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Page 4 The Michigan Daily- Thursday, January 16,1992

420 Maynard Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Edited and Managed
by Students at the
University of Michigan

Editor in Chief
Opinion Editor

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Unsigned ediorials represent a majority of the Daily's Editorial Board.
All other cartoons, signed articles, and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Daily.


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Polcy failure
Stabbing isn't excuse to further restrict rights
.W hen Thomas White, a homeless man, was While the argument that resulted in the stabbing
stabbed on Monday outside of the Michigan did take place inside, the injury did not. Even if the
Union, it was not the first act of violence to take entire Department of Public Safety (DPS) force
place in the area. There have been a variety of were armed and guarding the Union, it could not
disturbances inside and surrounding the Union in have prevented a crime outside.
recent years. eThe Union is a service for the students at
The stabbing is disturbing in and of itself. It is Michigan, but it also serves the community. Michi-
especially troubling in light of the fact that a slain gan tax dollars help pay for the University and its
homeless man's body was Union.
found outside nearby Visitors at the Univer-
Westgate Mall just over a sity and Ann Arbor resi-
week ago. That the victim dents should be allowed to
was not a student, and was take advantage of the
in- fact homeless, has led Union's many facilities. If
some to jump to the conclu- the Union Board wants to
sion that the one way to allow private enterprises,
make the Union safer is to like fast-food restaurants,
bar all but students from en- bank machines and travel
try throughoutthe week.Un- u.services, then it should be
fortunately, this type of rea- prepared to let in the gen-
soning leads to eralpublic.
scapegoating, and will only ,.UUniversity students
prove to be a greater incon do not need to be "pro-
venience to students, as well tected" from the homeless.
as tie general public. It is worth noting that it
Moreover, such a policy was the homeless man who
wjllbeinsignificant incurb- got hurt here. What stu-
ing any sort of crime. dents need is a sensitive
Priti Marwah, chair of and humane Union policy
the Michigan Union Board, ' that lets anyone buy a cup
made some disturbing com- of coffee or play a game of
ments in an interview with pool.
the Daily following the stab- ;aEThe University is not
bing. She said, "This obvi- a military installation, nor
ously shows the problems KENNETH SMOLLER/Daily does Ann Arbor harbor a
with the homeless situation and the area around the fascist dictatorship. People should not be forced to
Union. It breaks my heart to even have an access present their papers to an armed security officer
policy, but someone has to take a hard-line ap- just to get into a building that houses restaurants,
proach and protect the students of the University." some offices, a library, and a piano.
Marwah went on to suggest that enstating an What the Union should be is a place where all
"access policy" on a daily, rather than merely a are welcome to study, shop, and yes, even keep
weekend basis, might be necessary. The current warm. It is not the responsibility of either the
policy denies weekend access to the Union to all Union board or DPS to screen those who enter -
but students and their guests, so long as they carry at any time.
proper identification. Rather than jumping to this The rest of the Union board would do well to
conclusion, Marwah should more closely examine disregard Marwah's comments. By doing so, it
1the facts. will avoid drawing the wrong conclusion from
The man was stabbed outside the Union. Monday's tragedy.

Europa, Europa

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Brilliant film ignored due to it's
any film critics have praised Agnieszka
Holland's Europa, Europa as one of the
year's best movies. The German-made film is
based on the autobiography of Solomon Perel,
who, as an adolescent, survived the Holocaust by
posing as a German. Ironically, Perel won great
favor among the Nazis and soon found himself at
an elite school for Hitler youth. The film digs into
tlie depth of German racism and eugenicism, as
well as the fascist propensities of the German
Despite the importance and the cinematic qual-
ity of Europa, Europa, the film has not been
submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences for consideration as 1991's best for-
eign film.
The film is being withheld from nomination
because of the sensitive nature of its content. The
Academy's rules provide that a country can submit
a single entry for the foreign film category.
The German Export Film Union, a quasi-gov-
ernmental agency responsible for such submis-
sions, claims that no German films are worthy of
the nomination this year. Obviously, this is not the
case. The film union should know better than to use
its power to suppress ideas.
Perel's story is a remarkable one, and the movie
is a triumph. The final scene in the movie is a
stirring shot of the real Solomon Perel, in Israel -
his current home - singing the prayer Hinei
Matovuh Manayim. This scene has the power to
move a theater full of viewers to tears.
The Germans are clearly making a conscious
effort to overlook Europa, Europa. The film has,
already been named best foreign film by New York
and Boston film critics and the National Board of

portrayal of truth
Review. If submitted to the Academy, the film
would be a shoe-in for the foreign film Oscar.
Nevertheless, Germans hope that the film will
pass by unnoticed by the rest of the world. The
shame of the Holocaust still boils in the hearts and
minds of Germans.
After the Second World War, The Federal Re-
public of Germany gained legitimacy among the
nations of the world by accepting the democratic
government which the Allies imposed upon it, and
by sending large aid packages to Israel. Despite
these efforts to exorcise its past evils, factions in
Germany, two years after reunification, are still
unable to confess the most horrifying elements of
its history.
It is not enough that Germany now has a strong
democracy and good relations with Israel. Today,
the streets of Berlin are still full of spray-painted
swastikas, and slogans like "Nazis rise!" If the
German people ever hope to exorcise the ghost of
Nazism, they must expose their perverse, racist,
and eugenicist history to the rest of the world.
Part of the legacy of great tragedies like the
Holocaust is the idea that the world should never
forget what happened. There is a fear that forget-
ting the past means that its tragedies will be re-
peated in the future.
A film with the power of Europa, Europa tries
to ensure that the past is not forgotten. The German
government cannot deny the perversions of their
past. Europa Europa deals with these German
perversions, and lives up to the highest levels of
cinematic genius. Germans should not try to hide
this important movie. The film is coming to the
Ann Arbor theater next month. Everyone should
see it.

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One year after the 'just' Gulf War...

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