NEW YORK (Feb. 24)
Mayor John V. Lindsay has issued Purim greetings to the city’s Jewish population. The Mayor hailed the “wonderful story” of the holiday, adding that “of course it is more than a story.” He elaborated: “Its message of deliverance and redemption has been a source of moral and spiritual strength to the Jewish people in the dark chapters of their history–and not only ancient history.”
He cited the Nazi holocaust, “a tragic chapter that has perhaps no parallel in Jewish history,” and the situation today of Jews in the Soviet Union and in Arab lands, who “face perils to themselves as individuals and as members of the Jewish community.”
But Lindsay noted that “The same age that has suffered the holocaust has seen the glory of the creation of the State of Israel and, we hope, will see Jews everywhere accorded the right which is the right of all free men–to live their lives according to their faith and their values and to have the right to emigrate to Israel and other democratic lands of the free world.” The holiday of Purim, Lindsay added. “despite its ancient line-age, is very relevant to our own day, as contemporary as the daily headlines.” Purim this year begins at sundown Feb. 28.
The trial of one of the biggest Nazi war criminals. Dr. Albert Ganzenmueller, is due to start in Bonn next Oct. He served as a Secretary of State in the Third Reich’s Ministry for Transports. He is charged with running the Ministry’s “death transports.”