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VOL 30 No. 52
Bonche Schweig has been on
my mind ever since I met him in
the Barbizon Plaza Hotel during
my recent vacation in New York.
I promised several weeks ago to
tell you all about him in this col
umn. and this is the story of Bon
che Schweig.
Ever since I came home I’ve
been telling this friend and that
about Bonche Schweig byway of
extolling the character of Jewish
gentleman who asked very little
of man or even of God who has
so much to give a man.
I can well guess that practically
everybody in the Barbizon Plaza
that Sunday afternoon wanted
much more than fortune already
had lavished to him. There were
present ladies in minks and gen
tlemen who carried themselves if
they already had their first mil
lion. But if you know the human
race for what it is you can be sure
that the ladies were wanting
Cadillacs in addition to minks;
the gentlemen were after the sec
ond million.
Yes, nobody there, except Bon
che Schweig, was entirely con
tent. Even I was lustful for a sir
loin steak.
We had all assembled in the
theater of the Barbizon Plaza to
meet Bonche Schweig that after
noon. He turned out to be the
most distinguished character in
the trilogy of one-act plays that
are being given there under the
title "The World of Sholom
Aleichim." Two of the plays are
by Sholom Aleichim himself; the
third which is all about Bonche
Schweig was by the Jewish writer
Peretz who was part of the world
that Sholom Aleichim so beauti
fully inhabited.
Well, "we are all seated there
in the Barbizon Plaza’s theater —
and I can guess that practically all
of us are Jews. I love the frag
rance of the lady who sits next to
me; her perfume must be the
species called “My Sin.” The gen
tleman in front of me may have
a major interest in the Empire
State Building; he looks that way.
The curtain goes up on the sec
ond of three plays and the scene
Is heaven with God Himself sit
ting on His throne. It isn't exactly
my idea of heaven, though it is a
pretty heaven. It's my idea that
in heaven everybody should be
doing something useful, such as
trying to influence the minds of
people on the earth to make a
start at being somewhat decent.
In Barbizon Plaza heaven the
white-clad angels are just flitting
about uselessly, it seems to me.
Just flitting.
Suddenly trumpets sound all
over heaven and the angels come
to attention: A voice is announc
ing the arrival of Bonche Sch
weig. Bonche Schweig! Bonche
Schweig! Bonchoe Schweig has
arrived in heaven after his long
sojourn on the earth and that
seems to be quite an event in
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Participants in a recent conference in Miami sponsored by the Albert
Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University on the nation’s health
needs were (left to right); Fuller Warren, former Governor of Florida;
Benjamin Feinberg, former New York State Senator and chairman of the
Public Service Commission of the State; New York State Attorney General
Nathaniel L. Goldstein, national campaign chairman for the Albert Einstein
College of Medicine; Col. Jacob Arvey of Chicago; and James L Guilmartin,
United States Attorney for South Florida. The College, America’s first medical
school under Jewish auspices, i| now under construction in New York City.
Jewish Editors To Tour Israel
Philip Slomovitz, president of
the American Association of
English-Jewish Newspapers, an
announced that a delegation of
publishers and editors, represent
ing the Association, will leave on
Jan. 27 for a 16-day stay in Israel,
to study conditions there and to
describe their experiences for the
Jewish communities served by the
32 member newspapers of the
Isadora Moscovitz, editor of
The Southern Jewish Weekly, has
been selected as one of the edi
tors to make the tour of Israel.
Included in the delegation will
be Albert Golomb, treasurer of
the Association, publisher of the
Jewish Outlook, Pittsburgh; Fred
Shochet, publisher, Jewish Flori-
(Copyright, 1954, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)
Even before the Jordan Government replied
and while it was procrastinating and thus break
ing the spirit, if not the letter, of the armistice
agreement, Israeli spokesmen here said that
would have to follow up any rejection of their
action in invoking Article XII, which makes a
meeting between both sides mandatory. Obviously,
they would have to do so, for such a Jordan move
would strike at the very foundation of the shaky
fabric which is not peace but is not war .in Pales
In the opinion of experienced observers at the
United Nations, there are several courses open to
the Israelis. Probably the first would be to pursue
the matter still further with the Secreary General,
Dag Hammerskjold. According to the armistice
agreements, it is up to the Secretary General to
summon both sides to a meeting when Article XII
is invoked. If one side refuses to attend or makes
its attendance dependent upon unacceptable con
ditions, then, presumably, Mr. Hammerskjold
dian, Miami; Morris Janoff, pub
lisher-editor, Jewish Standard,
Jersey City, and Mr. and Mrs.
Leo I. Frisch, publishers-editors of
American Jewish World, Minnea
polis-St. Paul.
This tour is being made at the
invitation of the Israel Consulate.
The publishers and editors will
travel on the Israel El A1 Air
In Israel, they will meet with
President Itzhak Ben-Zvi in Jeru
salem, with the retired Prime
Minister David Ben Gurion and
Mrs. Ben Gurion in their new
home in Sdeh Boker, in the
Negev, with Prime Minister Shar
ett and other Israel officials. They
will be feted at a dinner by the
Israel Journalists’ Association.
would still have to call for a regular meeting.
Under such circumstances, Jordan’s refusal to
send high-level representatives to such a meeting
would make its violation of the armistice agree
ments even clearer than its carefully worded
reply. In other words, the Secretary General, by
an action which he is legally bound to take, would
put Jordan on the spot.
Another course would be to bring the matter
to the attention of the Security Council which is
the final arbiter as far as the armistice agree
ments are concerned; it would be an ironic re
versal of what happened before with Israel the
accuser instead of the defendant. There is talk
here that the Israelis have put up with Jordan
procrastination for so long and have done nothing
much about it because they were waiting for
January and the change in the composition of the
Security Council to one more sympathetically dis
posed toward them. .New Zealand, Brazil, and
Turkey have replaced Pakistan, Chile and Greece,
and thus one Moslem and pro-Arab member has
been eliminated.
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New Book Defends
Nazi War Criminals
(Copyright, 1954, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)
* * A * «
A defense of Nazi war criminals is contained in a new book
mailed to Washington newspapermen from Appleton, Wis., at the
same lime that Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy announced subpoena
action aga:insi .Gen. Telford Taylor, chief U. S. prosecutor at the
Nuremberg trials.
Entitled “Advance to Barbar
ism,” the book suggests that pun
ishment of high-ranking Nazis
was a Communist concept and
that those in the western world
who favored * the post-war trials
were advancing to “barbarism.”
The author is an Englishman, F.
J. P. Veale. He accuses the United
States of aggression against the
Axis, denounces the Royal Air
Force for bombing Germany, and
describes anti-Nazi resistance
movements as “treacherous.” He '
sees Nazis as “gallant,” lauds the
“heroic” German’ General H. B.
Ramcke who was convicted by j
the French as a war criminal, and i
belittles testimony by Jewish sur
vivors that the Nazis manufac
tured “human soap.”
Victims of the Nazis consider
the book itself to be an "advance
to barbarism.'* One of the two
persons to whom it is dedicated
is Edward L. Van Roden, a Penn
sylvania judge. Van Roden was
praised by Sen. McCarthy for
allegations in 1949 which formed
the basis of McCarthy's attack on
American Army personnel, in
cluding Jews, with respect to the
treatment of Nazi stormtroopers
held by the United States for
their role in the massacre of
American prisoners of war at
Malmedy, Belgium, in 1944. A
Senate subcommittee which in
vestigated the McCarthy-Van
Roden charges rejected them as
false and questioned the motiva
tion behind what was seen as a
concerted attempt to free danger
ous Nazis. Van Roden and Mc-
Carthy itoi only wanted the Nazis
freed but urged that American
legal officers be placed on trial.
Van Roden, through has capac
ity as a judge, helped Herbert
Gunther Sonthoff, a one-time
member of a “Sturm Abteilung”
detachment become an American
citizen. This, despite the fact that
Sonthoff had written, “I do not
intend to deny my adherence to
the German cause ...” Later Van
Roden endorsed a pro-Nazi, anti-
Jewish book, “The Crime of Our
Age” by Ludwig Fritsch. He
wrote: “I think it should have a
1 wide distribution, not only to the
| clergy, but to all Americans.” A.
i O. Tittman, who founded a succes
sor organization to the German-
American Bund, gave the book
similar praise. Another endorser
was A. J. App who suggested that
President Eisenhower be hanged
as a wax- criminal. A reading of
“The Crime of Our Age” indicates
that the writer felt the “crime”
was that the Allies won instead
of the Nazis. This forerunner of
Veale’s “Advance To Barbarism”
was circulated mostly in neo-
Nazi circles but the new book is
aimed at a wider audience.
Veale defends Hermann Goering
as an "anti-Communist," praises
the McCarthy investigation of the
Malmedy trials, praises Field
Marshall Albert Kesselring. a con
victed war criminal, for having
"gallantly defended Italian* soil,"
and has kind words for Von
Mannstein, KeiteL Doenitz, Raed
er, Petain, and others. He likens
the 1« ial of Hitlerites to the ordeal
of Joan of Arc. In keeping with
consistency, he suggests that for
mer President Roosevelt was mo
tivated by Jewish votes.
Attacking the Morgenthau Plan
throughout the book, Veale goes
back to the Old Testament for
anti-Semitic material. He cites the
Book of Joshua, saying: “There
we read that the Hebrews, when
they invaded the land of Canaan
slew ‘both man and woman,
young and old, and ox and
sheep . . . ’” This, Veale describes
as a “ghastly performance in
which the holy men of Israel evi
dently took great pride.”. He men
tions, too, what he calls the “ef
fontery” of the Prophet Samuel.
The book contains justification
for Nazi actions and Prussian
militarism. It lauds Germany as a
supposed barrier against Ccnunu
nism. A comparison is found be
tween the Soviet counter-offen
sive of 1944-1945 and the invasion
of Europe by barbarian hordes In
the thirteenth century. An anti-
American theme also prevails,
with an allegation that "whan the
Americans entered the Harz dis
trict execution was threatened in
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