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VOL. 31 NO. 28
Sports editor Pal Harmon of the
daily newspaper on which I work
has in his column a review of a
book "Jews in American Sports"
by Harold Y. Ribalow . . . "Some
great athletes." Mr. Harmon re
marks in the course of the review
. . . Such as Hank Greenberg,
Johnny Kling, Morris Anovich,
Sid Gordon, Dolly Stark, A1
Schacht, Moe Berg, Joe Choynski.
Benny Leonard, Barney Ross. Sid
Luckman, Sidney Franklin (the
bullfighter), Benny Friedman,
Samuel Reshvesky, genius among
chess players. And what's the
matter with A1 loosen of the 1
Cleveland Indians who was nomi
nated American League's Most
Valuable Player of 1953. And
there are plenty more.
In my own rather remote youth
the Jewish boxers were the best
known of the athletes among us;
Indeed, there were few other
kinds of Jewish challengers in
American sports. The aspirations
of Jewish boys then had largely
to do with meeting the hopes of
parents who prayed their boys
would become learned people in
Hebrew lore.
So Jewish boys were lads to be
looked up to; they had broken
away from the hard disciplines
of Jewish education and were
knocking 'em out in the prize
rings. I myself could envy them.
In the Hebrew school (which
came after the public school
hours) one had to take penalties
inflicted by male teachers who
knew how to hit hard when you
failed to behave right. I myself
wished I could be like Kid La
mont who was the distinguished
Jewish boxer of our town. Were
I a guy like this Kid who could
hit back so hard, the teachers
wouldn't dare to strike their
blows at me.
Kid Lamont’s private name was
Leo Lemonek, son of Simon
Lemonek, a lawyer in our town.
I meet him now every once in
awhile —a gray-haired gentleman
in retirement from the job of
bailiff in one of our courts. An
other of the heroes of my youth
was the Jewish boxer, Sammy
Sandau —now an elderly gentle
man with a cauliflower ear. And
there’s my friend K. O. Mars —
K. O. stands for knockout which
he accomplished often in his time
and Mars is short for Margolis.
And Sam and his brother Benny
Becker who were notable amateur
boxers and now are the big in the
manufacture of clothing. Sam
Becker trained for boxing in Rus
sia that he might the better stack
up against the pogroxmists when
they came to ravage the Jewish
section in his town.
Indeed, it can well be guessed
that in those early days Jewish
boys took up boxing at first for
defense against hoodlums who
were the earlier anti-Semites.
These made a recreation of pull
ing beards of old Jews and push
ing them around in the crowded
areas of the big cities.
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Jerusalem, Israel The Red Mogen Dovid has protested to the
International Red Cross in Geneva against the shooting at Israeli
ambulances during last week's fighting in Jerusalem.
Together with the protest, the Red Mogen Dovid (Israel's Red
Cross agency) sent photographs which show that the ambulances
were hit by Arab bullets while saving the wounded.
Shown pictured, is an Israeli soldier, wounded in the recent
border fighting in Jerusalem, being carried to a Magen David Adorn
In a statement issued in New York, Congressman Emanuel Celler
(D-N.Y.), Chairman of the American Red Mogen Dovid for Israel,
declared: "It's high time Israel's symbol of mercy, the Star of David,
was fully recognized and respected. For the most part, Israel's de
fenders are not soldiers. They are farmers and drivers and teachers
and mechanics ..."
Light and Shadows of Jewish
Life in Mexico
(Especially written by The Southern Jewish
Weekly by Joseph Sokol, of Charleston, S. C.)
Impressions of a Visit Jewish Gatherings and
Jewish Institutions The Wonderful Jewish Ath
letic Center in Mexico.
TRAVEL IMPRESSIONS, by Dr. Chaim Shoshkes
Translated from Yiddish, by Joseph Sokol
Dr. Shoshkes is a well-known personality, and
in Jewish circles, he is known abroad as well as in
America. He is the most widely-traveled Jewish
individual in the world today. He recently return
ed from South Africa and Ethiopia, where he
visited Israel and the Falachine country on the
oth?r side of the legendary Sabatian River (where
the Falachine Jews still practice the Hebrew cus
toms of King Solomon's lime). Dr. and Mrs. Shosh
kes also ventured into the Arabic countries, includ
ing Trans-Jordan, disguised as non-Jews.
J. S.
It has been almost two years, since I visited
and wrote about Mexico, and there is always
something stimulating which makes one more
hopeful after each visit to this peculiar Jewish
This is especially felt as one flies to Mexico
from Guatemala, where the political volcanoes are
erupting, the earth quakes under one’s feet, and
there is no continuity nor future for the more
than one thousand Jewish souls who live there.
How different the scenery is in Mexico I
mean, the Jewish scenery where the general
situation in this country cannot be accepted as
stable. Mainly, it is the economic situation which
is unstable.
Incidentally, on the eve of my arrival in the
country, the peso was unexpectedly reduced by
almost 50% of the former worth of the dollar.
In clearer terms, after a secret preparation, the
value of Mexican money was devaluated overnight,
by the Mexican. government, from 8.60 pecos for
a dollar to 12.60 pesos. This was chiefly explained
by the fact that Mexico does not have enough
reserve coverage for her high currency. Because of
this fact, it was necessary to drop the value of
their money, but, as a result, prices took a sudden
jump on all articles of prime necessity. And, as
a consequence, the poor worker, the government
employee, and the farm population cannot buy the
minimum amount of beans, rice, and greens to feed
themselves and their families. They cannot even
fathom meat and milk. The need and poverty
among the twenty some odd million Mexicans was
until now entirely unbelievable. The percentage of
children who die the first year after birth, because
of malnutrition and filth is more than sixty per
cent, one of the highest mortality rates in the
world. The large straw hat and a pair of patched
trousers—this is the attire that most Mexicans can
afford to wear.
It is not easy, therefore, for the new govern
ment of the Aztec President Cortinez to lead such
a country during a time of political storms and up
heavals—especially, after the former president and
his associates milked the already impoverished
Mexican people of hundreds of millions of dollars
(literally). And, about this, many write and talk.
The new government has already recovered mil
lions of dollars in so-called gifts. These were re
captured from the fallen supporters of the former
regime. The powerful unions, communized under
the leader Toledano, are now a stronger power in
the country than ever before.
The intellectuals: writers, lawyers, and doctors
are surprisingly in number extremely leftist-in
(Continued on Pago 4)
Stassen Defends Israel at Foreign
Aid Hearings in Washington
WASHINGTON. (JTA) Rep. John Taber, New York Repub.
lican and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, levelled
sharp criticism at Israeli leaders during hearings on Foreign Aid
Legislation, it was learned this week when the official transcript
was made public.
Rep. Taber said: “The heads of
the state were very bumptious
and cantankerous so far as the
United States goes, when some
folks in this committee stopped
in Israel.” Director Harold E.
Stassen of the Foreign Operations
Administration sought to defend
Israel from Mr. Taber’s attack.
The exchange started when Mr.
Stassen recommended continued
aid to Israel, Rep. Taber inter
rupted to ask: "Are those people
working in that place?" Mr. Stas
sen replied: "In Israel, yet; they
work hard. They have some diffi
culty adjusting to farm work, but
in textile industries which they
have put in, and things like that,
they work hard and are really an
industrious people. They have a
tremendous spirit. They are just
determined that they are going to
make that country succeed."
When Mr. Stassen praised Is
rael’s spirit and will to succeed,
Rep. Taber said: “You would
think if they have that, they
would have a much better attitude
toward a country like the United
States which is doing so much for
them.” Mr. Stassen answered that,
when he visited Israel with Secre
tary of State Dulles, “the people
out on the streets were very
friendly.” At this point, Rep.
Taber attacked the heads of the
Israel government, calling them
“bumptious” and “cantankerous.”
Mr. Stassen said he was very
sorry to hear that.
U. S. Failed To Improve
Arab-Israel Relations
In another portion of the hear
ings, Assistant Secretary of State
Henry A. Byroade testified that
the U. S. has failed “to better
relations between Israel and the
Arab states over the past year,”
and that he thought the situation
“very dangerous” because the
border areas are more tense.
“There is a possibility of open
hostilities always present in that
situation,” he said.
The State Department, Mr.
Byroade declared, believes “Rus
sia is trying to appear as the
friend and champion of the Arab
states. We think her motives are
quite different and are just the
opposite. We believe she will veto
anything that will appear con
structive toward decreasing ten
sion in that area.”
Rep. Taber Says U. S.
Machinery Found Strewn on
Israel Roads
In his exchange with Mr. Stas
sen, Rep. Taber alleged that mem
bers of his committee “found all
sorts of machinery strewn alqng
side the roads that had never
been used, that had been sent
over there by us. I do not know
why we sent it.” To this Mr.
Stassen replied: “I think that ma
chinery along the roads goes some
years back, and was damaged in
the war that was fought there. I
am not sure which road it was. If
we can find out which road it is,
we will have it inspected and find
out. But if it is on the road from
Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, it is a lot
of machinery that was damaged
in the war, and they pulled it off
the road and allowed it to rust,
as it was not worth repairing.”
Rep. Taber's criticism of Israel
was continued in "off-the-record"
discussion deleted from the public
transcript. At the end of this sec
ret discussion, Mr. Stassen said:
"If anyone goes in and starts to
lecture them (the Israelis) on how
the Arabs should be treated, he
will get some very rough treat
ment in response. There is noth
ing that causes them to be more
incensed than having anyone try
to tell them what to do about the
Arabs. And that goes vice versa.
If you go over to an Arab country
and tell them they ought to be
more friendly to Israel, they will
invite you to leave the country.
The feeling is very intense."
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