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December 29, 1989 - Image 52

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-12-29

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Continued from Page 2

nent in our leadership,
related a warning.
For an affirmation of collec-
tive guilt in misjudging and
having failed to recognize the
approaching dangers we need
the evidence of blindness to
realities. The , years of
judgments by local leaders
given here are from the mid
1920s-1930s. In 1926 we
already had the admonitions.
The admonitors included
Albert Einstein.
In the record of his Jewish
activities which he appended
to his "A Painter's Self Por-
trait," one of the most
distinguished Jewish leaders
of this century, James N.
Rosenberg, recalled the facts.
He was a man with a voice
that will not be silenced and
must be heard now, two
decades after his death. In his
remarkable book and the
story of his visit to Berlin in
1926 at a meeting of the most
eminant German Jewish
leaders, including Albert
Einstein, James Rosenberg
revealed the shocking facts
about blindness to reality.
A dinner party was given
for me at the splendid
Wahnesee home of Lola .
Hahn, glamorous daughter
of Felix Warburg's brother
Max. There I met some 20
topmost German Jews,
who were eager to know
about the Crimean work.
Albert Einstein was one of
the guests.
When the time came for
me to speak, I dealt but
briefly with the Crimea
and turned to another
topic. This, be it
remembered, was 1926.
Taking a magazine called
Bren Essel (Nettle) from my
pocket, I told how by
chance I had picked up
that savage anti-Semitic
journal at the Berlin
railway station. Pointing to
hideously offensive
caricatures of some of the
very men who sat at that
dinner table and to inciting
libels against them, I ask-
ed what was being done to
stop Hitler. They listened
tolerantly to this ignorant
American and assured him
that Hitler was just
another one of those
harmless, demagogues
who from time to time rose
briefly to the surface and
soon vanished. Germany,
they told me, suffered no
such anti-Semitism as did
we of the U.S.A. They were
members of some of Ger-
many's most exclusive
clubs. Einstein's warnings
were heeded no more than
were mine. Who can blame
There is a compelling

reason for revealing these
depressing facts. They may be
applicable to our time, to an
intifada that has been em-
braced by some Jews as a
method of endorsing "peace
ideal." It is their way of ad-
ding to the misguidance and
misjudgmenmt of those who
would uproot the statehood of
Israel. It is like the approach
to the Holocaust, when Jews
also found fault with fellow
Jews. There were Jews whose
anti-Semitism equated to
failure in rescuing Hitler's
victims. Their admission of
guilt came too late. There are
the ultra critical today, at a
time when Israel is building,
creating, striving to establish
a homeland and an end to
persecution of tens of
thousands of Russian Jews,
instead of giving comfort to
the would-be destroyers of
James Rosenberg, whose
multiple creative American
and Jewish roles are legion,
leaves a legacy of warnings
against indifference border-
ing on self-hatred in the treat-
ment of loyalties to Jewry.
Presently these warnings
apply to the manner in which
some Jews are playing the
games of challenging the
morality of Jewish leadership
and their dedicated followers
by comforting the plotters on
Israel's right to survive in
Those who stand in the way
of retaining and dignifying
must be treated with utter
disgust. Let there be a united
defense for Israel's right to
live, to prosper, never to sub-
mit to the annihilative
threats. There had been
cowtowing to barbarities in
Germany. Let it never be
repeated in world Jewry and
in Israel.


Continued from page 2
periences it is urgent that we
take into account the
threatening factors. In the
latter part of this century we
have already become over-
whelmed with the vast in-
crease in mixed marriages. It
is cause for great concern. As
in all other occurrences we
know that such has been a
condition in Jewish life in
many world areas and under
varying conditions. They
never spelled destruction of
the People Israel. There has
always been the Psalmist's
assertion of Lo O'ut — "I shall
not die This condition in
itself is cause for an obliga-
tion to learn the way for
retention of the dignity of
Jewish existence and its
search for uplifting of the
glory of the Peoplehood that
is always to be elevated.

In the ingathering of the ef-
fects of developments in our
life as we approach another
decade toward another cen-
tury, it is well to have much
appreciation for the cultural
aspects of our people. It is -
doubtful whether we have
progressed thoroughly in the-
schooling we always em-
phasize for the younger in our
midst. Have we improved the
teaching? Have we encourag-
ed young men and women to
enter the Jewish teaching
profession? Have we increas-
ed the learning hours or are
we constantly reducing them?
Therefore, by judging the
decades we must also search
for progress in the years
There is another matter of
cultural advancement. It is
doubtful whether another
century has surpassed ours in
the number of books on
Jewish topics that have ap-
peared in the preceding years.
We pay tribute to author-
Only a few details appear in
this memory of some of the oc-
currences in the century that
is reaching a climax. There is
much to brand it as cruel and
unsavory. There is a faith that
spells "never despair."
That's how we enter from
one decade into another, and
toward a universality of cen-
turies. For the Jew it is
always into Eternity. ❑

A Tribute To
A JN Editor

When the Wayne State
University daily newspaper
was published under the Col-
legian masthead, Ruth
Levine was among its ac-
complished editors. Upon her
graduation from WSU she
became Jewish News city
editor when she married
Louis Cassel. She retained
that post with reportorial and
interview skills.
One of her major tasks was
fulfillment of an assignment
to condense for our readers
the noteworthy Who Crucified
Jesus? by Prof. Solomon
Zeitlin. That scholarly work
was in great demand at the
time. She reduced it for our
readers into four weekly in-
stallments and won commen-
dation from Prof. Zeitlin.
More than 20 Jewish news-
papers acquired publishing
rights to her condensations.
With her husband she
devoted recent years to
volunteering in behalf of
JARC, especially with
residents in the Kingshire
home. These devotions are
properly recalled for tributes,
on her passing on Dec. 20 at
age 64. ❑

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