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March 22, 1985 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-03-22

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Propei Terms
For Dr. Mengele

The resurgence of interest in
Josef Mengele's whereabouts
brings to mind another vivid
example of mistranslation. The
journalistic cliche "Auschwitz
Angel of Death" for the infamous
Mengele is a 'literal" — and
wrong — translation of Hebrew:
Malachha-Mavet and Yiddish:
Malekh ha-Mawves.
Malach (Greek angelos) meant
"emissary, messenger," either
heavenly or hellish. When
Yiddish-speaking survivors of the
Hitler murder camps noted at war
crimes trials after the war that
they had referred to someone like
Mengele as a Malekh ha-Mawves,
their meaning, rooted in ancient
usage, was "Murderer, Death-
Messenger, Evil One, Death Per-
sonified," etc.
We live in a time when move-
ments for the right and dignity of
women, blacks and other groups
have sensitized us to the existence
of sexist and racist attitudes
woven deep into the warp and
woof of daily speech.
Yet this same new sensitivity
often fails to extend to under-
standing that hearts can be
wounded by a 40-year accumula-
tion of cliches such as "Hitler's ex-
termination (!) camps," "the ex-
termination (!) of European

Jewry," or "Mengele Angel of
Death" — as a facile mistransla-
tion ofche victims' own grim
synonym for the ultimate in cruel,
wicked murderers.
However, let's not deprive jour-
nalists of the chance to use some
sort of catchy epithet the next
time they write about Mengele.
Linguistically and theologically
sound translations are "Au-
schwitz Doctor of Death" and "Dr.
Mengele, the Grim Reaper of Au-
schwitz."

Bernard Mikofsky

Bethlehem, Pa.

`Shiksa' Condemned

The article ("Confronting the
Shiksa Myth") in the Feb. 8th
issue left me angry and annoyed.
The story was in poor taste.
With so many important and
interesting topics to write about,
why select a subject which would
be better put to rest?
The term which your writer
tries to explain and embellish is
not helpful in good relationships
between Jewish and non-Jewish
families and friends. What did
this story accomplish? Not a
thing! .. .

Elsie Deutch

LOCAL NEWS

Telethon Is Part Of
Final Campaign Push

With just 11 days to go before
the official closing of the 1985 Al-
lied Jewish Campaign, volunteers
are trying to reach all unsecured
pledges during Campaign Tele-
thon Week.
Phone calls will go out to sev-
eral thousand past and potential
contributors on Sunday, Monday,
Tuesday and Thursday as the
1985 Campaign tries to reach its
goal of $22.5 million.
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lead up to the Campaign closing
celebration April 2 at Adat
Shalom Synagogue. It will feature
an Israeli Cabaret.
The festivities will begin at 6:30
p.m. with entertainment provided
by singer Norma Harpaz, the Ab-
raham Ben-Zeev Trio and the
Hora Aviv Dancers, a nine-
member folkdance troupe.
Preceding the entertainment
will be an Israeli buffet dinner
and final division reports.

Doctors' Mission In Fall

Preparations are under way for
the first Physicians Mission to Is-
rael sponsored by Sinai Hospital
in association with the Medical
and Osteopathic Physicians Sec-
tions of the Allied Jewish Cam-
paign. The mission is set for Oct.
31 - Nov. 10.
An informational meeting will
be held 8 p.m. Wednesday at the
Maple-Drake Jewish Community
Center. Details of the itinerary,
hotels and actual cost of the mis-
sion will be discussed.
Under the leadership of Drs.
Arnold Axelrod, Conrad L. Giles
and Melvyn Rubenfire, mission
participants will visit hospitals,
meet with colleagues and consult
with physicians treating Ehtio-
pian Jews. -
Spouses are invited and will
take part in an itinerary of sight-

seeing, shopping and visiting
museums. A reception will be
hosted by the Tel Aviv Medical
Society and the Israel Minister of
Health.
For details, call Allan Gelfond
at Federation, 965-3939.

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The Oakland County Health
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blood pressure control and diab-
etes, and a free immunization
clinic in April.
For information, including
times and locations, call the Oak-
land County Health Division,
858-1280.

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