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May 31, 1985 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-05-31

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

24 `Friday,' M4 31; 1085

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luxuries as apples and oranges.
The arts of the past — paint-
ings commandeered from pre-
revolutionary private collectors,
music written by the pre-
revolutionary composers —
flourish. The voices of the Bol-
shoi Theatre were wasted on an
operatic composition of prop-
agandistic trivia at a perform-
ance we attended on Interna-
tional Woman's Day. It had
been described as a "modern
classic."
On the day Chernenko died,
the red banners that had been
hung on buildings three days
earlier for Woman's Day were
banded in black, but otherwise
no one took notice. There was no
day of mourning. If work had
been halted, someone (not a re-
fusenik) told us, everyone would
use the day off for merrymaking
and overindulging in vodka, just
as they had for the Woman's
Day holiday. It would be un-
seemly. Therefore, there would
be only a moment of silence on
Chernenko's burial day, and
that was all.
Nobody voted for him, nobody
knew him, nobody in particular
would mourn him, we were told.
In fact, those "ordinary workers"
who would be shown on televi-
sion filing past Chernenko's
body would be paid for their
trouble.
On the afternoon of Chernen-
ko's funeral, there may have

been a moment of silent mourn-
ing. We were walking in the
busy streets of Leningrad and
we never noticed it.
Why do the Soviets bother
holding the refuseniks as hos-
tages? Why don't they simply

It was a small
plaster model with a
menorah and Mogen
David etched on one
side . . . "What's
this" the custom's
official demanded.

release, say, 500 of the most
troublesome and get them out of
their hair?
Because then 500 more would
arise, we were told. And 500
more. And 500 more....
Soviet authorities make no
marks in foreigners' passports
as they enter or depart the
country. At each city, as we
hand over our visas, a page is
removed until we have nothing
left. No official stamp, sign or
paper to indicate that we have
visited the Soviet Union.
Nothing but vivid memories of
sitting at table with our breth-
ren. ❑

Reconciliation Is Goal
Of German Ambassador

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At the center of everything.

No matter where you live, you
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quality of your medical care for
convenience. That's why we're
glad to be at the center of every-
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From here we serve the entire
tri-county area, and we're within
easy reach of most suburban
cities. In fact, from anywhere
on this map you're less than

20 minutes away. From the
beginning at Sinai, we've wanted
to be metropolitan Detroit's lead-
ing medical center... and to us,
that means being at the center
of the community we serve.

(QSinai Hospital of Detroit 1985.

THIS IS SINAI.

USING ALL WE KNOW TO MAKE YOU WELL.

Washington (JTA) — Follow-
ing the gradual abatement of
the furor and protest that flared
over President Reagan's recent
visit to the West German mili-
tary cemetery at Bitburg, West
Germany's Ambassador to the
U.S. and leaders of B'nai B'rith
International last week offered
gestures of reconciliation be-
tween West Germany and
American Jews.
"Let us build a solid, long-
term basis for our relationship
so that sudden eruptions like
the painful debate of the last
few weeks can be avoided," Am-
bassador Gunther van Well
urged the B'nai B'rith Board of
Governors in an address on "The
German-Jewish Relationship
After Bitburg" at their annual
meeting.
Quoting from a conciliatory
speech by West German
President Richard von Weiz-
sacker delivered following the
Bitburg visit, Well stressed his
country's commitment to keep-
ing alive the memories of the
Holocaust. But he also appealed
for the strengthening of the
German-American Jewish rela-
tionship as a means to enhance
the awareness among Germans
of the Jewish cultural life that
thrived in Germany before Hit-
ler's rise to power, and the
shared cultural and spiritual
heritage of Germans and many
Jews in this country.
The re-establishment of

dialogue and the rebuilding of
ties has been less successful
with American Jewry than with
Israel, • the Ambassador said. He
cited the efforts of figures such
as the late Israeli Prime Minis-
ter David Ben-Gurion and Leo
Baeck, the late German Jewish
leader who, on returning from
the Theresienstadt concentra-
tion camp, was the first to call
for the reinstitution of B'nai
B'rith in Europe.
"Their
objectives
and
standards remain valid for us,"
Well said. "They knew that it
was not possible simply to carry
on where the past left off.

Alignment Gets
Most Votes

Tel Aviv (JTA) — The final
count in the voting in last
week's Histadrut elections gave
the Labor Alignment 69.3 per-
cent, the Likud 23.5 percent, the
Hadash Israel Communist Party
4.5 percent, and the CFtizens
Fights list 2.3 percent.
Earlier partial counts had re-
sulted in alignment getting 66.7
percent, Likud 21.4, Hadash 4.1
and CR list 2.7 percent.
Votes cast covered just over
56 percent of eligible voters —
the same this time without a
day's holiday as four years ago
when the polling day was de-
clared a vacation.

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