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May 04, 1984 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-05-04

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30 Jews arrested in bus sabotage 6
Panel to investigate four hijackers' deaths 45
Journalist Safire predicts a Reagan win in November

Beate Klarsfeld continues her quest





MAY 4, 1984

A day for remembering

Holocaust Academy marks Yom Hashoah

Local News Editor

Sobbing punctuated the chant-
ing of the El Moleh Rachamim.
Throats were cleared as painful re-
minders of the Holocaust were re-
called. Stillness hung over the
sanctuary as songs memorialized the
six million Jewish victims of Hitler's
This was the atmosphere Sun-
day — Yom Hashoah — at the annual
Memorial Academy recalling the
Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
Sponsored by Shaarit Haplaytah,
Survivors of 1945, and held at Cong.
B'nai David, the program this year
was the occasion for the Detroit sur-
vivor community and the children of
survivors' organization to pay tribute
to the people of Denmark for their
role in saving nearly 8,000 Jews dur-
ing the Holocaust.
Dr. John J. Mames, chairman of
the Shaarit Haplaytah department of
oral history and Holocaust studies,
presented The Righteous Among
the Nations of the World" citation to
Ingeborg Kligaard, translator for the
Danish consulate in Detroit, who ac-
cepted the award on behalf of the

Danish people in the absence of
Danish Consul Marshall M. Fred-
According to Dr. Mames, on
Rosh Hashanah 1943, the Danish
people helped their Jewish neighbors
escape to Sweden and protected
Jewish documents and ritual items.
He saluted the Danish people for
their heroism.
The program opened with a color
guard from the Department of
Michigan, Jewish War Veterans.
Then the large audience in the
sanctuary was welcomed by Leon
Halpern, president of Shaarit Hap-
laytah and president of the Holocaust
Memorial Center. Halpern expressed
his appreciation to the committee ar-
ranging the day's program, which
was chaired by Mrs. Leon Popowski.
Halpern, described the role of
Shaarit Haplaytah, to keep alive the
memory of the victims of the terrible
tragedy of the Holocaust. "Never
again will we allow another ghetto or
concentration camp. Yizkor — re-
member — never again." He also
spoke briefly about the Holocaust

Survivor Mania Lesh, right, and Eva Kraus, the child of survivors, join to light one of the
candles on a menorah of remembrance.

Memorial Center, which he called
"the realization of our dreams and
aspirations" and asked the survivors
to participate in the organization's
oral history project "to prove that the
Holocaust was not a hoax."

A highlight of the program was a
special candlelighting ceremony in
which survivors and children of sur-
vivors participated. As Mrs.
Popowski read in Yiddish The Six

Continued on Page 28



Cope With the Decisive Trauma?

In exclusive interviews, two rabbis, members of the
American Jewish Commission on the Holocaust,
discuss the issues.

Special to The Jewish News

Tanenbaum —
"We've learned that we must
create a system for
instantaneous response to
threats to Jewish life."


artin Peretz, editor of The
New Republic, called the
American Jewish Commission on the
Holocaust "a stupid idea" and regrets
that he served on it. Rabbi Norman
Lamm, president of Yeshiva Univer-
sity, quit the commission last year
because he seriously doubted that it
would produce anything worthwhile.

More than a year before the commis-
sion's report came out, its principal
financial backer, New York busi-
nessman Jack P. Eisner, withdrew
his support, charging that the facts
were being suppressed.
NoW that the report is out, finan-
cially backed by the commission's

Continued on. Page 14

"This obsession with the
Holocaust is the quickest
pseudo-spiritual bang that
American Jews can get .. .


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