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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-03-28

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18 Friday, March 28, 1986

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

PURELY COMMENTARY

THE INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RELATIONS

of

THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE

`Stroop Report'

cordially invites you to attend

Continued from preceding page

THE HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD DINNER

honoring

gat,a,..Zazei Pence

Publisher and Chairman
Detroit Free Press

Guest Speaker

9- &A* era:reant

Tuesday, April 15, 1986

Cocktails-6:00 P.M.

Dinner-7:00 P.M.

THE WESTIN HOTEL

Detroit

R.S.V.P.
Business attire
Dietary laws will be observed

$1.500 per table of ten
$150 pei• person
No solicitation of funds

Call 965-3353 for Reservations (9:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M.)

Growing Library

Understandably,
the
Holocaust bookshelves are ex-
panding. The libraries dealing
with the horrors of the Nazi at-
rocities keep growing.
It is because the experiences
of those who survived, those
who suffered and left accounts of
the trials they encountered, the
historians who have the urge to
relate what they learned and
what they had themselves been
victims of, must not be forgot-
ten.
Simon Dubnow, who was
among the greatest of Jewish
historians of all times, left a
message which must be viewed
as a demand. Just before he was
led to his murder by the Nazis
he left a message to his genera-
tion, not to forget, to keep a re-
' cord of what was happening, to
pass on to the generations the
accumulating data about the
German atrocities. .
Therefore, everything that is
recorded must be preserved and
the list of published works titled
collectively Holocaust library
must always be available.
Therefore the listing of some
of them.
Of the many books that cur-
rently demand special attention
in the consideration of the
Holocaust, Crisis and Covenant:
The Holocaust in American

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Dinner Chairman

MR. PAUL BORMAN

Honorary Chairmen

THE HONORABLE JAMES J. BLANCHARD
SENATOR CARL LEVIN
SENATOR DONALD W. RIEGLE
THE HONORABLE COLEMAN A. YOUNG

MR. MAX M. FISHER

Dinner Co-Chairmen

Mr. James. A. Aliber
Mr. Owen F. Bieber
Mr. Michael M. Blumenthal
Mr. Leon S. Cohan
Judge Avern L. Cohn
Mr. Richard H. Cummings
Mr. Bernard M. Fauber
Mr. Henry Ford, II
Mr. Alfred R. Glancy, III
The Honorable Martha Griffiths
.Mr. David Handleman
The Honorable Erma Henderson
Mr. David Hermelin
Mr. Daniel Honigman
Mr. Lee A. Iacocca .
Judge Damon J. Keith

details of the gradual mounting
of orders from the Nazi elite for
the extermination of the Polish
Jews. "The immediate cause of
the ghetto revolt in April. 1943
was Himmler's order of 16 Feb-
ruary 1943," Wirth wrote, as-
signing the date of the order for
mass killings. Afull account is
provided of Strooli',s background,
his "religiosity" in a dedication
to the services rendered to his
Nazi superiors.
"Stroop's espousal of the prin-
ciple of obedience was not able
to exculpate him before an
American court in Dachau and a
Polish tribunal in Warsaw,"
Wirth indicates. "Both courts
adhered to their own principles,
not to punish merely the most
immediate perpetrators of a
crime. Stroop's first death sen-
tence for the shooting of Ameri-
can pilots was signed by Gen-
eral L.D. Clay: the Polish court
judges his activity in Poland a
`continuous crime' and branded
him a 'Fascist hangman.' "
Stroop's "perverted group loy-
alty that excluded any trace of
human solidarity" is also traced
to the mass killer. He is de-
scribed as "a functionary of evil,
masquerading as law."
The Stroop Report is one of
the most important documen-
taries which reveal the Nazi
criminal mind in the words of a
major mass murderer, while in-
dicating the courage of the re-
sisters. That a German should
have provided the facts, and
illustrated them, makes the
Stroop "confessional" one of the
most serious admissions of the
Nazi crimes by Germans them-
selves.

Mr. Donald R. Mandich
Mr. Walter J. McCarthy, Jr.
Mr. William T. McCormick
Dr. Marjorie Peebles Meyers
Mr. Donald E. Peterson
Mr. Dean E. Richardson
Mr. Jack Robinson
Mr. Jerome L. Schostak
Mr. Alan E. Schwartz
Ms. Martha R. Seger
Mr. Roger B. Smith
Mr. Mat Sosnick
• Archbishop Edmund Szoka
Mr. A. Alfred Taubman
Mr. William P. Vititoe





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Jewish Fiction (State University
of New York Press, Albany) is
among the most challenging.
Its combined efforts deal with
the literature as well as the
numerous other subject related
to the era of the Nazi horrors.
There is emphasis on the' faith
that inspired the sufferers with
an effect on resistance.
Alan L. Berger of the depart-
ment of religion at Syracuse
University, who directs the
Jewish Interdisciplinary Pro-
gram there, is the editor of this
collective effort which is certain
to inspire continuing research
and study on the vast subject.
In the works of many of the
best known American Jewish
writers, the Holocaust subject
receives serious consideration,
forming a valuable chapter on
the reactions and sentimen-
talities to the terrors engineered
by the Nazis and also the effects
of the German negation of that
people's civilized traditions on
world opinion.
It is not surprising ,that the
Berger anthology should include
a discussion of Elie Wiesel's The
Accident. Under analysis also
are the works of Cynthia Ozick,
Hugh Nissenson, Arthur A. Co-
hen, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Saul
Bellow, Bernard Malamud,
Richard Elman, Bernard Roth,
and others.
Thus, subjects with challeng-
ing themes and personalities
who continue to influence the
literary and American essay
'sphere make the Berger-edited
Crisis and Covenant a volume of
absolute significance in the
treatment of assembling
Holocaust writings.
A series of stories that ap-
peared in the Orthodox-inspired
magazine, the Jewish Observer,
has been assembled for publica-
tion in a volume entitled A Path
Through the Ashes (Mesorah
Publications). The . book was
edited by Rabbi Nisson Woltin.

ORT On American
Scene: Worldwide
Efforts Expanded

A JTA item assumes unusual
interest for all Jewish com-
munities concerned with provid-
ing vocational training for
young Jews. The announcement
from Los Angeles of the estab-
lishment of an ORT school
whose student body now num-
bers 50 and is expected to grow
to 500, indicates a growing need
in this country for such services.
The first ORT school in the
United States is the Bramson
ORT School established in New
York in 1977. A third is
scheduled soon for Chicago.
Commencement of ORT serv-
ices in this country is an indica-
tion of the emerging needs to
train youth for prodtictive pur-
suits. The Los Angeles school
provides training 'in computer
programming, secretarial and
office autoination and
computer-electronic technology.
It is evident that such train-
ing can provide opportunities,

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