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February 10, 1989 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-02-10

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I PURELY COMMENTARY I

Ben-Gurion

Continued from preceding page

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author of the more than
900-page biography entitled
Ben-Gurion — The Burning
Ground, 1886-1948. It is the
story of his life leading up to
the founding of Israel. As the
title suggests they were "bur-
ning years." They were the
numerous eras of historical
occurrences and this Jewish
labor leader's masterful and
militant organizational
activities.
Houghton Mifflin has
recently released this im-
mense work at a time when
the history of the creative
years of reborn Jewish
statehood is the subject of in-
ternational interest.
The impressive research
conducted by the eminent
author, Shabtai Teveth who
has a rich role in Israel jour-
nalism, earns for this en-
cyclopedic result the acclaim
of Israel, the Jewish people, a
deserved vast readership and
all admirers of biographical
literature.
The encyclopedic biography
of B-G is really several
volumes in one. It is the
dramatic account of a
dynamic person, his foibles,
arrogance, determination to
pursue an ideal.
It is a history of Jews under
great stress and the road that
was paved for those adhering
to the libertarian ideal map-
ped for them by B-G.
It is a history of major

Zionist leadership, the
cooperative and the con-
troversial. It is the struggle
within the Zionist ranks such
as differing views with Chaim
Weizmann, conferences with
Louis D. Brandeis, acquain-
tance with Jewry and many
non-Jewish personalities.
Importantly, there are ac-
counts of B-G's efforts to come
to terms- with Arab leaders.
He was optimistic of a sort in
this respect. Of course, it was
not successful. This will re-
quire and will receive added
consideration in an adden-
dum to this comment on the
book.

Posthumous
Honor For
Richard Ellmann

Another distinct honor is
appended to the name of Dr.
Richard Ellmann.
The distinguished author of
the biographies of Joyce and
Yates now has a posthumous
additional acclaim for his
latest work which was
published a year after his
death, the biography of Oscar
Wilde.
The National Book Critics
Circle Award for biography
and auto-biography was
awarded last month to Dr.
Ellmann posthumously for
his Oscar Wilde, published by
Knopf.

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Bonn (JTA) — The decision
by Defense Minister Rupert
Scholz to excuse young Ger-
man Jews whose grand-
parents suffered under the
Nazis from compulsory
military service may face
legal tests in court.
The issue was raised by
Heinz Galinski, chairman of
the Central Council of Jewish
Communities in West Ger-
many, at a meeting with
Scholtz last week.
He argued that many young
Jews refused to be drafted on
grounds that members of
their families were once
persecuted by Germans in
uniform.
Some Jewish represen-
tatives say it is perfectly
justified to seek exemptions
as long as Nazi victims are
still alive. Others, however,
maintain that special treat-
ment of Jews gives Hitler a
posthumous victory.
They recall that one of his
first edicts when the Nazi
came to power in 1933 was to
exclude Jews from the Ger-

man armed forces.
Until now, the West Ger-
man army has granted in-
dividual requests for de-
ferments by Jews whose
parents suffered in concentra-
tion camps.
But lately, it has insisted on
drafting those whose grand-
parents were Nazi victims.
The defense minister's deci-
sion has aroused resentment
among non-Jewish youths
subject to the draft.
"If they choose to live here,
they should be ready to share
the burden of defending this
country," one young recruit
said on a television interview.
But a young Jew also inter-
viewed on television said he
could not imagine visiting his
grandmother in uniform.
"She suffered in Ausch-
witz . . . I just can't do it," he
said.
Last year, several young
Jews who were drafted sued
the ministry but lost. The
courts ruled they had no right
to refuse military service
because relatives had suffered.

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