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February 17, 1984 - Image 69

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, February 11, 1984 69 •

An Audience With the Pope Herzog Praised, Criticized
Latin Death Squads Parallel
for Intervention With Theat Nazis, Columnist Charges

Morris Fenkell, right, chairman of the board of
Liberty State Bank & Trust, recently participated in
an audience with Pope John Paul II in Rome.

New U.S.-Israel Heart Value
Undergoing Animal Tests

TEL AVIV (JTA) — A
lamb made history at Tel
Aviv's lchilov Hospital last
week when a 10-hour opera-
tion was carried out on it to
insert a new prosthetic
heart valve designed by an
American team and man-
ufactured in Israel. Parallel
experiments are being car-
ried out at the Massachu-
setts General Hospital in
Boston on calves.
The research teams from
Israel and the United States
hope to begin clinical test-
ing of the new valve on hu-
mans in about six months,
after the number of opera-
tions on animals deter-
mined by the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration are
completed and analyzed.

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The new valve was de-
signed by an American
team led by Dr. David
Lederman, with the sup-
port of the National Insti-
tutes of Health, and will
be manufactured in Is-
rael by Omikron Scien-
tific, of Rehovot.

The valve, which has no
moving parts, is made from
a new material based on
polyetherurethane, which
has advantages over both
the present steel and plastic
valves (which are long-
lasting but can cause
thromboembolism), and
biological valves made from
pig valves, which have a
limited life when trans-
planted.

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TEL AVIV (JTA) —
President Chaim Herzog
won high marks in Or-
thodox religious circles for
his intervention with the
management of a Haifa
theater for the deletion of
certain lines from a play
that offended religious sen-
sibilities.
But he was taken sharply
to task by writers, aca-
demics and the media for al-
legedly abetting religious
censorship. None of the rab-
bis or other Orthodox
spokesmen who were prais-
ing Herzog had seen or read
the play, "The Messiah Af-
fair," by British playwright
Martin Sherman. The work
deals with the 17th Century
false messiah, Shabtai Zvi.
The line removed from
the play had a disillusioned
follower of Shabtai Zvi
curse God. But another line,
in which a character denies
the existence of God, was
left intact.
Aharon
Megged,
chairman of the Israel
branch of the 'PEN Club,

the international associa-
tion of authors and
writers, sent a telegram
to Herzog denouncing his
interference and accused
him of supporting ele-
ments who seek to re-
strict freedom of expres-
sion.
Herzog used the occasion
of a meeting with the
foreign press corps to reply.
He said he had intervened
only after establishing that
both sides in the con-
troversy wanted him to. He
said the management of the
theater, which is owned by
the Haifa municipality, can
now say they did not bow to
"religious blackmail" but
were simply responding to a
request by the President to
avoid polarization in the
community.

WASHINGTON — Mem-
bers of right-wing death
squads in Latin America
pattern themselves after
the Third Reich concepts of
anti-Semitism and racial
purity popularized by
Adolph Hitler during World
War II, according to syndi-
cated columnist Jack An-
derson.
Anderson revealed the
Nazi-like beliefs behind the
actions of the South Ameri-
can death squads.
Persuasive evidence
exists, according to Ander-
son, "that the Latin Ameri-
can Anti-Communist Con-
federation (CAL), an af-
filiate of the once-respected
World Anti-Communist
League (WACL), has been
used as a front for the
region's assassination

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AZA Monument
Being Planned

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Editor, The Jewish News:
The Omaha Jewish
Community Center campus
will be the site of a monu-
ment marking the forma-
tion in Omaha of the inter-
national youth organiza-
tion, AZA. We appeal to all
former members of AZA and
BBG to help fund this proj-
ect. Founded by Omahan
Sam Beber, the organiza-
tion of Aleph Zedek Aleph of
Bnai Brith held its first na-
tional AZA convention on
July 4, 1924. Since the
organization of the group in
Omaha the movement has
spread to Bnai Brith and is
worldwide.
The Omaha committee
has suggested that contri-
butions be mailed to: AZA
Monument Fund, cio De-
borah Polsky, Jewish
Community Center, 333 S.
132nd St., Omaha, Neb.
68154.
Alan Widman

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Anderson reports that
"One former top official
of the WACL is a notori-
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Nazis' super-race
theories." This official
confided to an associate
that he had personally
hidden Nazi war criminal
Dr. Joseph Mengele on
his exodus to Paraguay.
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ness to have representa-
tives of the Soviet-backed
Palestine Liberation
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