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PAGE SIX THE TRANSCRIPT DECEMBER 28, 1942 Mass Executions Shock to World (Continued from Page 1) through the most vicious devices of cruelty known to the modern mind. The president reiterated his sense of "profound shock" expressed in the message he issued last July when he declared that "the Ameri- can people not only sympathize with victims of Nazi crimes but will hold the perpetrators of these crimes to strict accountability in a day of reckoning which will surely come." The purpose of the delegation was to urge the appointment of a commission to investigate the anti- Jewish barbarities as well as crimes against other civilians in Europe. It is this proposal that the presi- dent now has under consideration. Frame Formal Statement Meanwhile, definite steps were taken by the United States govern- ment to frame a formal statement against the Nazi atrocities. This statement will be issued in the form of a joint statement in the name of the United Nations, it was revealed following a conference between Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles and Soviet Ambas- sador Maxim Litvinoff. Fifteen hundred delegates of more than 800 fraternal, social, religious and labor organizations in New York voiced their solemn and bitter condemnation of the slaughter and pledged their energetic participa- tion in the "Rescue Program" of the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society of America, at the 13th annual convention of the HIAS Council of Organizations. Women's Groups Protest At the same time, leaders of American Women's organizations went on record denouncing the mass murders. Speaking over the Columbia Broadcasting System, Mrs. Harold V. Milligan, president of the Na- tional Council of Women of the United States, said that there are no words in the dictionary which can define the Nazi crimes against Jews. Mrs. Herbert E. Hawkes, a mem- ber of the National Board of the YWCA, declared that Americans "can no longer remain silent" on the Nazi slaughter of Jews. "We know that silence will be construed as indifference to the fate of the millions of doomed Jews who remain marked for destruction," she said. Mrs. Wales Latham, founder and honorary president of Bundles for America, spoke in the same vein, asking for action against "the re- volting Nazi barbarism." Parliament Hears Reports In London, members of the Brit- ish Parliament representing all political parties heard reports of the massacre of Jews in Europe from Prof. Selig Brodetsky, presi- dent of the Board of Deputies of British Jews; Dr. Ignacy Schwarz- hart, Jewish member of the Polish National Council, and other Jewish leaders. The meeting of the parliamentar- ians, called on the initiative of six members of Parliament, was not an official gathering. It decided to con- sider plans for definite action after the British Government makes an announcement of the measures which it intends to take in connec- tion with the mass slaughter of Jews in Nazi Europe. Such an an- nouncement is expected soon. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden announced in Parliament that the British Government is "prepared to consider special representations" to be made to the United Nations on facilitating the rescue of Jews and others from Poland and other Nazi- held territories. Asked whether the British Gov- ernment would be prepared to issue visas for those who may succeed in escaping from the Nazi lands, Eden replied that the possibilities of ad- mitting victims from Nazi Europe to British overseas territories have been examined most carefully and accommodations have been offered to the fullest practical extent. In certain cases, he added, more visas have been issued than utilized, in view of the difficulties which the refugees face in securing exit visas from the countries where they reside. HONOR MENDEL ARONIN'S A memorial meeting commemo- rating the shloshim (30 days) since the passing of Mendel Aronin, pio- neer Seattle Jewish educator and communal worker for over forty years, was held at the Congrega- tion Bikur Cholum Sunday. The memorial took the form of a siyum, or completion, of the Sec- ond Order of the Mishna (Moed) and the Talmudic tractate Pesachim by the study group in which Mr. Aronin participated daily. Eulogies were delivered by Rabbis and lay- men present, who were intimate friends of Aronin. Born in a small town near Minsk 75 years ago, Mendel Aronin came to Seattle in 1900.  serious Tal- mudist, he was also a man of deep emotion, affiliated with the HAB- AD movement in Hassidism. In his youth, Mr. Aronin had made sev- eral visits to the Rabbi of Lubo- vitz, the acknowledged head of the school of thought. Upon arriving in Seattle, Mr. Aronin immediately threw himself into the work of Jewish education. He was instrumental in the found- ing of the Seattle Talmud Torah, of which he was president for a num- ber of years, and he participated actively in the building both of the old home of the institution on 17th Ave. and Alder St. and in the creation of the present school build- ing. I Mr. Aronin was also one of the four decades. An ardent Talmud pioneers of the Congregation Bikur !student, he created the first Yeshiva Cholum, where he stood by the i classes in Seattle, and also in- Sefer Torah distributing Aliyoth for i spired the founding of the local MEMORY --Photo by Waiters Studio A typical study of the late Mendel Aronin, holding the hands of two of his students. His death was mourned by members of Seattle's Jewish Community. Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Ozer. His accidental death caused general mourning in all sections of the Seattle Community. Reelect Barnass Refugee Leader Dr. Paul Barnass was re-elected . president of Seattle's Refugee group at a meeting at Temple Cen- ter on December 20. Professor Ernst Levy of the law faculty of the Uni- versity of Washington presided at the election, of which Rabbi Frank- lin Cohn was nominating commit- tee chairman. Serving with Dr. Barnass will be Dr. Hannah Kosterlitz, Frederick Hanauer, Walter Loewen, Ludwig Pick, Mrs. Lesar and Rabbi Frank- lin Cohn. The new committee will draw up by-laws for the organiza- tion, whose aim is to assist refu- gees in their naturalization prob- lems and particularly to help clarify the present alien status rulings. Reg- ular monthly meetings will be called. Interfaith Group To Be Reorganized Seattle's division of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, inactive for several years, is about to be reorganized, it was announced by Alfred Shemanski, former lead- er of the group. In an informal session called recently by Rabbi Raphael Levine, plans were made by thirty members of the Prot- estant, Catholic and Jewish faiths for a new central committee con- sisting of three representatives from each of the religious groups. ORGANIZATION ACTI/ITI ES Dedicate Workmq With Banquet, (For editorial comment, see page 2)' Three hundred and fifty persons gathered Dec. 20 to attend the ded- ication of the new Workmen's Circle Center at 17th Ave. and E. Union St. Speakers at the banquet in- cluded Mayor William F. Devin, City Councilman David Levine, Ben Maslan, Mrs. Ravella Levine, chairman of the women's execu- tive committee; Ben Stein, execu- tive secretary of the Circle; Abe Plotkin of Tacoma Branch; Leo Shulman, Jacob Kalina; S. A. Gor- don, chairman of the Circle North- west District Committee; Herman Keisler, president-elect of Seattle Lodge, B'nai B'rith; Harry Kohm, i Jack Rodinsky and Solie M. Ring- old. Shulman was chairman of the dedication ceremony which was fol- lowing by dancing. Entertainment !was furnished by Cantor Joseph Shiffman of Herzl Conservative Congregation accompanied by Mrs. Mary Varish. In his address, Mayor Devin said: "I hope the spirit of truth, justice and liberty will permeate this hall at every meeting." Kalina's talk included this state- ment: "Workrnen's Circle was born when organized labor did not pro- tect employes against sweat shops and disease in industry. Even then it stood for those ideals which President Roosevelt today is at- tempting to perpetuate." The new center, complete with large auditorium, kitchen, show- era, handball court and other facilities, will be the scene of its first major social event Thursday night when a New Year's Eve Ball will be staged, Shulman announced. EZRA BESAROTH Members of Sephardic Congre- gation Ezra Bessaroth convened on December 12 for prayers and fast- ing in behalf of suffering world Jewry. Dr. Henry Tarica, presi- dent of the Congregation, addressed the men, women and children who filled the Synagogue. Prayers for the dead and living were read by Rabbi Istdore Kahan and Reverend David Behar. L's Circle Center ance in New Home COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN The Evening Group of Seattle Section, National Council of Jew- ish Women, has been organized for the convenience of those whose occupations prevent their daytime participation in the organization's program. The first major activity of the group was the financing and mak- ing of hospital kits to be distribu- ted by the Red Cross to service men under medical care. The keynote of its project policy being service, the group's next undertaking is to be a regular schedule of hostess duty for the U. S. O. division of the Jewish Wel- fare Board. This activity will be inaugurated at the U. S. O. quar- ters on January 3 with a Sunday breakfast for which plans are now being formulated. The regular meeting of the Ew- ning Group is held on the third Tuesday of each month at the home of a member who takes her turn at being hostess. Mrs. Ida K. Ezra is chairman of the group. Mrs. Clara G. Rubin is vice-chairman, and Miss Esther Gross is secretary-treasurer. TEMPLE AUXILIARY A special "Uniongram" meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary of Temple De Hirsch will be held at Temple Center Jan. 4, at 1:30 p. m., it has been announced by Mrs. Walter Hardman, president. Uniongrams are special blanks issued by the Hebrew Union Col- lege, similar to ordinary telegrams, except that they are sent by mail instead of by already overcrowded wire, and are especially appropri- ate for Jewish greetings. The twen- ty-five cent charge which is made for these blanks goes to the He- brew Union College Scholarship fund. Twenty-five cent war stamps go to the winners of Hebrew reading- races and to the best history stu- dents each week at Herzl Religious School. Result? Almost one hun- dred per cent attendance! Metals are More Important in Battle Tanks ... than il Bottle Tops! A frank statement by the brewers of Columbia Ale # EW Pacific Northwest products have experienced the remarkable succes which Columbia Ale has enjoyed. Introduced just few years ago, its public acceptance was almost instantaneous. From a humble beginning it has grown il popular favor to a point where, throughout this area, more people call for Columbia than any othes Ale. Of this phenomenal acceptance we are proud For the remarkable de- mand we are grateful. But, now we are bavlng difficulty supplying this demand. In this, America's hol of destiny, metals are more essential in battle tanks than in bottle tops. Rightfully, Uncle Sam has restricted the use of metal caps. We're on "rations." And that's as it should be. For of what consequence i the life of a product when human lives are being sacrificed almost every min- ute? But this explanation w feel we owe to you wbo made Columbia Ale possil In our efforts to sup- ply your demand, we, il turn, ration" our per- mitted output. So far as w :an, we Ctpass it around." It is impossible to give each distributor sufficient to supply his needs. It is impossible for him, in turn, to give each retail outlet enough to satisfy its de- mand. All get a little; none get enough. If, therefore, you are not always able to get Columbia Ale whenever you order it, we hope you will understand. The caps which made its unlimited distribution possible are going for more important purposes. That's the way we want it to be; that's the way we feel sure YOU want it to be. COLUMBIA BREWERIES, INC. TItCOMfl, W fiSH.