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' AGE 11 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC MAY 27, 1990 Mark Pattison (CNS) - Tikva Jeral, a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, was May 10 with the Lithuanian woman who hid her for three as an little girl. a 48-year-old social worker in PA, and Bronsilova Gecevi- had not seen each other for 45 and previously had to settle for letters that sometimes did not their destinations. terribly glad to see Brone,"Jeral at a breakfast in Washington to reunion. Geceviciene, through an interpreter, said of reunion, "It's probably the fate of that it happened." had tried to reunite a few but Communist authorities in not permit Geceviciene travel. reunion was sponsored by the Foundation for Christian Rescu- a project of the Anti-Defamation of B'nai B'rith. David Griedman, regional director of the Anti-Defama- League, praised Geceviciene as "an in our lives" of "acting in a noble decent fashion." of how the Geceviciene family little Tikva from the Nazis un- rapidly once Geceviciene arrived U.S. said Tikva's father asked to shelter his daughter in May, 1943. had children of my own," she said. COUld not fathom turning away a fa- tears in his eyes, begging me to this." her husband set up a series of at a nearby lumberyard father, who passed the toddler, m a package, through a barbed to the couple. Gecevicienes, filled with fear, back from the Kovno ghetto to town, one spouse carrying the child, walking the two bicycles the had ridden to get to Kovno. stopped at the bridge by a ! guard because it was past curfew. to her that she (Tikva) but I couldn't put her in the seat and we had to get home Geceviciene said. cOUple was stopped at the other the bridge by a Lithuanian who them to take side streets home getting caught. denied an assertion that of Lithuanians collaborated Nazis, but said "we would have Persecuted" had someone learned aew family member. in any nation, there are col- but there are good people," "That happens in every age persecutes brother." : COUple moved to another town to why they suddenly had instead of two. nes had Tikva - or Tek- Lithuanian name - for three Tikva Jeral (R) hugs Brone Gecev.ciene at the women's first reunion in 45 years. (Michael HoW Catholic Standard/CNS) years. "Her parents said somehow-they were going to escape the ghetto," Geceviciene said, but she expected to have to raise Tikva to adulthood. The Gecevicienes also sheltered a boy for a time. "His name was Shulman, and his fa- ther was a rabbi," Geceviciene said, but attempts to find him have not succeeded. The family sent the ten-year-old boy to live with relatives in the country. In 1.97t5, after Lithuania was liberated, Geceviciene learned from a Jewish friend of Tikva's parents that they had died one day before the liberation when the So- viet army bombed the Nazi train taking Lithuanian Jews from their homeland. One of Tikva's aunts had written a letter to Tikva's parents in care of the Jewish Refugee Commission, established after World war II to help displaced Jews be reunited with family members. Gecevi- ciene, who told the commission of the death of Tikva's parents, then corre- sponded with the aunt, who eventually claimed the young girl. "It was very painful to part," Gecevi- ciene said. Relatives moved Tikva to Russia at first, then Israel, and finally to Philadelphia in 1953 to live with other relatives. Jeral said she recalls little of the expe- rience. "Over the years I forgot what happened to me. I just had snatches of scenes, but I could never place them," she said. "Five days before leaving for America my aunt and uncle told me" about her parents and Gecevidene, she said. "I remembered seeing her and her family" and had asked the aunt to "tell me about it,"Jeral said. The aunt's reply, she said, was always "Oh, that's nonsense or something like that. She didn't want to talk about it." Correspondence between the two women was sketchy, but not by design. Geceviciene had been deported to Sibe- ria by the Soviets on an unrelated mat- ter. A letter thatJeral had sent addressed to Geceviciene in Lithuania had been returned, but a connection was finally made when an engineer in Israel whose wife corresponded with Geceviciene tracked Jeral down. condemns vandalism Vatican City (CNS) - Church leaders in France have denounced recent dese- crations of Jewish cemeteries in Europe and said the acts represent a challenge to Christian consciences. Cardinal Mbert Decourtray of Lyons, president of the French bishops' con- ference, joined tens of thousands of people in a silent march through Paris to protest the vandalism. They walked under banners which read: No to ra- cism. No to anti-Semitism. The march was in response to an incident in the Jewish cemetery of Carpentras in southern France, where several tombs were broken and a body was dug up and mutilated. Swastikas and obscenities were painted on tombs near Pads. Similar acts were reported in Poland and West Germany. The events have prompted outrage throughout Europe. Cardinal Decourtray expressed his indignation and "deep regret" to France's chief rabbi, Joseph Sitruk. "All real believers should feel involved and horrified by these facts," the cardi- nal said, adding that "the mutilated dead of Carpentras are terrible signs that should reawaken our conscience, our attention, and make us work harder for justice and tolerance." ordained breakaway church Washington (CNS) - Fr. George StaUings, excommunicated from the Church for founding the African-Amei- can Catholic Congregation, was or- dained a bishop in his breakaway de- nomination May 12. Bishop Stallings said his ordination was "God once more receiving the praise of His people." Archbishop Richard Bridges of the Independent Old Catholic Church of Southern California ordained Bishop Stallings. Six other bishops from de- nominations styled under Old Catholic principles of independence from Rome were present at the ceremony. Old Catholic churches broke with Rome in the 19th century, mainly over nationalist concerns and the definition of papal infallibility. Their bishops are recognized as validly ordained in apos- tolic succession, although the Catholic Church teaches that such ordinations do not follow proper procedure. Although Bishop Stallings' ordination would seem to have solidified his break from the Roman Catholic Church, a spokesperson for the Washington arch- diocese said "the door to reconciliation is always open." Addiction: The Subtle Foe Causes Effects Recovery Available for $1 from ARKANSAS CATHOLIC P.O. Box 7417 Little Rock 72217 L I C POSITION AVAILABLE Junior High science teacher needed for Fall 1990, If certified, send resume to: Bro. Rock Larsen, Morris School for Boys, P O Box 137 Seamy, AR 72143. HOME FOR SALE ) Large, beautiful home in Holy Souls Parish, 6505 Pleasant Place LR, just blks. from CHS, MSM & HS is for sale by owner. 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