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September 26, 1986 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-09-26

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FRUIT
& GIFT
1-F2 BASKETS

Tribute To
John Grauel

Friends must never be for-
gotten. Their deeds won't
permit forgetfulness.
When a non-Jew, an aspir-
'ing clergyman, dedicates
himself to rescuing Jews who
were destined for the cre-
matoria, his memory rises to
great heights.
John Stanley Grauel was
such a Christian. He recog-
nized injustice and battled to
\-
/-- - defeat it. He was one of a
handful of non-Jews who
joined the Jewish libertarians
in the struggle against the
British when they shut the
doors to Jewish Palestine to
survivors from the death
camps seeking a way to a
new life in a free Jewish
commonwealth. He was with
these survivors on the ill-
/ •
fated Exodus whose justice-
\
seeking passengers were de-
) ,
nied the freedom they sought
and were sent back to Marse-
illes. Most of the passengers
landed back in displaced per-

sons camps. When he found a
\
way to Eretz Israel he joined
the Haganah and fought for
what was soon to become the
sovereign State of Israel.
He was a very young man,
\ in his twenties, when he
joined the Jewish freedom
seekers on the Exodus in
July of 1947. He was not a
mere adventurer. He knew
for the rest of his life that Is-
rael needed support, that the
Jewish State to which he
dedicated himself needed de-
fense. Therefore, he pleaded
for cooperation in behalf of
the United Jewish Appeal
and Israel Bonds, and in that
aim made friends here in the
ranks of the Allied Jewish
Campaign.
At his own request Grauel
was buried in Israel and sur-
vivors of Nazism served as
his honor guard.
It is good to remember
him as a friend and now to
pay tribute to his memory.

Harriette Simons .. .
Standard Bearer
In Two Generations

Max Lieberman. She grew up
in a home where dedication
to peoplehood was on a high
level. Max Lieberman was
among the generous and the
spiritually devoted. Among
the leaders in Cong. Shaarey
Zedek, he guided many
toward generosity to Jewish
needs. He was a pioneer in
the Detroit Jewish National
Fund tasks, a Herzlian
Zionist, an observer in the
highest trends of Jewish de-
votions.
It was in an atmosphere of
family dignity that Harriette
gained the loyalties that
began in Shaarey Zedek in
her childhood. She continued
her loyalties at Temple Beth
El when she married Leonard
36 years ago. It was an unin-
terrupted sharing of the iden-
tifications of her husband
with the Jewish and civic
movements, with the inter-
racial and inter-faith. She
traveled with him along the
roads he pursued and the
movements he embraced. She
was with him when he
traveled to France, for the
dedication of monuments to
Detroit pioneers, to Israel to
support JNF and the Hebrew
University. Every movement
Leonard appraised in his
book Simons Says, which he
dedicated to her on his 80th
birthday and then the 54th
year of their married life, be-
came her movement.
Harriette was present at
every function at which
Leonard was honored, includ-
ing commencements when
when he was awarded honor-
ary doctorates. Last week's
Purely Commentary con-
tained the text of the Maryg-
rove College citation award-
ing him an honorary docto-
rate. Dr. John Shay, Maryg-
rove president, brought a
specially engraved text of the
citation to Leonard Simons at
Sinai Hospital, where he was
visiting Harriette during her
first hospitalization. When
she was asked whether she
wanted the citation read to
her, she replied: "But I heard
the text when it was read to
Leonard at the Marygrove
commencement."
That was the last of the
important communal events
she shared with her husband.
Harriette Lieberman Si-
mons was known and will be
remembered among the noble
ladies of two generations.

Harriette Simons was a
standard bearer in two of De-
troit's very eminent genera-
tions.
She was important in her
own — as the life partner of
her husband, Leonard N. Si-
mons.
She benefitted among her
mentors the Jewish devotions
and the dignity of her father,

Amsterdam (JTA) —
President Kurt Waldheim of
Austria will not be among the
heads of state attending the of-
ficial opening on Oct. 4 of the
Easter Scheldt Dam, a major
new hydraulic power project.
Austria will be represented by
its Foreign Minister, P. Jan-
kevitsch, and speculation is
rife as to whether the Dutch
government discreetly advised
Waldheim to stay away or the
Austrians themselves decided.

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