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June 12, 1987 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-06-12

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Holocaust Museum Design
Is Voted Down In Washington

Washington — In a move that
came as a surprise to the staff of the
National Holocaust Memorial
Museum, the Federal Commission of
Fine Arts voted at a public hearing
in Washington to reconsider the latest
design that was submitted for the
museum. Commission members ex-
pressed concern over whether the hex-
' agonal memorial connected to a five-
story museum would fit in with sur-
rounding buildings on the
Washington Mall.
James Ingo Freed, the architect,
of I. M. Pei and Partners, said he was
confused and disappointed following
the commission's decision, but Arthur
Rosenblatt, the director of the
museum, told The Jewish News that
"we will respond to the commission's
attitudes and re-fashion certain
aspects of the design!' He said the
Holocaust council will meet with the
commission again on June 19.
Rosenblatt is enthusiastic about
the design, which was unanimously
approved by the 65-member
Holocaust council last month, and
said that "it is clear that we have a

David Ben-Gurion at Kibbutz Sde Boker: He used disaster as
a lever.

Willpower Was Ben-Gurion's
Dominant Personality Trait

That feeling of urgency drove
David Ben-Gurion throughout his
Staff Writer
life, according to Shabtai Teveth,
In 1934 after reading Mein whose biography of Israel's first
Kampf, Ben-Gurion realized what prime minister and defense minis-
Hitler was going to do to the Jews. ter, The Burning Ground, has just
He felt as if the ground was burn- been published in English.
Teveth, an Israeli historian
ing under the feet of the Jews of
on Page 16

design of unquestioned excellence."
He characterized the commission's
disapproval as based on "a question
of balance" regarding the ap-
propriateness of the "prominent
visibility" of the memorial, given its
The structure will be on Raoul
Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th
Street), facing the Washington Monu-
ment and the Jefferson Memorial.
In anticipation of the commission
hearing, the Holocaust Memorial
Council had released artist render-
ings of the design, the third such ef-
fort in the council's seven-year
Two previous designs had proven
The council also issued a full
press kit regarding the design, which
would occupy 1.7 acres of federally
donated land and include 250,000
square feet of floor area.
Rosenblatt estimated that the
museum and memorial would take
about three years to build, at a cost
of $45 million to $50 million, raised
through private funds.


The proposed U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.


Name In Lights

New York — The Wallenberg
Committee of Jamestown, N.Y.
is asking similar committees
throughout the world to put the
Holocaust hero's name in lights
Aug. 3-4.
Raoul Wallenberg, if still
alive, will be 75 on Aug. 4. As
a member of the Swedish lega-
tion in Budapest, he is credited
with saving the lives of up to
100,000 Hungarian Jews dur-
ing World War II by issuing
them Swedish documents. He
was arrested by the Soviet Ar-
my when they entered
Budapest in 1945 and disap-
peared in the Soviet Union.
The Jamestown committee is
asking that Wallenberg's name
be placed in lights from dusk
Aug. 3 to dawn Aug. 4 and that
television stations broadcast
pictures of the project. The

group hopes the project will
force the Soviet Union to
release Wallenberg if he is still
in prison, or produce cor-
roborated evidence about his

Tampering Under
Temple Mount

Jerusalem (JTA) — A heavily
protected visit to the Temple
Mount by the Knesset Interior
Committee Tuesday touched off
an angry dispute between its
chairman, Likud MK Dov
Shilansky, and Labor member
Dov Ben-Meir over whether the
Moslem religious authorities
were altering the area in
violataion of the law.
Shilansky, an outspoken ad-
vocate of the right of Jews to
worship on the Mount, claimed
he discovered that the Supreme
Moslem Council and the Waqf

— the Moslem Religious Trust
which is caretaker of the
shrines — were converting an
underground area known as
Solomon's Stables into a giant
mosque with room for 100,000
Ben-Meir, who is deputy
speaker of the Knesset, said the
only evidence of change he saw
on the tour of Solomon's Stables
was the installation of electric

Hebrew National
Is Fined By NY

Albany, N.Y. — Hebrew Na-
tional Foods, Inc. was fined a
$39,800 civil penalty recently
for representing frankfurter
meat as kosher.
Two years ago, state inspec-
tors discovered about 100 pieces
of meat at a processing plant in
Queens, soaking in hot water

before salting, according to
Schulem Rubin, director of
kosher enforcement for the
Department of Apiculture and
Markets. Meat cannot be
kashered through salting if it is
soaked first, he said.
"We have reason to believe
that they absolutely sold that
meat as kosher," he said.

Schools Need
Dramatic Change

New York — A new study by
the Board of Jewish Education
of Greater New York (BJE)
shows that the Jewish sup-
plementary school is not mak-
ing the grade in the areas of
Jewish knowledge, Jewish in-
volvement, and Jewish at-
titudes. The report calls for
dramatic changes in the after-
noon school system, based on
the findings of a three-year

The Jewish supplementary
school was designed by Jewish
immigrants in the early 1900s
to supplement the public
school, which parents deemed
essential for Americanization.
But enrollment in supplemen-
tary schools in Greater. New
York, like the rest of the coun-
try, has been steadily declining
since 1965, the peak year of
enrollment. This is in stark
contrast to enrollment in
Jewish day schools and
yeshivot, which has been on the
increase for the past four-and-
a-half decades.

The report calls for changes
in the educational thrust of the
synagogue school; integrating
formal and _ informal Jewish
education experiences for all
students; increasing in-service
programs for teachers and prin-
cipals, and training synagogue
professionals as Jewish family


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