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t 7, JE 2f\w Serving Columbus and Central Ohio Jewish Community \\7AS. Vol. 35, No. 31 COLUMBUS, OHIO, FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 1957 39 Owotad to American And Jawiih Icfeali Refugees From Nazism Eligible For $1200 Each From W. Germany Gov't, ***** Local Refugees in Columbus AsUed to Apply Some 260,000 refugees from Nazi Germany — eligible for ppy- menta of up to $1,200 each" under a law passed last year by the West German Government—have thus far failed to apply for the money due them. Two leaders In the field of refu¬ gee aid have offered the assist¬ ance of their agencies to the re¬ fugees, many of whom may not be aware that they are entitled to receive the payments. Moses A. Leavitt, executive vice-chalrmarr of the Joint Distri¬ bution Committee, and James P. Rice, executive director of United Hitts Service, offered to help the refugees find the necessary docu¬ ments to support their claims. The two welfare leaders indi- ,cale<i that, under a law passed In ]95e by the German Federal Re¬ public, reimbursement is to be made for ' travel and resettle¬ ment costs to all refugees who left Nazi Germany between 1933 and I94Q. Tho West German government has agreed to repay up to 6,000 DM ($1,200) per person to appli¬ cants .on presentation of proper documentary evidence. The fundfi arc to i*eimburse the refugees for all coHts of tholr emigration and rcsettlomcnt r^ardlesn of wheth¬ er thpiy themselves paid the costs or whether refugee agencies pro¬ vided some or all of the funds at that time. The statement by Messrs. Rice and L-eavitt warned that the ex¬ piration date for the filing of claims is next spring, and indi¬ cated that wceita or months may possibly be required to gather the necessary papers or other evi¬ dence before the claims can be IN A LIGHTER VEIN BY SHIN FEV SAMACH (An AJP Feature) Bcrle's Daughter — 'A Sinner' Leonard ttyona tells this story Jn his column, 'The Lyons Den," In the New York Post: "Milton Berle's ll-year-old daughter, VicUi. told him shc"d at¬ tended Billy Grahams meeting at Madison Square Garden. 'And, Daddy,' the youngster added, 'I went up to the stage, too" ... I 'Alone?' asked Berle . . . 'No, said Vicki. 'There were 200 others on | the stage with me' . . . Berle asked what she was doing on the stage. I The child said: 'He asked for sinners—and I came up.'" In the same column, Lyons relates thnse episodes about George Gershwin: "This week George Gershwin's friends marked the 20th anni¬ versary of the day that death cut short, the most brilliant career in modern American music. George White" told of hiring Gershwin as a rehearsal-pianist, and then signing him to write the second "Scan¬ dals' at $75 a week. Andre Kostelanetz told of asking Gershwin how many tunes he wrote each day, and the composer replied: "Oh, about 15. That way I get the bad ones out of my system. " 'Rhapsody In Blue' was introduced on the West Coast by Tosha Tolces, soloist for the Hollywood Bowl orchestra, who wrote me: 'I rushed to New York to meet Gershwin, to have him teach me the Rhapsody. I'd never played jazz. Gershwin was delighted, but he said he couldn't teach me because he wasn't a teacher. I told him all he needed to do was walk around, listen, and if it didn't sound right, to holler. He did that.' Better Than Second-ClasH Ravel Gershwin once asked Maurice Ravel, In Paris, to give him les¬ sons in serious composition. ,'No,* said the French composer, 'It's better to be a first-class Gershwin than a second-class Ravel.' He also asked Igor Stravinsky for lessons, and Stravinsky said: 'No, you teaoh me.' "Irving Caesar, who has a new Coral album, 'And Then 1 Wrote,' played and lost heavily In an all-night poker game, and determined to break ?ven. Gershwin was composing a song in the next room. Caeser would leave the game only to join Gershwin at the piano and supply a line for a melody, then return to the game until the com¬ poser needed anpther line. 'If I'd have been a winner In that poker game,' said Caeser later, 'I'd never have gotten my name as a lyri¬ cist on Gershwin's Swanee.' "During the iPorgy and Bess' rehearsals Rouben Momoulian, the director, spoke of a 'fugue.' The composer challenged him to define It, and MamouJian said: 'A fugue Js a musical composition in which on original theme is repeated and initiated.' Gershwin told him: 'No. A fugue Is a musical theme which keeps coming in and in and in, while customers keep going out and out.' About Oscar Levant "He admired Oscar Levant's talent and said it was latent only because Levant wouldn't practice enough. 'The difference,' Levant replied, 'Is not In our practicing. It's just that you're a genius and I am not.' One night Oscar stayed late after a Gershwin party. Ig¬ noring the hints that It was time to go home. Gershwin yawned, put on pajamas, but Levant stayed. At 6 a. m., Gershwin brought Oscar's hat and coat Into the kitchen, where Levant was munching a sandwich, and told his last guest of the night: 'Oscar, I'll pardon you for eating and running.' "Sonya Levine, the screenwriter who knew him well, tells of the day Gershwin, in the midst of rehearsing a new show, was told distressing news: the lady he was wooing had just eloped. 'Well. I'm certainly glad I'm In the middle of rehearsals,' said Gershwin. 'Otherwise I'd be terrible upset.' 1 "His brother, Ira, said tJiat when George needed money quickly, his agent, Archie Selwyn, reported difficulty In geeting hlra a Hollywood job: 'They all say you've become highbrow—concert pieces, and now an opera, I*orgy and Bess.'* At Selwyn's suggestion CJershwin wrote him a letter to show to RKO . 'Dear Archy, I have written hit popular songs before, and I will write them again. I am not a highbrow.' With this proof in hand, RKO signed him." ¦forwarded to Germany. The German Federal Republic has agreed to provide relmburfM^- nwint not only for ocean trans¬ portation costs, hut for such rc- latetl cxpenHcs oh baggage ship- m e n t H, rallrnad transportation, maintenance expenses en route and resettlement costH. The statemefit stressed that theso costs will be repaid by the West Gormahfl, even when Indi¬ vidual expenses were originally defrayed wholly or partly by the JDC, by predecessor agencies of the UHS, or by any other refugee aid organizations then existing. In their statement Loavitt and Ric^ declared that "It is Import¬ ant that no time be lost in filing for these claims. It may take weeks or months of searching to find all of the necessary docu¬ ments before the claims can be forwarded. With the possibility that millions of dollars are in¬ volved, both UHS and JDC are prepared to assist applicants In an endeavor' to trace the evidence required" to support and validate claims. "Not only Is there much ma¬ terial available in our files, but we also have the files of other as¬ sistance groups no longer In existence. However, we must point out we do not have the rec¬ ord of every single Jewish emi¬ grant from Germany." Applicants who need help in docomeTltWg:- thSIr' "claims should Immediately contact either the Joint Distribution Committee of¬ fices at 3 E. S4th St., New York 22; or the United Hias Service. 425 Lafayette St., New York 3. N. Y. The Jewish Family Service in Columbus, In cooperation with the National Council of Jewish Women, is available for what¬ ever assistance Is' necessary. Of¬ fices are at 56 E. State St., Room 314, CA. 1-5181. ISRAEL BOND FUNDS DEVELDPING ELATH This modern scoop sliovel at work In the Even V*Sld gTnnit4> quarrlefi ni-ar Elath, Isracrs port on the (iulf of Aqahl^ shows one of the many Important uHe« to which State of Israel Development dollarw are feeing put. Gnuilte from quarries near Elath Is nhippiMl to the I'nltx-d States, Belgium and other nations. Elath. iHraerH gateway to the cbuntrh^ of Afrlc^i and Asia, Is h^fng Imllt up as a major wa~ port OH an Imlustrlnl center for the procesHlng and utilization of minerals dlHcovere*! In the Negev, and as a resort area. It Is e«U- mated that, to accomplish this aim in ten yt^rs, Israel re4|uiren $160,000,000 in Investment eapltoi a great part ot It In iNrael Bond ftmds. • • • • Late Bulletins DR. BECKMAN Asked To Participate Dr. Theodore N. Beckman, Pro¬ fessor of Business Organization at The Ohio State University, has been invited by the President of the United States to participate In the President's Conference on Technical and Distribution Re search for the Benefit of Small Business to be held in Washing¬ ton. D. C, late in September. This is the first conference of the type and has been called by President Eisenhower to assist small manufacturers (having less than 600 employees) and whole¬ salers and retailers (with less than 50 employees) In using mod¬ em methods and techniques for enhancing their efficiency of op¬ eration. It Is the ho[>e that a defi¬ nite program will be developed as a result of this conference that will be of considerable aid to the businesses concerned. PHILADELPHIA, /JTA) - Comedian Jerry Lewis soberly ac¬ cepted an award last week for his contributions -tp Jewish causes and then convulsed his audience at the Ashbourne Country Club here with a complaint about his mixed marriage to an Italian girl aAd her cooking. "Wo have only one inter-racial problem," the comic said. "She likes ravioli and I like gefulte fish. Did you ever get an Italian- Jewish heartburn?" Stating emphatically he was proud of his Jewish heritage and ortliodox background, Lewis said his wife has been lighting Candles every Friday night during their 13 years of marriage and that she was "happy that our three boys, will be Bar Mitzvah." • « • TEL AVIV. iJTA> - French trucks, tractors, agricultural ma¬ chinery and industrial equipment will soon ,he seen in Israel as a result of the $30,000,000 credit re¬ cently extended to this country by France. I. B a c q u 1 e r, the French commercial attache, said here today. He announced that Israel will participate for the first time In the famed Marseilles In¬ ternational Fair. In an interview' here, M, Bac- quler sold that th(>re was a good market In French Africa for Is¬ raeli exports. Israeli products were weli-received there, he said, espec4ally vehicles asembled In Israel. Meanwhile, dairies in Is¬ rael prepared to export canned millt to French Equatorial Africa; If they can produce milk at prices competitive with the Dutch industry, it was said here, there Is a market which could absorb their production surpluses. • • > LOS ANGELES. <JTA) — A new study of the Jewish popu¬ lation of the Los Angeles area wtl be launched this fall In an effort to pinpoint the rapid shift¬ ing of the community during the last six years. The study will be undertaken by the Research Ser¬ vice Bureau, an agency of the Los Angeles Jewish Community Council, and will be the first since 1951, when the Jewish popu¬ lation was estimated at 323,000. It Is now believed to exceed 400,- 000. NEW YORK, (JTA) - - Com¬ munist Party Chief Niklta S. Khruschev admitted to a group of American tourists in Moscow this weekend that the Soviet Gov¬ ernment curbs the emigration of Jews. Mr. Khruschev's remarks were reported by Mrs. Elmer McLaIn, of Lima, Ohio, one of a group of 24 Americans touring the U,S.S.R. under the leadership of Professor Jerome Davis, formerly of Yale University. The communist lead¬ er was asked if it were true that Jews were not allowed to emi¬ grate from the Soviet Union. He replied: "It is true to a certain extent. We issue passports only to thoae whose trip Is useful. Recently we gave Jews passports for repatri¬ ation to Poland but we know they went straight on to Israel. We consider Israel is pursuing an ag¬ gressive policy." • • • HAIFA, (JTA) — Judge Moshe Etzion of the Haifa District Court has awarded an estate of 90.000,000 Israeli pounds to Math- wcl GInzburg of London, 70, nep¬ hew Ol the testator. Michael Pol¬ lack, who died a bachelor in 1954 past the age of 90. The will had been contested by another nep¬ hew and a niece. The decision recalls the career of Mr. Pollack who, together with a brother and their father, be¬ came pioneers In oil distillation in Baku, Russia, and later sold his interest in the Russian oil facili¬ ties to Shell Oil for Shell stocks. In 1920, Mr. Pollack came to Palestine to Jive, though he claimed he was no Zionist. He founded Nesher Cement Works, then the largest Industry in Is¬ rael, and invested in- hotels, In¬ dustry and real estate. Although he lived simply and was reticent about his philanthro¬ pies, Mr. Pollack gave the Nesher Works to the Palestint^ Jewish Colonization Association and made substantial contributions to the Hebrew University, Techn- lop, hospitals and other national institutions. He, set up a "Hu¬ manitarian Trust" for the bene¬ fit of national Institutions in Is- rael with an*^ endowment of 1,250, 000 pounds sterling. ISRAa PARLIAMENT REJECTS HERUT MOTION JERUSALEM, (JTA) --- Tbe Israel Parliament rejected, by a vote of 41 to 16. a Herut motion to debote a proposed establish¬ ment of diplomatic relations with West Germany, after Premier David Ben Gurion advised the Knesset to look to the needs of the future, not the sufferings of the past. The motion was introduced by rightist deputy Esther Raziel- Naor. who scored the Premier for a statement to foreign correspon¬ dents that diplomatic relations should be established between the two states. Ben Gurion re¬ plied that his statements to" the newsmen were made in his pri¬ vate capacity, not speaking for the government. However, he insisted that the Germany of today la not the same country as that of the Nazi re¬ gime. He pointed out that despite the skeptics, Bonn had scrupulous¬ ly observed Its reparation agree¬ ments both with respect to Is¬ rael and to the Jews In general. Germany la fulfilling an im¬ portant role In a united Europe, he p<dnted out, and Israel must look forward to establishing re¬ lations with that entire region, particularly since the Jewish State is planning to embark on gigantic projects which are well beyond the strength of Israel and world Jewry alone. Ben Gurion warned that It was "not healthy" for Israel to depend solely on aid from the United States, although' both political and economic ties with tho U.S. will grow deeper. Mrs. Naor reminded the,. Pre¬ mier that when the original de¬ cision to accept the reparations pact was passed in the Knesset by a mere three vote margin five years ago, Its supporters—includ¬ ing members of the present gov¬ ernment—had stated that diplo¬ matic relations with Bonn were not envisioned. She declared that a decision of such momentous import must first be brought to the Knesset. STUDENT UJF The Young Adult Division of the United Jewish Fund Is wind¬ ing up its campaign for 1957 with final solicitation aimed at Co¬ lumbus residents who attend col¬ lege elsewhere, a group of about seventy young people- In plan¬ ning for this group. It was felt that those who attend schools away from Columbus continue to have a loyalty to the local fund drive, having grown up in the community and being famiUar with the needs of the fund. They also know of the many local a- gendes which are beneficiaries of the fund. The Steering Com¬ mittee of the Young Adult Di¬ vision feels that thla group is a most Important element of the young adult community and should therefore be given an op¬ portunity to join in the work of United Jewish Fund, Benjy Zox Is acting as Chair¬ man for this group and is being assisted by Susan Abel, Don Katz, Judy Koltun, Joyce Levison, Mar¬ jorie Wasserstrom, Barry Wol¬ man, and Barry Zacks. This com¬ mittee hEis planned parlor meet¬ ings with the thought that this method would enable them to reach the group with a more ef¬ fective Interpretation of the workings of tbe Fund than if they employed door-to-door soli¬ citations. In line with this think¬ ing, the first of these meetings was held on Tuesday of this week at the home of Barry Zacks. The group was addressed by Gordon Zacks, , Chairman of the Yourtg Adult Division. A selected film was shown. The mt^etlng was very successful and is indication of the fact that these young peo¬ ple are aware of their responsibi¬ lity to their borne community and Its United Jewish Fund.
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1957-08-02|
|Subject||Jews -- Ohio -- Periodicals|
|Place||Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)|
|Creator||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Collection||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Submitting Institution||Columbus Jewish Historical Society|
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