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September 10, 1993 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-09-10

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leaders of our community an-
nounced new priorities that no
longer target "populations at
risk" (Aug. 27).
These leaders say that in or-
der to provide sufficient funds for
educational and cultural pro-
grams geared to the young, it is
necessary to cut services to the
poor, the disabled and the elder-
Yet, we learn elsewhere in the
article that the Allied Jewish
Campaign raised $1 million
more than last year. Despite this,
our leaders would have us be-
lieve that they had no choice but
to reduce funds needed by the
most vulnerable members of our
community. They had a choice.
They chose to increase the al-
location to the Jewish Federa-
tion of Metropolitan Detroit by
11 percent. They chose to in-
crease contributions for "nation-
al dues" by 9 percent, to increase
the allocation of the Jewish In-
formation Service by 18 percent
and to increase the allocation for
Transportation Services by 116
Our leaders chose to continue
to use an archaic formula that
requires 60 percent of all funds
raised by the Campaign to be
sent to Israel despite the great
economic progress that has been
made in Israel.
There is no need to sacrifice
the needs of the most vulnerable
members of our community for
the need to strengthen our Jew-
ish educational and cultural pro-
grams. We have the means to do
both; our leaders chose other-
Albert I. Ascher
Lathrop Village

Senator Riegle
Fails In Ethics

Your article, "Senator Riegle
Stumps in the Jewish Commu-
nity" (Aug. 27), correctly de-
scribes Senator Riegle's excellent
record of supporting IsraeL How-
ever, to be Jewish also means to
be ethical. Sen. Riegle's record of
ethics is not excellent or even
very good.
Perhaps we should look care-
fully before we support a candi-
date for high office.
Harvey Bronstein

All The Guards
Were Guilty

As a survivor of Auschwitz, I
have remained skeptical about
anything but divine justice. The
judgment on John Demjanjuk
has brought horrible memories
back and reinforced my skepti-
There seems to be a "reason-
able" doubt about his being Ivan
the Terrible. There is very little
doubt, however, that he was a
guard at Sobibor and at Trawni-

ki, the first a death camp and the
second a brutal labor camp.
One of the differences between
Auschwitz and Sobibor was that
Auschwitz had non-Jewish in-
mates and Sobibor did not. So-
bibor existed strictly for the
killing of Jews.
In 1942, as the SS Operation
Reinhard, the code name for the
final push to annihilate the Jews
of Europe, began, SS troops were
being removed from camp duties
and moved to more glorious
tasks of fighting at the front.
They were replaced by Ukrain-
ian volunteers, often seen as
more vicious and sadistic than
German guards.
Those who volunteered tend-
ed to come from proto-fascist
groups in the Ukraine and were
long predisposed toward anti-
Jewish feelings and actions.
Among those volunteers was
No guard at Sobibor, because
of the camp's purpose, could es-
cape perpetrating terrible crimes
against the Jews there.
At Trawniki, a camp where
Ukrainian guards prodded Jews
to work until the slave laborers
dropped dead, the Operation
Reinhard forces insisted that the
camp be periodically purged and
inmates were sent to be slaugh-
tered at the death camp at
Lublin. This, too, Demjanuk par-
ticipated in.
In my view, only the name of
the place was changed. The
man's crimes and his guilt de-
mand that he not be allowed to
return to this country.
Abraham Pasternak

Blind Eye
To Bosnia

I would like to draw some dif-
ferent lessons from the genocide
and mass rape occurring in
Bosnia-Herzegovina than those
which Rabbi Wolkoff presents
(Aug. 20).
The governments of the world
are not merely standing idly by,
they are locking the doors of the
gas chambers even as they prat-
tle about negotiation and peace-
ful solutions that reward facts on
the ground won through "ethnic
The first demand for a just so-
lution must be the lifting of the
arms embargo and the supply-
ing of weapons and ammunition
to the multi-ethnic Bosnian gov-
ernment forces. This lays the
groundwork for lasting stability
and recognizes the right and ne-
cessity of Bosnian self-defense.
If Jews in this country, as well
as the Israeli government, do not
demand or supply such things to
the beleaguered heroes of Bosnia,
what is left of our moral outrage
at the complicity of the interna-
tional community in Auschwitz
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