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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-06-27

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THE JEWISH NEWS

Serving Detroit's Metropolitan Jewish Community
with distinction for four decades.

Editorial and Sales offices at 20300 Civic Center Dr.,
Suite 240, Southfield, Michigan 48076-4138
Telephone (313) 354-6060

PUBLISHER: Cha"rles A. Buerger
ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER: Arthur M. Horwitz
EDITOR EMERITUS: Philip Slomovitz
EDITOR: Gary Rosenblatt
CONSULTANT: Carmi M. Slomovitz
ART DIRECTOR: Kim Muller-Thym
NEWS EDITOR: Alan Hitsky
LOCAL NEWS EDITOR: Heidi Press
STAFF WRITER: David Holzel
LOCAL COLUMNIST: Danny Raskin

OFFICE STAFF:
Lynn Fields
Percy Kaplan
Pauline Max
Marlene Miller
Dharlene Norris
Phyllis Tyner
Mary Lou Weiss
Pauline Weiss
Ellen Wolfe

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES:
Lauri Biafore
Randy Marcuson
Judi Monblatt
Rick Nessel
Danny Raskin

PRODUCTION:
Donald Cheshure
Cathy Ciccone
Curtis Deloye
Joy Gardin
Ralph Orme

© 1986 by The Detroit Jewish News (US PS 275-520)
Second Class postage paid at Southfield, Michigan and additional mailing offices.
Subscriptions: 1 year - $21 — 2 years - $39 — Out of State - $23 — Foreign - $35

CANDLELIGHTING AT 8:54 P.M.

VOL. LXXXIX, NO. 18

Jewish Agency Series:
Kill The Messenger

The loud and angry response in Israel to The Jewish News series on the
Jewish Agency/WZO ("Where Do All Our Dollars Go?") only underscores the
message of the articles: that some key leaders in Israel are unwilling to
confront the tough issues at hand.
At the Jewish Agency annual Assembly this week in Jerusalem,
attended by some 800 delegates from Israel, the U.S. and from around the
world, our series of articles, which we reprinted in booklet form and
distributed to the participants, was the subject of a major controversy. (See
story, Page 1.)
Unfortunately the focus was not on the content of the well-researched
and documented 30,000-word report, which has appeared over a period of five
weeks in The Jewish News beginning May 23 and concluding today, and
critically examined the workings of the Jewish Agency/WZO. The articles
explored an historic lack of accountability on the part of some Israeli
administrators for millions of dollars raised in the U.S. for Israel. Instead of
responding to the facts, critics created a diversion to shout about. The major
outcry was over the illustrations accompanying the articles, which Jewish
Agency head Leon Dulzin and others labeled as "anti-Zionist and
anti-Semitic." Dulzin dismissed the articles as "full of lies, distortions and a
lot of maliCious poison against the Jewish Agency and especially against the
WZO." There were demands that Jerrold Hoffberger, chairman of the
governing board of the Jewish Agency, resign because of his alleged role in
this matter.
We feel it is important to shed some light, rather than heat, on this
episode.
The genesis of the articles began many months ago when Charles
Hoffman, a Jerusalem Post reporter, proposed writing a series for us on
whether the Jewish Agency/WZO is meeting the needs of Israel and the
Jewish world, and to explore the relationship between Diaspora leadership in
America and the Zionist leadership in Israel.
We encouraged Hoffman to work on the articles and, when we received
them, we were impressed with the importance of the issues raised and with
his research, which we verified through our own sources. The response we
received to the publication of his articles was, for the most part, positive and
came from the highest levels of American Jewish leadership.
To illustrate the lengthy articles, we commissioned Giora Carmi, a
well-known native Israeli free-lance illustrator, whose work has been
published widely in Israel and America, including the New York Times and
Business Week.
We had the series reprinted in booklet form and sent to Jerusalem in time
for the Assembly in the hopes that the articles would be read and provide
useful information to anyone concerned about the Jewish Agency/WZO and
its vital role in Jewish life. We felt the series was compelling and merited
attention, and we had hoped that it would help raise the level of discourse
from name-calling and turf-protecting to deal with the issues themselves. But
apparently that was not to be. Rather than tackle the central themes, critics
have created a side-show in dismissing the articles as half-truths and
labeling the illustrations anti-Semitic. That is indeed sad.

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Friday, June 27, 1986

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

OP-ED

Juitice Is Dragging Along
In Barbie Case In France

BY ROBERT E. SEGAL
Special to The Jewish News

During the Nazis' near-victory in
World War II, one of every four French
Jews was a Holocaust victim. No Nazi
sadist was more efficient at imposing
Hitler's final solution on the Jews of
France than Klaus Barbie, the "Nazi
Butcher of Lyon."
More than three years have
passed since Serge and Beate
Klarsfeld succeeded in tracking Bar-
bie down in Bolivia and led the suc-
cessful effort to get him back in the jail
he favored for incarcerating French
Jews.
Now U.S. Justice Department
documents have been released indicat-
ing that this killer who still praises
Hitler's evil deeds was able to find
haven in South America largely with
the help of Father Krunoslav
Draganovic, a Croatian Catholic
priest. The latter apparently used his
post as secretary of St. Jerome's Col-
lege in Rome to protect not only Barbie
but other Nazis including Ande
Pavelic, head of the Croatian govern-
ment, controlled by Hitler and his
comrades-in-genocide.
Serving with Croatian officers
was the great Austrian deceiver, Kurt
Waldheim, who received Croatia's
highest military award.
While Barbie's lawyers continue
to succeed in keeping him free from
facing the forces of French justice, the
significance of his evil course spins an
ever-widening web of history.
Well may we ask why the long
court delay in the case of the Nazi with
a record of 4,342 executions, 7,591 de-
portations of Jews, and 14,311 arrests
and deportations of members of the
French Resistance. One answer must
surely be that his trial will lay bare the
sorry records of some citizens of France
who collaborated with the Nazis dur-
ing the dark days of the Petain-Laval
authoritarian French regime. The
road that led to Auschwitz and other
death camps for thousands of French

Jews was constructed by the Vichy
functionaries and by such avowed
anti-Semites as Xavier Vallat who
gloried in his job as supervisor of the
Staut des Juifs.
On Jan. 27, 1984, despite the fact
that Barbie had been twice sentenced
to death in absentia while making a
fortune in cocaine and arms dealings
in Bolivia, the French Supreme Court
refused to quash Barbie's case. Later,
the French appeals court postponed

Why the long court delay in
the case of the Nazi with a
record of 4,342 executions?

Barbie's trial until after parliamen-
tary elections. This March, while
broadening charges against Barbie,
the court set an early 1987 trial date.
Meanwhile, never repenting,
Barbie has arrogantly insisted that
Hitler, thanks to a mode of operatiori
dear to the Nazis, was able to do away
with 6 1/2 million "unemployed Ger-
, mans."
As dismal as the record of tem-
porizing over Barbie's fate is, the cloud
hanging over the nature of U.S. in-
telligence practices after Hitler's
downfall darkens America's own his-
tory.
If efforts now in progress by both
House and Senate intelligence com-
mittees succeed, we should be able to
form clearer judgements about the use
of questionable means to achieve the
goal of halting the spread of Moscow's
influence at World War II's close.
Consider again America's em-
ployment of Barbie as a spotter of
Communists and their nefarious ac-
tivities. Our government claims that
U.S. Army Intelligence was unaware
of Barbie's crimes against Jews. Cer-

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