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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-03-11

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250 Detroiters Plan to Attend American Gathering of Survivors

An estimated 250 Detroiters are expected to attend the
American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in
Washington, D.C. April 11-14. According to Dr. John
Mames, a former president of Shaarit Haplaytah — Sur-
vivors of 1945 — the Detroit survivors and their families
will be among the 10,000 who have registered for the four-
day program.
Benjamin Meed, president of the American Gathering,
said the event is designed to commemorate the 40th an-

An Historian's
as an Indictment
of the Inhumanity
of Man to Man

niversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and all forms of
Jewish resistance during World War II to Nazi tyranny.
Government dignitaries and Jewish community
leaders are expected to participate in one of the half-
dozen scheduled events which include opening cere-
monies at the Capital Centre with 20,000 persons in
attendance, Capitol steps, Lincoln Memorial, Ar-
lington Cemetery, Constitution Hall and the Washing-
ton Convention Center, which is being converted into

a four-day "Survivors' Village."
There will be a national and Second Generation regis-
ter which has thur far reached'over 45,000 names of sur-
vivors fed into computers at the Survivors' Village, to reun-
ite families and friends at the gathering.
Events will be under the auspices of the Days of Re-
membrance Committee of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Coun-
cil which is preparing special programming in cooperation
with the American Gathering.

The Ethical Codes
in Traditional
Testing of the


A Weekly Review

Commentary, Page 2

of Jewish Events

Editorial, Page 4

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March 11, 1983

Nine Congressmen Ask U.S.
to Investigate Nazi Protection

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Nine _Congressmen have written President Reagan asking him to
inaugurate a special investigation of charges that the U.S. government protected Nazi war
criminals at the end of World War II.
The letter, drafted by Rep. William Lehman (D-Fla.) came after the recent allegations that
U.S. agencies provided protection for former gestapo chief Klaus Barbie, who is facing trial in
Lyons, France.
LONDON (JTA) — Three members
of a Baghdad-based Palestinian terrorist
"We need to get to the bottom of this matter," Lehman said. "There are serious allegations
group were sentenced to 30 and 35-year
that cannot be ignored and the Congress and the American people have a right to know the
prison terms in Central Criminal Court
over the weekend for the attempted as-
The letter was co-signed by Reps. Philip Burton and Don Edwards (both D.-Calif.);
sassination of the Israeli Ambassador to
Dante Fascell (D-Fla.); Hamilton Fish and Bill Green (both R-N.Y.); Samuel Gejdson
Britain, Shlomo Argov, last June 3.
(D-Conn.); Stephen Solarz (D-N.Y.) and Sidney Yates (D-Ill.). It asked that the Justice
Hassein §aid, 23, a Jordanian na-
Department's Office of Special Investigations carry out the inquiry because of its
tional who fired the shots that left the
"unique expertise."
53-year-old Israeli diplomat almost to-
"We believe that our government has an unmistakable moral obligation to investigate the
tally paralyzed, and Marwan Banna, 20,
Barbie case in order to set the record straight on any involvement of the executive branch
also of Jordan, who drove the getaway
car, were given 30-year sentences by
agencies in gaining the cooperation of Nazi war criminals in exchange for admission into the
Judge William Mars Jones.
U.S. or for facilitating their entry into other countries," the Congressmen wrote. They urged
Nauoff Rosan, 36, an Iraqi citizen,
that "the U.S. must, once and for all, make clear what its position is on Nazi war criminals and
described by the prosecution as the leader
their perpetrators."
of the gang, received a 35-year sentence.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith announced in New York that it will
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file a request under the Freedom of Information Act to compel disclosure on charges that
American intelligence agencies shielded Barbie and other Nazi war criminals
after the war. Nathan Perlmutter, ADL national director, called Barbie "a Nazi
skeleton in America's closet."
Abraham Foxman, ADL associate national director, said the ADL wants
the American government to "make public information concerning allegations
that this country, after World War II, protected Nazi war criminals, including
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The first international Confer-
Barbie, with false identities and new names, in return for their cooperation in
ence on Soviet Jewry to be held in Jerusalem, opening on
providing intelligence on Soviet activities in Europe."
Tuesday, will be attended by delegates from 31 countries
around the world, it was announced by Avraham Harman,
The ADL's request for information will be filed with the Central
Intelligence Agency, the State Department, Defense Department and the
president of the Israel Public Council for Soviet Jewry.
Treasury Department.
He noted that the two previous world conferences
Last week, it was reported that the Justice Department has evidence that
on Soviet Jewry, held in Brussels in 1971 and 1976,
were followed by a marked rise in Jewish emigration
Barbie rhade several trips to the U.S. in 1969 and 1970 from Bolivia, using the
from the Soviet Union and it is hoped that similar
name Klaus Altmann. The disclosure partially corroborated earlier statements
"results will follow the third conference. But Harman
by a Canadian ex-convict, Robert G. Wilson, who said Barbie had boasted to him-
made it clear that Soviet emigration policy will have
that he had visited New Orleans, San Franciscd, Houston and Galveston.
to change first.
The Justice Department said Barbie had visited Miami and New Orleans.
He said the purpose of the conference is to demonstrate
In Paris this week, Barbie's court-appointed lawyer, Etienne de la

3 Terrorists Convicted
of Shooting Israeli Envoy

Harman Hopes Meeting in' Israel
Will Pressure Soviet Emigr anion

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Detroit to Be a Model for Christian Reconciliation With Jewry


Detroit is serving as a model for the Catholic Church in
the United States, and for many Protestant denominations,
in a concerted effort to translate the broad message of
Vatican II into grassroots action to eradicate anti-Jewish
teachings in Christianity.
A focal point of this effort occurred Tuesday evening at
Southfield's North Congregational Church, as 400 Chris-
tians heard Rabbi Marc H. Tananbaum of the American
Jewish Committee and Fr. John T. Pawlikowski of the
Limr__ Catholic Theological Union in Chicago discuss "Good Fri-
day Worship — Jewish Concerns and a Christian Re-
The program was sponsored by two fledgling interfaith
groups who are striving to bring new thinking to Christian

laymen in this country: The National Institute for
Catholic-Jewish Education in Chicago and the new Ecu-
menical Institute for Jewish-Christian Studies in South-
field. The AJCommittee was also a sponsor and the pro-
gram was funded by Detroit's Samuel and Isabelle Fried-
man Charitable Trust.
At a press conference before the evening pro-
gram, Rabbi Tanenbaum described how his ancestors
in Eastern Europe feared the Christian "Holy Week"
leading up to Good Friday, and the many pogroms
that have been inspired by Christians shouting
"Christ Killers" at the Jews.
Fr. Pawlikowski responded that Christian education
has made progress in recent years, "but not all the problems
are gone."

He said Christian education must reach the point
where it is generally recognized that "Jesus was not a loner
against the entire Jewish community. He was identified
with several progressive movements within that commu-
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There have been two periods in Jewish-
Christian relations in Detroit, divided by Vat-
ican II . . . Father Coughlin had a very nega-
tive effect, but during the last 20 years Detroit
has been a leader in the opposite direction.

Fr. Alex Brunet
Archdiocese of Detroit

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