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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-07-02

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14 Friday, July 2, 1982

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GISI FLEISCHMANN: A HEROINE FOR OUR TIME

Gisi Fleischmann of Slovakia
(1894-1944) was one of the greatest
yet least-known heroic Jewish fig-
ures of the Nazi Holocaust. From
1933 until 1944 she struggled to aid
victims of Nazism, in the last two
years of her life serving as lesser of
the secret Working Group of Bratis-
lava and attempting to negotiate for
the lives of all the Jews still alive in
Europe.

Gisi Fleischmann is a heroine for
Jews; but also for gentiles — in
short, for all who love life and want to
preserve it. In our dangerous times,
she gives us hope that a determined
spirit — if it is shared by enough of
us — can prevail against evil. She is
proof that even in hell, love can
make a difference. Her affirmation of
belief in "a better humanity" is the
motto of HUMAN CONCERNS.

Eventually she died at Auschwitz.
But she deserves to be remembered
less for the tragedy of her death than
for her affirmation of life and for her
demonstration of the qualities of
greatness that lie latent in all of us.
Gideon Hausner, prosecutor of the
Nazi super-crinimal Adolf
Eichmann, has written of her, ". . .
her memory should be bequeathed
to further generations as a radiant
example of heroism and of bound-
less devotion."

Joan Campion has written three
large-scale works about Mrs. Fleis-
chmann. They are a biography, GISI
FLEISCHMANN AND THE JEWISH
FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL, not yet
available in print; IN THE LION'S
MOUTH, a non-fiction novel; and a
play for community groups, MIS-
SION TO FULFILL. Advance copies
of the novel and play, as well as
subscriptions to HUMAN CON-
CERNS, may be ordered using the
coupon provided in this issue.

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Peaceful Evacuation of PLO
from Lebanon Sought by Sharon

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Defense Minister Ariel
Sharon said Monday that
Israel wants to secure the
evacuation of Palestine
Liberation Organization
forces from west Beirut
"without shedding another
drop of blood." He suggested
that they might be removed
to Egypt by sea.
Sharon addressed report-
ers after appearances before
the Knesset's Foreign Af-
fairs and Security Commit-
tee where he encountered
sharp questioning from
members of the opposition
Labor Party on Israel's war
aims in Lebanon and its
conduct of the war.
He told the media Israel

would gladly welcome the
dispatch of ships from Egypt
to evacuate the PLO but he
said he could not confirm
news reports that five ships
have already left Alexan-
dria for Beirut for that pur-
pose.
He cited Sunday's
Cabinet offer of safe con-
duct to the PLO out of Be-
irut and out of Lebanon if
they first surrendered
their arms to the
Lebanese army. He said
Israel offered them a safe
and honorable exit "to
any Arab country."

Sharon disclosed that Is-
rael turned down a PLO re-
quest to allow women to

Tri-Partite Drive Urged
for Synagogue Membership

NEW YORK (JTA) —
The president of the Ameri-
can Reform rabbinate pro-
posed Tuesday that repre-
sentatives of Reform, Con-
servative and Orthodox
rabbinical agencies meet to
consider how to mount a
joint campaign in a common
effort to win unaffiliated
Jews to synagogue mem-
bership.
The proposal was made by
Rabbi Herman Schaalman,
of Chicago, president of the
Central Conference of
American Rabbis (CCAR),
during the opening session
of the 93rd annual CCAR
convention.
Rabbi Schaalman said
"the time has come for our
Orthodox colleagues to ac-
cept the validity of Reform
Judaism, set aside their dif-
ferences and join in a com-
mon effort, together with
Conservative rabbis, to
dramatize the vitality of
religious Judaism to those
who have become
alienated."

Rabbi Arnold Good-
man, president of the
Rabbinical Assembly
(Conservative), said "we
congratulate Rabbi

Hungarian Jews
Will Convene
in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A
congress of Hungarian Jews
is being organized for
Jerusalem in April 1984.
The organizing commit-
tee here said this week the
Jerusalem International
Convention of Hungarian
Jews would aim "to reunite
a community shattered by
Nazi persecution and to
highlight its 1,000-year-old
heritage and great contri-
butions to European cul-
ture. The date will mark the
40th anniversary of the
Nazis attempted destruc-
tion of all Hungarian
Jewry.
Leading former Hunga-
rian Jews will be invited,
famous names in many dis-
parate fields. Parallel to the
convention the Diaspora
Museum will dedicate an
exhibition on prewar Hun-
garian Jewry.

Schaalman on his forth-
right talk for a common
effort to win affiliated
Jews into the fold of the
synagogue. We welcome
every opportunity to
bring together the
Jewish religious com-
munity so that we may
better serve American
and world Jewry."
Rabbi Schaalman said he
felt such a common effort
would also assist in rebuild-
ing the Jewish family and
provide a vehicle to combat
such other concerns as the
low Jewish birthrate,
Jewish population shifts,
and increase in Jewish di-
vorces, and to intensify
Jewish education, and, in
time, "we could even effect
the religious life in Israel."
A spokesman for the
CCAR was asked just how
such a cooperative congre-
gational recruiting effort
would work, given the hos-
tility of the Orthodox rabbi-
nate to non-Orthodox forms
of Judaism. The spokesman
replied that Rabbi Schaal-
man was seeking agree-
ment on approval for the
proposal by the three rab-
binic groups first, with de-
tails on procedure to be
worked out once approval
had been achieved.

leave west Beirut. Israel in-
sisted that all PLO mem-
bers, men and women, leave
the city.
"It all depends on the PLO

now. They must know they
have no chance . . . They are
surrounded," Sharon said.

He told the Knesset com-
mittee that Israel was "very
close" to achieving its goals
in Lebanon but denied that
those goals had been ex-
panded without the
Cabinet's consent to include
the establishment of a new
government and the ouster
of Syrian forces in Lebanon.
He said the latter goals,
while they would be wel-
comed by Israel, were
subsidiary and Israel had
not gone to war to
achieve them.
Sharon angrily denied
the charge by former
Chief-of-Staff Gen. Mor-
dehai Gur, a Labor MK,
that he has been conducting
a "one man war." He said
the Israel army could not
have halted its advance
after achieving a terrorist-
free zone 40 kilometers
north of Israel's border be-
cause of military and topo-
graphical conditions.
In Washington, the State
Department said Tuesday
that negotiations between
special U.S. envoy Philip
Habib and Lebanese gov-
ernment officials continued
and called on all parties in-
volved in the Lebanon crisis
to observe the current
cease-fire.
Department spokesman
Dean Fischer emphasized
the importance of "all par-
ties observing the cease-fire
so that the political
dialogue can continue and
further loss of life can be
avoided."
The Labor Party's Knes-
set faction had adopted a
resolution last week calling
for strict observance of the
cease-fire in Lebanon and
warned against any at-
tempt by Israeli forces to
capture Beirut or advance
against Palestinian forces
holding out in the western
districts of the city.

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