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October 02, 1992 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-10-02

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5753 Presents Community
With Legacies And Anxieties

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

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p

erhaps it would be
wise at times, as we
become immersed in
the commencement of 5723,
to learn and to apply our
knowledge to present an-
ticipations. We often learn
in a matter of hours how the
course of time marks the
continuity for our people
more so than the routines
that affect mankind.
One needs a week's sum-
mary of what is happening
to Jewry now to realize what
is occurring in every sphere
embracing Jewry.
Any summary of world
Jewish news provided by the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
has been marked in recent
years by so much violence
against Jews that it becomes
horrifying.
From Paris has come a
revelation with a reminder
of a past experience. In ex-
posing some of the anti-
Semitic literature in the
hate mongering comes the
shocking news that much of
the material was printed in
the United States. It is a
reminder of the early Nazi
years when encouragement
to anti-Semitism came from
bigoted American minds. It
was as early as the 1930s
that Dr. James Birkhead, a
Kansas City minister
visiting in Germany and
viewing Nazi literature,
learned that much came
from his home country. He
came home to found the
movement that functioned
in the battle against anti-
Semitism under the title
Friends of Democracy. It was
a major element in the
struggle against the hatreds
fulminated by Ford,
Coughlin, Gerald Smith and
their cohorts.
Most serious in the duties
of all of us is to be in readi-
ness to confront every occur-
rence no matter how bitter
and threatening. This is es-
pecially applicable to our
youth. It is urgent that
resistance and defiance be
practiced by all who enroll in
the struggle for human
justice.
A recent item from the
World Jewish Congress was
headlined "Lost Lesson"
states:
Taking German youths
on tours of former con-
centration camps does not
increase their awareness
of the Holocaust unless

there has been a prior ed-
ucational process, a
group of scholars con-
cluded in a recent study.
The researchers, who
escorted dozens of youths
to various camp sites, in-
cluding Buchenwald, said
that without proper
background, the visits
were counterproductive,
as in many instances, the
young visitors "derived
pleasures from the
horrors."
This lesson warns us that
no one is immune from being
properly and realistically
prepared for all even-
tualities, including being in-
formed about babarities, the
memories of which must
never be erased from the
annals of mankind.
Although unbelievable,
some of the worst canards
keep being reused as
weapons aimed at Israel and
the Jewish people.
We keep reading about the
fakes of the "Protocols" in
every revealed occurrence of
anti-Semitism from many
lands. One instance is the
visit to Hungary by Con-
gressman Tom Lantos,
himself an escapee from the
Nazi terror. He exposed the
anti-Semitism of Istavan
Csurka, the deputy head of
the country's ruling political
party.
Mr. Lantos said he will ask
for American action in his
expose and condemnation.
The JTA report about Mr.
Lantos' visit in Budapest
contained this revelation:
Lantos called for
Csurka's dismissal from
Hungarian political life.
Last week, in Magyar
Forum, the newspaper of the
Democratic Forum, Csurka
openly criticized Jews
throughout the world, blam-
ing them for dominating
Hungarian political life.
In January 1990, just as
the country was emerging
from strict Communist rule,
Csurka made a radio speech
calling on Hungarians to
"wake up" to the dangers of
a "dwarf minority" that he
said threatened to take con-
trol of the country. He was
referring to Jews.
Last month, he fired a par-
ticularly harsh volley at
Israel and at the World Jew-
ish Congress.
Csurka used his regularly
scheduled radio program to
hurl invectives at Israel and
at Jews such as Edgar
Bronfman, the Reichmann
family and George Soros. He

also accused Israel and the
WJC of controlling the
Hungarian media.
In the Lantos incident, we
have proof of the manner in
which the concerned stand
ready to lead in the battle
against recurring hatreds. '-
Two occurrences in our
current experiences are the
deep-rooted hope for peace
and the increasingly de-
veloping exodus to which we
devote service. The latter is
now a vitality in Jewish life. `r=
The latest information is
that the exodus from Russia
is increasing. We must share
with our leaders a comment
by Simcha Dinitz.
About 1,500 immigrants
from the region are ex--
pected to arrive in Israel
this month. And Dinitz in-
dicated that the upward
trend is likely to continue,
given the shaky political
and economic climate in
the republics.
One indication of the
tense situation is the fact
that 95 percent of the
180,000 Jews in these
areas hold approved fami-
ly reunification requests
the first step in the
aliyah process.
While Jewish coni. -
mitments and experiences in
Israel vis-a-vis aliyah and
the increasing exodus are
evolutionary, they are revo-
lutionized now.
Such are the 5723 sensa-
tions, evolutionary and revo-
lutionary. In the totality of I
consideration, there is the
duty to be knowledgeable
and the obligation of all of us
to be sure that our children
are never cursed with ig-
norance of what is happen-
ing. ❑

New

Bavarian Party
Gains Strength

Bonn (JTA) — The extreme
right-wing Republican Party
has become the third-
strongest political force in
the Bavarian town of
Passau.
Final results of local elec-
tions showed that the
Republicans, a party often
described as neo- Nazi, have
doubled their share of the
popular vote.
The party, which is led by
a former SS officer, Franz
Schonhuber, will occupy five
seats.

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