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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-12-23

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62 Friday, December 23, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

.

A Second Barbie-Like Case Emerges

NEW YORK (JTA) —
The Anti-Defamation
League of Bnai Brith Wed-
nesday revealed that U.S.
Army Counter Intelligence
Corps (CIC) employed a
Nazi war criminal convicted
by a Belgian military court
of 67 war crimes, including
the torture of two American
Army pilots.-
The ADL identified him
as Robert Jan Verbelen, a
former Belgian citizen now
living in Austria, and de-
scribed his connection with
the CIC.
According to ADL, Verbe-
len, who fled his native
country after the war,
worked for American
authorities in Austria from
1946 to 1955 under the
name Alfred H. Schwab,.
The ADL said it has infor-
mation that the U.S. Army
was aware of Verbelen's
true identity when he was
hired.
In 1947, Verbelen was
tried in absentia and sen-
tenced to death by a pd.-
gian military court after
having been convicted of
crimes involving mass
murders and terrorist
acts. The acts he was
found guilty of, ADL
further disclosed, in-
cluded unlawfully cap-
turing, imprisoning and
torturing two American
pilots, identified as Lt.
Nuntio Street and Lt.
Eugene Dinglecline, who
were shot down over Bel-
gium.
The two eventually
wound up at Buchenwald
concentration camp, from
which they were liberated
by the Russians in the clos-
ing days of World War II.
The ADL said it did not
know where the men were
from or whether or not they
are still alive.
In a letter to U.S. Attor-
ney General William
French Smith (dated Dec.
16), Justin Finger, director
of ADL's civil rights di-
vision, called on the Justice
Department to investigate
how Verbelen was able to
escape to Austria, the cir-
cumstances of his recruit-
ment and employment by
the CIC and his having se-
cured Austrian citizenship.

Pointing out that the
Verbelen case is the second
of its kind to be uncovered,
he further requested a com-
prehensive Justice De-
. partment investigation of
the role of Nazi war crimi-
nals in U.S. counterintelli-
gence operations after
World War II.
Finger
said
the
documentation on Verbe-
len was obtained by ADL
from the U.S. Army In-
telligence and Security
Command at Ft. Meade,
Md., under the Freedom

of Information Act, and on Barbie that "intelligence
from the Belgian gov- operations should not be
ernment, and other spared the democratic proc-
sources here and abroad. ess of accountability that we
He noted that the Verbe- apply to the rest of our gov-
len case follows by four ernment."
months the Justice De-
"It is in this spirit that the
partment's confirmation League requests an inquiry
that Klaus Barbie, known into the Verbelen and other
as the "Butcher of Lyon" possible cases," Finger de-
was employed by American Glared.
authorities, including the - According to ADL,
CIC, after being given the Verbelen, now 72, lives in
death penalty by a French Vienna, speaks before
court for sending thousands pro-Nazi groups and
to their deaths in Nazi con- writes for right-wing
centration camps. publications. Before and
Finger, in his letter to during World War II, he
Smith, recalled that Allan was a leader of the •
Ryan, Jr., former head of Flemish Nazi group De
the Justice Department's Vlag (The Flag), which
Office of Special Investiga- was responsible for or-
tions, had said in his report ganizing terror and mur-

Survey of Children's Books

By SOL MARSHALL
der operations in Bel-
(Copyright 1983, JTA, Inc.)
gium.
"Shabat, a Peaceful Is-
The records show that fol-
land"
by Malka Drucker,
lowing the withdrawal of
American troops from Au- • illustrated by Brom Ho-
stria in 1955, Verbelen was ban, Holiday House, Inc.
This story of Shabat is an
hired as an agent by the
country's state police and exciting, adventurous his-
four years later was granted tory of the Jewish people
Austian citizenship. In through the ages. Shabat is
not merely a day, a period of
1965, he was tried and ac-
24 hours during the week; it
quitted by an Austrian
court on war crimes is a concept, a spirit that in-
charges, which triggered fuses the life of Jews.
Other days have numbers
sharp protests in Belgium
—the first day of the week,
as well as in other nations:
or even the day before
For a time during his re-
Shabat. But only this day
sidence in Austria, ADL
has a name, a deep signifi-
said, Verbelen used the
name of Isaac Meisels as an cance. And it pervades the
entire week. Food is bought
alias. Meisels, a Jew from
and saved for Shabat. Clo-
Brussels, was murdered by
thing is purchased, or
the Nazis during the war.
cleaned or repaired in time
for Shabat. Preparations
are made all week long, and
just completed on Friday.
have
instructional
All the meanings and
value."
symbolisms are woven to-
The policy was proposed gether in this guide to the
by the Farmington ad- day which "has kept the
ministration following ob- Jewish people more than
jections raised by some par- the Jews have kept the Sab-
ents over the activities of bath," according to the early
Campus Life, a Christian
1900s cultural Zionist,
student group, at North Ahad Ha-Am (Asher
Farmington High School.
Ginsberg).
It is the fifth Jewish holi-
day book written by Malka
Drucker of Los Angeles.
Like the others, it tells
poenas which required about customs i other
them to appear last Monday -countries and gives crafts,
to give depositions in the games and recipes for all
libel case.
ages.
* * *
Cousens filed motions
with Judge Robert Ander-
"Bubby, Me and
son asking the judge to Memories" by Barbara
"compel discovery," find the
Pomerantz, photographs
school's attorneys in con- by Leon Lurie, Union of
tempt of court and assess American Hebrew Con-
costs. Donald Scharg of the gregations.
Fishman Group, the attor-
Death is not easy to ex-
neys representing Akiva, plain to children, and espe-
was unavailable to com- -
ment on Cousens' allega- Stone Throwers
tions.
The libel suit stems Are Marginal
from a letter printed in Problem: Shamir
The Jewish News in Sep-
- JERUSALEM (JTA) —
tember in which Akiva Premier Yitzhak Shamir
president Ronald Be- last week flatly rejected
rman claimed that there demands by West Bank
was violence at the
settlers for harsher
teachers' picket line.
punishment of Arab stone-
In unrelated legal action,
throwers. He said the prob-
the Michigan Employment lem was "marginal" and
Relations Commission •is that while it must be eradi-
scheduled Jan. 9-12 to hear
cated, there was no need for
the teachers' charges of un- a change of policy in the
fair labor practices during
territory.
the contract negotiations.
Shamir made his remarks

Schools Unveil Religious Policy

The Farmington Public
Schools this week unveiled
a proposed policy that would
ban religious or anti-
religious activities in the
schools.
A committee of the Far-
mington Board of Education
unanimously adopted a pol-
icy that says students and
staff must not be subjected
to, sponsor or promote reli-
gious activities in the
schools.

The full board must adopt
the policy before it would be
placed into effect. Superin-
tendent Lewis Shulman
said the full board may dis-
cuss the issue again at its
next meeting Jan. 31.
Schulman said he was
very pleased with the recep-
tion given the proposed pol-
icy "by the board and by the
community."
Schulman was asked if

the new policy would
prohibit Christmas pro-
grams in the schools. He
said that "holiday pro-
grams that are religious
in nature would not be
proper, but programs or
classroom work in music,
art, literature and drama
are permitted when they

Akiva Suit Charges

The attorney represent-
ing the striking teachers at
Akiva Hebrew Day School,
who have now lost their
jobs, has filed several mo-
tions in Oakland County
Circuit Court in the
teachers' libel suit against
the school.

Mark Cousens told The
Jewish News that he be-
lieves that Akiva employees
were told to disregard sub-

Jerusalem. Blasts Injure Two

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Two booby-trapped hand
grenades exploded in an
Arab suburb of Jerusalem
Tuesday slightly injuring a
nun and a Moslem religious
functionary. The devices
had been planted outside a
mosque and near a Greek
Orthodox monastery in
Azariye.
The incident was the
latest in a recent series of
grenade assaults aimed at
Moslem and Christian reli-
gious institutions in and
around Jerusalem. A gre-
nade exploded in Houssan
village on the West Bank
last week and two un-
exploded grenades were
found and defused. Several
days earlier, five booby-
trapped grenades were dis-
covered at Moslem and
Christian sites in
Jerusalem and defused be-
fore they detonated.
The explosions in Azariye

were the first that caused
injuries.
Police are investigating a
group that calls itself "ter-
ror against terror" which
claimed responsibility for
the earlier grenade attacks
in anonymous telephone
calls to the press. Similar
incidents occurred two
years ago.
Meanwhile, Israeli secu-
rity forces fired into the air
and lobbed tear gas bombs
at student demonstrators at
Najah University in Nablus
Tuesday. The students were
protesting the erection of
roadblocks on the ap-
proaches to the university
to prevent what the Israeli
authorities called "pro-
vacateurs" from entering
the campus.
Earlier, a Molotov
cocktail was thrown at an
Israel army patrol in Nab-
lus but caused no injuries or
damage.

Dayan Center
Opens at TAU

TEL AVIV — Tel Aviv
University inaugurated its
Dayan Center for Middle
Eastern and African
Studies in ceremonies at the
school earlier this month.
Former U.S. Secretary of
State Cyrus Vance was the
keynote speaker at the in-
auguration. Vance heads
the center's international
advisory council.

Thursday during a tour of
West Bank settlements.
The rock-throwers, he said,
were "marginal and unim-
portant elements in the
Arab public." Stone-
throwing was not typical of
relations between Arabs
and Jews in the territory,
the Prime Minister asserted
and he appealed to Jewish
settlers to exercise self con-
trol.

Envy has no holidays.

"Serving the Jewish community with traditional dignity and understanding"

cially in children's lan-
guage. This slim volume
can be read in a few minutes
to a child — who can easily
follow the short sentences
and paragaphs. The lan-
guage flows like poetry.
Photos complement the
text, so that the entire con-
cept holds together. Just the
thing for a critical time in a
young child's life.
* * *
"How Yossi Beat the
Evil Urge" by Miriam
Chaikin, illustrated by
Petra Mathers, Harper
and Row Junior Books.
Yossi had trouble getting
his Good Urge to help him
fight the Evil Urge. It was
so hard to concentrate on his
studies. Even when the
rabbi warned him — he
couldn't concentrate for a
week on learning to concen-
trate.
But guess what hap-
pened? He became so in-
volved in the joy of the Sab-
bath eve service that his
thoughts didn't wander a
bit. And everybody was
happy!

Israeli Firm
to Help Build
Calif. • Plant

TEL AVIV (jta) — An Is-
raeli company considered a
pioneer in the development
of solar power signed a $15
million contract here Tues-
day with the Southern
California Edison Co. to
supply equipment for a
plant to be built in San Ber-
nardino County in southern
California.
The American utility will
purchase low temperature
steam turbines from the
Ormat Turbine Co. of
Yavne. Ormat produces
solar energy collectors for
private use.

The Family
of the Late

ZOLTAN
KREISMAN

Acknowledges with
grateful appreciation
the many kind ex-
pressions of sympathy
extended by relatives
and friends during the
family's recent be-
reavement.

The Family
of the Late

BEN
MASLOWSKY

Acknowledges with
grateful appreciation
the many kind ex-
pressions of sympathy
extended by relatives
and friends during the
family's recent be-
reavement.

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