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October 11, 1985 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-10-11

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

During the recent TWA hijack-
ing crisis, when the terrorists
made similar demands on Israel,
the media put intensive pressure
on Israel through its one-sided
coverage which implied that Is-
rael (a) was to blame for the
hijacking and (b) that it should
release its prisoners.
Not only that, the media ig-
nored the fact that Israel had
previously planned to release the
prisoners and that the terrorists
had made similar demands of
other countries — Kuwait being
one — but were similarly ignored.
Following the statement by the
Rev. Weir, given the Israeli ex-
perience, one should have ex-
pected major coverage with live
interviews of Kuwait officials,
asking them why they did not re-
lease the 17.

What happened in the media?
Absolutely nothing. It was a one-
day story.
If the media expect to increase
their credibility and reverse the
suspicion with which such audi-
ences as Jews judge the media —
and other sectors of society feel
similarly mistreated in the news
— than they need to re-evaluate
their apparent double-standard in
defining news.
The issue is not whether this
double-standard is intentional or
not. The definition of news —
given deadlines, speed and other
factors — always has been arbit-
rary. The issue is whether the
media want to fulfill their respon-
sibility to the public in presenting
a balanced picture — in this case
on the Middle East — which is so
crucial to peace in not just that
region but the world.

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flight from the Nazi terror, loss
of family in the mass murders,
the minimal help from non-Jews
and incarceration in the Nazi
camps — these experiences are
recorded in poems bilingually
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tion) in Painful Echoes which is
reproduced from the diary of
Luba Krugman Gurdus (Schoc-
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is in itself a tragic account of
agonies, describing love for fam-
ily, the author's flight with her
son who was among the
perished, the manner in which
she was aided in her commenc-
ing flight by non-Jews and
abandoned by one family of
peasants after another, always
left to her own whims to find re-
scue and survival.
There is a great tribute to the
escaped poet-author in an intro-
duction to this bilingual book by
Dr. Martin Gilbert, who is an
eminent Oxford historian and
one of world Jewry's most dis-
tinguished scholars. Dr. Gilbert
pays honor to Mrs. Gurdus' ear-
lier book, The Death Train, and
the manner in which she de-
picted in it the horror of watch-
ing the destruction of the War-
saw Ghetto.
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Worthquoting from Mrs.
Gurdus' volume are these mov-
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stroyer":

"Piles of ruins and burned
houses, Pillaged temples, men
enslaved, Paintings, sculptures
marred by vandals, Scores in-
humed in shallow graves

"Treasures of priceless art and
culture, Destroyed by Satan's
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"In their deadly, reckless fury
They mutilate and injure
blindly, Tearing their victims to
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destruction

"They shame our civilization
And assail our ancient creed
They mock our sacred customs
And disdain anguish and grief

"In blinding lightning the great
evil Reaches the depth of our
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