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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-10-26

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Friday, October 26, 1984

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

FOLLOW-UP


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West Germans are reminded of their Nazi past

BY VICTOR M. BIENSTOCK
Special to The Jewish News

Much as they would like to be
able to ignore it, the people of
West Germany are not being
permitted to forget their long his-
tory of anti-Semitism which
reached its apogee in the Hitler
regime and the Holocaust. Events
and anniversaries follow in rapid
succession on their calendar these
days which forcefully remind
them of the past they cannot es-
cape.

NEWS

South African
minister to visit
Israel holy sites

Jerusalem (JTA) — Foreign
Minister Pik Botha of South Af-
rica is scheduled to visit Israel
next month but Israeli officials
said that the visit will be a private
one in which he will see holy sites.
Although the visit is not con-
sidered official, Botha is expected
to meet with Deputy Premier and
Foreign MInister Yitzhak
Shamir.
In the 1960s, Israel developed
extensive agricultural aid pro-
grams in Africa, but most Black
African nations severed diploma-
tic relations under Arab pressure
during the 1973 Yom Kippur
War. Zaire and Liberia have since
renewed ties.

Ex-student arrested
in frat house fire

Bloomington, Ind. — A former
Indiana University student was
arrested Monday in connection
with a fire that killed one student
and injured 30 at the predomin-
antly Jewish Zeta Beta Tau
fraternity house on the univer-
sity's campus last weekend.
Jerry Scott Zook, 23, of In-
dianapolis, apparently started the
fire Sunday after getting into sev:-
eral fights at the fraternity house,
according to Ronald J.
Waicukauski, the Monroe County
prosecuter. Authorities said
anti-Semitism was not a factor in
the incident.
Israel D. Edelman, 19, of
Richmond, Ind., died of smoke in-
halation suffered during the
blaze.

Workers, artisans
exhibit planned

Tel Aviv — The Beth Hatefut-
soth, the Nahum Goldmann
Museum of the Jewish Diaspora is
collecting material on the topic
"Jewish Workers and Artisans in
the Diaspora in the 19th and 20th
Centuries."
drawings,
Photographs,
sketches, documents and pam-
phlets are being sought. Items
should be accompanied by a brief
description of the material and
the date of the period it describes.
Materials will be returned if re-
quested.
Items should be sent to the
museum at its Tel Aviv Univer-
sity Campus, P.O.B. 39359, Tel
Aviv, 61392, Israel.

Frankurt-am-Main, tradi-
tionally the home of liberalism in
Germany, is currently being
wracked by an angry dispute over
a Fassbinder play, "Garbage, the
City and Death" which has been
denounced as anti-Semitic. The
manager of the theater in which
the play was revived after being
closed down eight years ago, has
been dismissed but the con-
troversy continues with some par-
tisans claiming that the anti-
Semitic issue was only a smoke-
screen to conceal the fact that the
play was suppressed because it
was actually a condemnation of
the ruling political cliques in
Frankfurt and their management
of the city.
One of the characters in the
play is a Jewish real estate
speculator and landlord who says
in one speech: "It makes no dif-
ference to me whether children
cry or old and sick suffer. Is my
soul accountable for decisions
reached by others that I merely
carry out at the profit I need to be
able to afford what I need?"
Another character speaks thus:
"He sucks us dry, the Jew. Drinks
our blood and puts us in the wrong
because he is a Jew and we're to
blame."
Jean Amery, the critic who first
identified anti-Zionism as a new
form of "respectable anti-
Semitism," had no doubts. He said
of Fassbinder's play when it was
first produced that "this work of
literature would not be worth
bothering with were it not for the
figure of the rich Jew as anti-
hero."
The treatment of the Jews dur-
ing the Nazi regime continues to

LOCAL NEWS

LeVine Institute
on Aging co-hosts
Alzheimer's event

The Levine Institute on Aging
of the Jewish Home for Aged will
be a co-sponsor of a national con-
ference, "Alzheimer's Disease and
Dementia: Prospects and Perspec-
tives," Nov. 9-11 at Wayne State
University's school of medicine.
Other .co-sponsors are the de-
partment of psychiatry at WSU
and the Alzheimer's Disease and
Related Disorders Association.
Researchers, scientists and
family practitioners will be
among the guest speakers. The
Nov. 9 program will focus on key
breakthroughs in research and
scientific knowledge. Direct care
and treatment issues will be the
Nov. 10 theme and the impact of
Alzheimer's disease on the family
will be discussed Nov. 11.
There is a registration fee. For
information, call the local Al-
zheimer's office, 540-2373.

Professor named

Dr. Harvey Gotliffe has been
appointed associate professor of
journalism at Central Michigan
University in Mt. Pleasant. He
will head the magazine jour-
nalism program.

surface as the subject of debate
and communal soul-searching at
almost every religious and cul-
tural conclave in West Germany.
It was raised in July at the 88th
Roman Catholic assembly in
Munich.
A historian, Prof. Rudolf Lill, of
Passau, accused the Roman
Catholic Church of partial blame
for the anti-Semitism of the Third
Reich because of its traditional
anti-Judaism. The debate that
arose, according to Georg Bauer of
Die Welt, centered on the ques-
tion whether Cardinal Bertram of
Breslau should not have led the
church into opposition to the per-
secution of the Jews or whether he
was correct in his belief that Hit-
ler would have crushed the church
as an organization if it had vigor-
ously championed human rights.
These holding the latter view
recalled the murder of Canon
Bernhard Lichtenberg, dean of
the Berlin Cathedral, after he had
publicly condemned the Novem-
ber 1938 torching of the
synagogues. One speaker quoted
the noted Jesuit historian, Lud-
wig Volk, as deploring the fact
that another Bishop von Galen
had not arisen to defend the Jews.
Van Galen, the Munster pre-
late, aroused intense Nazi anger
early in the Hitler regime when
he publicly denounced the
euthanasia program and de-
manded that those responsible for
carrying it out be tried as murder-
ers.
In Bayreuth, at this year's an-
nual festival honoring the com-
poser Richard Wagner whose vio-
lent anti-Semitism was a major
inspiration to Adolf Hitler, the
city-owned Wagner Museum
opened a special exhibit on
"Wagner and the Jews."
It was located in the flower-
strewn house in which Wagner
had lived and worked. The flow-
ers, Manfred Eger, director of the
museum, told Henry Kamm of the
New York Times, were "a rever-
ance for those Jewish Wagner
singers of the Bayreuth Festival
and for those Jewish Wagner
scholars who died in the concen-
tration camps." The exhibit in-
cludes pictures of the Bayreuth

.

OBITUARIES

Lawrence Einhorn

Lawrence L. Einhorn, retired
president of Merchants Tobacco
and Candy Co., died Oct. 10 at age
70.
Born in Hungary, Mr. Einhorn
was a founding member of Adat
Shalom Synagogue, and a
member of Perfection Lodge of the
Masons, National Association of
Food Brokers and a past board
member of the Michigan Candy
Distributors. He was in business
for 50 years. He retired five years
ago.
He leaves his wife, Sally; a son,
Brian; a daughter, Mrs. Robert
(Frances) Wolf; a brother, Joseph
of California; two sisters, Mrs.
Leopold (Olga) Hirsch and Mrs.
Max (Rose) Gittelman of Florida;
and four grandchildren.

Jewish singers who died in the
camps and a picture of Hitler, as
well, being feted at the theater.
Under the Hitler picture is the
caption: "There is no doubt that
Wagner's writings reinforced Hit-
ler in his hatred of the Jews."
Kamm interviewed Wolfgang
Wagner, the composer's only sur-
viving grandson, and quoted him
as saying that he sympathized
with the exhibit, but had nothing
to do with it.
It may be symptomatic of the
intense desire of many Germans
to shut their eyes to vestiges of the
near past that it was not until
Kamm asked the city fathers why
the house next to Wagner's still
displayed a memorial plaque hon-
oring Hoiiston Stewart Chamber-
lain, Wagner's son-in-law, that it
was removed.
Chamberlain, an Englishman
and a rabid anti-Semite, ex-
panded Gobineau's racial theory
into the theory of "Nordic Supre-
macy" which gave a "scientific"
coloration to the anti-Semitic ra-
cial theories later applied by Hit-
ler.
Symptomatic, too, of the Ger-
man reluctance to dwell on that
aspect of the past was Kamm's re-
port on the German reaction to
the exhibit. "Mr. Eger," he noted,
"said the show had provoked no
public reaction in its first week.
On three occasions, German vis-
itors were seen walking through
the exhibit quickly without mak-
ing comments. Only American
and Dutch tourists were seen to be
studying the exhibits carefully."

The Family
of the Late

IDA STEIN
BARON

Announces the unveil-
ing of a monument in her
memory at 11 a.m. Sunday,
Nov. 4, at Beth Tefilo
Emanuel Cemetery. Rabbi
Spectre and Cantor Vieder
will officiate. Relatives
and friends are asked to
attend.

PEARL
SPINNER

Who passed away Oct.
28, 1979. Loved and re-
membered by her hus-
band, Morris; daughter,
Bobbie; son, Marshall; and
family.

This year is the 100th anniver-
sary of the birth of Leon
Feuchtwanger, the German-
Jewish novelist and dramatist
who became, in exile, one of the
Nazi regime's most effective foes.
Feuchtwanger had been neg-
lected in Germany in the years
after World War II and some lead-
ing German critics asserted that
he had lost his ability to com-
municate with the German people
in the German language.

Their views have been belied by
the widespread interest in the
German-Jewish writer evidenced
in the spate of articles that have
been appearing in connection
with his birthday in July and the
mounting sales of a recent edition
of his novel, Erfolg (Success)
which first appeared in 1930.
"Now, 100 years after his birth,"
wrote one critic, "Lion
Feuchtwanger has again been re-
stored to the popularity that is his
due."

The republication of the avail-
able writings of Erich Muhsam,
the German Jewish anarchist
who was killed in the Oranien-:
burg concentration camp 50 years
ago, prompted the national daily,
Die Zeit, to print a lengthy review
of his life- and works.
"As a Jewish intellectual, man
of letters, cabaret artist and jour-
nalist," Henry Pross wrote, "he
was the very opposite of the Nazi
ideal. Yet he could hardly have
been more German in so many
ways: his sensitivity, his idealism
and his obduracy."

The Family
of the Late

LOUIS
ISAACS

Announces the unveil-
ing of a monument in his
memory at 11 a.m. Sunday,
Oct. 28, at Adat Shalom
Memorial Park. Rabbi
Gorrelick will officiate.
Relatives and friends are
asked to attend.

The Family
of the Late

ALLAN
FINNK

Announces the unveil-
ing of a monument in his
memory at 1 p.m. Sunday,
Nov. 4, at Hebrew Memo-
rial Park. Rabbi Dannel
Schwartz will officiate.
Relatives and friends are
asked to attend.

The Family of the Late

SAMUEL PEARLSTEIN

Acknowledges with grateful appreciation the

many kind expressions of sympathy extended by

relatives and friends during the family's recent be-

reavement.

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