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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2012 Dannie Fowler shakes hands correctly with Arnold Grace from Medicaid Done Right, a Platinum sponsor of the Jew- ish Pavilion. To ensure a firm hand- shake, put your fingers in an "L shape, make them look like a shark rather than a wimpy fish" says etiquette expert Dannie Fowler. She taught hand-shaking and other communication Jackie Levitt (1) and Marcie Katzen are workshop partici- Volunteers Zelda King (1) and Marge Dreayer attended pants, who serve on the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion Board. the workshop. skills that enhance relation- ships to 50 Jewish Pavilion volunteers June 3 at a work- shop on body language. She also taught participants the reduce agitation. proper etiquette for deal- The Jewish Pavilion staff ing with someone who has and volunteers visit 350 Jew- dementia and what to do to ish seniors and more than a thousand non-Jewish seniors in 50 long-term care facili- ties in Orange and Seminole counties. Part I discussed how Coca- Cola came to plead Hitler's case decades after the Nuremberg Trials declared that all Nazi laws, statutes, regulations and decrees were artifices of a genocidal campaign. The current CEO and chairman of Coca-Cola is the son of Necdet Kent, who became famous for saving lives of countless Jews in Turkey during World War IL Part 2picks up after Necdet retires. By Edwin Black Special to the Heritage As for the question of wheth- er Coke chairman Muhtar Kent had dishonored his father's legacy by advocating that "seizure of Jewish citizen's property in Nazi Germany did notviolate international law,"a Coke spokesman states, "This is not relevant to this case." When Kent's office was called directly, the switchboard oper- ator brusquely informed, "He does not wish to talk about it." Enter Kent's son, Muhtar, now chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola. Enter Coke's corpo- rate attorneys, King and Spald- ing. To defend against Bigio's compensation demand, Coke through its attorneys has de- clared, "Seizure of Jewish citi- zens' property in Nazi Germany did not violate international law." That is, C oke avers that the Nazi regime that its chairman's father risked his very life to defy was within its legal rights under international law. How did a beverage compa- ny and itswell-respectedattor- neys come to plead Hitler's case decades after the Nuremberg Trials declared that all Nazi laws, statutes, regulations, and decrees were artifices of a genocidal campaign? The perversion of justice was trig- gered by the Nazi legacy that infused Egypt in the '60s. When the Third Reich col- lapsed in May 1945, Hitler's war against the Jews ended in Europe--but then continued in the Middle East. Many Nazis melted away from the Reich, smuggled out by such organizations as the infamous Odessa group and the lesser- known Catholic lay network Intermarium, as well as the CIA and KGB. They ensured the continuation of the Nazi campaign in the post-war Arab world. Egypt was a prime destination for German-Nazi relocation in the Arab world. Dr.AribertHeimwasnotori- ously known as"Dr. Death" for his grotesque pseudo-medical experiments on Jewish pris- oners in the Sachsenhausen, Buchenwald, andMauthausen concentration camps. He was fond of surgical procedures, including organ removals without anesthesia, injecting gasoline into prisoners to observe the manner of death, and decapitating Jews with healthy teeth so he could cook the skulls clean to make desk decorations. Dr. Helm converted to Islam and became "Uncle Tarek" Hussein Farid in Cairo, Egypt, where he became a medical doctor for the Egyptian police. Two of Goebbels's Nazi pro- pagandists, Alfred Zingier and Dr. Johann van Leers, became Mahmoud Saleh and Omar Amin respectively, working in the Egyptian Information Department. In 1955, Zingier andvon Leers helped establish the virulently anti-Semitic Institute for the Study of Zion- ism in Cairo. Hans Appler, an- other Goebbels propagandist, became Saleh Shafar who, in 1955, became an expert for an Egyptian unit specializing in anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist hate propaganda. ErichAltern, a Gestapo agent, Himmler co- ordinator in Poland, and expert in Jewish affairs, became All Bella, working as a military instructor in training camps for Palestinian terrorists. Franz Bartel, an assistant Gestapo chief in Katowice, Po- land, became E1 Hussein and a member of Egypt's Ministry of Information. Hans Becher, a Gestapo agent in Vienna, became a police instructor in Cairo. Wilhelm Boerner, a bru- tal Mauthausen guard, became All Ben Keshir, working in the Egyptian Interior Ministry and as an instructor for a Palestin- ian terrorist group. A German newspaper esti- mated there were fully 2,000 Nazis working openly and un- der state protection in Egypt. The name "Hitler" was Your in Orlando Real Estate!l!! GALE MILGRIM, PA - REALTOR www. To read my Glowing Client Testimonials and BlO!!!![ Over 25 years sales experience Over $200 Million in Lifetime Sales 407-443-9832 Gale.Milgrim@FloridaMove$.com Parent 2 Jewish Academy Alumni Member Congregation Ohev Shalom Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando Supporter t among the most popular post-war names for new- born babies, rivaling the name Muhammad. Indeed, the current commander of the Egyptian military, Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, is related to two other Tantawis--one named "Mus- solini," and the other named "Hitler." Gen. Hitler Tantawi became a top administrative military official and his name can be searched on the Inter- net. Some Egyptians actually re-invented Hitler's history, claiming that Der F/ hrer was not German; rather he began as an Egyptian village boy named Muhammad Hadair, who wandered from village to village praying at all the mosques. The glissando of German Nazism in the Third Reich and the Egyptian-Nazi program in Nasser's post-war regime directly led to the implemen- tation of Hitler's confiscation program in Egypt. That pro- gram swept away the Bigio family's property--as it did for some 800,000 other Jews living in the Arab world after WWII--nearly all of whom fled or were expelled. In Bigio's case, the as- semblage of warehouses and manufacturing buildings sprawled across 10,000 square meters in the midst of bus- tling Heliopolis. The entire industrial complex traces its main commercial life to the 1930s when Bigio's grand- father first bought the land and built a shoe polish plant there. Eventually, the family business added a tin container manufacturing operation to hold the shoe polish, and from that venture expanded into general tin plating. Eventually, they produced tin bottle caps for soda. In 1942, at the height of World War II, a Coca-Cola licensed bottler became the family's tenant, bottling the world-famous cola. Later, they added the fruity drink called Fanta, which Coca-Cola originally developed for the Nazi military. One day in August 1962, Refuel Bigio was driving to the factory with his father. Police cordons surrounded his buildings at 14 Aswan St. in a well publicized takeover. As Bigio and his father ner- vously stepped up the stairs, a policeman barked that the government had nationalized the business. "Give me the keys," he demanded. Coca-Cola stood in the wings to snatch up the bot- tling property--confiscated, stolen--from the Bigio Family. Coke created a great beverage enterprise in Egypt, utilizing the Bigio's property. Early on, Refael Bigio warned Coke attorneys in Atlanta that they were benefitting from stolen goods. He was ignored. Eventually, the Bigio family sued to recover from Coke's unjust enrichment. That was 15 years ago. Coke's corporate attorneys, King and Spalding, have made a small fortune in legal fees fighting the Bigio family. The litigation has been so flammable that after a recent courtverdict, the multi-billion dollar Coca- Cola Co. punitively attempted to collect the tiny sum of $323,70 in copying costs from hapless Bigio. Bigio's attorneys success- fully fought that effort, prov- ing that Coke had inserted photocopying costs from another case. An embarrassed King and Spalding averred that it was all an "inadvertent mistake" and withdrew their collection effort. When asked, a Coke spokesman explained, "We merely filed a standard bill for clerical costs as per- mitted by court rules--just as the Bigios have done twice previously. However, the fil- ing inadvertently attached the wrong invoice, and given the small amount at issue, we chose to withdraw it as soon as we discovered the error." Coke corporate also insists, "Coca-Cola is sensitive to the plight of individuals who have lost property through the actions of others in various countries around the world. We understand their desires for a fair and open hearing of their claims. As we have said many times, the facts make it clear that this grievance is against others and not against The Coca-Cola Co." But many believe the Bigios are not getting a fair hearing. In the past, Jewish leaders have asked to see good faith nego- tiations by Coke. Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, has stated, "It's about time that the Bigio matter be resolved, in good faith, either by negotia- tion or speedy litigation." Malcolm Hoenlein, ex- ecutive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Or- ganizations, which represents some 51 leading Jewish orga- nizations, has also asserted, "When the government of Egypt originally seized this property, that was clearly wrong. The fact that Coke joined in needs to be taken into account. It is not realistic to give back the property, but it is realistic to provide fair compensation to the Bigios." Hoenlein emphasizes, "The very essence of the word 'compensation' means it must be a fair amount." As to Coke's legal argument, "Seizure of Jewish citizens' property in Nazi Germany did not violate international law," which it asserted as a basis to excuse a similar theft in Egypt, a Coke spokesman says. "Mischaracterizingalegal cita- tion from a 1997 court filing to suggest that it represents our company's broader, well- established views on universal human rights is inappropri- ate. To even remotely suggest that the company somehow condones the Nazi seizure of property is ridiculous and offensive." But constitutional attorneys AlyzaLewin and Nathan Lewin maintain that Coca-Cola's pleadings speak for them- selves. Coke claims its use of the Bigios' property is legal because Nasser's seizure of Jewish property was lawful. In making that argument, Coke adopted the position that "Nazi seizure of Jewish property was not an illegal act." As for the question ofwheth- er Coke chairman Muhtar Kent had dishonored his father's legacy by advocating that "seizure of Jewish citizen's property in Nazi Germany did notviolate international law,"a Coke spokesman states, "This is not relevant to this case." When Kent's office was called directly, the switchboard oper- ator brusquely informed, "He does not wish to talk about it." But Bigio does want to talk about it. He says the case is now between him and Muhtar Kent. Bigio insists, "Only Kent can do the right thing." Edwin Black is an award- winning and New York Times bestselling author of"IBM and the Holocaust," as well as "The Farhud: Roots of the Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust."