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Page Eight THE TRANSCRIPT October 7, CtlITIE AT HOME Two Views of the Jewish Novel Divergent views on the Jewish novel have .appeared recently in the REPORTER MAGAZINE, and in AMERICAN JUDAISM, the Temple Brotherhood publication. George Clay, writing in the September 17 issue of THE REPORT- ER, on "The Jewish Hero in American Fiction," says that the Jewish novel has in recent years become more "relaxed." "No longer," Clay writes, "is it necessary for the Jewish novel to concern itself with themes that are specifically Jewish such as anti-Semitism, or with tile completely parochial novel, citing Laura Itobson's "Gentlemen's Agreement," as an example of the first, and Abraham Cahan's "Rise of David Levinsky," or.Michael Gold's "Jews Without Money," as an example of the second type of novel. @lay mentions two Jewish novels that have become best-sellers Wouk's "Marjorie Morningstar," and "The Last Angry Man" by Gerald Greene, as typifying an "unself-eonscious Jewishness, that puts the Jew in the mainstream of the life around him, both Jewish and non-Jewish." Clay continues: "Marjorie Morningstar," despite the slapstick versions of Jewish ritual with which Mr. Wouk in- terlarded his tale, remains that most reliable of native cliches the pretty undergraduate who wants to follow, the glamour circuit and settle in New Rochelle, too. And Dr. Sam Abelman of the 'Last Angry Man,' comes straight from a lovable rank tradition as old and nearly as hallowed as.the Stars and Stripes." The article concludes with an analysis of Myron S. Kaufmann's "Remember Me To God," a first novel just out. This is a story about a middle-class Boston Jewish family with a troublesome son at Har- vard. "All the ingredients of a Jewish novel are here," Clay writes, "assimilation, self-hatred,'intermarriage, Judaism versus Christian- ity, father versus son." But whht makes this novel into a best- seller, Clay continues, is the fact that issues that have long been intensely alive for the Jew, his search for identity, his daily" strug- gle to be regarded and judged as an individual, are coming more and more to occupy all mid-century Americans. The giant husing pro- jects which have mushroomed across our country are in a way, nondenominational ghettos; a crowding together of wanderers, of people on the way up and on the way down. The search for identity, which dignifies Dorothy and nearly defeats Richard Amsterdam in "Remember Me To God," in slightly different form obsessed the Gentile heroes of John P. Marquand's "Point of No Return," and It,milton Basso's "The View From Pompey's llead." Writing in AMERICAN JUDAISM, Meyer Levin, whose novel "Compulsion," a thinly disguised version of the Loeb-Leopold Case, will appear as a drama on Broadway this season, expresses differ- ent ideas on "self-critical exposure, bordering on self-hatred." He wants wide publication and readership for books about "good Jews," rather than the sensationalism of "What Makes Sammy Run," and "I Can Get It For You Wholesale." He mentions two re- cent books, Jerome Robbin's "A Stone For Danny Fisher," and Leon- ard Bishop's "All The Days of My Love," as pointing "An accusing "finger at the worst types of Jewry they can find, offering them to the general public as symbolic Jews." Surely in these two articles we have completely opposite views on the Jewish novel. Perhaps, the best thing is for the reader to judge for himself, as I shall do, by reading the newest contender for the best-selling lists, Myron Kaufmann's "Remember Me to God." The Ben-Gurion Television Interview A welcome change from the sound of galloping horses and crack- ling guns of the Westerns that roar across our television screens these days, was the NBC presentatiol of an interview with Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion of Israel on their Sunday morning "Wis- dom Series." This was television at its best. The seventy-year- old statesman, spoke in calm and measured words about his feeling for Israel: "Even before I came here, I was really living here. Here in Israel is an adventurous and creative spirit, here we can fulfill the historical destiny of our people. After 2,000 years, we are re- generating the Jewish nation, economically, spiritually and cultur- ally." " When asked why ih his busy life, and at the age of 54, he be- gan the study of Greek, the Prime Minister answered: "Because I realized that the real meaning of the Bible can not be given in a translation, I wished to be able to read Plato and Thucydides in their original Greek, in order to get the true meaning of these great writers." The interview concluded with Ben-Gurion's belief: "Here in Israel, the land of the Bible, we are creating a synthesis between the moral values of the Jewish prophets and modern science' and technology. We are creating a new kind of Jew, self-reliant, with a purpose in life, with faith in the destiny of his people, a builder ol a new society." C. S. N. Krupp, Former Nazi Receives Visa By BORIS SMOLAR (JTA) There is a good deal of commotion in Washington over the forthcoming visit to this country of a former Nazi, a released war criminal, who is now the wealthiest man in Europe. He is Alfred Krupp, the German munitions manu- facturer whose powerful industrial empire created the Nazi weapons ost feared by the Allies during the last war. A number of Congressmen" have inquired why this Nazi war criminal was granted a vista to this country. They were told that it was granted by the State De- partment, without outside consul- tation, not even "with Congress. Tim remarkable thing is that not only d'o members of Congress resent his being permitted to visit this country, but similar senti- ments are being heard in Wall Street. Herr Krupp is coming to this Ot at tba Finest Faneral Homl tn t/a IVejt ARTHUR A. WRIGHT & SON, INC. DIGNIFIED CHAPEL * AVOID FUNERAL PROBLEM, NO. 2 BUS LINE ,TOP, HERE Located at E,tfratlce to HILLS OI ETERNITY CE,METER 6th West at Queen Anne Blvd. Phones: GA. 5500 and QA, 0447 country fresh from business deal- ings with the Egyptians and straight from a deal to build a" $3,000,000 plant for Russia. The purpose of the visit is to address an international conference open- ing in San Francisco on Octo- ber 14. Those who oppose his admis- sion to the United States wonder what contribution can be mhde to free enterprise by a munitions king, much of whose civilian business is bulwarked by cartels. HOLYOKE, Mass. (JTA) Samuel Resale, an attorney and leading member of the Jewish community in Holyoke, has been sworn in as mayor of this pre- dominantly Catholic t o w n. Mr. Resnic, who has s.erved as presi, dent of the Board of Aldermen for two years, succeeded to the office of mayor upon the death of the late Mayor Edwin A. Seibel. Mr. Resnie is the first Jew to hold office in the history of the city. Patronize Transcript Advertisers Deadline for ClaimSy i' CANTOR NAMED CHAIRMAN OF "BUILDERS Against German_ OF ISRAEL" AT ISRAEL BOND CONFERENCE The Conference on Jewish Ma- terial Claims Against Germany wishes to call attention to the fact that all applications under the following 'compensation and restitution laws promulgated by the West German Government must be filed with the competent authorities before April 1, 1958: ]. Federal Indemnification Law which deals with claims for de- privation or restriction of .liberty such as the wearing of the Jewish badge, imprisonment in concen- tration camps, injuries to health, the loss of family providers, dam- ages to property azld losses aris- ing from discriminatory taxes or vocational and economic ptrsuits. Eligible are, in addition to 3resent and former residents of West Germany, roughly i.e., emz- grants from East Germany (incl. East Berlin); pcrsecutees who were in a DP camp in West Ger- many on April 1, 1947; persons of GorDian culture and language from areas' from which Germans were expelled after the last war; stateless persons and refugees (including those who were nat- uralized anywhere after the end of the war). 2. Reich Claims Law (Federal Restitution Law) which deals with claims for assets which can- not be restituted in nature such as bank accounts, securities, jew- elry, objects formed of precious metals, personal valuables, house- hold goods, etc., confiscated by the Third Reich. Claims may also be filed if the property was confiscated outside West Germany (incl. West Ber- lin) but was thereafter brought to a particular place in West Ger- many, to West Germany as such or to Greater Berlin or--if the owner was a resident of West Germany--the property was con-" fiscated outside West Germany (or West Berlin). Information concerning t h e procedure and eligibility regard- ing the filing of claims may be secured from competent attorneys and agencies. It is in the inter- ests of all potential claimants to register their claims as soon as possible. The Jewish Club of Washing- ton, Mrs. Margaret Lindsey, Sec- retary, at 2418 Federal Ave., and the Jewish Family and Child Service, at 1620 Jackson St., dre the agencies in Seattle which are prepared to help in the filing of claims under the restitution and compensation laws. NEW YORK: An Elijah Cup of most remarkable 18th century' 'glass-work, recently donated to the Jewish Museum" by Dr. Harry G. Friedman, banker and noted collector of New York is on ex- hibit at the Museum during this holidas season, The Museum's goblet is of dark blue glass, with elaborate illus- trations and inscriptions, consid- ered a rarity for its perfect pre- servation and its elaborate Bibli- cal scenes in blue, green, red, gold and silver, sandwiched be- tween two layers of glass. CLASSIFIED ATTRACTIVE JEWISII HOME. Excellent Kosher meals. Will furnish room and board at $95 per month and up. 923 23rd Avenue North. Mrs. Pola LewinTel. Fr. 1102 FOR RENT: Modern side x side duplex; one bedroom; $65.00. One block from bus. Call "EAst 2619. KOSHER STYLE Room and Board. Older citizens welcome. Hot Mineral Baths; homey, friendly surroundings and TV. LOUIS ItOTEL, Box 3 Soap Lake, Wash. PH. CH. 6-2471. REAL ESTATE MADRONA FAMILY HOME: $12,750. Five bedrooms, two baths with shower room, hot wa- ter heat, h.w. floors, full base- ment. Newly painted. 150 ft. cor- ner lot on No. 2 bus. White wood- work. 3309 E. Denny Way. OWN- ER, EA. 71711. Eddie Cantor/who has been a leading force in the its ineeption, aceepted the'positlon of Naiiona| Chairman of of Israel" atthe Eeonomie Mobilization Conference for an intcfisive Fall drive in thei United States and Canada to raise a n of $75,000,000 in 1957 h the sale of Israel B onds Abraham (right), President of the: is shown Mr. Cantor with a specially of the Israel, purchasers of one or BondS, the presentation ceremonies . more than who thd three.day Conference b on the need to ,r more, than ecom'ere in Israel Jews of Soviet Mark New Year Reprinted from the New York Times MOSCOW--Jews in most major Soviet cities crowded into synagogues to observe the start of Bosh Hashonah, the JeVP ish New Year. The lone synagogues in Moscov, Kiev, Riga, Lvov a. d p.robably, too, in other cities with sizable Jewish corrimUnt" ! tleStSeCh as Odessa and Minsky, had been repaired a p to the extent that the Jews of those cities coUl afford. None of the communities, however, had sufficien t prayer books or seats to accommodate the crowds. In Moscow's Byzantin style synagogue, the ground floO, traditionally reserved for men, was packed, and worshiper stood even near the main pulpit. Old men. wept as the ar" cient prayers were sung by a cantor and repeated by a male choir on a balcony in the rear. Most of the men wore worn suits with Soviet-style wide cuffs, and some had overcoats. To cover their heads in reverence for a House of God, the worshippers headgear ranged from Fedoras to little Uzbek caps. There were practically no yamil- kes of th.e kind worn by Ortlmdox Jews elsewhere, Kiddush Is Chanted The climax of the evening service shortly after sundown was the Kiddush, chanted slowly and heard with much greater rev- erence than in most Western syn- agogues. A-cup of wine, blessed during the ceremony, was sipped in behalf of the congregation by a lad in the gray Soviet school uniform. But there were not many youngsters among the more than 1,500 worshippers. One middle- aged man said he had to drag his teen-aged son along and had to force him to learn "Yiddish so he could talk to other Jews." Formal religious instruction is forbidden herd and prayer can be learned in the Soviet Union only in the home and at services. A number of officials of the Israeli Embassy attended the services and had to shake hun- dreds of hands before worship- pert would let them depart. Many persons asked for help in obtain- ing additional prayer books, while others inquired after Israel and relatives in the United States and Israel. Charles H. Jordan, Director- General of the Joint Distribu- tion Committee, was last week named a Knight of the Order of King David by the Scandinavian Jewish Federation. LOS ANGELES (JTA)--Dr. Philip L. Seman, Jewish educa- tor and social worker, died here this week-end at the age of 76. Israel Shows FamouS, Stamp Collections TEL AVIV (JTA)Five rail lion dollars w o r t If of stamp from all parts of the world we on display here at the opening 0 the "Tabil" International StawJ Exhibition sponsored bY tlt Union of Israel Philatelic Sects ties. Stamp coJlections from poS tal administrations of 33 tries, as well as some private lections of international were shown at the exhibit at IIistadrut's Hamlin House Among the private collectlO were an exhibit of New yorJ* Francis Cardinal Spellman's j S" sembly of Biblical interest; ,'FP estine Forerunners," a collecti ownet by Benny Guggenheim Zurich valued at $400,000, and ex4fibit of a collection of arcbi  Otto IIoffman of Israel, wh Jerusalem stamps include e_ staples going back to the Century when French monks  their own postal service in W el era Europe. One of special interest to ish collectors was that of Roman Wienarski who s unique "Collection of hetto tives," which includes letters cards, from the Auschwitz Theresienstadt Nazi death The Vatican, the Soviet the, United Staes, France the United Nations are participating but Great postal administration, in a giving no reason, said it not participate. Afro-Asian countries P pating_ included India Burma, Ghana and the South Africa. Exhibition have established" armed arotect highly-valued More than 16,000 sheets exhibition. '