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November 20, 1992 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-11-20

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VETERANS

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population, it was largely
fought and lost on television.
Even the Persian Gulf War,
as enthusiastic and aroused
as we all were, was fought on
our televisions. It became
better TV than a mini-series.
The endings almost always
ended with a victory.
Still, nobody's house in
Farmington Hills was burn-
ed to the ground. A SCUD
missile did not slam into an
office building in Southfield.
We weren't there.
The Soviet emigres were
encouraged to learn that in
Israel, Memorial Day for
Israel's military dead is seen
as a somber, haunting day.
And when the sirens wail
through the cities, it's hard
to hold back the tears.
Israelis know battle, and few
don't have family members
or friends who have lost lives
over the years.
Perhaps the war we're
fighting here in America is a
battle to keep the family
functional, to seal ourselves
off from drug abuse and the

day-to-day brutality of our
cities. We're becoming a
society that is numb to an-
other youth shot dead in the
street, another abused child,
another crime, another day.
Maybe we're veterans of
this new sort of American
life, which has cheapened
human lives. Perhaps we've
been fortunate that it's only
been the American military,
that's fought a war. They've
done it for the rest of us, so
that we can live as a free
democracy. And we can't
lose sight of that fact.
It's too bad that the best
social consciousness most of
us can muster to honor our
veterans is that big sale.
Hopefully, nobody's death in
the Persian Gulf or in Viet- ,
nam or Korea or Europe was )
translated into a 10 percent
markdown at the mall.
The Soviet Jews in the
Northgate clubhouse couldn't
understand that. And they
are right. It doesn't make
sense. ❑

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ish texts with delegates — an
excellent example of adding a
traditional component to the
proceedings.
But federations move slow-
ly and are the antithesis of
the kind of bold, experimen-
tal programs needed to jump-
start a generation of young
Jews who know little — and
care less — about their her-
itage.
What federations do well is
raise funds. So let them con-
tinue to bring in the dollars,
and invest them in smaller,
more creative institutions
with a proven track record in
revitalizing Jewish life, or
new organizations with ex-

citing ideas. That means giv-
ing big money to agencies -,
schools, camps and outreach

groups outside of federation
control, and that may be a
scary prospect to some.
But the alternative is even
more frightening. We can't
afford to wait until next year's=
GA to hear about how the
blue-ribbon Task Force on
Jewish Identity is moving
steadily toward a consensus,
position.
We've saved Soviet Jews
and Syrian Jews and Ethiopi-,
an Jews with great speed and
skill. Now we've got to save
ourselves — and our children
and grandchildren. ❑

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Bonn (JTA) — Three Ger-
man soldiers have been ar-
rested for complicity in
manslaughter and another
21 are being investigated in
connection with neo-Nazi
violence, racist propaganda
and off-duty attacks on for-
eigners in this country.
The Bundeswehr, the
German armed forces, con-
firmed reports of the arrests
of the three soldiers, who

were being held in custody
in different German towns.c,

The Defense Ministry said
the three were skinheads
who had been drafted and
were fighting among them-c--1
selves.

In addition, the armed--
forces confirmed that seven
other soldiers had been ar-
rested for less serious crimes,
including arson.

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