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March 06, 1987 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-03-06

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UP FRONT

Jews And Trade

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ration, among them the Soviet

desire to "get back in the action
in the Middle East."
Within the Soviet Union,
Prof. Shulman called the
treatment of Hebrew teachers,
"very severe," but that it was
part of the Soviet policy of dis-
couraging religion and is not
linked to anti-Semitism, per
se. While acknowledging tra-
ditional Russian anti-
Semitism, he argued that
officially-sanctioned anti-
Semitism is only "spotty."
Many in the audience took
exception to the professor's as-
sertions and, in the question
and answer session which fol-
lowed his talk, he was low-key
and conciliatory in responding
to the challenges to his ideas.
Alex Bensky disagreed with
Prof. Shulman's belief that
Soviet reluctance to release
Jews seeking to emigrate
stems, in large part, from a fear
of a . brain drain. Rather, the
existence of thousands press-
ing to leave contradicts official
ideology that the Soviet Union
is a socialist paradise.
Yes, the professor concurred,
"the act of declaring a desire to
leave almost makes you an
enemy of the state."

On the question of trade and
leverage, Bensky argued,
"They need from us — we don't
need anything from them."
True, said the professor, "but
there is not much of a disposi-
tion to increase trade with the
Soviet Union, except in the
field of wheat." President Re-
agan ended the grain embargo
for "domestic-political rea-
.sons," he said.
Jeannie Weiner, of the
Jewish Community Council's
Soviet Jewry Committee,.
called Prof. Shulman's attitude
"naive." His belief that there is
no state-sponsored anti-
Semitism is wrong, she de-
clared flatly.
Dr. Mark Kantor, a Soviet
Jewish emigre, challenged the
professor's remarks during the
discussion session. After-
wards, he told The Jewish
News: "I disagree that the
Soviet Union will trade Jews
for better trade relations. The
Soviet Union will trade Jews
only on one condition: to force
the U.S. government to start
another detente."
Prof. Shulman's talk was
sponsored by Wayne State
University's Center for Peace
and Conflict Studies.

Entertainer Danny Kaye

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Friday, March 6, 1987

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Danny Kaye — born David
Daniel Kaminsky, born in
Brooklyn, Jan. 18, 1913 had
his major interests in UN-
ICEF. He shared great concern
in the advancement of move-
ments in behalf of the less for-
tunate children and was an
admirer of such movements in
Israel.
He took a great interest in
the United Jewish Appeal and
the Israel Bonds causes and
addressed many functions in
their behalf.
Starring in many movies, he
had the role of Jacobowsky in
the film, Me and the Colonel.
He was in the cast of the TV
movie dealing with the neo-
Nazi march on Skokie, called
Skokie.
Mr. Kaye, who died March 3
at age 74, began his career
entertaining at private pa-
rties, later moving to Catskill
resorts and later still in night-
clubs and in Vaudeville. He
made his Broadway debut in
1939 in Straw Hat Revue. - A
year later he married Sylvia
Fine, a pianist composer, lyri-
cist and his coach and personal
critic.

He went on to star inLady in
the Dark and Let's Face It. He
made his Hollywood debut in
Up in Arms and went on to film
Wonder Man, the Kid from
Brooklyn, The Secret Life of
Walter Mitty, The Inspector
General, Hans Christian An-
dersen, Knock on- Wood, White
Christmas, The Court Jester,
The Man from the Diners Club

Danny Kaye

and the Madwoman of Chail-
lot.
In 1954, he won a special
Academy Award for service to
the movie industry and later
won Emmy and Peabody
awards for his TV show in the
early 1960s. Mr. Kaye was
awarded the Jean Hersholt
Humanitarian Award of the
Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciencies in 1982 for
his charitable work. In 1984,
he was one of the recipients of
the Kennedy Center Honors
for lifetime achievement in the
arts.
In addition to his UNICEF
activities, Mr. Kaye raised
more than $6 million for sym-
phony musician's pension
funds by performing at benefit
concerts.

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