are
too important to our na-
tion's future to be allowed to
become a plaything of
politicians.

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Those who accepted the
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generation were led by Joel
Dorfman and Martin
Rosenzveig. They included:

Rhonda, David and Jane
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Edith Gustman, Sara Gordon,
Judy Pasternak, Barbara and
Jeffrey Klein, Marla Green-
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Harry Potash, Arthur Weiss,
Joey Berenholz, Alan Fisk,
George Water, Pauline Water,
Fay Elbaum, Gary Karp, Larry
Charlupski, Sheri Ferber and
Gloria Gardin.

Following the recitation,
the meeting was adjourned
to the HMC site for the
groundbreaking. Cantor
Louis Klein of Cong. Bnai
Moshe chanted El Mole
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