The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 11, 1949 · Page 1
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Friday, February 11, 1949
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Wisconsin State Historical Library Alison, Wisconsin iscoBSifl lewis onicfe 11 A Weekly PapWfor'the Jewisli Vol A? Nl OA Entered u MoDt clua matter on January 13. 1922. at th ,NO- poat offlo of Milwaukee. Wi, under the act of March 3. 1878. MILWAUKEE, WIS., FEBRUARY 11, 1949 Per Year $5 una s nniversary if S7 n t V Celebrate elfare A - - I A 8 K F 10th A ruend f Predicts DP Camps in Europe Will Be Closed in 1950 Dr. Haber Makes Final Report to Royall; Sees Settlement of Problem Washington mtai i,t Washington (JTA) Most of the Jewish displaced Dcrsnns camps in Europe will be closed by June 30, 1MS0, barring "unfore- seen events in Israel or else- wiit-rt?, ur, wuiiam naber, retiring adviser on Jewish affairs to the United States Army in Germany, said in a report to Army Secretary Kenneth C. Royall. Dr. Ma ,er made the prediction in a final report on his work in Europe from January, 1948 to January. 1949. Jewish displaced persons have been leaving the U. S. zones of Germany and Austria at the rate of 4,000 to 5.000 a month. Dr. Haber said. With the expected progress in the American displaced persons program, especially if li beralizing amendments to the law ' are adopted, he said, a substantial j number of Jewish DP's will be! eligible for admission to the i United States. In addition, he said, ' the Israeli Government has tenta- 1 five plans to remove all Jewish displaced persons in Germany and Austria who wish to go to Israel by September of this year. Stresses Army's Role Resettlement is the only real solution to the problem of Jewish displaced persons. Dr. Haber said. reporting that "the past year represents a period that has shown the greatest advance in the solu- tion of the Jewish displaced per- and consider requests for seats for sons problem since of end of the , tw" weeks beginning Monday eve-war." During that time, he said. ; ning, Feb. 13. The committee will approximately 37.600 Jewish DP's were resettled from the American zone in Germany and about 9,000 from the U. S. zone in Austria. At the end of last year, he said, approximately 75.000 Jewish displaced persons remained in the U. S. zone of Germany and about 9.700 in the U. S. zone of Austria. Dr. Haber praised the role of the Army in the care of the Jewish DP's. U. S. Army officials and their staffs, he said, had generally "followed a pattern which has raised the dignity of the people and has given them a feeling of security." Friction which once ex isted between Jewish DP s and the Army because of the seemingly static nature of the problem has been eliminated now that the mass movement of the DP's out of the occupation zone appears to be in full swing, he stated. He particularly praised the Army for assisting the movement of Jewish DP's to Israel and criticized the Inter- I national Refugee Organization for its failure in this respect. Hate Still Rooted in Germany Dr. Haber warned that "anti-Semitism is still deeply rooted in Germany. It manifests itself in many ways," he said. "In the desecration of cemeteries, in provocative articles in the press, in publicly holding the Jewish displaced persons exclusively responsible for the black market, in occasional blood libel rumors, and in the obvious public antagonism against the Jews with whom the Germans come in contact." Germans themselves admit that anti-Jewish acts, especially against Jewish DP's, might occur if the occupation authorities left, he said, and most of the young people of the German Jewish community "have definite intentions of quitting their counrty." Dr. Haber declared that he thought it would be "a crucial error" for U. S. authorities to yield to German pressure to bring the Jewish displaced persons under the control of German police, ostensibly for better law enforcement. "Although the Jewish displaced persons problem is in its liquidation phase," he said, "the time has not yet come when the Jewish displaced persons can be safely transferred to the jurisdiction of the German authorities." Two New Colonies Founded in Israel Tel Aviv (JTA) Two new colonies for immigrants from English-speaking countries were established in Lower Galilee. One hundred members of Hashomer Hatzair founded a new settlement j i tA wviin It iinmptprs from MUhmar Haemak. scene of severe fighting last year immediately ioi-; low;ng the proclamation of Israel. The new settlement was named wr.h Kanlan. one of the he-1 roes of the Warsaw Ghetto. , nnua Arbor Day in Israel to be j Dedicated to Heroes j 1 Tel Aviv (JTA) Chamisha ! Asar B'shvat, the first Arbor Day i , to be celebrated since the proda- i 1 mation of Israeli statehood which falls this year on February : , 14, when the Israeli Constituent i j Assembly is scheduled to open ! I was proclaimed as "Afforestation I Day." j ! Members of the Israeli Army, j in cooperation with the Jewish ! i National Fund, will dedicate four ' "ew forests ln memory of the Is- i . rae i trnons who lnct rhoi,- n,-e in : m ri f;.,i..:., -r- i !:! project will be raised amone mom. ! i bers of the armed forces, th riv. ; ilian nnmilntinn nnH cnhnnl ! dren. Greater Temple Seating Committee Meets Regularly Assigns Pews in New Synagogue; 501 Seats Already Purchased A total of 501 seats has been already purchased in the new Milwaukee Greater Temple, now being constructed at Sherman blvd. and Roosevelt dr., it was announced by Morris Gordon, chairman of the pew assignment committee. In order to facilitate the assignment of the remaining seats, Mr. Gordon announced that his com-; mittee will be in session to receive m?et four days Monday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the Beth El School Building, and those interested are requested " ""V"11 Hie iimimmee curing that time. If that is impossible, inquirers can call the Milwaukee ssfi-o TompIe offlce- Kilbourn 55u ' . The committee is extremely con-j firient that the remaining seats will be assigned in a relatively i short time. Mr. Gordon stated. He pmnieci lo the great enthusiasm cording to schedule. The founda-shown and the fine reception given tjon is completed, and a steady flow by the community to the an- i of m;itrri:ils is heine maintained ! nouncement of the new Temple as , evidence of such belief. He also pointed out that no formal organ-. t crr t-t t r coll cn'itc Vine f bepn ma, and infii(.atf4 ,hat ' might be necessary. Only 500 more seats are available for assignment. May be Shortage of Seats "It is important to remember that this will be the only Temple Conservative ser kes" sa d Mr ! JlZ V.,?u.f. " J Ll ;i n nil ll'iiiiIrAA Yah Thii J4innnI uuiuuji. 1 1 ci I wc die till ii I u 1U is not that we will have difficulty assigning the remaining seats, but that the demand will exceed the supply. "I urge all those who have seriously considered joining a conservative synagogue not to wait, but to contact us now. Michael Shapiro, president of Milwaukee Greater Temple, announced that $243,000 has already been pledged to the building fund and that the redemption of pledges is proceeding at a satisfactory rate. He also reported that another source of funds is shortly to be realized when the Beth El Temple and School is sold. Negotiations are now under way and should be South African Jews Set Up School For Native Children Johannesburg (JTA) The The mayor said that in the course Jewish community of Alexandria, 0f his duties he had been "deeply fSlSSt Jb; j pred the. ca? which the the mayor of this city for estab- lishing a school for native chil dren. "This is 'he first time in South African history that a Jewish congregation has established such a school," he said at cere- ', monies marking the opening of the : school. The school is sponsored by the ; education to underprivileged na-Jewish Reform Congregation and itive children." has been named in honor of the Congregation's rabbi. "The M. C. Weiler School for Africans." The opening ceremony was attended by a number of distinguished euests. including the lnsDector oi Native Education of Transvaal, the neaa oi me ooiiciiincr.MjuiB inamc Affairs Department, and repre- sentatives of the South African Jewish Board and Deputies and other communal organizations. --Xv " ' ,- 1 J J '' ' mm. STANLEY concluded in the near future. Last October, at the ground j breaking ceremonies, we told the : community that our new and beau- ! tiful synagogue will be ready for services by the High Holidays of ( this year," he said. I have just : received a progress report from' ; 0ur architects and building engi-: j neers. We have every reason to ' I believe that that promise will be, ampiy redeemed. The Temple should and will be ready before hn Hioh HniiHnvc "Construction is proceeding ac- to assure finishing the building in the time scheduled." The Milwaukee Greater Temple will have the following major features: facilities for 1038 congregants for services; an auditorium seating 990; a Kosher dining room accomodating 700 persons which will be available for public and private purposes; a separate quar. ter for a modern religious school; a chapel seating 200 for daily SerV: ices: club rooms for youth and . i . r . adults and a wing for executive offices for its director and staff. The exterior, which will be in Burlington stone, will have a distinctive entrance under an artistic and magnificently sculptured 12 foot Decalogue. It will have 15 large exquisitely stained windows, each portraying the life and works of the 15 Biblical Prophets. The plans also call for a most striking nrt trPHtm-nt nf thp in- terior, where the ceiling will be decorated with symbolism found- ed on the history and religion of Israel. The ceiling will be lighted , with concealed, indirect lighting, Mendel Glickman, well known Milwaukee architect, is the designer. 'Jewisn peopie iook oi meir own orphans, aged and sick, and the generous support" which Jews also give to non-Jewish charities. He was most happy to find the sisterhood of the Reform Congregation including "in its praiseworthy welfare activities this work to bring Rabbi M. C. Weiler, spiritual leader of the congregation, traced the history of the sisterhood's schc 1 undertaking for native chil. dier. which started in 1945 with db children, and nas now grown to "the extent where it has become uunsmj new , which will cater to 200 children." The school had been i recognized by the Government Education Department Meeti n g . V- C. MEYERS Peace Parley on Island of Rhodes Reaches Deadlock Conference Floundering in Technicalities; No Hope for Early Solution Rhodes (JTA) Prospects of an Israeli-Egyptian armistice receded this week as it became apparent that the Rhodes conference was floundering in technical difficulties, it was indicated here. Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, acting Palestine mediator, saw the Egyptian delegation in an effort to overcome differences which were barring the way to a meeting later between the two military staffs. Hopes for the success of the conference, which for almost three weeks has been swaying between success and failure, had arisen as military discussions got under way. But they fell again when the military chiefs rose after a four-hour session this week without fixing the time for the next meeting. A high conference source said that some progress had been made l"""-y rm,bV.l,f "cs oul naa oeen nauea Dy xne ' adamant stand of both sides on certain positions Elias Sessoon, the Israeli dele- gallon s expert on Aran affairs. returned here this week arter a fortnight's visit to Israel. Usually well-informed sources said his return indicated that he might be expecting other Arab arrivals and wanted to be on hand to advise the delegation. l S. Urges Action Washington (JTA) The U. S. Government is urging both the Israeli and the Egyptian Governments to do everything possible to make the armistice talks at Rhodes a success, a State Department spokesman said this week. He emphasized that verbal pleas to this effect were made by the U. S. to representatives of both governments. The Egyptian Ambassador saw Secretary of State Dean Acheson last week at his own request. Shortly before his visit Acheson had called in Israeli special representative to the United States Eliahu Epstein. The State Department, however, would not disclose the nature of their discussion. President Truman this week sent to the Senate for confirmo- tion the nomination of James G. ..niom, M. . Representative to Israel. McDon- aid is being mentioned as the most probable choice for American Am- I bassador to the Jewish state. omorrow even in Stanley C. Myers and Israeli War Hero Will Speak at Meeting at Schroeder Hotel Israel to Open Military Training Academy Tel Aviv (JTA) The first Israeli military academy for the training of senior Army officers will be opened shortly, it was announced here by Brig. Gen. Yaakov Dori, Israeli Chief of Staff. Weizmann's Visit to U.S. Postponed Because of Illness I Will See Pres. Truman in April, White House i Announcement Says Washington (JTA) The I j White House announced that the j visit of Dr. C'haim Weizmann, j President of Israel, to the United I I States has been postponed until ; i late in April, because of Dr. Wei.- j matin's health. i I The Israeli President was ex-I pected to attend a New York din-j ner arranged by the American Committee for the Weizmann In-j stitute of Science on Feb. 19. Pres-j ident Truman hoped to be present at the testimonial dinner for Dr. I Weizmann. i The text of the White House ' statement reads as follows: j "The President has learned with deep regret that Dr. Chaim Weizmann, President of the State Coun- icil of Israel, has been compelled j by illness to postpone his visit to the United States until April. The 1 White House has been informed j that Dr. Weizmann's illness is not nf a serious character and that j he will be able to preside over the newly-elected Constistuent Assem-i bly. However, his physicians have (counseled him against exposure to i a sharp change in weather conditions and have strongly urged that : he wait until the Spring." I The White House also made pub- ' lie the text of a cablegram sent I by President Truman to President Weizmann, reading: "Deeply regret to learn of your illness. We : are all praying for your speedy and complete recovery. Looking ; foward to our meeting again. Sincerely yours, Harry S. Truman." I Physicians Insisted In his cablegram to the Presi-: dent. Dr. Weizmann said: "I regret to inform you that my physi-, cians decline to permit me to un-: dertake a voyage to the U. S. 1 before Spring. I should, accord-1 ingly, be grateful if you could find it possible to agree to the postponement of the function to a suitable dttte in the latter part of I April. I am deeply conscious of your friendship. With renewed assurances of my high esteem. Sincerely yours, Chaim Weizmann." The Israeli mission here said that Eliahu Epstein, Israeli envoy l to the United States, has conveyed his appreciat on to President Tru- man for adjusting the date of Dr. Weizmann's projected visit. The mission said they understood that : Dr. Weizmann was suffering from neuralgia and that hir. physicians had insisted he should not be exposed to winter weather. The statement pointed out, however, that Dr. Weizmann was able to vote in the recent Israeli elections and that he will preside over the Israel Constituent Assembly, which will open Feb. 14. Church Leader Cautions Against Political Zionism New York (JTA) Declaring that his primary concern was "with the proper relations between Christians and Jews in this country," Dr. Henry Sloane Coffin, president emeritus of the Union Theological Seminary, warned against political Zionism. He spoke at a luncheon meeting of the New York Chapter of the American Council for Judaism. "No group among us has been more fervently and sincerely American than citizens of Jewish faith," he said. "They have been foremost in public spirit and civic; "The Jewish Community in the American Scene" Will Be Topic of Address by National Leader; Lt. Zvi Ben-Ami to Relate War Experiences i A (Uratlc nf rnwlli ;iml prnrcss will Ik' marked at the tenth annual meeting of the Milwaukee Jewish Welfare ImiimI. which will he hehl this Sunday evening, Vvb. VX in the crystal hallrooiu of the Schroeder hotel. I'.vetyone in the community is cordially invited to attend ' this yala occasion. There will he no admission charge or I solicitation of funds. Principal speaker will he Stanley ('. Myers, who was recently re-elected as national president of the Council of ! Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. His subject will he f ine Jewisn Lomnnmiiy m the American Scene." A prominent attorney in Miami Bench. Fla., Mr. Myers is chairman of the Greater Miami Combined Jewish Appeal and vice president of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Prior to being elected president of the national Council, he served as vice president and national finance chairman and as president of the Southeastern States Region. LT. ZVI BEN-AMI (Harry KrlvlUky) He has served as a member of the allotment committee of the United Jewish Appeal and is on i the board of many major national and overseas agencies. j Dividing much of his time be- 1 tween Miami and New York, he is ; frequently called in to mediate ': conflicts within the national agen- i cies. Kecentiy. he helped settle j the controversy between various factions in the United Palestine j Appeal. 1 Also scheduled to speak is Lt. , Zvi Ben-Ami (Harry Krivitsky), 24 year old U. S. Marine Com- ! mando who became one of the ' outstanding officers of the Israeli j Army during the most critical phases of the recent war. Lost Sight or Eye Lt. Ben-Ami is one of those daring Israeli soldiers who, wielding pistols and rifles against machine guns and pillboxes and ! ,anks ,and armored cars, attacked sirongi.v enirencm-u c k troops in the battle of Latrun last ' summer and cleared the vital j supply road leading from Tel Aviv i to Jerusalem. Later he com- i manded the "Company of the j Cross Roads to the Negev" which ! achieved fame for a 36 hour battle that helped to make the Negev I s-ife for Israeli pioneers. In this I engagement, despite a serious : wound in one eye, he refused to I le;ive his comrades to seek medi- cal treatment, and as a result he service, in generous support of institutions which promote public welfare. Many of them have been elected to public office and no one has questioned the single-minded-ness with which they have given themselves to the commonwealth. No one has the slightest grounds for questioning any division of their allegiance to this nation. But this new concern on the part of numbers of Jews for a national state startled their fellow American citizens." He expressed the opinion that "Judaism is a religion and not a nation." MK 1 r 11 sacrificed half his sight. When he again returned to active service, the men of his command broke ; ranks and carried him in triumph around the parade ground. In March, 1948, young Krivitsky who was visiting relatives in Jer-; usalem, was horrified at the confusion and disorder attendant up-1 on the slow withdrawal of the ; British and joined Haganah and i the Israel Army with, at first, no 1 other idea than that of keeping order. Accustomed to warfare by well-trained, uniformed, and complete equipped troops, he was amazed and inspired to see white-shirted civilians and girls with Sten guns and little ammunition daring to meet the Arab regulars. Before entering the Israeli Armv he was for three years a Marine Commando who participated in the battles of Guam, Okinawa and Bougainville. The Israeli Army Staff, who gave him the Hebrew name of Zvi Ben-Ami (Dear Son of My People) soon recognized his unusual ability as a lender and his daring courage. He was one of two soldiers to receive the Latrun Citation and also was awarded an official commendation from Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion for his share in winning the Battle of the Crossroads to the Negev. His daring wavs as a Marine won for him both a Presidential and a Naval Citation for bravery beyond the call of duty, as well as the Purple Heart. A review of Welfare Fund activities will be presented at the meeting, which begins at 8:30 p. m. Annual reports will be delivered and members of the board will be elected. Support Pledged to 1949 Campaign of Welfare Fund Community Leaders Express Desire to Work in Appeal Complete support of the 1949 Welfare Fund campaign was pledged by 50 leading members of the community at a luncheon meeting held on Feb. 5 at the Schroeder hotel. Participants in this meeting were chiefly veterans of past years' campaigns. They expressed a willingness to give completely of their time and energy so that the 1949 campaign may be the most successful in the history of the Welfare Fund. There was a general feeling that Milwaukee would provide its just share of the $2SO,000,000 campaign of the United Jewish Appeal along with its complete support of other overseas, Israeli, national and local needs. Reports on the recent UJA conference in Atlantic City were pre- sented by Sol J. Kahn, B. F. Saltz-stein, Irving G. Rhodes and Dr. ; Enzer. Mr. Kahn, chairman of this i year's campaign, described the feeling of pride that pervaded the i conference as a result of the ac-; complishments of the last few I years in which American Jewry ! supplied the funds which made it possible to save many of the Jews of Europe and help to make Israel a reality. He recalled that the Welfare Funds of the country have provided money to make it possible for the astounding total of 130,000 Jews to enter Israel in 1948; 24,000 in December alone. He added the information that 226,000 Jews will emigrate from Europe to Israel in 1949, with the number possibly reaching 30,000, if the Jews of America provide the funds. M'ontinllrd on page 10)

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