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..... I Hit the Bookstands in March 'Shula: Code Name Pearl' Author Stops in Orlando "||(|)Cal'| and to leave her home and publications of Danny Pinkas being caught, especially the familyin,Jerusalem to join her formulating as he spoke, illegal ones." husband's family in Beirut. relaxed in the living room of It happened just a hundred She voluntarily begins a career Orlandoan Alan Altshuler last miles from their destination. in espionage when she week, detailing the Shula The train was stopped by the " ..... overhears some peddlers in Cohen story and telling of his Polish army, and into their car her husband's shop talking of own escapades as a young walked a sergeant and a big, military installations, mobiliza- man during Israel's battle for burly Polish colonel, said Stare tion against Israel. independence in 1947-48. Pinkas. Staff Deeply concerned, she "When I was 16-and-a-halfl "If ever you saw anti- been just any smuggles the information joined the underground navy," Semitism on a person's face,'" relaxing in the across the border and thus he said. "because I hated saidPinkas,"itwasontheface of an old begins her intelligence oper- school. Our job was to of this Polish colonel. My But Danny ation that eventually smuggle arms and people into friend and I were petrified. by the pub- penetrates King Hussein's Israel." When should we give the book just 10 court, the Syrian presidency, He told of one incident that signal to start crying? What with the the Lebanese parliament, and took his ship to Le Havre, would we do when they did? 49-year-old the highest levels of military France, where he and a How could we possibly over. hat and security headquarters in crewman were ordered to come a sergeant and a colonel was about to the Arab world, purposely "miss the boat" by with what seemed like the :recognitionas She smuggles some 6,000 being arrested for drunkeness entire Polish army outsideT' a book that Jews, mostly children, from and brawling in a waterfront And just then, Pinkas to be read Syria, through Lebanon into bar. Missing their ship discovered that "Jews are movie and "IV Israel. She transmits 10,(300 because of being jailed, they everywhere in this world and pieces of security information were given special visas to they come to your aid when is a true story of to the Israelis. Shula Cohen cross Europe and catch up you least expect it. Courage, written becomes known as the "Mata with their ship when it docked "The colonel, twirliog his but filled Had of the Middle East." at Gdynia, Poland. handlebar mustache as he of a cloak Pinkas, who wrote with book "The real purpose," said approached me, suddenly mystery. What with fellow journalist Aviezer Pinkas, "was to allow us to lowered his voice," related even more Golan, calls himself the black escort some 80 Jewish Pinkas, "and whispered, 'All is it is about a sheep of his family. Although a children, 20 of whom did not arranged, the children will not who becomes previously written book, even have passports, so they be bothered and you should in the history "Fiasco in the Middle East," could be smuggled onto our have safe passage all the way Name remains unpublished at this ship and taken to Israel." to Gdynia." time, he has spent most of his "We were told to board a "You see," said Pinkas, "we here by adult life writing, seven years train for the Polish seaport," he had just had an encounter with Co., hit the as a reporter for one of Israel's went on. "Along the way, we the only Jewish colonel in the 17. It is daily newspapers, and as a weretold, agroupofnunswith entire Polish army." published in public relations advisor to the 80 children would board. After Israel became a the Nether- some of Israers great Should we be stopped by the Jewish state, Pinkas becamea besides statesmen, beginning with Polish military, we wereto start journalist"because I wanted to David Ben Gurion. He wrote a ruckus, to have the children write about history," After , Shula Cohen is the official army documenta- cry, turn the train into a seven years as a reporter, he older, tion of the 1967 Six-Day War. bedlam, do anything to joined Ben Gurion's staff to merchant But one could see the new prevent the youngsters from improve the Prime Minister's L . H_ERITAGE: Florida Jewis_h News_Apri!_l I. 1980__pa_ge 5 \\; P JOURNALIST-AUTHOR DANNY PINKAS public image, and became an official government chron. icier. For the past three years, he and co-author Golan have been researching for "Shula: Code Name the Pearl. Movie rights for the book are in final negotiations with a major Hollywood studio. according to Pinkas. Academy award nominee Marilyn Streep is being mentioned for the title role. Pinkas says the movie would be accorded all the Hollywood sizzle available, because the story is the kind that meets all the qualifica- tions of box-office success. Last week, Pinkas was to make an appearance on the Today show. with Goodmom- ing. America and the Johnny Carson Tonight Show to follow. He has been touring major U.S. cities on an auto- graph and oersonal appear- ance stint publicizing "Shula." There are three other works Pinkas hopes to soon have on the bookstands. "Fiasco in the Middle East," is already writ- ten, he says. "Spies Have No Union" will chronicle the work- ings of the hierarchy of government espionage throughout the world. "The Jews I Love," will be a series of vignettes about interesting people he has met in his life- time, "not just those famous in government, but more espe- cially the kind of people one meets in everyday life who are unpretentious, yet proud." is First LI PRESIDENT b/avon was first his countrymen a blood donation David Adorn, Cross Serv. all of Forces with blood prod. at right, (I) receives a David Adorn pin from Brig. Amizur Kfir, general of SCENE** =sure Israel' McCollum Urges Next Week's, Talks with Begin the Repub- for Congress has urged upcoming to pressure security "quick fix to Palestinian invitation Israel to meet With him in Will hopefully why Israel is increasingly con- cerned about its future. McCollum said the oil-rich Arab countries have mounted a successful campaign to con- vince the world that Israel must make further conces- sions to the Palestinians. "Israel has already shown its sincerity in moving toward peace by giving up two-thirds of the strategically important Sinai," McCollum said. "1 think everyone recog- administration was viewing Palestine as the paramount question in the Mideast, when in fact he believes the real major obstacle to peace is the failure of the PLO to recognize Israel's right of existence. He said that to bolster his own understanding he plans a trip to Washington in May or June to meet with officials of the Republican National Com- mittee who have been formulating GOP policy for the Mideast. Egyptians, Israelis Hold Joint Seder in Cairo's Pharaoh Hotel by Yitzhak Shargil TEL AVIV (JTA)--Israelis celebrated their first Passover since the normalization of rela- tions with Egypt. some of them in the land from which Moses liberated their ancestors from slavery. More than ]00 Egyptian Jews joined 50 Israelis at a seder in Cairo conducted by Israeli Ambassador Eliahu Ben-Elissar. Ironically, the ceremony'was held at the Pharaoh Hotel. In Israel, Egyptian Ambas- sador Saad Mortada was a guest at a seder in the home of Labor Party chairman Shim0n Peres. Mortada, who brought with him a Haggadah with a French translation, frequently asked questions during the readings. When the section on the plagues inflicted on Egypt was read, Mortada commented, "I represent Egypt not the Pharaoh." At one point, the Egyptian envoy quipped, "If you were so happy to leave Egypt, why are there such long lines of Israelis asking for entry visas to Egypt?" The army had its main seder at Camp Kfir in the central region with Defense Minister Ezer Weizman and Chief of Staff Rafael Eytan attending. The soldiers who stole the afikoman were promised a swimming pool and a trip to Eilat. The first day of Passover IARR DISPLAY & FIXTURE was a hot day and many people headed for the beaches and picnic areas. 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