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June 14, 1985 - Image 88

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-06-14

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Friday, June 14, 1985

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Art by Chari McClean

A Jew Alone
Is A Jew In Danger

Lessons learned from 40 turbulent years of
history, from Auschwitz to today.

BY ELIE WIESEL

Contributing Editor

Only three years separated Auschwitz
from Jerusalem: How did our people
manage to bridge those two events with-
out losing its sense of reality?
Had an individual gone so fast from
such despair to such exultation — he or
she would have been mentally unbalanced.
The density of this generation's events
— their pace — their power of evocation
— cannot but baffle our imagination and
challenge our memory: a normal person
would be unable to take that much sorrow
and that much joy in one lifetime. So many
wars, perils, victories, losses, funerals,
celebrations... The Sinai Campaign, the
Six-Day War, the war Liberation of Jeru-
salem, the war attrition, the Jewish ren-
aissance in Russia, the ingathering of
Falashas, the Yom Kippur War, the first
direct meetings between Israel and Egypt,
the peace treaty with Sadat... So much has
happened in one generation — was it too
much?
Upheavals in Russia and, on a different
scale, in Ethiopia? All those anti-Semitic
incidents — verbal or violent — in Paris,
Rome, Antwerpen — or Vienna — what is
their significance? Often we have the feel-
ing that history is trying to tell us some-
thing — perhaps to give us some warnings
— But we are unable to decode them.
And so — the question remains: what is
the sense of history today? Aren't we but

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