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September 02, 1983 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-09-02

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

U.S. Marines Will Remain in Beirut

Chad Reports Are Denied

WASHINGTON (JTA) — tions.
incident is covered under multinational force also
State Department spokes-
We are shocked and the War Powers Resolution came
under fire." However,
man Alan Romberg said grieved by the deaths of
Monday that despite the kil- the Marines in Lebanon. is "under intensive study at whether the Americans
ling of two U.S. Marines and They died serving the the present moment," Rom- "were specifically being
the wounding of eight United States in its ef- berg said. "We and looking targeted and by whom is not
others in the Beirut area, forts to help the Lebanese at the situation a nd the War now known."
Romberg said "no
American diplomatic efforts central government re- Powers Resolution, and we
will "continue to be in- store order to the greater will take whatever action is changes are being con-
called for with respect to the templated one way or the
tense."
Beirut area.
resolution."
other" in the make-up of
A statement he read at a
"We condemn those who
Concerning the killing of
contingents to
press conference said: "Two
are responsible for the con- the Marines, Romberg said American
the MFN as a result of the
U.S. Marines were killed tinuing violence which has
and eight wounded when a claimed many victims, in- that "other elements of the killings.
U.S. Marine position was cluding our own Marines.
shelled in the Beirut sub- Our forces are there at the
urbs this morning at 3:49 request of the government
a.m. Washington time.
of Lebanon and helping to
By HERZL B. SHUR .
"The attack on the provide security for the
Marines followed a day and Lebanese people. Once
"If you will it
night of sporadic fighting more, we call upon all
It shall be"
between forces of the armed elements to end this
A "Juden Statt"
Lebanese army and senseless violence and unite
A "Jewish State"
Lebanese Shiite militia behind the Lebanese gov-
A world's great little democracy.
groups in south Beirut. ernment to restore national
And if he were alive today
There has also been firing harmony."
This is what hs would say
from Druze militia posi-
The question of how this
The "State of Israel" is here to stay.

JERUSALEM — Israeli
Foreign Minister Yitzhak
Shamir flatly denied persis-
tent reports that Israeli
military advisers were help-

IF YOU'RE
IMTERESTED
In DIAMONDS,

Herzl's Prophecy

By MAURICE CROLL, M.D.

The fires of the Holocaust
Still burn
in the first of wrath;
In the fires of rage,
That yet dwell
In the storm-torn, ravaged
Hearts
Of those who survived;
Our very own survivors.
A fire that must never,
Ever be forgotten.

The fires of rage will
One day cease.
When time, in its course,
Dwindles the numbers
Of our survivors.

The fires of wrath
Must be kindled and rekindled
Every day and in every
Generation
The flame eternal must burn
In fierce remembrance
In the hearts of our future,
Our children
In our hearts
And in the hearts of
The generations to come.

The brutal lesson
Of the Holocaust
Must never die.
The world must bear its
Share of shame,
As it watched, paralyzed,
In horror,
As a helpless people,
6,000,000
Were marched into the
Gas chambers
Of the beasts of assassins
Of the Hitler hordes.

In this march toward
Death
Were 1,500,000 children;
Our children.

For six years it was
My privilege
to work side by side
With a survivior from
A Polish internment-liquidation
Camp.

I saw the branded numbers
Burned deep through the
Full thickness of the skin.
Branded with an iron;
Like cattle, marked
For slaughter.

ing Chad's forces battle
Libyan-backed rebels.
Shamir said over the
weekend that Israel has no
military advisers in Chad.

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Our Survivors of the Holocaust

The eyes that once shone
So bright
Now peered out with
Pain and hurt;
Tormented, dehumanized, torn asunder,
Squirming in constant pain.
It was written on her face.
A permanent scar of her
Body
Seared through to the very
Soul itself

They did not smile.
They did not laugh.
They were too heavily steeped
In what their eyes had witnessed.
Too horrible to relate,
It was buried deep
Within them,
Locked away with fright
That still cannot be totally
Dispelled.
It is an area they fear,
Yet they cannot completely
Rid themselves of it.

Each day in camp
A living hell,
Uncertain, with a death
They died a thousand times.
What mark would be upon
Them, on the morrow?
With the flip of the thumb,
The Nazi clothed figure, smiling;
To the right — to the gas chamber,
To the left — another day
Of slow starvation,
The meager bones pushing
Forward
Agairist the withering, dehydrated
Skin
Shone thru, throughout the
Whole body
With massive bed sores
Shrieking out
Against the tirades of
The day
An envelope of parched skin
Holding the emaciated bones
Together,
in silhouette,
Beneath a threatening
Darkened sky
That breathed down upon them
With the acred smell of burning
Human flesh
All day long.

What scars remain within
Their brain,
By thundering against their
Blood-streaked, shrunken
Eyes
As they watched their
Loved ones

Marching by, lashed in step
Toward the death chambers.

What is the upper limit
Of pain, eternal pain,
That so bombards the brain
Until it shrieks out
In abject horror
And can bear no more?

There were no limits
To the hordes of destruction
That search out new, more
Devastating
Methods to torture and
Then to exterminate.

In survival village in Washington,
I watched their solemn hurt
Written indelibly, so plainly,
Upon their faces.

With one another they
Could speak out,
As they were searching
For someone —
Another survivor from
Their death camp.

So, like the brave warriors
At the ill-fated Massada,
It shall never happen again —
Lest we forget!

ADDENDUM. During World War II, I was a flight
surgeon overseas. Many of our boys
came back pretty well shot up. These
were young men (21-24 years old)
holding their buddies' mangled, blood
soaked, macerated bodies, arms and
legs smashed to bits, faces gone,
brains spattered, intestines hanging
out.

For hours, in their return flights,
they held these bodies together as
best they could. Many died in the
hands of their buddies.

Yesterday, they drank beer together
and joked about life.

I saw many of them later, their
snow-white hair, sitting in a corner,
catatonic, with empty eyes. They
could not, or would not, talk. We even
had difficulty force-feeding them.
Perhaps it was an unconscious
suicide wish. They had reached be-
yond the upper threshold of their
pain. They could take no more.

We called them survivors . . . I won-
der?

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