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AN INDEPENDENT WEEKLY SERVING AMERICAN CITIZENS OF JEWISH FAITH
THE OLDEST AND MOST WIDELY CIRCULATED JEWISH PUBLICATION IN THIS TERRITORY VOL. 28 NO. 45 PLAIN TALK BY ALFRED SEGAL I DON'T FEEL SCATTERED Lately, I have been reading more and more, the term "dia-1 spora" in the Jewish press and 1 hearing it in speeches and con* I versation. It means you and me; we are assigned to diaspora. It is i a term to differentiate between Jews like us who live all around ; the world and Jews who live in | Israel. We, it seems, are diaspori tes, to coin a word. I looked up Webster’s New In ternational Dictionary forthe 1 exact meaning of diaspora. It’s a 1 word from the Greek meaning “disperson applied collectively to those Jews, who after the Baby lonian captivity were scattered through the old world and later to Jewish Christians living among the heathen.” In modern usage it is taken from its frame of historic refer ence and made to apply to you and me in the U. S. It is fre quently used with something of a sigh: Oh this diaspora! We are of the scattered! It suggests a land of exile far from home, as if you and I were of a scattered remnant trying to get along in the world far from Israel. It sug gests rootlessness. Even the Reform Union of American Hebrew Congregations seems to think of itself as an in stitution -of diaspora, though only lately it has built itself a million dollar, 7-story house that reaches deep down into the foundations of Fifth Avenue, New York. In the current issue of its bimonthly magazine, “American Judaism” it conducts a symposium on the question: “Is it possible to live a full Jewish life in the diaspora, or is this possible only in Israel?” (The Union's founder, Rabbi Isaac M. Wise, preached a Juda ism that was to be rooted deeply in the American soil and was never to be thought of as a plant not exactly indigenous here.) Well, I myself don’t feel at all scattered. My roots feel deep down in this U. S. land, though our family didn’t start here until the early 80’s when my father landed at Castle Garden. When I am spoken of as one of a dia spora, the inference might be that I am a sort of stranger here, a stranger who belongs to the scattering out of the land of Palestine. I say this in deepest love for Tw««i M the birthland of my re ligion and its ideals, as the coun try of other Jews, my kinsmen, who are trying to make a good habitation out of it. I say it as one who prays that in Israel will be established the good way of life for the people who live there, la accordance with the Jewish ethical teaching, for the admira tion of all mankind, an exemp lar. But in relation to Israel, I am not just a Jew scattered away from there, not a fellow without (Continued on Page 8) JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1951 CHAPLAIN GOLDBERG PROMOTED TO NAVY CAPTAINCY rw llli L. ft %Mk hZSI Bs ■« .HHfiR 1 • Wt : 11 ' BBbB i-MsJßt Chaplain Joshua L. Goldberg, district chaplain of the 3rd Naval District and Jewish consultant to Joint Chaplains Board of the Department of Defense, has been promoted to captain, the highest rank achieved by a Jewish chaplain in the Navy. Chaplain Goldberg is the liaison between the Joint Chaplains Board and the Division of Religious Activities of the National Jewish Welfare Board, which recruits, endorses and serves Jewish chaplains in the armed forces. Rear Admiral Walter S. Delaney, district commandant, is pictured, right, presenting the Chaplain with shoulder boards bearing the four stripes of his new office. Southern IZFA Meets This Week-end^ The Intercollegiate Zionist Federation of America (IZFA) will hold a Southern regional conclave and seminar on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 at Crystal Lake, out side of Gainesville, Fla. The pro gram will contain various dis cussions, sports, dancing and singing. To lead folk dancing is Flor ence Schwartz, a teacher of Mod ern Dance at Florida State Uni versity. Other activities will be led by field workers and repre sentatives of the national office. The following IZFA chapters will attend: Universities of Ala bama, Tennessee, Georgia, Flor ida, Georgia Tech, Miami and Florida State U. If interested in attending, contact Hillel House, University of Florida, or Zionist Youth Commission, 601 Peters Bldg., Atlanta, Ga. ISRAELI POLICE APPREHEND 50 ARAB INFILTREES TEL AVIV, (JTA) A total of 50 infiltrees were apprehend ed in Israel by Israeli border pa trols last week, it was announced here. In a number of clashes be tween the Arabs and Israeli po lice units, IS of the infiltrees were killed or wounded. I I' Hj LOUIS LIPSKY ■g m STORY ■ I //V THIS ISSUE H BRANDEIS-TAMPA MEET IN POST-SEASON TILT BOSTON, (AJP) -± A non profit post-season game be tween the Brandeis University football team and the Univer sity of Tampa is scheduled at Miami Beach for Dec. Bth, it was disclosed this week. Are YDU an This List? Every Jewish family in Jacksonville was mailed a letter, invit ing participation in the planting of trees in the Forest of Six Mil lion in Israel to commemorate the Six Million Jews who died at the hands of Hitler in World War 11. The project, undertaken by the local committee of the Jewish National Fund, was climaxed on Sunday, November 18th with a splendid gathering of men, women and children who took part in an interesting program in honor of the Golden Jubilee of the J.N.F. Those who purchased trees thus far honored their loved ones living, or departed. The campaign for the Forest of the Six Million will continue throughout this Golden Jubilee until the end of December, 1951. The following have already made their contributions. Addi tional names will be added as checks are received for the bal ance of this year. If you have misplaced your postage-free en velope, please mail your contri butions to The Jewish National Fund, P. O. Box 5002, Jackson ville 7, Florida. Funds will be forwarded to national headquar ters to buy and develop the land in Israel. Sinclair Avchin; B. Barnett; Jack Becker; J. Bernstein; Max Bittman; Myron Blattner; Max Brown; Mrs. A. Chardkoff; M. J. Chonin; Mrs. Lillian Cohen; I. J. Savannah Jewry Interns Ashes 01 One of Six Million Dead BY PAUL KULICK, EX. DIR., SAVANNAH JEWISH COUNCIL An event unique in the annals of American Jewry took place in Savannah, Georgia last Sunday afternoon, when the Bonaventure Cemetery was the scene of the interment of the ash remains of one of the six million Jews killed by the Nazis. The ash remains were those of the father of Mrs. Fishel Dudek, one of the Displaced Persons brought to Savannah by the Sa vannah Jewish Council, through its Resettlement Program, under the Displaced Persons Act of the United States Congress. The story of how the ash re mains of Schmul Szczerkowski were found after World War 11, reads like a storybook adventure. Upon the invasion of Poland by the Germans in 1939, Mr. Szczer kowski, a skilled shoe worker by trade, was interned in Lodz, Po land where he was born with his wife and four children. Later he was transferred to the Aussch witz concentration camp, and on September 7, 1944, he was brought to Germany and placed in the Stecken concentration camp in Hanover. Records subsequently discover ed indicate that he was killed by the Germans on March 17, 1945. just a month before the Allies liberated inmates of the camp. Records also show that 1.004 men were brought to Camp Ulm from Camp Stecken. Os this number fifty-six survived. Included among the survivors were Fishel Dudek, who after the war mar ried Mr. Szczerkowski's daughter and Chaim Melamed, the head of the first D. P. family brought to Savanah under the D. P. Act. According to information later unearthed, the authorities of the Ulm Camp turned over the job of cremating their victims to a pri- Edelstein; Mr. Goff in; Louis Goldman of Miami Beach; A. R. Gruber; Joe Hackel; Junior Had assah; Sophia Hockman; Israel Lodge No. 11; Leah Janow; S. Janow; Jewish War Vets; Louis Katz; Milton Klavens; George Lazarus of Hendersonville, N. C.; Mrs. Lillian Leibovitz; Claude Levin; Louis Levy; Rose E. Lew; Masada; Mrs. S. Mizrahi; David Moed; Isadore Moscovitz; David Moss; Harry Mazey; Mr. & Mrs. A. Newman; Orlando Z. O. A.; Herbert Panker; Max Rubin; Mark M. Sablow; Lou Safer; Sid ney Schain; Aaron Schild; Hy man Selber; Phillip Selber; Mrs. Sloat; Mrs. Harry Slott; Hannah Senesch (Hadassah); B. Sohn; Ralph Sporkin; Belle Stomaken; Mr. & Mrs. I. Sutton; Rabbi Sanders Tofield; Sheldon Tom; C. Davis Turner of Marianna, Fla.; Morris B. Wilson; Joe Young; M. S. Zernes; Mrs. Mit chell Schemer; Ben Mack, and S. A. Goodman. $3.00 A YEAR Schmul Szczerkowski vate firm, which maintained the remains of each victim in a sep arate container, neatly labeled and giving vital statistics about the victim. When the liberating Eighth Army entered the town of Ulm, they found the remains of 354 Nazi victims stacked on shelves. The authorities of the surviving Jewish community ar ranged for the burial of the re mains of all of the Jews found. Later, the remains of two of the victims were disintered and brought to Israel. The remains of Mr. Szczerkowski were brought to this country by Mrs. Dudek when she sailed for the United States because she wanted her father to be buried on the free soil of the United States. Os significance is the fact that Mr. Dudek did not know the identity of Mr. Szczerkowski when they were both in the same camp. After he married Mr. Szczerkowski's daughter follow ing the war, he recognized her father from a photograph and this set about the chain of events, which resulted in the bringing of the remains of a Nazi victim to Savannah. The services and the interment took place at the Jewish Chapel of Bonaventure. The services opened with prayers by Rabbi S. S. Starrels of Temple Mickve Is rael, followed by a memorial ad dress on the life of the deceased by Fishel Dudek. Rabbi A. I. Rosenberg of B. B. Jacob Syna gogue then delivered an address memorializing the six million Jewish martyrs to Hitlerism. The services concluded with prayers by Rabbi Isidore Barnett of Agu dath Achim Synagogue. Plans are being worked out for the erection of a suitable marker to note the grave of Mr* Szczer kowski. This market will also symbolize the recognition of six million martyrs as a memorial erected by the Savannah Jewish community.