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February 12, 1945 THE TRANSCRIPT PAGE THREE Pell Says State Wants Leniency WASHINGTON, I. C., (JPS) -- Herbert C. Pell, American repre- sentative on the United Nations War Crimes Commission in London, declared here that he had been pre- vented from continuing his work because of opposition among Amer- ican officials in the State Depart- raent to his belief that the Nazis should be punished for their crimes against German Jews, as well as for crimes against Jewish nationals of Allied states. Mr. Pell pointed out that his views on the Jewish ques- tion were in line with those of both President Roosevelt and former Secretary of State Hull. Echoing the nation-wide chorus of Protest against the failure of Congress to finance the further ac- tivities of Mr. Pell on the War Crimes Commission, the American Jewish Conference, in a telegram to Acting Secretary of State Joseph C. Grew, urged that Pell be returned to his duties without delay. PROJECT BEGINS JOINT SERVICES ALBANY, N. Y.--Joint Easter- Passover and Christmas-Chanukah Programs will be held in most of Albany's public schools hereafter as a result of a unique project in- itiated by Rabbi Solomon 5. Moseson, counselor of the B'nai B'rith Hillel Counselorship at the New York State Teachers' College. As at most institutions, a Christ- raas program has been traditional at State Teachers' College but this Year Rabbi Moseson persuaded the College authorities to convert the Christmas program into a Christ- mas toy shop and candlelight serv- ice, with a good part of the program devoted to a portrayal of the Cha- nukah candlelight scene and narra- tive. A Hillel girl acted as cantor for the benedictions and the narra- tive sketch featured the college chorus singing Maoz Tzur. Thus, instead of the Jewish students sing- ing Christmas hymns exclusively, the non-Jewish students joined their Jewish classmates in Chanu- kah songs. Shortly after the Christmas- Chanukah program, Rabbi Moseson was called by the principals of two elementary schools and one high School, inquiring why he had not Passed on his idea to them as well. The net result is that henceforth the schools will organize joint Easter-Passover and Christmas- Chanukah programs, the Jewish Portions of which Rabbi Moseson is preparing. Committee Asks Aid For Bulqarian Jews NEW YORK (JPS) -- The "big three" were asked to do everything in their power towards "removing discriminations still in force against the Jews and restoring to them their rights and possessions" in Bulgaria, in letters from Judge Joseph M. Proskauer, President of the American Jewish Committee, to Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., Lord Halifax, British Ambassador to the United States and Soviet Ambassador Andrei A. Gromyko. The letters pointed out that al- though Bulgaria has severed rela- tions with Germany some four raonths ago and signed an armistice With the United Nations more than two and a half months ago, there Still are, according to reports, "forty - five thousand Bulgarian Jews who are destitute and on the Verge of starvation." 0'Dwyer Condemns UNWCC Hesitancy WASHINGTON, D. C. (JPS) -- Declaring that it is his "personal reaction" that the hesitancy of the United Nations War Crimes Com- mission to press for punishment of top Nazi leaders will encourage new mass murders, Brigadier Gen- eral William O'Dwyer, newly ap- Pointed executive director of the War Refugee Board, asserted that "the immediate and direct job" of the Board is to rescue the 500,000 Persons "within enemy lines and in danger of their lives. EMBROIDERS GIFT FOR THE PRESIDENT Mrs. Fannie Siegle, 1015 E. Terrace St., with her handworked embroi- dery pictures made for President Roosevelt, made a signal contribution to the March of Dimes campaign, collecting over $400 in dimes. Mrs. Siegle has previously presented handmade embroidered pictures to President Roosevelt on the occasion of his birthdays. Local Woman Honored For Drive Activity Receiving as the result of her out- standing contributions to the March of Dimes campaign a large auto- graphed picture of President Frank- lin D. Roosevelt, Mrs. Fannie Siegle of 1015 East Terrace this week pre- sented the picture to H. Orley Solo- mon to be given by him to the Hillel Foundation which in turn is asked to present it to the University of Washington. Mrs. Siegle, who has been in the past recognized for her work in l connection with the March of Dimes I program for combatting infantile paralysis, was this year honored again for her excellent record of: contributions. President's Wife Endorses Record NEW YORK (JPS)--Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, in a letter addressed to Albert Einstein, Honorary Chair- man of the Sponsors of the Jewish Black Book, an authenticated ex- pose of Nazi atrocities against Jews in Eastern Europe, declared: "This is the only way to arouse people to prevent such horror in the future. We must have before the world as nearly true a picture of what has happened to the Jewish people as possible and I hope this book will contribute to our knowl- edge," the letter stated. The Black Book is being pub- lished under the joint auspices of the American Committee of Jewish Writers, Artists and Scientists, the World Jewish Congress, the Jewish Community Council of Palestine and the Jewish Anti-Fascist Com- mittee of the USSR. ASSAULTS CURBED IN MINNEAPOLIS MINNEAPOLIS (J P S) -- Addi- tional uniformed and plain-clothes- men were assigned to the North Side area here, following informa- tion submitted by the Minnesota Jewish Council that Jewish boys in their teens have been victims of assault by anti-Semitic hoodlums. Police stated that there was no evidence of organized anti-Semit- ism. Louis Gross, Chairman of the Jewish Council, told the American Jewish World, of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, that through the close cooperation of the Park Depart- ment and Police Department, every precaution has been taken to pre- clude future incidents. In each case the youths attacked were outnumbered by at least five to one. The beatings had an alarm- ing effect on some parents in the North Side. NEWS OFFICE OPENS PARIS (JTA)--The offices of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, closed since the occupation of Paris by the Germans, reopened recently resum- ing the distribution of Jewish news in the French language to news- papers, institutions and individuals. Australia Rejects Jewish Colony Plan NEW YORK (JPS)--The Aus- tralian Government's policy on the Kimberley Jewish colonization proj- ect is definitely "thumbs down" although the Government is un- opposed to post-war immigration of individual Jews, Mrs. Archibald Silverman, who has just returned from an eight and a half month's trip to Australia and New Zealand, declared here. Mrs. Silverman, on a mission for the Keren Hayesod, Palestine Foundation Fund, visited Senator Collings, head of the Department of the Interior and of Immigration, who was very much disturbed over HOLLYWOOD LIFE "1 By MORT STEIN FIRST FILM: Columbia's "A Song to Remem- ber" was shown in Warsaw on the E i day the city was liberated by the Soviets. The Russians had been holding a print for this purpose. Chopin music was the last thing played over the Warsaw radio when the city fell to the Nazis five years ago. SHAMEFUL: There is something wrong in America, when Nazi prisoners are treated better than American negro citizens ... Lena Horne expressed shocked indignation when, in Camp Robinson, Little Rock, Arkansas, Nazi prisoners were admitted to her show but negro soldiers were refused the same privilege . . . Miss Horne cried out in protest when she found that Nazi prisoners "'are allowed the freedom of the lost theatres while colored per- sonnel are barred!" APPLAUSE: We salute RKO for coming forth with another fine film in their 'This Is America" series . . . This one is called "New Americans." . . . Gershwin music was banned when the Nazis burned the books and declared all music by Jewish com- posers "verboten." MOTION PICTURE TIIERAPY: Major John Hubbell, of the Over- seas Picture Service, just back from seven weeks in the European and Mediterranean areas, reports that every night, at the American front lines in Germany and Belgium, sol- diers are smuggled out of the line under cover of darkness and taken back five-eights of a mile, shown the latest motion pictures and then are brought 'back into the line a few hours later . . . Says the Major: "Films are as necessary as sleep or food for our soldiers and some troops go without food and sleep to get an opportunity to see a movie. Outside of mail, films contribute more to the well-being of our sol- diers than all other morale activi- ties combined. In army rest camps in France three and four different films are shown daily, with screen- ings being continuous and most men seeing two films a day." IMPORTANT: There are factual scenes showing Here is a news item that de- how the significant contributionS!serves wide circulation . . . In a of refugees from Old World op- Screen Snapshots subject, Ralph pression have enriched American lstaub will travel with star enter- life... Austrians, Yugoslavs, BeN tainers to various Southern Call- glans, Norwegians, Jews, Chris- tians, artisans, artists, mechanics, industrial, scientific and medical geniuses have brought their abili- ties and devotion to America . . . This is a film to see and ponder. AS IT SHOULD BE DEPT: The music of a distinguished Jew, George Gershwin, banned from Germany for years, is being heard there again from the sound track of Warners' "Rhapsody in Blue," which had its world premiere in Aachen early in December. The statements in the American press in which it appeared as though the !LT. PAUL KAPLAN Kimberley Colonization Scheme I #_ltl[ TI qTNIT were a "fait accompli," Mrs. Silver- i JL 4"LALt AVLhL.P4"L. man said, and he told her that the Member of a  bombardment Australian Government had cabledl , - Y ..... group now oasea in 1rely, Lieuu a denial to the press of America. Paul Kaplan, son of Mr. and Mrs. He stated that the Government did Louis Kaplan of not want any segregated groups or an "island within." Committee Urges Elections Check NEW YORK (JPS)--To curb po- litical anti-Semitism, especially as manifested in the national elections last year, the National Community Relations Advisory Council urged, at its three day sessions here, that national agencies and community organizations take "prompt action looking to the creation of local (Fair Election Practice) Committee, to be ready at all times to act where necessary." The NCRAC further recommend- ed to the national agencies, the ad- visability of working for a national Fair Elections Practices Committee and urged "that this possibility be fully explored in the hope that it may be accomplished." PALE 718 23rd Avenue, has earned the Air Medal with three Oak-Leaf: Clusters, accord- ing to word sent by him to his parents h e r e. The 22-year-old first lieutenant has made a total of 45 combat missions over enemy territory, being part of the Paul Kaplan oldest h e a v y bombardment group in the European-African-Mid- dle Eastern theatre. Men in Lieutenant Kaplan's group have campaigned from Palestine through the Western Desert and finally into Italy. The Seattle boy is a pilot on a B-24 Liberator bomber. He was graduated from Garfield High School here. fornia army and navy hospitals to film GI convalescents who were brought to these hospitals direct from Pacific combat zones and who have not yet been home to see their families. Besides showing the en- tertainers at work, Stauh will film the convalescents in groupings ac- cording to the section where they lived, and their parents will be ad- vised t contact Columbia ex- changes to see their sons on the local screen. Copyright 1945 by Independent Jewish Press Service, Inc. Pioneer Resident Passes Away Here Private Masonic services were held last Monday for Fred Bortes, 81, of 1514 Bellevue Avenue, in the Bonney-Watson chapel. Member of a pioneer Northwest family, Mr. Bories died on Friday, Feb. 2. He was born in Portland, Oregon. and lived in Seattle for the past 61 years. He was a member of the Temple De Hirsch and Seattle Lodge, B'nal B'rith. Surviving are a wife. Carrie Bories, and two sons, Merton Bories of San Francisco and Robert Bories of New York.City. TO SEND PIONEERS JERUSALEM, (JTA)--Dr. Chaim Weizmffnn, president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, announced that he intends to establish in the United States a movement for send- ing young pioneers to Palestine. NEW YORK (JPS) Fourteen new instructors and lecturers have been appointed to the faculty of Yeshiva College and its component l schools, Dr. Samuel Belkin, presi- dent of the college, announced here.