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April 15, 1983 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-04-15

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Friday, April 142 1983


(Continued from Page 1)
Navy Band in singing "God
Bless America."
While Reagan's speech
implied a confirmation of
U.S. support for Israel, Elie
Wiesel, the writer and
chairman of the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Coun-
cil, appeared to criticize
Administration pressure on
Speaking after the
President departed, Wiesel
declared that "to re-

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member" the Holocasuust
means "not to apply pres-
sure on Israel." He called
such pressure "morally
wrong" since Israel was the
only place to take in Jews
when the "world closed its
gates" to Jews. "Israel is the
only country in the world
that is threatened militar-
ily by its enemies and politi-
cally by its friends," he said.
While one of the themes
of the Gathering was, ac-
cording to Meed, to "ex-


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press our close ties with
Israel," its major purpose
was to keep the remem-
brance of the Holocaust
Reagan also stressed this
theme in his address. "We
are here first and foremost
to remember. These are the
Days of Remembrance, Yom
HaShoa." He said that
"good and decent people
must not close their eyes to
evil" and "must never re-
main silent and inactive in


times of moral crisis." But
Reagan, in his address,
he stressed "what we do to- discussed the stories of some
night is not for us" but for individual survivors and of
the next generation.
"righteous gentiles" who
Meed also pointed out sought to help Jews, as he
that soon all of the survivors has done in his two previous
will be gone "but we must Holocaust addresses in 1981
see that our past is not for- and 1982. The loudest
gotten." Menahem applause came when he
Rosenaft, chairman of the mentioned Raoul Wallen-
International Network of berg, the Swedish diplomat
Children of Jewish who was imprisoned by the
Holocaust Survivors, Soviet Union after he saved
pledged that "we will never thousands of Hungarian
Jews from the Nazis.

The long ceremony in-
cluded the lighting of six
candles for the Six Mil-
lion Jews killed by the
Nazis by survivors, chil-
dren of survivors and
members of the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial

would you believe

Council. The audience
recited Kadish and the El
Mole Rahamin was
chanted by Cantor Isaac
Goodfriend of Atlanta, a
member of the Holocaust
Memorial Council.
One of the most poignant
moments in the ceremony
was the appearance of two
persons who met when the
U.S. Army liberated
Buchenwald on April 11,
1945. One was Rabbi
Herschel Schacter of the
Bronx, N.Y., who as a chap-
lain in the U.S. Army, dis-
covered a frightened
seven-year-old boy hiding
behind a pile of corpses as
the U.S. troops walked into
the camp. That boy, Israel
Lau, is now Chief Rabbi of
Natanya, Israel.

Weisel Sees Acceptance
of Survivors As Good Sign

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — episode of the St. Louis, the
Elie Wiesel, the writer and ship filled with Jews fleeing
chairman of the U.S. Germany which was turned
Holocaust Memorial Coun- away from the U.S.
cil, declared Monday that if
Wiesel criticized the
the world avoids "a nuclear United States and Britain
catastrophe" it is because it for not bombing the death
has "heard" what the sur- camps. He said that when
vivors of the Holocaust have he was in Auschwitz, he and
to tell it.
others could see the nearby
But Wiesel, who noted munitions factories being
that on April 11, 1945, he bombed and prayed the
was one of the survivors lib- planes would also hit the
erated at Dachau by the camps, but they didn't. He
U.S. Army, said that for added that the Soviet Union
many years after 1945, "the also has -to-be criticized be-
survivors were like out- cause its troops were even
casts" and "our story was closer to the camps and they
not being heard." too did nothing.
"The uniquely Jewish
Wiesel said the museum.
event (in Which six-million which the Holocaust Coun-
Jews were murdered) has cil will build near the Wash-
universal application," ington Monument will be a
Wiesel said in a luncheon living memorial to the
address at the National Holocaust. He said it is
Press Club. "It is because needed to educate future
the world didn't care that generations.
Jews were killed, that now
other people are being mas- Columnists
sacred and the world doesn't
care." He said he went to were in Error,
Cambodia after he learned Pro-Israel
about the massacres there
to see the victims at first Body Asserts
hand because "when I
needed people nobody "Americans for a Safe Is-
rael" (SAFE) said that syn-
Wiesel's remarks were dicated columnists Rowland
made as some 15,000 sur- Evans and Robert Novak
vivors and their children erred when they reported on
arrived in Washington April 8 that Israeli govern-
for the ,first American ment officials had promoted
Gathering of Jewish the sale of land on the West
Holocaust Survivors this Bank to American Jews
during a SAFE conference
In his press club address, in New York on March 13.
Wiesel noted that the The organization, which
greatest shock for the sur- contends that Israel must
vivors after their liberation permanently retain the
was when they learned that West Bank if it is to be se-
the world had known what cure, said the conference
wasshappening. He told the was a forum in response to
reporters present that their President Reagan's Sept. 1
predecessors had done their peace initiative which Is-
job in reporting the various rael rejects, that none of the
atrocities committed during speakers could be consid-
World War II but the lead- ered an Israel government
ers of the free world had official and that none prom-
failed to act. oted land sales.
"I think of this country
SAFE said the only men-
with pride," Wiesel said. tion of land sales to Ameri-
But he said that during the cans at the conference was
Holocaust period the ac- contained in a flyer txplain-
tions of the United States ing how Americans could
and particularly that of its buy land on the West Bank.
President, Franklin Delano "None of the Israelis ad-
Roosevelt, were not mo- dressing the conference was
ments worthy of praise. He aware of the existence of the
especially pointed to the flyer," SAFE said.

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