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October 06, 1995 - Image 122

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-10-06

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murdered millions of people," said
Mr. Goldman, who is Jewish.
Expanding on the controversy,
the Los Angeles Times reported
that Charles Lindner, a Jewish
lawyer who helped Mr. Cochran
in fashioning his closing argu-
ment, drew on his family history
in introducing the Holocaust
Mr. Lindner said he told Mr.
Cochran that his grandmother's
German Jewish family "was
killed in the gas chambers by a
house painter who was crazy and
no one took him seriously until it
was too late." "I was trying to get
Johnnie (Cochran) into the frame
of mind to talk about Fuhrman
as the personification of evil," Mr.
Lindner told the Los Angeles




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geles Times that he was deeply

hurt by criticism of his contro-
versial remarks. He said that
when he was younger, he was one
of the pioneers of the black-Jew-
ish coalition. "I have been to Is-
rael on two occasions. I have been
to Yad Vashem. That is why this
is so painful to me. The Holocaust
should never be repeated," said
Mr. Cothran.
"I would never trivialize the
tremendous loss of lives during
the Holocaust," Mr. Cochran con-
cluded. "But when you have a
person who says he would like to
burn all black people, is that such
a quantum leap to say if this man
is left unchecked he would be a
Mr. Cochran was also criticized
privately by some Jewish ob-
servers for surrounding himself
last week with eight bodyguards
from the Nation of Islam, head-
ed by Louis Farrakhan, who is
notorious for frequent anti-
Semitic slurs.

Monument Unveiled
To Honor Poles

Rome (JTA) — A monument has Polish, Hebrew and English, was
been unveiled in Warsaw to hon- commissioned by a group of
or those Poles who risked their Americans, mostly Polish Amer-
lives during World War II by icans, and was designed by War-
forming a secret organization to saw artists Hanna Szmalenberg
save Jews from the Nazis.
and Marek Moderau.
The obelisk honored Zegota,
an organization sponsored by the
London-based Polish government
in exile during World War II to
help Jews in Poland.
The monument stands near
the larger Ghetto Heroes Monu- Jerusalem (JTA) — Avraham
ment, which pays homage to the Burg has been officially elected
hundreds of thousands of War- chairman of the World Zionist Or-
saw Jews who died during the ganization.
war and to those who died dur-
The election came at the open-
ing the failed ghetto uprising in ing session of the Zionist Gener-
al Council. The council is the
Zegota, the Relief Council for supreme legislative body of the
Jews, was active from Sept. 27, Zionist Congress, which convenes
1942, in Warsaw, Krakow and every four years.
other cities, and was the "only
The 192 delegates of the Zion-
such government-funded insti- ist General Council voted unan-
tution in German-occupied Eu- imously for Mr. Burg, who has
rope," said Stanislaw Krajewski, served as acting chairman of the
American Jewish Committee WZO/Jewish Agency for Israel
consultant in Warsaw.
since February.
During the ecumenical dedi-
Mr. Burg is expected to be rat-
cation ceremony, prayers were ified as chairman of the Jewish
offered by Warsaw Chief Rabbi Agency when the Agency As-
Menachem Joskowicz and by sembly convenes here.
Bishop Stanislaw Gadecki, pres-
Once ratified, Mr. Burg is ex-
ident of the Polish Episcopate's pected to resign from his Labor
Commission for Dialogue with Knesset seat.
the Jews.
In his inauguration speech,-
U.S. and Israeli ambassadors Mr. Burg called for the reorgani-
to Poland also spoke at the cer- zation and restructuring of the
emonies, as did Arnold Mostow- two bodies that have been the
icz, head of the Jewish Veterans central vehicles for Israel-Dias-
Organization, who said Jews are pora relations.
grateful to the Christians who
In mapping out his plans, Mr.
helped them during the Holo- Burg repeated his slogan, "One
People -- One Body" in connec-
The monument, a modest tion with the Jewish Agency and

WZO Elects
Avraham Burg

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