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PAGE 2 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY JTA Weekly Summary Following are Jewish Telegraphic Agency's news briefs for Tuesday, May 13, 2003. Austrian Jew: J'accusef The chancellor of Austria is anti-Jewish, the leader of Austria's Jewish community said. Ariel Muzicant said that Wolfgang Schussel's comment this week that he would not pay for security for the country's Jewish community was anti-Semitic, as was a disparaging refer- ence to security guards as cut-rate Mossad agents. Muzicant said he did not hear the comments directly, but heard about them from reliable sources. In comments published Wednesday in the Standard newspaper, Muzicant said that Schussel is giving him "the feeling that his goal is the liquidation of the community." Court: Church/Holocaust film OK A film dealing with the Catholic Church's role during the Holocaust did not defame Catholics, a Paris judge ruled. A French Catholic organization had brought a civil action against the makers of the film "Amen," which had promotional posters displaying a cross merging into a swastika. The judge said there was no basis to the claim by the General Alliance Against Racism and for the Respect of French and Christian Identity that the film unfairly targeted Catholics. Israeli triumphs at film fest An Israeli actor won the best actor award at the Tribeca Film Festival. Ohad Knoller stars in the movie "Yossi and Jagger," about a gay couple serving in the Israeli army. The awards ceremony at the festival, which was launched last year to boost the economy of lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, took place Sunday. JDC, federation to send fellow abroad A fellowship was established to send individuals inter- ested in spending a year helping Jewish communities overseas. The Jewish federation of Cleveland and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee are seek- ing applicants who are college graduates and "have a strong commitment to Jewish life and the spirit of adven- ture," according to the JDC. The applicatiofi deadline is May 15. The program is designed to "help isolated or re- emerging Jewish communities" by educating commu- nitv members and fostering community leaders. The Rozlyn Z. Wo, Cieveland-JDC International Fellowship program is being funded by a former president of the JDC, Milton Wolf, and his children. By Tom Tugend LOS ANGELES (JTA)-- There were nights, acknowl- edges Leslie Moonves, presi- dent and CEO of CBS Televi- sion, "when I lay in bed, look- ing up at the ceiling and ask- ing myself, 'Is this the right thing to do? Will it open old wounds? Are we creating more anti-Semitism?" Moonves had good cause for sleepless intro- spection. Since announcing last July that CBS would air a four-hour, prime time miniseries on the early life of Adolf Hitler, media critics and Jewish spokesmen had had a field day. They feared that the early Hitler would be "humanized" into a sympathetic figure as an abused child and misun- derstood artist or as a German Rocky who overcame tremen- dous odds. Some even feared the film might trigger po- grom-like outbursts. Moonves, who lost much of his grandparents' family in Poland during the Holocaust, even took flak from his own relatives. Now, with Hitler: The Rise of Evil broadcasting May 18 and May 20 during the ratings sweeps period, the CBS chief is breathing easier. After previewing tapes of the film, a half-dozen Holocaust scholars and prominent rab- bis generally have given it their approval. Some of the turnaround can be credited to an entirely new script and complete revision of the original project, start- ing with the metamorphosis photo by Caroline Mardon/CBS Liev Schrieber, front left, Robert Carlyle, front center, and Chris Larkin, front right, star in "Hitler: The Rise of Evil," a CBS mini-series. "It delivers a very message, especially to people, a of the title fromYoung Hitler the utter devastation Hitler to Hitler." The Early Years, wrought on Europe and the Hitler, Hitler: The Origin of Jewish people. Eviland finally to the present "I thinkany fearsin the Jew- title, ish community that the film The earlier critical volleys, would glorify Hitler have been and advice from Jewish lead- allayed," noted Holocaust ers consulted by the produc- scholar Michael Berenbaum ers, apparentlygaveasubstan- said. "It successfully narrates tialpush to the revisions. Hitler's rise to power and actor Robert Carlyle, In its final form, the film shows clearly how those who portrayal of Hitler is briefly touches on young tried to manipulate him were eningly brilliant," Hitler's brutal and domineer- instead manipulated by him. said. ing father, his troubled ado- "Historians may have some One dissenting view lescence, hisrootlessexistence troublewithinterpretation, as from philosophy in Vienna as a failed artist and they always do, and with some John Roth, director his enthusiastic soldiering in composite figures, but in gen- newly formed Center for World War I. eral the film deals well with a Study of the Holocaust Butthevastbulkofthefilm partofHitler'slifethatpeople cide and Human dealswithHitler'scareerfrom need to know," .said Claremont McKenna a Munich beer-hall orator in Berenbaum, director of the in California. 1920, through his political Sigi Ziering Institute for the While acknowledging machinations within the Nazi Study of Ethics and the Holo- complexity of the subject party and against the Weimar caust at the University of Ju- the overall usefulness of Republic, endingin1934with daism in Los Angeles. film, Roth felt that the consolidation of state AbrahamFoxman, nationalcomes across as "too power in his hands, director of the Anti-Defama- onic and crazed and Anepilogue summarizes, in tion League, also applauded stark statistics and pictures, the film. See "Hitler" on page If in the early years, evil is and how racy is," he said. Rabbi Marvin Hier and dean of the Wiesenthal Center, praised film and acknowledged his earlier fears about project had been un However, he said he have liked to have seen a rn0~ substantial Jewish in the series and urged a seq~ the Hitler story to its end 1945. "There are now who know nothing World War II and the caust, who didn't Schindler's List, to know," Hier said. All the cited much of the credit for munity Do You Have Pre-Paid Funeral Arrangements With Another Funeral Home? We Can and Will Accept All Other Pre-Paid Plans ] 10% Discount on . [ ]services and merchandise] on any new I I Pre-need contracts. I I I. .I 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD James R. Cardinal, Executive Director Michael Meyer, Family Pre-need Counselor Tzvi Halikman, Ritual Director Angered by Syria, wonders how to change Damascus' By Matthew E. Berger . organizations with headquar- tected by U.N. ters in Damascus denied that seized by U.S. troops. WASHINGTON~ D.C. (JTA) they had been ordered to close Astonished by -- Secretary of State Colin up shop. cent behavior at a Powell may have heard what By Powell's own admission, other Arab states clearly he wanted to on his recent his trip changed the rules of izedwhowascallingthe' visit to Syria, but few in Wash- the game in how the United in the Middle East, some ington are putting much faith States deals with Syria. When speculated in Syrian President Bashar Assadwasappointedpresident assume Saddam's Assad's words, three years ago onthedeath of the self-proclaimed Powell returned from Dam- his father, HafezAssad, hewas of Arab honor ascus with assurances from welcomed with enthusiasm, ern, pro-Israel Assad that he would stop host- trips by U.S. lawmakers and Many in ingterroristorganizationsand an eagerness on the part of believe that would try to constrain the ac- U.S. officials to explore how ing Assad tivities of groups like Hamas, Syriacould become an iml~or- change his behavior the Palestinian Islamic Jihad tant American ally in the worked, and that it's and the Popular Front for the Middle East. take a tougher Liberation of Palestine. A British-trained ophthal- Powell's trip est~ "Theclear messageto Presi- mologist, Assad was expected strong requirementS dent Bashar Assad was that to be a modernizing force in a ian performance. Bul there is a new situation in the country held back for decades was vague region with the end of" by his father's repressive, So- penifSyriacor Saddam Hussein's regime in cialist-oriented dictatorship, the United States. Iraq "and with the commit- But while Syria pledged its "We're in a mentonthepartoftheUnited support for the United States now where we want States and President Bush to in the wake of the Sept. 11 proof,"one State go forward" with the "road attacks -- Assad reportedly official said. "If not, map" toward Israeli-Palestin- mayhavesavedAmericanlives options available to ianpeace, PowellsaidonABC's by sharing intelligence infor- list of demands on "This Week." Assad "can be a mation on Al-Qaida activities clude ending suppo~ part of positive developments in Syria -- U.S. officials have rorism, turning over in the region if he chooses to been frustrated by the direc- ficialswhot do so," he added, tion of Syrian policy since ascus, cutting B(lt as he made the rounds then. Lebanese of TVtalk shows last Sunday, The tension reached its l~ezbollah and PoweU made it clear that he height during the recentwar pursuit and does not anticipate real in Iraq, when Syria allowed weapon~ changes in Syria's behavior, military equipment and ir- The Bush adrM He repeatedly cited previ- regularfighterstostreaminto also is pushing ous promises by Assad that Iraqandmayhaveofferedshel- Israel's agenda, s~ had gone unfulfilled, such as ter to top officials of Saddam's agreeing to stop the flow of regime, tion of Lebanon IraqioilthroughaSyrianpipe- In addition, some reports informationonlsra~ line in contravention of U.N. claimed that Saddam had kidna[ sanctions on Iraq. moved biological and chemi- the Israel-Lebanon Indeed, even as Powell cal arms to Syria before the onp~ l$ spoke, leaders of the terrorist war so they wouldn't be de- See "Syria"