Saturday, December 3, 2016

At the 70th Anniversary of the Machon

Yisrael Medad and Steve Adler were caught in a picture:

Aaron Bashani was also there and asked questions of panelists.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Reunion of the Syrian UN Mission Takeover Participants

Were were these pictures photographed? - ​the home of Reuven and Rena Genn, Kakur, Hadera.

When? - Chol Hamoad Succot, 2016

What was the occasion? - Marking 50 years since the takeover by 19 members of US Betar of the Syrian UN Mission in New York protesting Arab terror attacks from Syrian territory by the PLO.

See herehere; here; and here.

Who are these people? - 10 0f the participants now living in Israel plus Yitzchak Heimowitz, our then lawyer, and his wife.

Back row standing, l-r: Chaim Fischgrund, Nissan Teman, David Sprung, Reuven Genn, Reuven Miller, Baruch Kraus

Front row sitting, l-r: Dave Disenhauss, Rena Genn, Emily Udler, Risa Tzohar, Yitz Heimowitz, Phyllis Heimowitz.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

News Item on 1956 Anti-Retreat Protest

In Herut, December 28, 1956:

New York Betar held a rally outside Israel's Consulate against a withdrawal from Sinai.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Jabotinsky Tribute

Composed by David Krakow and published in Jewish Week on Friday August 19th, 2016:


The Jabotinsky Fraternal Order was established in New York, in 1940, in order to fulfill Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s wish that he be buried where he died and his remains transferred to the reestablished Jewish state, upon the request of its government.

Embracing virtually all of the varied components of the Jabotinsky movement in the United States, the Jabotinsky Fraternal Order commemorated every Yahrzeit of his passing and engaged in a variety of activities to promote his legacy.

After seventy-six years, the surviving membership has chosen to mark this Yahrzeit by highlighting the foundation of Jabotinsky’s Zionist career.

In 1897, as a seventeen-year-old student at the University of Berne, Jabotinsky attended a meeting of Russian Jewish students who were addressed by Nachman Syrkin, one of the originators of socialist Zionism. In a question and answer period following the lecture, Jabotinsky expressed reservations about socialism, but declared himself a Zionist because “the Jews of Russia are facing a Saint Bartholomew’s night”.

Ten years later, while running as a Zionist candidate for the second Russian Duma from the province of Volhynia, Jabotinsky was challenged by the anti-Zionist “Jewish Folk group”, which asserted that it was impermissible for a Zionist who advocated emigration to campaign for the Russian Parliament.

In his response, Jabotinsky clearly revealed what had become the bedrock of his Zionist career: “We Zionists do not appeal to anybody to leave Russia. One has to be completely ignorant of the essence of modern Zionism not to realize that, first of all, we don’t believe in any ‘appeals’. We reckon only with the force of events, which is an elemental force. It is this force of events which started the inevitable process of elimination, and which is bound to consummate it.”

It was in the 1930’s that Jabotinsky felt compelled to appeal to Jews to leave Europe. Thus, on Tisha B’Av, 1938 in Warsaw, he said, “…it is already three years that I am calling upon you, Polish Jewry, who are the crown of world Jewry. I continue to warn you incessantly that a catastrophe is coming closer. I became grey and old in these years, my heart bleeds, that you, dear brothers and sisters, do not see the volcano which will soon begin to spit its all-consuming lava. I see that you are not seeing this because you are immersed and sunk in your daily worries. Today, however, I demand from you trust. You were convinced already that my prognoses have already proven to be right. If you think differently then drive me out of your midst. However, if you do believe me, then listen to me in this 12th hour: In the name of God! Let anyone of you save himself as long as there is still time. And time there is very little.

“…and what else I would like to say to you in this day of Tisha B’Av: whoever of you who will escape from the catastrophe, he or she will live to see the exalted moment of a great Jewish wedding: the rebirth and the rise of a Jewish state. I don’t know if I will be privileged to see it; my son will! I believe in this as I am sure that tomorrow morning the sun will rise.”

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

HaMashkif Reports on Marine Carp Incident

The headline reads:

American Consul Helps Lebanese Soldiers to Abuse Jews

From the JTA report:

41 Americans Seized on U.S. Vessel by Lebanese to Be Released in Two Weeks
BEIRUT (Jun. 13)

Forty-one American citizens forcibly removed from the American vessel Marine Corp last month and detained by the Lebanese Government under charges of seeking to enter Israel to fight will be returned to the United States aboard the same ship June 27, it was officially announced here today. No decision has yet been reached on the fate of 23 Palestinian Jews also removed from the Marine Carp at the same time.

The detainees have been living in musty, dilapidated French army barracks which had been unused since 1944, in the heart of the Bekaa Valley, 45 miles from Beirut. Confined in the same buildings, surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by a handful of armed sentries, are 30 Lebanese Jews and 30 “Communists” previously interned by the Lebanese. The Americans no longer seem disgruntled and morose. The food allowance was recently increased to the equivalent of 80 cents a day.

Crammed together 30 to a room, with cots barely three feet apart, the detainees have little room for exercise and are not permitted to go outside, Their only relaxation is reading a. few dog-eared books, or talking with the Lebanese Jews. They maintain their own discipline, plan meals, and care for the quarters. The sanitary facilities are limited but clean, with two lavatories for 130 men. The detainees took their first shower Friday. Three cases of measles were treated and three U.S. physicians from the American University at Beirut have since given them medical care.

Among the internees are Eli Kalmanowitz of New York, Benjamin de Roy of Barkley, California, and Robert Kells of Boston, as well as Rabbi Usher Halpern, a Polish Jew who has been studying in the United States.

On the Marine Carp.

A second voyage.

Stephen Esrati's fictionalized treatment.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jabotinsky 1926 US Letter

Jabotinsky's first visit to the US, organized by Sol Hurok, began in late January 1926.

What happened:

Resolution Adopted by Majority of 90 to 35; 50 Delegates Leave Convention in Protest; Action Taken Following Acrimonious Debate of Six Hours; Peace Resolution of Barondess Rejected; Jabotinsky and Judge Strahl, Lipsky and Goldberg Load Fight.Endorsement of the program of the League of Zionist-Revisionists, the group within the Zionist movement which is in opposition to the policy of the present Zionist Executive, was given by a majority of 90 to 35 votes at the final session of the seventeenth annual convention of the Order Sons of Zion held in Long Branch, N. J. The Order has a membership of approximately 5,000.The essentials of the program of the League of Zionist-Revisionists, as formulated by the League, are:“1. Aim of Zionism: A Jewish majority in Palestine.“2. Opening up of Transjordania for Jewish colonization.“3. An Agrarian Reform, transforming all the waste lands of Palestine into a Land Reserve for colonization.“4. A Custom Tariff Reform for the protection of local industries.“5. Re-establishment of the Jewish Regiment as permanent part of the British garrison.“6. Extension of the Jewish Agency on the basis of democratic election and of joint responsibility of the whole Agency before the Zionist Congress.”Fifty opposing delegates left the convention following the vote on the resolution. These delegates presented a statement criticizing the action of the convention.


Friday, June 24, 2016

The Anti-George Lincoln Rockwell Protest

On February 10, 1966, American Neo-Nazi*, George Lincoln Rockwellwas arrested in New York City on an old disorderly conduct warrant, and is briefly held in the Tombs before he could speak at Columbia University at McMillan Theater.  The New York Times scored the university for permitting his arrival and in the next day's edition, noted that  1,500 had lined up to hear the American Nazi.

From a brief clip of the demo:

On February 9, the campus newspaper, the Columbia Spectator, reported:
Police May Arrest Rockwell On A Five-Year-Old WarrantBy Kathy Shenkin

New York police may prevent George Lincoln Rockwell, commander of the American Nazi Party, from keeping his appointment to speak at McMillin theater tonight. Under a warrant issued six years ago, enforceable anywhere in New York state, the police may arrest Mr. Rockwell when he arrives at Columbia, Jerome D. Cohen, a lawyer for the Jewish War Veterans Association, stated yesterday. According to Mr. Cohen, the warrant was issued June 28, 1960, for disorderly conduct in the rotunda of the New York State Supreme Court. During a recess of a hearing on Rockwell's petition for permission to speak on a public street, he excoriated ex-inmates of concentration camps present at the hearing, and shouting over a loud speaker that he was going to set up crematoria in the United States. This warrant kept Mr. Rockwell out of New York State since 1960, except for one unannounced visit to Hofstra University, when he escaped before police could arrest him. Fifteen to twenty members of the Jewish War Veterans Association will distribute leaflets outside McMillin Theater, protesting the invitation which, they say, "dignifies Rockwell by giving him a platform to speak at the University." "This is not an issue of academic freedom or freedom of speech." said Cohen. Columbia chapters of Youth Against War and Fascism and the Congress of Racial Equality will also protest the speech...

That same issue carried this letter:

Do Not Attend

To the Editor:
The Student Zionist Organization of Columbia/Barnard deplores Humanitas' lack of sensitivity to human feelings in inviting George Lincoln Rockwell to the Columbia Campus. While we recognize the right to free speech, we feel that Humanitas has failed in its purpose of presenting controversial speakers. Rockwell and the American Nazi Party's advocation of genocide does not stand on the docket of controversial issues today. We urge that Columbia students do not attend the lecture and that they refrain from demonstrating, for actions of this nature lower the dignity of our student body.
February 8, 1966
Student Zionist Organization Columbia-Barnard Chapter

On February 16, the campus newspaper, the Columbia Spectator, carried this story (an excerpt):

Another TryRockwell Would Accept New Invitation to Speak at Columbia
By Christopher Friedrichs

Humanitas, the General Studies student organization that sponsored George Lincoln Rockwell's abortive speech here Wednesday night, plans to invite the American Nazi Party leader back to Columbia sometime this year. Dotson Rader GS, chairman of the group, disclosed Thursday night that Rockwell had indicated a willingness to return to make the speech he was unable to give last week.

"If we are still a student organization as of next week, if we have the funds, and if President Kirk will still defend our right to bring anyone we want to, we will bring Rockwell back," Rader declared. Rockwell was arrested Wednesday on his way to the Columbia campus and thus prevented from giving his speech...Vice President Lawrence H. Chamberlain decided instead to call off the event. 

and this letter:


To the Editor:
George Lincoln Rockwell has said that the primary goal of his speaking engagements is to arouse emotion and hatred. Rockwell states that once fanatical emotions are aroused they can be manipulated by a leader to suit his purposes The Nazi leader claims to be unconcerned whether crowds react for him or against him as long as they react violently. Rockwell will, undoubtedly, be very pleased to hear about the angry emotionalism of those who protested his appearance at Columbia. Rockwell's notoriety depends upon protest. He considers a speaking engagement a success, whether he appears or not, as long as it arouses the anger which m turn creates publicity. The size and volume of the protest against Rockwell was out ot all proportion to any real danger which he, his ideas, or group could present. The paranoic exaggeration which the protest presented, the singing and chanting of the protestors, the sit-down demonstration were the kinds of crowd responses which any brand of totalitarian demagogue could use.
Raymond F. Rurghardt 'Hf Feb. 10, 1966

"In 1960, Rockwell proposed a Fourth of July rally in Union Square. Mayor Robert Wagner denied his permit to speak. On June 22, 1960, Rockwell personally argued at a court hearing on his permit application. He slipped into the courtroom almost unnoticed in a conservative suit. When speaker after speaker attacked him, he spoke with wit and humor, weaving legal precedents and citations into a masterful presentation. A rabbi, enraged beyond control, rose to his feet and bellowed in broken English and Yiddish before suddenly falling to the floor in convulsions. Rockwell then held a press conference in the rotunda of the New York County Courthouse at 60 Centre St., where he advocated gassing 80 percent of all Jews as traitors."


US Betar Reunion in Israel, June 23, 2016

Meir and Tanya Buchman, visiting Israel, invited friends from Betar from the 1960s to join them for dinner in Zichron Yaakov, and the Tishbi Restaurant.

Some present had not seen each other for over 50 years.

The first batch of pictures - taken by JJ Gross, Aaron Rozenberg, Bobby Brown and Yisrael Medad:

Bucky is talking at center. David Sprung to the right. Sitting to the left, JJ Gross (kippah) and Ellen Zwick.

L-R: Sprung, Tzipora Ariav, Elinoar Ariav, Bobby Brown, Linda Brown

L-R: Bobby Brown, Linda, Moshe Kiczalis (in stripes)

L-R: Kiczales, Bobby, Tanya Buchman, Reuven Genn, Linda,

R-L: Bobby, Debbie Genn Rulnick (standing), Tzipora, Udler (black shirt), Elinoar, Sprung,

R-L: Genn, Tanya, Moshe Kiczales (standing) Linda & Bobby Brown

Ellen Zwick (standing), JJ Gross to her left (sitting)

L-R: Reuven Genn (standing), Ellen, JJ)

Yisrael Medad and Tzipora

Rina Genn, Bobby, Linda

R-L: Linda Brown, Bobby, Winkie, Tzipora

R-L: JJ, Ellen, Moshe Kiczales

Bucky and Sprung

David Sprung and Tanya, Moshe Kiczales

Bucky, Gallia Sprung, David Sprung, Tanya

Winkie talking

Winkie still talking

And from the visit to Amatzia the previous day, Bucky with Ben and Aliza Rapaport:


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Betar USA Representation in World Betar 1938

In Rosh Betar's own handwriting, the contemplated make-up of the World Betar institutions as drawn up at the Third Kinnus Olami that convened in Warsaw, Poland during the week of Spetember 11, 1938:

Circled (in red): USA.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Bet-Sefer L'Madrichim 1968

From Chaim Fischgrund's archives:

I am fairly sure this is at the 1968 Bet Sefer L'Madrichim.

Chaim Fischgrund is at the right on the platform, Yisrael Medad (Winkelman) next to him.  I think Efraim (Frank) Dimant is next.  Who is the Betari to the rear?

Is the first chanich Joel Rich?

Any other identifications?


The chanichim: