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February 26, 1982 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-02-26

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Friday, February 26, 1982 11

Play in London

Jewish community is
shocked by a play, adapted
from a novel by a French
Jewish academician,
George Steiner, in which
• Hitler, not dead but now a
sprightly 91, defends the
"final solution" and points
an accusing finger at Israeli
avengers who have cap-
tured him and put him on
trial in the jungles of Brazil.
The play, which opened at
the Mermaid Theater, with
a skilled actor, Alex McCo-
/Men, portraying Hitler, con-
Mists of two parts. In the
first, Hitler's captors
catalogue the sufferings of
their loved ones.
hi the second half, Hitler
delivers • a rambling
monologue, the point of
which is that he modeled his
National Socialist doctrines
on Jewish separatism; that
the Old Testament has sub-
jected mankind to moral
blackmail; and that the 'fi-
nal solution" was indi-
spensable to.the creation of
the state of Israel because it
taught the Jew how to drive
the "lice-ridden" Palesti-
nian Arabs from his land.
In the play, Hitler has
the last word: that he, not
Theodor Herzl, is the true
founder of the Jewish
state and that the Jews
should acknowledge him
as their messiah. The
play is titled "The Por-
tage to San Cristobal of
The author of the novel on
which it is based presently
teaches at Cambridge.


Soldiers Stop
Bir Zeit. Mob

Israeli soldiers used tear
gas Saturday to disperse
Arab demonstrators and
their Jewish supporters in
Ramallah protesting the
closure of Bir Zeit Univer-
sity by the Israeli
authorities last week.
According to local
sources, several journalists
and demonstrators were
roughed up by the troops.
Seventeen persons were de-
Five Jewish members of
the Public Committee of
Solidarity With Bir Zeit
were arrested in Jerusalem
after demonstrating outside
the home of Menahem Mil-
soil who heads the new civil
administration on the West
They were released
after their attorney ap-
pealed to the Supreme
Court on grounds that
their detention was il-
Bir Zeit University, re-
garded as a hotbed of Pales-
inian nationalism, was
shut down last week after a
representative of the Israeli
civil administration was re-
portedly beaten up by stu-
dents on the campus.
The university had been
closed for two months late
last year because of anti-
Israel demonstrations by
the students and had been
reopened barely six weeks
when the second shut-down
was ordered.

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