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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-05-28

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

24 Friday, May 28, 1982

New Wallenberg Volume Provides More on Hero of Holocaust

front pages, but has also
NEW YORK — The been of great assistance to
search for Holocaust hero family and friends in their
Raoul Wallenberg in the search for the lost hero of
post-war years was frus- the Holocaust."
While there has been a
trated by the lack of action
by the Jewish community. great surge of interest
On the other hand, there during the past few years
were notable exceptions by in the fate of Raoul Wal-
Jewish leaders, in particu- lenberg, the story was
entierly different after
lar Albert Einstein.
These details are treated the war. The story was
in a compelling book: "The detailed in a letter of No-
Swedish Angel of Rescue: vember 1947, from J.W.
The Heroism and Torment Pehle, former direcor of
of Raoul Wallenberg" the U.S. War Refugee
(Prometheus). Written by Board, the "sponsor" of
HARVEY ROSENFELD
Harvey Rosenfeld, the book the Wallenberg mission,
also cites others who "have to U.S. Treasury Secre- berg now that it no longer
sought to do what they could tary Henry Morgenthau, needed him.
Jr.
for Wallenberg."
The need for vigorous in-
The Wallenberg fami- volvement by the Jewish
These include Detroit
Jewish News publisher ly, Pehle wrote, felt that the community in the Wallen-
Philip Slomovitz, "who had American Jewish commu- berg campaign was voiced
not only kept the story of nity was no longer in- somewhat surprisingly by
Raoul Wallenberg on the terested in Raoul Wllallen- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,
the Russian exiled writer
and 1974 Nobel Laureate in
. . . where art doesn't
Literature.
stop on the walls.
While in Sweden to re-
Hond-pointed clothing
ceive
his award, he visited
Hand-crafted jewelry
Wallenberg's mother. "It
One-of-a-kind cloy pieces
was heartbreaking to see
Custom framing
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organizations, there were
outstanding examples of
persons who cared, the
most notable being Al-
bert Einstein. Himself a
refugee who has escaped
Nazi persecution, Eins-
tein had known Wallen-
berg's half-brother, Dr.
von Dardel, as a fellow
physicist.
"Swedish Arigel of Re-
scue" presents previously
unpublished letters be-
tween von Dardel and Eins-
tein. On June 6, 1947, Eins-
tein wrote how important it
was for Jews to help Wal-
lenberg: "There is no doubt
that your brother is a man of
extraordinary merits and
there is no doubt too that it
is a duty for everyone, espe-
cially a Jew, to do every-
thing possible to help him in
his situation."
The two physicists map-
ped out a plan whereby_
Einstein could plead the
case for Wallenberg. In
order to avoid the Russians'
reacting adversely to what
they might regard as out-
side pressure, Einstein pro-
posed a "personal" approach
in a short, simple and poig-
nant letter to Stalin.
The answer, in an un-

Psalms in Rhyme

By HERZI SHUR

Happy is the man
Who meditateth day and
night
In the law of the Lord
With all his soul and might.
Like a tree planted in water
So -shall he be
Fruitful and prosper
With his trust in Me.
Take heed and warning
Nations of the world
Lest my kindling wrath
Against you is unfurled.
The Lord will hear
When unto Him I pray
And lift the light of his
countenance
Upon me each day.
Prayers of righteousness are
more -
Than an increase of wine or
corn.
With goodness of heart
Man sleeps better until
morn.
Let they who flatter
With their tongue
Fall by their own counsels
And their deeds of wrong.
Whoever speaks no slander
Nor does evil to his friend
Him shall the Lord honor
Throughout the land.
Thou hast crowned man
With honor and adoration
For thou has given him
dominion
Over all creation.

dated letter of December
1947, was quick and nega-
tive. The Russians searched
but could not find Raoul
Wallenberg.
Einstein continued to
help in the campaign to
spotlight world attention
on the plight of Wallen-
berg. He favored Wallen-
berg for the Nobel Peace
Prize of 1949. The Swede
has still not won the
award although nomi-
nated twice.
The' portrait of Wallen-
berg is drawy by Rosenfeld
from countless interviews
with his associates and rela-
tives from Sweden, dal--
leagues from Budapest, and
others.
Among Detroit area
classmates and professors
interviewed are Sol King,
Richard Robinson, Mar-

garet Culver Ogden, Mrs.
Ilma Brigham and Dr. Jean
Paul Slusser. Detroiters
David and Rella Gelberman
were saved because of Wal-
lenberg's efforts.
Rosenfeld interviewed
them on March 22, 1980, as
Gelberman celebrated his
80th birthday.
The author has also spo-
ken with many emigres and
American scholars in an at-
tempt to understand Rus-
sian actions and policy in
one of the great post-war
puzzles. There is a chart of'
Wallenberg's whereabout
from the moment he disap-
peared on Jan. 17, 1945.
There are descriptions of
the wretched conditions of
the Soviet labor camps and
prisons where Wallenberg
is said to have been incarc-
erated.

Autonomy Viewed by Haig
as Major Issue on Agenda

Secretary of State Ale-
xander Haig, in his address
in Chicago on Wednesday to
the Council on Foreign Re-
lations, placed the Israeli
autonomy talks for Arabs in
the Judea-Samaria area
among the major obliga-
tions for consideration by
the U.S. in coming months.
While the Iran-Iraq war

was judged as the most seri-
ous of the developing issues,
the conflict in Lebanon was
equally considered as seri-
ous.
The Secretary alluded to
autonomy as a positive aim
to be reviewed by the heads
of Israel and Egypt, to-
gether with the United
States.

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