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June 05, 1987 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-06-05

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released after the raid. He was
executed by the French under-
ground immediately after the
war for collaboration with the
Nazis.
Another possible suspect is
Lucien Bourdon, a farm
worker at the time, who disap-
peared from Izieu several days
after the arrests. He served
during the final months of the
war as a guard in the Saar-
bruck concentration camp in
Germany, where he was ar-
rested by American forces.
Bourdon, still alive, has been
summoned to take the stand
at the Barbie trial.

Child Survivors
Are Sought

New York (JTA) — Child sur-
vivors of the Holocaust are be-
ing sought worldwide to con-
tribute information to the
Jerome Riker International
Study of the Organized Persecu-
tion of Children. As part of the
study, the Polish and Yiddish
depositions of 141 child sur-
vivors, given after World War II
to the Jewish Historical Com-
mission in Warsaw, are being
translated into English.
Many of the children were liv-
ing then in children's homes,
and one of the purposes of this
search is to find other residents.
Another is to find out what has
happened to the child survivors
and to enable them to discuss
their experiences with their
peers.
The study may be contacted
at 30 Soundview Lane, Sands
Point, N.Y. 11050.

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Barbie Trial Leaves
Informers' Identity Open

Lyon (JTA) — A 43-year-old
mystery was raised at the trial
of Klaus Barbie last week as
witnesses testified about the
arrest and deportation to
death camps of 44 Jewish
children sheltered at a former
summer camp in the village of
Izieu, near Lyon, in April
1944. The youngest was five,
the oldest 17. All perished, as
did the six adults arrested
with them.
Barbie, the wartime Gestapo
chief in the Lyon district, is
accused of having ordered the
arrests and, according to one
witness, was at the railroad
station to watch the children
herded onto boxcars for
Auschwitz. But none of the
witnesses could answer the
question which has puzzled
French authorities for more
than four decades: Who de-
nounced the children to the
Gestapo?
Barbie was not in the
prisoner's dock. After being
brought to court under pro-
test to be formally identified
by six witnesses, he was
returned to St. Joseph prison,
where he intends to remain for
the duration of the trial.
French law allows defendants
to be absent from court. Bar-
bie claimed that right on May
13, the second day of his trial.
The four witnesses who ap-
peared recalled that on April
6, 1944, at 9 a.m., the children
at Izieu were sitting down to
breakfast when a truck with
six German soldiers arrived,
followed by a civilian car with
three Gestapo agents.
Pleadings were of no avail.
Forty-five children — one of
them a non-Jew, who was re-
leased shortly afterwards —
were put aboard the truck
along with the six adults who
staffed the shelter. They were
taken to prison in Lyon where,
after a brief stay, they were
sent to Auschwitz. Two of the
children were shot there and
42 died in the gas chambers.
One of the witnesses, Leon
Reifman, is the sole survivor
of Izieu. He was 17 in 1944.
He alone saw the truckload of
soldiers drive up to the shelter
and managed to climb from a
window and hide in under-
brush until the convoy drove
away.
The person or persons who
tipped off the Gestapo remain
unknown. France Culture, a
State-owned radio station
reported that it was the
Mayor of Izieu who wrote to
Gestapo headquarters de-
nouncing "the Jewish char-
acter" of the shelter.
Others suspect the father of
the non-Jewish boy who was

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in the eyes of an entire nation
became the
conscience
of the
Watergate
Hearings!

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A liberal
Republican from
Connecticut,
Senator Weicker
fights for small
business, shows
great concern for
the nation's health,
champions the cause
of the disabled, is an advocate
of energy conservation, and is
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Jewish National Fund
Testimonial Dinner

Device Helps
Blind 'See'

Jerusalem — Students and
faculty at the Jerusalem Col-
lege of Technology (JCT) are
developing a touch-sight de-
vice, designed to enable the
blind to perceive images of
objects around them.
According to JCT president
Prof. Zvi Weinberger, the
human eye locates and iden-
tifies objects by recognizing
their edges. The JCT touch-
sight device will make use of
advanced optics and com-
puterized image processing
technology to locate the
edges, or boundaries, of ob-
jects and to then register
those boundaries on a small,
hand-held device. The blind
person can feel, with their
fingertips, the variations in
light which represent the out-
lines of the objects around
them.

Honoring

Wednesday, June 24, 1987 Congregation Shaarey Zedek
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