Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1986-05-08, page 01
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i'l III I ► KHRONICLE ZJW// Serving Columbus and Central Ohio Jewish Community lor Over 60 Years VU/UA LiaHAffY, OHIO His 1 982 VELM". AVE* OOU . Or 4 32 11 TOR rCAU SOC^'X, EXCH VOL.64 NO. 19 MAY 8,1986-N1SAN 29 Devoted to American and Jewish Ideals Cincinnati Man, Said To Have Been Guard In Nazi Labor Camp, Facing Deportation Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center Receives Award At JWB Meeting At the Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) Biennial held in Toronto, Canada, April 9-13, the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center was one of only seven Jewish Centers in North America honored for Excellence in implementing New Directions in Jewish Education, as recommended by the Commission on Maximizing Jewish Education Effectiveness of Jewish Community Centers. Pictured above are Dr. Al Tyroler (left), LYJC president, accepting a special award at the Biennial from Lester Pollack, JWB Board member and chairman of the JWB Committee on Implementation. In addition, the Center won a "First Place" award for "Best Multi-Media Presentation" for a videotape of last year's Senior Olympics; an Award for Excellence for the continuing Jewish education program for staff, and an Award for Excellence for working cooperatively with other Jewish educational organizations to develop a community-wide adult Jewish educationiprogram: The Community College for Adult Jewish Studies.. CINCINNATI (JTA)-The two-week deportation hearing against a 62-yeai?-old construction worker accused of persecuting inmates at a Nazi labor camp during the Holocaust recently concluded here, leaving the fate of Leonid Petkiewytsch in the hands of Judge 0. John Brahos. He is not expected to render a decision until early September. Petkiewytsch, a resident of the suburban community of Finney town, is accused by the government of having concealed his past war-time activities when he applied for entry into the country in 1955, and having participated as a guard at the Keil- Hassee camp in the "persecution of persons because of their race, religion, national origin and political opinion under the direction of the Nazi government of Germany." Testifying in his own defense, Petkiewytsch admitted having; served' as a guard at the labor camp in Germany but claimed, according to a report in The Israel's Independence To Be Celebrated For Full Week At Leo Yassenoff Center I The "Israel 38 Alive!" Yom Ha'atzma'ut Celebration to honor Israel's 38th anniversary of independence will be held Wednesday evening, May 14, at the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center, 1125 College Ave. Additional Yom Ha'atzma'ut activities are scheduled for May 11,12 and 13. For the first time since 1967, people in the United States will celebrate Israel's Independence Day on the exact day that Israelis will be celebrating. This is because May 14 and the 5th of Iyar, the date when the State of Israel was officially established, only fall on the same day every 19 years. The special evening at the Jewish Center, with activities planned for people of all ages, will feature an official phone call to Israel. Israeli foods, artwork, music, dance, games, a gift and information bazaar, door prizes, a giant birthday card for Israel, a special "Wailing Wall" to receive messges . and a late-evening coffeehouse. The highlight of the festivities will be a concert by Israeli singer, songwriter and guitarist David Broza, who has been hailed by the Jerusalem Post as "Israel's No. l . Superstar." •.». i. A "hit" with Israelis of all ages, Broza will perform in the Center's Roth/Resler Theatre at 8 p.m. Broza is a CBS recording artist and winner of Israel's King David Award, comparable to a Grammy, for top male vocalist and performance. His repertoire includes songs in Spanish, Hebrew and English, including his best-known tune "La Mujer Que Yo Quiero" (The Woman By My Side), which went "triple platinum" in Israel three years ago.. Born in Haifa, Broza spent his teenage years in Madrid. It was there that he was first influenced by the romantic Spanish repertoire which has found its fullest expression in "The Woman By My Side." At 16 he moved to London, where he attended Hastings Tutors, and found himself with a Palestinian roommate. Rather than engage in politics, the two simply picked up their guitars, "and it is here that Broza learned the techniques which put him on the road to becoming a virtuoso guitarist," state his promoters. Although admission to the celebration is free, tickets for the Broza show are now on sale at, the Center: $5 for .seniors/students: $7.general i admission: and $18 patron, which includes reserve seating. Entrance to the Israeli coffeehouse following Broza's show will cost $1 at the coffeehouse door, but is free with a Broza ticket stub. Food, drinks, and gifts will (CONTINUED ON PAGE 12) American Israelite here, that he never persecuted prisoners. In addition, he denied that he concealed information from> American authorities when he applied for a visa to enter the U.S. The Kiel-Hassee labor camp, one of the lesser- known camps run by the Nazi war machine, had an average population of some 1,800 persons. There are estimates that 550fdied there- ISO by execution. The Jewish population there was relatively small, with most arriving in the last months of the war. About 160 Jewish prisoners were liberated from the camp in April 1945. Immigration Official Alerted Petkiewytsch is not a U.S. citizen, and it was. his. attempt in 1982 to become a naturalized citizen that alerted an immigration official to his past activities. He apparently indicated on the 1982 application that he had been a labor-, camp guard. ' The official alerted the Justice Department's Office Of Special Investigations in Washington. Petkiewytsch, whose twin brother George Petke of Western Hills also provided testimony, told the immigration hearing that he and his parents fled Poland, fearing the Russian forces. His father had been serving as a mayor of a town under Nazi occupation, the Israelite said in its extensive coverage of the hearing. He and his brother were later assigned jobs by the Germans at the Kiel-Hassee camp, they said. They told the court that they were given little choice in the matter: either go as guards or as prisoners. Issued carbines and uniforms, the brothers testified that they escorted prisoners back and forth from Kiel for daily work details, patrolled the perimeter of the camp and did other chores. They asserted they never beat prisoners or participated in any executions. While the brothers said the camp was like an ordinary jailj six Jewish survivors of Kiel-Hassee provided testimony about the brutal conditions of the labor camp. Deny Concealing War-Time Activities Both brothers denied concealing the fact that they failed to alert U.S. authorities in 1955 that they had been arrested and impri- Myer W. Mellman Elected To United Israel Appeal Board "Myer W. Mellman was elected as a member of United Israel Appeal's Board of Directors at the organization's recent 60th Anniversary Annual Meeting- 'in New York City," Miriam Yenkin, Columbus Jewish Federation president announced. Mellman, Jewish community leader and past president of the Federation gave a report of the meeting: at'the Federation's April 21 Board of Trustees meeting? Since 1925, United Israel Appeal, one of the founders and principal beneficiary of United Jewish Appeal, has been channeling assistance to the people of Israel from American Jewry. "We do "that in Columbus through our very successful Federation campaign," said Mell- . man.j-.UIA. has., provided.. funds for housing, immigration, absorption, rural settlement, education, youth care Myer Mellman and other social needs. It fulfills the American commitment to aid the resettlement of rufugees in Israel, through the programs of the Jewish Agency for Israel, its operating agent. >.!<-.m.,> AirfcoN*wwi?<*.oi>rrw<5*-»), soned by the British for three years for possible war crimes. Judge Brahos informed Petke before his testimony that information he provided could be used against him by the government at a later date. The U.S. official whom the brothers say they presented the British imprisonment documents to is Marvin Hickman, who was vice consul in Germany in 1955. He testified at the hearing that according to documentation on the visa application, Petkiewytsch did not present the British documentation. Hickman said he would not have approved the visa application had he known of Petkiewytsch's past activities. Brahos estimated that it will take four to five'months before he reaches a decision. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 11) Charles Lazarus To Receive "Lifetime Achievement Award" In the spirit of tzedakah and sharing, the "Lifetime Achievement Award" will be presented at the annual Temple Israel Foundation Sabbath, May 16, at 8 p.m. "The observance will pay tribute to those who understand the need for and the philosophy of the Temple's permanent endowment fund," according to I. David Cohen, president of the Foundation. Cohen further stated, "You feel grand when you give, whether it's a gift to your spouse or child, to a freind or to your Temple. Giving is an opportunity to open your hand and your heart while deriving a personal sense of pride' and satisfaction. Because" the Temple is a sanctuary of study, prayer and fellowship, it must continue to serve as the heart and center of our vibrant and dynamic faith. A commitment to the Foundation provides the resources to maintain the existing programs and services while insuring their quality and effectiveness in the future." This Sabbath service marks the presentation of the Temple Israel Foundation's "Lifetime Achievement Award" to Charles Y. Lazarus and in memory of Max H. and Eujenie Rieser. Lazarus, a life long member and past president of the Temple, continues to be a major benefactor and • advisor. Mr, and Mrs. Rieser established the development fund, which later became ■-. known-as the Foundation. The service will formally recognize the Foundation's new Named Fund, the -Vincent and Arlene Solomon and Family Fund. The family's gift of lasting value provides income for appropriate, yet undesignated, congregational purposes. Charles Y. Lazarus In addition,. Maurice Katcher, will be honored as the newest member of the Rabbi's Round Table. Traditionally, this gift category is recognized by the presentation of a certificate titled "Haver," meaning friend or associate. A tradition of the 11th century, the award was given to those who rendered significant service to the '• rabbis and rabbinical schools of that time. The custom was inaugurated by Rabbi Emeritus Jerome D. Folkman in 1971. The Officers and Board of Trustees of the Foundation invite the Temple family and friends throughout the community to attend the service and the Oneg Shabbat which ', follOWS. ••..mmv ' "
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1986-05-08|
|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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