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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-05-04

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30 Friday, May 4, 1984

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Washington (JTA) —
Vice President George Bush
led members of Congress,
Holocaust survivors and
others in a National Civil
Commemoration of the
Holocaust at the Capitol
Rotunda this week.
By remembering the
Holocaust, "We strengthen
our conviction never to
stand silent in the face of
anti-Semitism," Bush said
before a crowded room of
survivors from across the
country.
The ceremony Monday
and an evening of music and
readings on the Holocaust
at the Kennedy Center
Sunday night, marked the
national observance of the
Days of Remembrance of
Victims of the Holocaust
under the auspices of the
U.S. Holocaust Memorial
Council. Similar programs
were held in communities
around the United States.
President Reagan, who-
was unable to participate
for the first time since tak-
ing office, sent a letter to the
program Sunday night
stressing that it was only
his trip to China that pre-
vented him from being
there.
Also taking part in the
ceremony were Senate
Majority Leader Howard
Baker (R-Tenn.); Elie
Wiesel, chairman of the
Holocaust Memorial Coun-
cil; and a number of gov-
ernment officials and
Jewish leaders.
Before Monday's cere-
mony, the members of the
council held a groundgreak-
ing ceremony for the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial
Museum, to be built on the
Mall here. The funds for this
project are the result of pri-
vate donations.
Meanwhile, in New York,
more than 5,000 people,
mostly Holocaust survivors,
their children and grand-
children, gathered Sunday
for the 41st annual com-
memoration of the Warsaw
Ghetto uprising at Temple
Emanu-El here. They
packed the sanctuary and
crowded the streets outside,
listening to speeches, songs,
prayers, hymns and spoken
recollections of the
Holocaust.
The event drew non-Jews
as well as Jews to the Re-
form synagogue facing
Manhattan's Central Park.
It was attended by New
York political and civic
leaders. The emphasis was
on the second and third gen-
eration, the offspring of the
Holocaust survivors who
were enjoined by speaker
after speaker to bear wit-
ness into the future so that
the past will not be re-
peated.
Yom Hashoah (Holocaust

Rembrance Day) cere-
monies were staged
throughout the world last
weekend, including Greece,
where the Jewish commu-
nity commemorated the
40th anniversary of the
genocide of Greek Jewry at
a memorial Y service
attended by 1,000 people at
the old Jewish cemetery in
Athens.
Senior members of the
Greek government joined
Margaret Papandreou, the
wife of Prime Minister An-
dreas Papandreou at the
services, which were or-
ganized by the Central
Board of Jewish Com-
munities in Greece, the
Greek affiliate of the World
Jewish Congress.
Israel honored the mem-
ory of the Six Million Jews
who perished in the
Holocaust and paid tribute
to the Jewish -volunteers
who battled the Nazis dur-
ing World War II with
ceremonies at the Yad Vas-
hem in Jerusalem Sunday
night. Premier Yitzhak
Shamir told the capacity

audience that the spirit of
the Six Million Holocaust
victims guarded Israel in all
of its wars and assured its
victories. "The suffering of
the people of Israel is also,'"
strength." Shamir declax

Gideon Hausner, chair-
man of the Yad Vashem,
criticized the world which
remained silent while Jews
were being 'annihilated by
the Nazis.
At a rally on Mt. Herzl
Monday, Defense Minister
Moshe Arens eulogized
Jewish volunteers who had
fallen in the ranks of the
British army during World
War II. He said some 1.5
million Jews fought in the
armies and the under-
ground movements. Arens
also observed that had the
Allied given top priority to
saving Jews, hundreds of
thousands could have been
saved.
Other memorial cere-
monies were held Monday
at Kibbutz Lohamei
Hagetaot, Yad Mordechai
and Tel Yitzhak.

Pope's letter on Jerusalem
raises ire of Teddy Kollek

Jerusalem (JTA) —
Mayor Teddy Kollek said
here that Pope John Paul II
ignored the complete free-
dom of worship available to
all faiths in Jerusalem
when he issued his apostolic
letter urging "special inter-
nationally guaranteed
status" for Jerusalem.
In remarks during Easter
holiday visits to Greek Or-
thodox and Catholic pre-
lates in Jerusalem, Kollek
maintained that the Pope
neglected to rake into ac-
count Israel's constant ef-
forts to help various Chris-
tian denominations in the
city.
The Pope's letter, ad-
dressed to Catholics in Is-
rael and to all people of the
Middle East, repeated the
Vatican's longstanding call
for the internationally rec-
ognized status of Jerusalem
"so that one side or the other
cannot place it under dis-
crimination."
The Pope also said a
Palestinian homeland and
security for Israel were fun-
damental requirements for
a lasting Mideast peace.
The letter, although it
broke no new ground in
terms of Vatican policy, was
not well received in Israel.
A Foreign Ministry
spokesman said that
"Jerusalem has been the
capital of the Jewish people
throughout history and will
remain Israel's capital
forever" and that there has
never been such complete

freedom or worship as that
presently available to all
faiths under Israeli policy.

Swiss MP
resigns post

Geneva
(JTA)
Emanuel Hurwitz, a Jewish
Socialist member of the
Swiss Parliament from
Zurich, has resigned from
his post and from the party
following the party's anti-
Israeli stand and its dec-
laration that there is no
place for a left-wing Jew in
today's Socialist Party.
In a manifesto prepared
for May Day, the party had
stated "its full support and
sympathy for the PLO and
its struggle as well as for the
freedom movements in Sal-
vador, Turkey and the
Polisario."
Hurwitz, in his letter of
resignation wrote that he
could not accept this c
sided attitude which,
called politically untrue.
"How can one support the
resistance of the PLO which
has never recognized Is-
rael's right of existence?" It
is also an injustice to con-
demn Israel together with
fascist regimes, he said.
According to Hans Ulrich
Zbinden, the president of
the Socialist Party of
Zurich, it is expected that
more Jews will leave the
party following the inci-
dent.

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