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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-05-28

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Films To Remember

I was deeply touched and inspired by
the films I saw at this year's JCC
Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival
("Movie Clips," April 23, page 39).
The films I saw not only expanded my
knowledge of small pieces of
Holocaust history, but also enriched
my soul and my identity as a Jew.
So artful were these films, so true to
their creators' vision and to the
human hearts of those whose story
was unfolding on the screen, that I
found myself being transported back
and forth in time into the worlds of
the film: Shanghai, Denmark, Poland,
Amsterdam, Germany and an impov-
erished town in the South.
Here were fact-based renditions of
incidents, based on the stories of actu-
al survivors, that showed us what it
really felt like from the point of view
of: young children given away by their
parents to Christian families for hid-
ing from the Nazis; privileged German
Jewish families seeking sanctuary in
Shanghai and coexisting with impov-
erished Chinese; the Danes who cate-
gorically refused to turn their nation's
Jews over to the Nazis and orchestral- -
ed protective efforts to save them; one
decent SS officer who, when he found
out that the chemical he developed for
purifying water was being used to
murder Jews, fought valiantly, albeit
unsuccessfully, to stop the atrocities;
and the most moving of all, the stu-
dents, administration and faculty of a
middle school in Whitwell, Tenn.,
who upon learning about the
Holocaust, launched a project built on
compassion and tolerance that rever-
berated around the world.
I realize now that this is the perfect
way to tell the whole story of the
Holocaust — in little pieces of indi-
vidual humanity that everyone can
relate to. The great universal themes
are all here: exile and return; survival
against all odds; tolerance amidst
intolerance; challenge and triumph.
I hope and pray someone will find a
way to distribute and market these
films to the general public.
Marilyn Krainen
West Bloomfield


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A Woman's Right

It is understandable that the Jewish
News would present both views
regarding "choice" and the recent
March for Women's Lives in
Washington (Other Views, May 21,
page 74).

Irwin did continue, showing peace
Nonetheless, it is painful for those
can be achieved. It must be. We just
of us who attended the march to read
need more Seymour Brodes and Irwin
Rabbi Avi Shafran's interpretation of
Torah about this issue ("The Wrong
Arnold Michlin
Choice"). As local writer Lisa Kirsch
Satawa wrote in "Choosing Choice,"
this march was about freedom and
women's health. Rabbi Shafran, much
Mission Makes Us Proud
like the protesters who show up every
Saturday on Orchard Lake Road with
What an experience! The excitement
anti-abortion signs, just doesn't get it.
generated from Federation's Michigan
There is far more here than the "A"
Miracle Mission 4 is still palpable.
Our Detroit Federation sets a fine
Every woman at that march values
example for all other federations. The
life and potential life. Every woman's
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
goal is to see that every child is want-
Detroit recognized the importance of
ed. Abortion is repugnant to us all.
going to Israel now.
Significantly, the protesters in
Our community came together,
Washington were mostly men (and it
combining the resources of our
should be noted they were few in
Federation, the talented staff of the
number, contrary to many reports).
Jewish News and the dedication of the
We are weary of men, including our
Michigan Board of Rabbis. The result
president and U.S. Rep. Joe
was a mission that was expertly
Knollenberg, R-Bloomfield Hills, con- planned and executed.
sistently voting against the very legis-
The pretrip slogan read, "It's a Go!"
lation such as the morning-after pill
It should now read, "We Did It!" (and
and family planning, which would
we did it well).
prevent the need for abortions.
I commend every person who brave-
Rabbi Shafran implies that it is
ly boarded the El Al planes in Detroit
profoundly un-Jewish" to maintain a
on April 18, despite the dire warnings
woman has a right to make "'personal
from well-meaning family, friends and
choices' at the expense of a developing acquaintances. Good for you! — We
life." I, for one, was proud to join so
were there when Israel needed us, and
many of my Jewish sisters, including
we will go again.
representatives from Hadassah and the
Planning is already under way for
National Council of Jewish Women, -
Miracle Mission 5! Every Detroiter
who make rational, intelligent deci-
should be proud to be a part of this
sions about who should control their
great community.
minds and bodies.
Betsy Snider Heuer
Edith Broida
West Bloomfield
Farmington Hills




Worthy Of Emulation

I was so touched by the great article
"His Field Of Green" (May 21, page
114). Irwin Green and his wife,
Bethea, are perfect examples of how
we should all be in real life.
Irwin has signed many big checks
for Israel and Detroit's Jewish commu-
nity. This article shows the real Greens
and their unselfish "doing the right
Several years ago, Southfield busi-
nessman Seymour Brode started a
project, Tennis for Gaza, which
included a mosque and classrooms.
Irwin joined us and we talked about
expanding the program to include
other sports and calling it Sports for
Peace. Irwin pledged a huge amount
of money and contacted other inter-
national foundations until the current
Palestinian intifada made it all but

Repelling Terror

A little food for thought from
Federation's Michigan Miracle
Mission 4 to Israel: Two things point-
ed out to us by our extraordinary
guide Allan Marks regarding "the
fence," and worth passing on to-all.
First, on the Adat Shalom
Synagogue Bus 6, "the fence" was not
referred to as a "fence," or "wall," but
as an Anti-Terrorist Barrier (ATB),
which seems to be a much better
description. As we rode in our bus
throughout Israel, Allan always point-
ed out the ATB to us and explained
why Israel must have it.
The second important statement
Allan made was that "Israel is not put-
ting the wall up ... Terror put the wall
up. Israel is merely constructing it." Try
these "talking points" in your discus-
sions with your friends.
Mickey Levin
Farmington Hills

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