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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-05-15

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Continued from Page 2

every one gives to his
mistakes. A clean sweep
might help the replacements
avoid using that meaning of
"experience."
The Israeli approach to the
leadership conditions suggests
genealogical as well as
ideological aspects. Samet's
listing of possible candidates
for future leadership in his
country suggests that all who
are interested in the developing
conditions keep the names in
view. Nevertheless, there are
continuing conflicts that may
make the situation in Israel
somewhat precarious. The dif-
fering views on the proposal for
an international conference to
consider possibilities for peace
approaches fail to indicate an
early accord in Isaeli party
ranks. In one of his very infor-
mative reports on the situation,
in a recent article in the New
York Times, Thomas Friedman
stated, "This contradictory di-
plomacy prompted a cartoon in
the Jerusalem Post today (April
27) showing a befuddled Israeli
talking to himself, saying:
`Shamir was mad at Peres
because of his trip abroad. Then
Peres got mad at Arens because
of his trip abroad. And now
Shamir is off on his trip abroad.
I love it when the government
is mad at itself. It relieves me
of the responsibility!' "
The is really nothing new
about politicians, statesmen,
diplomats being mad at one
another. As long as there is a
democratic process, hope will
not be abandoned for im-
provements. This is applicable
to the befuddlement that has
arisen in the United States as
well as the circuitous dif-
ficulties and differing views in
Israel. So long as there is a free
press that can tackle the issues,
there is defense for the critics.
This is where the Samet ar-
ticle contributes well toward
the ongoing discussions. Can-
didates for improvements are
available. Making the facts and
availabilities known is helpful.
Drawing upon Dante's Inferno,
never abandon hope, all ye who
enter into these discussions.

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32 Friday, May 15, 1987

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Human hearts and minds
keep being tortured every time
there is a reminder of the
bestialities that were of Ger-
man guilt. A trial in Jerusalem
brings to light for the millions
who have not been fully inform-
ed how inhuman people had
become when they were taught
that Jews must be
exterminated.
It will be repeated when one
who enjoyed American
hospitality, John Demjanjuk,
will be unmasked for his
brutalities.
Such is now the case of a

mass murderer in Lyons,•
France.
Yet, there still are the few
who propagate denial, and as in
a Canadian case blinded jurists
fail to recognize the evil of those
who even claim that Jews
manufacture such "atrocity
stories."
There were many guilty in
Jewish ranks who did not
recognize the horrors until it
was too late. There is guilt in
this nation and in Jewry alike.
Therefore the trials are
necessary, punishment obliga-
tory — even at this late stage.
That is why it is necessary in
Claude Landsmann's Shoah to
remind its viewers that in the
era of Luther the nations were
saying "Jews can't live here:'
and the Germans under Hitler,
and in the sick minds of many
thereafter, they changed it to
"Jews can't live."
That is why Shoah is so vital
for the conscience of mankind
and the trials even belatedly
are obligatory.
There were the martyrs,
those who could not stomach
the stench that came from the
crematoria.
It will never be forgotten that
more than a million children
were among the victims of
Nazism.
That is why it was important
that Shoah should relate to one
of the martyrs, to Adam Czer-
niakow, who committed suicide
to end his role as president of
the Warsaw Jewish Council
under the Nazis so as not to
bear the guilt of children being
dragged to their death in
Auschwitz, Treblinka, and
other death camps in Poland.
The Czerniakow story must
be read as part of the indict-
ment of mankind's indifference
that contributed to the crimes.
It is part of the indictment of
collaborating Poles, Latvians,
Ukrainians. The Czerniakow
record incorporated in the En-
cyclopedia Judaica should be
compulsory reading in schools,
in assemblies of Jews who are
preparing for Jewish communal
leadership.

In the close to 1,000 pages in
the encyclopedic expose of the
Nazi crimes, in The Holocaust:
A History of the Jews of Europe
During the Second World War
(Holt, Rinehart and Winston),
Martin Gilbert devotes three
pages to the steps that were
taken under the direction of
Reinhard Heydrich. It was he
who ordered the Jewish section
of Warsaw turned into a ghet-
to, for Jews to be assembled for
transportation to the death
camps and ovens. This is where
the tragedy and the suicide of
Czerniakow is detailed to some
dekree.
It's a lengthy quotation about
the mass murder of children
and the suicide of a martyred
leader. It has to be read and the
indictment of guilty Germans
and those who now exonerate
them must be told. Therefore,

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