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Vol. XCV, No. 16-S
Tuesday, June 11, 1985
Jews a chance
By STEVE HERZ
Tom Lantos, a United States
congressman from California, is the
only survivor of the Holocaust ever
elected to Congress. He is a survivor
and a leader, but his parents were vic-
tims-two of the nearly six million
Jews murdered by the Nazis.
He remembers his parents and he
also remembers Raoul Wallenberg,
the man who saved his life and the
lives of nearly 100,000 others.
WALLENBERG WAS born in
Sweden, a member of an extremely
wealthy family. His father died when
he was an infant and Wallenberg was
groomed by his grandfather.
Although his grandfather wanted him
to become a banker, he allowed Raoul
to cross the Atlantic to study architec-
ture at the University of Michigan in
Albert Melniker, in town for last
week's 1935 class reunion, remem-
bered his classmate as "a real down-
to-earth individual. He had a great
sense of humor and he was an ex-
Melniker said Wallenberg was dif-
ferent from his American classmates.
"He had a worldly outlook then that
the average American student didn't
THAT WORLDLY outlook had an
effect on Wallenberg's role in the war,
classmate Milton Fischer explained.
"Actually, in Scandinavia they
thought you could do something about
the problem-not just let nature take
There was nothing natural about
Hitler's master plan and Wallenberg
knew that. During some unsatisfying
years as a banker in the British man-
date of Palestine, Wallenberg learned
of the atrocities occurring throughout
Europe. "In Haifa (Palestine) he
realized how bad things were,"
Fischer said. Professor Ingemar
Hedenius remembers how Wallen-
berg was sympathetic to the Jewish
plight. "He was a Wallenberg, an
eighth part Jew and seemed to regard
this asa guarantee of success in life."
Wallenberg could not have known
then that his concern for the welfare
of the Jews would result in his own in-
ternment after the war in the Soviet
Union, but it did not stop his effort to
save the victims of Hitler's tyranny.
He did not like banking and told his
grandfather in a letter of his wish to
quit his joh.
"POSSIBLY I am not cut out for Photo courtesy of the Alumni
banking. Architecture is another Raoul Wallenberg in his ROTC uniform next to the Golden Ga
See HERO, Page 3 Wallenberg liked to hitchhike out west during his summers at
from 1931 to1935.
By CHRISTY RIEDEL
An eight-month search for a
University vice president forresearch
has ended with the nomination of Lin-
da Wilson of the University of Illinois
Wilson, who is currently associate
vice chancellor for research and
associate dean of the Graduate
College at Illinois, will be nominated
to the regents at their June 20-21
meeting by University president
IF THE REGENTS approve the
nomination, Wilson will assume the
post Aug. 15 and become the highest-
ranking woman in the University ad-
Wilson's responsibilities would in-
clude approving research proposals;
maintaining a liason between the
University and various foundations,
corporations, and government agen-
cies interested in research; and ac-
ting as a source of information for the
"Theentire climate for research at
the University of Michigan is
something this person could affect,"
said Susan Lipschutz, assistant to the
WILSON said yesterday that
enhancing the University's research
climate-which entails developing
resources and alliances with other
organizations-while preserving the
University's "academic core of
values" is a primary responsibility of
the vice president of research,
"Universities are looked to by
society to do a variety of things,"
Wilson said. "You give alot of thought
to what a university is and why
society set it up. You think about its
functions and you think about the
principles behind its responsibilities.
And then you let them guide you in a
"That's the meat of the job, I
think," Wilson said.
WILSON said she has often been
See WILSON, Page4
Council unaninously supports festival funding
By JOHN LOGIE
The Ann Arbor City Council last night
unanimously passed a resolution granting $15,000
to the organizers of the Ann Arbor Summer
The resolution earmarks $11,911 from the 1984-85
Contingency Council Programs budget and $3,009
from the General Fund Undesignated Fund
Balance to assist the Ann Arbor Summer Festival
in promotion and organization of this year's
The General Fund Undesignated Fund Balance
currently stands at about $1.9 million, according
to City Attorney Bruce Laidlaw.
THIS SUMMER is the second year festival
organizers have attracted internationally
reknowned performers to local venues. The
Canadian Brass, actor Hal Holbrook, and pan-
tomimist Marcel Marceau will be here for this
summer's festival, which runs from June 29 to
July 23, dovetailing into the Ann Arbor Street Art
Councilmember Kathy Edgren (D-Fifth Ward)
voiced concern that festival organizers might be
"overreaching" in their selection of performers
for the festival.
Edgren also said that she thought last year's.
$25,000 allocation was meant as a one-time grant,
and that she was "bothered by the expectation of
funds" on the part of the organizers. She also said
she doubted whether the festival is in fact an
economic boon to the city.
In response to Edgren, Mayor Pierce moved to
strike the second paragraph of the resolution,
which said the festival "would improve the city's
business climate and would create new em-
ployment opportunities." The motion was
EDGREN SAID that while she supported the
resolution, she would not renew her support next
year, and that she "was not certain that tax
dollars should be used" for events like the festival.
The resolution represents a decrease of $10,000
from last year's city council appropriation for the
Summer festival executive director Richard
Alexander said the festival had depended on a
renewal of the $25,000 grant in its original budget,
and "had hoped to even get $35,000."
While Alexander said he wasn't certain how a
no vote would hurt the festival, he said the festival
organization, a non-profit group, must maintain
financial viability. "If we come out in the red," he
See COUNCIL, Page 2
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