The headline in the March 12, 1943, issue of the JN speaks to the primary concern of America’s (and Detroit’s) Jewish communities at this time: “U.S., Britain Plan Action to Save Jews in Europe.” World War II is going well now for the Allies (if a war can ever “go well”) or, as the editorial on page 4 states: “The lights are slowly being turned on again in those parts of the world where men and women still acclaim civilization as a human asset.” An action plan to save Jews in Europe sounds pretty good, but a plan is a plan. How much did the Allies do, and could the Allies have done, to help the Jews? Historians will continue to debate these questions for years to come.
In support of the above story, there was a pictorial display on the front page sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal. It consisted of several photographs of refugees, women and children.
There was also a related local story. The Jewish Community Council had declared a “Month of Tribute to Jewish Martyrs” in memory of the victims of Nazis. It would be launched with a Sunday public program at the Jewish Center in Detroit. The main speakers were Rabbi Morris Adler and, speaking in Yiddish, Abraham Meyerowitz.
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On a much lighter note, on page 6 there was an interesting story: “The Jewish Center Musical Department. A Cultural Force in Detroit.” Photos of Mrs. Abraham Cooper, chair of the department, and pianist/composer Julius Chajes are featured. This was another example of “life goes on” in Detroit’s Jewish community in the midst of world conflict.
And, speaking of music, an advertisement from Hudson’s Department Store on page 3 lists the 23 best-selling albums that month. I’ll give you the top entry — Jerome Kern’s Showboat.
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