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October 27, 1967 THE WISCONSIN JEWISH CHRONICLE ON THE SCREEN Ey Herbert C Ixft J HOLLYWOOD Five -time Academy-Award nominee Paul Muni, who died last month in California, was on stage and screen a richly-phrased, full-blooded, often flamboyant character; in private life he remained throughout shy and restrained, avoiding public appearances, interviews, night clubs, restaurants and gossip columns. He met his wife, Bella Finkel, when both of them appeared in the romantic leads in a Yiddish edition of Sig-mund Romberg's "Maytime" more than 40 years ago. Born in Lemberg on Sept. 22, 1897 (that would have made him 70 this month), son of Salli and Phillip Weisenfreund, he was brought to the US at an early age. His parents wanted him to become a violinist. But when his father, who at one time owned a nickelodeon in New York, returned to his first love, the Yiddish stage, young Muni one night donned a false beard and, at the ripe age of 12, substituted for an ailing thespian in the Cleveland engagement of a Weisenfreund farce, "Two Corpses at Breakfast." He never again left the world of theatre, in his younger years preferably appearing as tottering, stooping old men. THE LATE Maurice Schwartz, for many years a friend of this columnist, told me that Mama Weisenfreund brought her offspring to an interview with him at the Yiddish Art Theatre in New York, because the slim young man was much too shy to come alone. As a result, Schwartz put him into the original production of Sholem Aleichem's "Hard to Be a Jew," wherein the ambitious youngster tried to upstage the capricious producer -director-star many times. It was Sam Harris who saw Paul Muni on the Yiddish stage in Boston in 1926 and gave him his first English-speaking role in the Broadway show, "We Americans," in which Paul Muni once more essayed the familiar role of "an elderly Jew." In "Four Walls" Muni rose to prominence; then followed in quick succession "This Was a Man," "Rock Me, Julie" and "Yesterday's Magic." After two seasons with the Theatre Guild, Muni was signed to a two-picture contract by Fox in Hollywood. He made his screen debut in a straight-forward role in "The Valiant" and won, to his own surprise, a "Best Actor" Academy nomination for 1928-29. In "Seven Faces," he essayed seven different characterizations. IN 1932, PAUL MUNI skyrocketed to world recognition as the gangster chief in Howard Hughes' "Scarface," a picture released ior the then only 27-year-old producer by United Artists. I saw Muni in "I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" while still in Germany. It was the only Muni picture ever shown in the Third Reich. The name and films of Paul Muni shortly afterwards were banned by the Nazis because the actor had publicly spoken up against the oppression of Jews and others of the Reich's racial and religious minorities. Warner's won a "Best Picture" nomination for "I Am a Fugitive" for 1932-33 and Muni gathered his second "Oscar" nomination. In New York, Muni next created the famed role of the attorney in Elmer Rice's stage play, "Counselor-at-Law," a part identified with him throughout his career and on Broadway repeated in 1942. At Warner, Muni stayed for seven years, starring in "The World Changes," "Hi-Nellie," "Bordertown," "Dr. Socrates" and "Black Fury." His performance in "The Story of Louis Pasteur" netted him the 1936 "Best Actor" Academy Award. After the multiple-Oscar nominee of "The Good Earth" at MGM and "The Woman I Love" at RKO, Muni continued his Warner contract with "The Life of Emile Zola," for which he won the 1937 Oscar nomination, and the late Joseph Schildkraut an Academy Award for the "Best Supporting" performance in the part of Capt. Dreyfus; and with "Juarez," in which he essayed the CLASSIFIED ROOM FOR RENT: Well-furnished, large room; near transportation; man preferred; call 444-0942. ALTERATIONS: On men's and women's wear, by Dreen's, 3047 N. 44th st., near Burleigh; telephone 871-8869. character of the Mexican president, with Brian Aherne as his antagonist, Maximilian of Austria. His final portrayal at Warner was his character delineation of a curious British country doctor in the little known melodrama, "We Are Not Alone." In 1940, Paul Muni discontinued at Warner Bros, and thereby lost an approximate $800,000 on uncompleted contracts. He portrayed a rusty French Canadian trapper of the 17th century in Twentieth Century-Fox, "Hudson's Bay"; and a Norwegian patriot in Columbia's anti-Nazi epic, "The Commandos Strike at Dawn." Also at Columbia, . "A Song to Remember" in which he portrayed Chopin's whimsical old music teacher; and "Counter Attack" dealing with the impending Allied victory in 1945. The following year, Muni starred in UA's "Angel on My Shoulder." Later he started to travel, appearing in London in the stage production of "Death of a Salesman," and in Italy on the screen in Joseph Losey's production of "Stranger on the Prowl." IN 1955, MUNI returned to Broadway as the shirt-sleeved defense attorney in the "monkey-trial" dramatization of "Inherit the Wind." During the long run of the show he underwent an operation and lost an eye, but still continued once more with the show. For the first and only time singing and dancing on the English-language stage, Paul Muni essayed the character of "Krin-gelein" in the tryout of the musical, "Tonight at the Grand," from the novel by Vicki Baum, with Albert Marre directing. The musical opened at the Los Angeles Philharmonic on July 7, 1958, but closed in San Francisco two months later without ever reaching its goal Broadway. In 1959, Muni accepted another motion picture assignment for I Columbia, for which he was destined to win his final "Best Actor" Academy Award nomination. It was also to be his last movie. For "The Last Angry Man" Muni literally returned to the locale of his earliest success, the Jewish neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Lower East Side. The Gerald Green yarn was the deeply personal drama of a doctor who with his hands, mind and heart savagely battles sickness and death and combats to the bitter end the evil of juvenile delinquency. His own death is brought about by "The Last Angry Man's" attempt to aid a young hoodlum suffering from a brain tumor. ONLY TWICE DID I witness a personal appearance of Paul Muni; once in New York around 1940 when he read the words of Emile Zola at a rally protesting the extermination policy of Nazi Germany; the second time ten years later when he participated in a benefit for a fellow-actor from the Yiddish stage at a benefit at Hollywood's Wilshire-Ebell Theatre. Shy and withdrawn as he had lived, Paul Muni faded from the Hollywood scene; today only a remembrance. Appeal for Aid for 10,000 Moroccan and Tunisian Jews in Paris PARIS (JTA) An appeal for aid on behalf of more than 10,000 recently arrived Jews from Tunisia and Morocco was issued here by Grand Rabbi Jacob Kaplan. Many of the newcomers left their homes in fear of Arab reprisals following the Six-Day War. Rabbi Kaplan called on the French Jewish Community to respond to the needs of these fellow Jews. Grand Rabbi Simon Cohen, head of the rabbinical court in Rabat, has left Morocco for Israel, thereby terminating the functions of the Jewish tribunal in Morocco's capital city. Earlier, the Rabbinical court in Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, was suspended following the emigration of its head. Rabbi Cohen was the sixth rabbinical jurist to leave Morocco since the Six-Day War. Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Jewish Congress said on his arrival in Jerusalem from Zurich that the WJC was maintaining constant contact with governments which had some influence in Arab capitals on behalf of Jews living in Arab countries. Special attention is being given to the plight of Jews in Europe, Dr. Goldmann said. odiLoo uLcju cimcL CORNED ySS2 PURE BEEF Kashrvth Supervision by prominent Orthodox Rabbi Rabbi Bon Zion Rosenthal and two steady Mashgichim U. 8. Gov't lnpctd BEEF . Mrs. Norman S. Abrahams Succeeds to Post of Director of Women's Division The Milwaukee Jewish Welfare Fund announced the appointment of Mrs. Norman S. Abrahams to the position of director of the Women's Division. Mrs. Abraham, a graduate of the University of Michigan, brings to the Welfare Fund office a wealth of experience in organizational activities, a f V V V MRS. NORMAN S. ABRAHAMS keen knowledge of the community, and a strong and deep committment to Judaism. She has served tirelessly on the boards of both local and national organizations. An intense interest in youth has brought Mrs. Abrahams into the field of Jewish education, and she has served as chairman of the Religious School of Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun, as a teacher of the Confirmation class of its religious school, and as the national chairman of the Religious Schools committee of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods. She is currently a member of the Milwaukee Board of Jewish Education, and a past member of the board of the Children's Outing Society, the Family and Children's Service, and a past president of the Campus Elementary School P.T.A. Praises Mrs. Agulnick Mrs. Abrahams' interest in the total community has manifested itself by her wide field of service. She has been a board member of the Milwaukee Jewish Welfare Fund's Women's Division, and was a director of the Welfare Fund from 1958 to 1964. She has served on the boards of the Milwaukee Jewish Council, the Federation of Jewish Women's organizations, the Lox Box Breakfast Members of Guardian Chapter ORT are selling tickets for the annual Lox Box breakfast. Breakfast will be delivered to the homes of ticket purchasers on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19. A $3 charge per box includes: 13 lb. lox (Nova Scotia or regular), 6 bagels, 4 sweet rolls, 3 oz. cream cheese, coffee and cream, 2 cartons of orange juice and surprises. Chairman of the project is Mrs. Joel Glabman, 464-1382. 600 Egyptian Nationals Repatriated Across Canal TEL AVIV (JTA) The first group of Egyptian citizens from the Gaza Strip and the northern sector of the Sinai Desert was repatriated by Israel to Egypt under an agreement reached in Cairo by representatives of the International Red Cross. The group was composed of about 600 Egyptians. They were sent back to Egypt across the Suez Canal. Under the pact, several thousands Egyptians from the Strip and Sinai will be sent back to Egypt. Israeli authorities here noted that the repatriation agreement is being implemented "unconditionally, and out of humanitarian considerations." Council of Jewish Women and the Lakeside Community Council. Mrs. Abrahams has taken an active role in congregational life, having served as president of the Sisterhood of Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun, as well as the Wisconsin Region of Temple Sisterhoods. She was a member of the board of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods from 1959 to 1963. The many years of community service to which Mrs. Abrahams has been committed will bring to the office of the director of the Women's Division her highly developed skills in interpersonal relationships and organizational excellence, along with her creative and innovative energies," Melvin S. Zaret, executive director of the Welfare Fund said in announcing the appointment. Mr. Zaret also praised Mrs. Robert (Ann) Agulnick, the retiring director. "We regret that Mrs. Agulnick is leaving this post, and it is only because she is succeeded by a woman whose abilities will eventually equal her predecessor's that we can take this resignation with assurance for the future. Mrs. Agulnick's zeal, her intelligence and devotion to Jewish community and cause will always be remembered by all who worked with her and all to whom she gave kindly direction and inspiration." Dr. Abraham Kaplan to Be Guest in Pulpit at Cong. Emanu-El, Nov. 3 Dr. Abraham Kaplan, professor of philosophy, University of Michigan, will be the guest in the pul- a : illfc. Jrm ,11 nl DR. ABRAHAM KAPLAN pit of Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun at Sabbath Eve services on Friday evening, November 3 at 3 o'clock, when he will deliver the Rabbi Joseph I. Baron Memorial Lecture. He will speak on the subject "A Philosopher Defines His Jewish Identity." Dr. Kaplan received his B.A. in 1937 from the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., and his Ph.D. from the University of California in 1943. Before accepting his present post, he was professor of philosophy and chairman of the department at UCLA and visiting professor at Harvard and Columbia Universities. Time Magazine in May, 1966, described Dr. Kaplan as "one of the greatest educators in America today." He is the author of "The Conduct of Inquiry"; "American Ethics and Public Policy"; "The New World of Philosophy"; and articles in many philosophical and other journals. The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle Publiihed weekly by the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle Publishing- Company. at 340 N. Milwaukee Street. Milwaukee 2. Wisconsin. Second-class posts paid at Milwaukee. Wisconsin. Vol. 100 October 27. 1967 No. 12 Terms of subscription: $7.50 per rear, layable in advance. DeliYered by mail only WU bVI lACUBD QCNERAL OFFICIII SALAMI FRANKFURTERS CHICASO, ILLINOIS OSOT CORNED BEEf BOLOGNA i SERVICE YOiril LI KE : Your Kohl's food store has a great deal more to offer! When you put two and two together, you'll discover Kohl's offer you greater food value by farl A superb variety of the nation's finest brands await your selection at LOW prices Ilk. Unsurpassed U. S. 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Following his appointment in 1960 by Pope John XXIII to the Unity Secretariat, Father Stransky was instrumental in drafting a document on the Christian-Jewish religious dialogue for the Second Vatican Council as well as two other highly significant statements, The Decree of Ecumenism and the Declaration on Religious Freedom. His present Unity Secretariat duties include Vatican ecumenical work which involves religion and society issues and the development of the laity, espe cially through student movements. He is associate editor of The Ecu menist and author of several ar ticles on Christian-Jewish relations. Father Stransky will be in this country as the guest of Carthage College in Kenosha, to accept an honorary degree and participate in the opening session of their planned "Dialogue Series." No Love in Tennis TEL AVIV (JTA) The Israel Lawn Tennis Association cabled a protest to the chairman of the Asian Tennis Federation in Manila against the refusal of Malaya to grant visas permitting an Israeli team to enter the second Asian junior tennis championships at Kuala Larrpur Oct. 21. NEW YORK (JTA) The ! charge that "complacency" has "weakened" the Jewish orientation of Jewish community centers in the United States, made by Dr. Carl Urboni, executive director of the 92nd Street YM and YWHA, is the theme of the leading article in the 68th annual edition of the American Jewish Year Book published this week. Dr. Urboni wrote that, after the tragedy of the Nazi era, the American Jewish public had "felt a deep sense of responsibility for the perpetuation of Jewish life. In recent years, however, a complacency has weakened the Jewish orientation of the Jewish community centers." He urged the centers to "attack boldly the problem of Jewish group survival in a free society, and declared that "they must decide whether to Israelis Return Medals to Red Bloc Countries TEL AVIV (JTA) In protest against the pro-Arab and anti-Israel actions of all the East European Communist countries, except Rumania, 2,500 Israelis who were formerly residents of those countries returned their medals, decorations and other honors accorded to them which they were awarded for bravery and gallantry during their service as soldiers in the armies of the lands involved in World War II. The medals and decorations were handed here to the charge d'affaires of Finland, who represents the interest of the Soviet Union, which broke diplomatic relations with Israel as a result of the USSR's charges that Israel was the "aggressor" in the June war. The Finnish diplomat was asked to return the decorations to the Governments of Soviet Union, Poland, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. Many of the honors were the highest military awards in the respective countries. One man, formerly a high-ranking officer in the Soviet army, told the diplomat: "We don't need decorations from governments which actively endorsed the policy of destroying Israel and supporting the Arabs." continue their generalized approach or adopt a more definitive Jewish program." 603 Page Compendium The current edition of the Year Book is a 603-page compendium of events and trends in Jewish life, including articles on Jewish communal services in the US civil and political issues, and Jewish affairs throughout the world. It was prepared by the American Jewish Committee and published jointly by the Committee and the Jewish Publication Society of America. It is edited by Morris Fine and Milton Himmelfarb, with Martha Jelenko serving as associ-site editor Dr. Urboni's article, based upon a doctoral dissertation, points out that "with more than 700,000 members in approximately 300 centers throughout the country, with an annual budget of $32.5 million in 1965, the undeniable absence of clear direction of community center purpose in its work is disquieting to many of its leaders." Dr. Urboni reported he had found in a study that the "overwhelming majority of community center directors who participated in the study felt their chief aim was to provide recreation for the members. There was also emphasis on the need for good intra-group relations among different Jewish groups but, within and outside the center, many Jews today are alienated, lacking Jewish sentiments, knowledge, a sense of tradition or Jewish aspirations." 774-1111 Milwaukee WJ& FOR YOUR NEXT NEW CADILLAC or a Fine Used Car Call MARSHALL KRAKOW Phone 271-9483 V X - Louis H. 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