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strong. In a sense, we felt like live life and to cherish it, and
we were a liberation army, always, always to remember.
And as part of remembering,
As we marched in, we we need to sensitize ourselves
passed a stone monument that further to the sufferings of
said, "Lager Belsen, 1943, others.
What did we accomplish?
1944, 1945." All the emotions
that had been building were We spoke up, we acted, and we
were strong. We showed the
now finally released.
As we marched in the camp, world we are still here and
we saw the mounds of earth that we remember.
which held the mass graves of
our people. We proceeded to • Bergen-Belsen
the Jewish monument erected Presentation
by the survivors of Bergen-
At 7 p.m. June 9, at the main
Belsen. The media was there. Jewish Community Center,
Menachem Rosensaft, the Charles Silow and Bernard Kent
founder of the International will have a slide presentation
Network made a speech "re- and discussion of their recent
trip to Bergen-Belsen. The
consecrating Bergen-Belsen community is invited. There is
after its desecration by no charge.
President Reagan and Chan-
The program is sponsored by
cellor Kohl." We said Kaddish CHAIM - Children of
and we cried.
After the ceremonies, we in Michigan.
took time to look around, to
think and to feel. I thought of
the thousands who were Visit Scored
buried here. I thought of Anne
Buenos Aires — B'nai B'rith In-
Frank who had died here. I
ternational last month deplored
thought of the Jewish people. I the appearance in Buenos Aires of
thought of my mother.
the notorious Soviet Gen. David
I thought then that my Dragunsky to commemorate the
mother was right, the ground 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
In a statement issued in Buenos
of Bergen-Belsen is soaked
Aires, Samuel Kaplan, president
with blood and this is not a of B'nai B'rith Argentina, de-
place for anyone to be. But I clared that the visit by
also felt the ground of Dragunsky "is an obscene move
Bergen-Belsen to be very sac- by his Kremlin masters .to dis-
red. I was struck by the tre- credit the historical Jewish aspi-
mendous silence and by a ration for a homeland in Israel,
sense of kedusha (holiness) expressed through Zionism."
that was here.
After a long while, we began
to leave. As I was walking out,
I saw Germans, young and old,
coming in. I felt a sense of Jewish Cadets
pride that I was a Jew. I wore a
New York — Twenty-eight
yarmulka with pride. I wanted
Jewish cadets will graduate this
everyone to see that I was
month from four U.S. service
Jewish, that I was alive, and academies and be commissioned
as officers, Rabbi Barry Hewitt
young, and strong. I felt that
Greene, of Short Hills, N.J.,
we as the Jewish people had
chairman, JWB Commission on
survived and that we will con-
Jewish Chaplaincy, reported this
tinue to survive.
On a personal level, the trip
to Bergen-Belsen helped to
achieve a reconciliation
within myself about the Gift For Blind
Holocaust. I came to Bergen-
New York — Novelist Herman
Belsen and to Germany as a Wouk has given a $75,000 chal-
free man and I left. Bergen- lenge grant to the Jewish Braille
Belsen and Germany as a free Institute of America. Wouk will
man. Forty years ago, my match contributions up to a
$75,000 total to aid in publishing
mother and the millions of and
free distribution of large-
other Jews who suffered and print Hebrew and English Bibles.
died as a result of the
Holocaust were obviously not
free but were slaves of a to-
talitarian, racist, and anti-
New York — Jewish National
I learned that the fires of the
Fund is planning to employ recent
Holocaust are actually out.
Jews are no longer in concen- immigrants from Ethiopia in its
park, forest and road-building
tration camps or in death
projects in Israel. JNF also an-
camps. The Holocaust is over.
nounced that it will establish a
We are now free and we are
10,000-tree Ethiopian Jewry For-
alive. I belive it is important to est near Jerusalem.