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>JN May 13, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 86
Nazi Opponent May be Beatified
By Kyle King (VOA-Bonn)
More than 50-years after his World War 2 execution by the Nazis, a
Berlin court has exonerated an Austrian Catholic who refused to
fight in Hitler's army.
Like thousands of others who deserted or tried to avoid service in
the Nazi army, Franz Jaegerstaetter was tried by a military
tribunal and sentenced to death.
The young Jaegerstaetter had applied for an exemption from combat
duty based on religious grounds. But his request to be assigned to
a medical unit was rejected and he was decapitated at a prison not
far from Berlin in 1943.
The case is one of hundreds of Nazi-era verdicts that last month
the German government pledged to review. Some of the cases involve
deserters who are still considered criminals for refusing to fight
in Hitler's army. Others, like Jaegerstaetter, involve those who
objected to military service on religious grounds or simply tried
to resist service to the Nazis.
The court decision to throw out the conviction against
Jaegerstaetter followed a petition by his widow, who wanted the
conviction dismissed on the 90th anniversary of his birth later
The Catholic church in Austria is also looking into the
beatification of Jaegerstaetter, who was the only person in his
village who voted against Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria.
Netanyahu Announces Conditions for Resuming Peace Talks
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
The senior US Middle East mediator, Dennis Ross, is continuing his
effort to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but both
sides continue to set preconditions which the other side will not
Officials say Ross is making progress, but no one is saying just
what that progress is. Meanwhile, Palestinian leaders continue to
demand an Israeli settlement freeze and Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu continues to demand more security cooperation
from the Palestinian Authority. In an interview for Monday's
Israel Independence Day, Netanyahu told Israel Radio his conditions
for resuming talks with the Palestinians.
"It's called reciprocity, it's called fulfillment, it's called the
convening of the relevant committees. This is the way to move
forward. There are no secret recipes for fulfilling agreements."
Ross is trying to convene a direct Israeli-Palestinian meeting, but
after his latest session with the Palestinians, he said Monday that
there is still a lot of work to do.
Ford's Air Conditioner Invented by the Greenberg Bothers
It was a sweltering August day when the Greenberg brothers
entered the posh Dearborn, Mich. offices of the notoriously
anti-Semitic car-maker, Henry Ford.
"Mr. Ford," announced Hyman Greenberg, the eldest of the three, "we
have a remarkable invention that will revolutionize the automobile
Ford looked skeptical, but their threats to offer it to the
competition kept his interest piqued. "We would like to demonstrate
it to you in person."
After a little cajoling, they brought Mr. Ford outside and asked
him to enter a black Edsel that was parked in front of the
Norman Greenberg, the middle brother, opened the door of the car.
"Please step inside Mr. Ford." "What!" shouted the tycoon, "are you
crazy? It must be 200 degrees in that car!"
"It is," smiled the youngest brother, Max, "but sit down, Mr. Ford,
and push the white button."
Intrigued, Ford pushed the button. All of a sudden a whoosh of
freezing air started blowing from vents all around the car, and
within seconds the automobile was not only comfortable, it was
quite cool! "This is amazing!" exclaimed Ford. "How much do you
want for the patent?"
Norman spoke up. "The price is $1 million." Then he paused, "And
there is something else. We want the name "Greenberg Brothers Air
Conditioning" to be stamped right next to the Ford logo."
"Money is no problem," retorted Ford, "but no way will I have a
'Jew-name' next to my logo on my cars!"
They haggled back and forth for a while and finally they settled on
$1.5 million, but the name Greenberg would be left off. However,
the first names of the Greenberg brothers would be forever
emblazoned upon the console of every Ford air conditioning system.
And that is why today, whenever you enter a Ford vehicle you will
see those three names clearly defined on the air-conditioning
HI NORM MAX
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