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June 14, 1991 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-06-14

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the lines on the pavement.
Simeon did all right except
when he slammed on the gas
instead of the brake as we
headed towards the swimm-
ing pool."
"Yeah, and it was my car,"
Mrs. Monkman said
laughing. "This is what
adopting a family is all
about. Just this kind of shar-
ing and helping them learn
their way around."
The Monkmans and the
Kravenchenkos were in-
volved in the Israeitels' ar-
rival. The Monkmans picked
them up from the airport
and the Kravenchenkos met
them at their Southfield
apartment to help them
move in.
"We know what it's like to

be new and know no one,"
Mrs. Kravenchenko said.
"Not only is it important for
Soviet Jewish families to get
to know American ones, it's
also important for the Soviet
families who've been here
already to help out as much
as they can."
The Israeitels, who also
brought their mother, know
it will be hard.
"There was no future in
Russia for our children," Mr.
Israeitel said. "We're going
to have to sacrifice a bit so
our kids will have every ad-
vantage we never had.
"But it does soften the
blow a little knowing we
have these kinds of wonder-
ful friends."

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Nazi Propaganda Films
Circulating In Midwest

AMY J. MEHLER

Staff Writer

earded Chasidim
squirrel away silver
coins on the street of a
Polish ghetto. A Jewish
family gulps down its dinner
as roaches swarm around
the table and flies buzz
overhead.
In a market square, Jew-
ish urchins shove moldy, rot-
ting potatoes through their
decaying teeth. Nearby, fat,
hook-nosed women haggle
with each other over prices
as some of them squeeze the
life out of squawking
chickens.
These are the images Josef
Goebbels, Adolf Hitler's pro-
paganda minister, promoted
through films like The Eter-
nal Jew and other Nazi films
of the 1930s and 1940s. But
somewhere in Chicago, these
images are still circulating
and certain individuals are
still watching.
An article appearing April
28 in the Berlin daily news-
paper, Der Tagesspiegel
(The Mirror), charges that il-
legal copies of video
cassettes with films such as
Jud Suss and Hitler-Boy
Quex, have been smuggled
out of the country from
Transit-Film, a government-
owned institute of German
film classics.
The article, which was
translated into English by
the Detroit Consulate Gen-
eral of the Federal Republic
of Germany, alleges that a
Chicago firm is distributing
videos containing these Nazi
propaganda films.
Karl A. Worner, executive
director of Transit-Film,
says that in the United

States, profiteers are using
legal loopholes to supply
neo-Nazi organizations with
propaganda material under
the cover of political
enlightenment.
Peter Beerwerth, Detroit
press consul for the Federal
Republic of Germany, said
the perpetrators would be
prosecuted under the full ex-
tent of Germany's penal
code.
"According to code 167,
those who publish material
against a particular church,
religious community or their
institution, are subject to
imprisonment up to three
years," Mr. Beerwerth said.
He said that Transit-Film,
which is in Munich, guards
against the misuse of these
kinds of films and keeps
them for scientific purposes.
"Any copies used in repro-
ductions must have been
smuggled through dark
channels across the Atlantic
Ocean," he said.
Neither the German nor
the Israeli consulates in
Chicago could confirm or
deny the German news-
paper's allegations.

According to Rabbi
Charles H. Rosenzveig, di-
rector of the Holocaust
Memorial Center in West
Bloomfield, there are only
two copies of The Eternal
Jew in the United States —
one at the Holocaust Center,
and one at the National
Center for Jewish Film at
Brandeis University.
Sharon Rivo, the Brandeis
director, said their copy of
The Eternal Jew is embroil-
ed in a controversy over free
speech and whether there
ought to be restrictions over
the use of these films as edu-

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