4 The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, November 16, 1977
Insightful look at Southern Jews
Richard Kluger is a native of Paterson.
N.J., who is so interested and concerned
about the blacks and the Jews in the South
that he has written a book about each group.
His Simple Justice several years ago was a
strikingly fresh and thorough account of the
Supreme Court decision that outlawed
segregation in 1954 and the human
consequences of that decision.
His new book, Members of the Tribe,
(Doubleday.471 pp. $10) brings 17-year-old
Jewish boy named Seth Adler to Savannah,
Ga. in 1878, shows him adjusting to the ways
of the South and then has him defend Jewish
Noah Berg, charged with the murder of a
teen-age Gentile girl in 1913 (obviously
based on the actual trial-and-lynching of
Jewish Leo Frank in 1913).
Kluger has done his homework on
Southern Jews as well as he did his
homework on Southern blacks; and the
result is an intensely readable, enlightening
and provocative novel. The first section is
Seth Adler's own story of his rise to success
as a lawyer in Savannah, His friendship with
the Baxters, a Southern family grown rich by
manufacturing a soft drink called "Jubilee"
(which reminds you inevitably of Coca
Cola), and his decision to defend Noah Berg.
The second section is told by Adler's
daughter Judith, who recalls in 1945 the
details of the trial and lynching of Noah
Berg, the terrible burst of anti-Semitism in
Georgia, the role pished by populist Tom
Watson andr finally and surprisingly, the
real murderer of the girl, Jean Dugan.
Seth Adler's grandson David adds a
postscript in 1976 from his viewpoint of a
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lawyer and professor at Yale, who can look
back on the situation of the Jews in the
South through the years. He points out that
the Jews in America "have advanced steadily
to positions of leadership in every 'walk of
life" and notes that his grandfather Seth
would be startled to know "that the next
President of the United States is to be a
By WA L TER SPEA R MA N
Members of the Tribe
by Richard Kluger
Georgia farmer reared in the very same place
that spawned the rabble who so savagely
took the life of Noah Berg." Kluger even
allows his fictional David Adler to say: "It is
touching, and plainly a healing thing for the
nation, that a good old boy who swabbed
cotton bolls with arsenic in his family's
fields, and had his hair shorn with mule
clippers and sold peanuts on the streets of a
peanul-sied town, may be elevated by grit
and wit to the White House."
The theme that runs persistently through
Members of the Tribe is that for the Jews
"America was riative soil of the soul" and
that although temporary aberrations like the
lynching of Noah Berg (and of the real-life
Leo Frank) might occur from time to time,
there was genuine tolerance of the Jews and
even appreciation of their attributes in
America and in the South.
Of special local interest is Kluger's
"author's note." in which he cites two of his
useful sources in writing the book as A
Personal History of the Jew s in America by
Eli Evans of Durham, a graduate of the
University of North Carolina, and Tom
Watson: Agrarian Rebel by C. Vann
Woodward, who received his Ph.D. degree
from the University of North Carolina in
'Beyond the Fringe' opens
The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival
Off-Season Players will present Beyond the
Fringe tonight through Friday and again
next Wednesday through Friday at the
Ranch House. There will be two shows
nightly, at 7 and 9:30.
Beyond the Fringe is a conglomeration of
the comic material of Peter Cooke and
Dudley Moore in a series of comedic
sketches. The Off -Season Players have
added some innovations of their own,
including some James Thurber and Woody
"It's the kind of show w here you don't
have to behave yourself," according to
producer and co-founder Mark Woods. "It's
okay to laugh loud."
I he show has played to rave reviews for
three weeks in the Players' home in High
One Greensboro reviewer recommended
the production to anyone who wouldn't
mind "collapsing, helplessly and utterly,
Bernard Johnson, David Lienthall,
Gordon Fergeson. Rick Simpson and Mary
Key Woods, the five actor-players starring in
Beyond The Fringe, return from a summer
company that produced The Taming of the
Shrew, Henry V and Moliere's Miser.
Tickets for Beyond The Fringe are $4 for
adults and $3 for students with I Ds. Advance
tickets are on sale at the Ranch House and
The Old World Gift Shop.
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The tranquility of a Hawaiian sunset,
the molten power of a volcanic eruption
and the sunny warmth of a beach on
Oahu's north shore are all captured in the
music of Kalapana, the Hawaiian rock
group appearing at 7:30 tonight in
Memorial Hall. Rod Abernethy will be
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under the sponsorship of WXYC-FM
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Kalapana's sound has, in fact, caused
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Complainants at odds on remedy
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faculty would have access to approximately 2.000
unused baskets in the main male locker room. "I
don't see any equitable arguments for the
University about this (converting the mule faculty
locker room)," Murphv said.
"Though people think. 'Well, they're only
talking about lockers.' the ramifications of this are
large." said Melva Fager. who is a supporter of the
grievance. "If they're trying to create an
atmosphere for women in athletics, they're
discriminating against' them." she said. "It's
discouraging for women juSt to go over to the
"It's obvious they don't want to rock the boat
w here the male faculty are concerned." Fagersaid.
"But it seems they don't give a damn about the
women students and faculty."
But Blyth said he does not think "'his :s a
problem with overt discrimination: some things
are unfair that just develop,"
"Women do need some relief." Blyth said. "We
will make some changes, but 1 don't know what
they'll be." Blyth said many men's lockers are in
the hallways, "and I don't want to put women
there. I don't think anyone expects us to."
"You must look at the language of Title IX."
Murphy said. "The University was to proceed as
'expeditiously as possible' to make facilities
comparable for men and women. They haven't."
Blyth said the department was progressing in
making more facilities available to women, but
that the athletic facilities are not totally
comparable. "They're not comparable with
everyone having completely equal facilities," he
said. Blyth said the rising number of women at
UNC and more women in Physical Education has
hindered the progress.
Daniel Okun. a Kenan professor in public
health who signed the grievance as a friend of the
complaintants. said. "Women don't have facilities
that match their needs. The limited spaces should
be used equitably."
Okun. who uses the gymnasium and has a
locker in the male faculty locker room, said he
may or may not lose his locker because of the
grievance, "but if everyone is treated equally, I'll
have no complaints."
Betty Ausherman. a member of the women's
field hockey team and chairperson of the
Association for Women Students, said she signed
the grievance because she thought it was time
someone "had the nerve to do this, and all Karen
Murphy has researched is true." Ausherman said
field hockey members have no lockers in which to
store equipment. According to the grievance, only
the women'1 golf team has locker space.
Ausherman said the field hockey team had been
shortchanged. "We've had to practice in the dark
once, and at the beginning, our field was covered
with weeds. I don't think they'd do this to Coach
Dooley. and I have a feeling something has to
"The situation isn't fair.for women on teams or
P.E. students," field hockey coach Dolly Hunter
said. "The athletic department does go out of its
way to help us and ask about problems. They
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support us, but k fuse we are women, they don't
think it is necesary sometimes. There are just so
many other teams."
Women's volleyball coach Beth Miller said
changing the facilities now would be difficult in
some respects. "I know what the situation is,"
Miller said. "I'm in sympathy with the
administration; they did change one room (a
weight lifting room) for women. It's a real difficult
situation. Maybe a storage room in Carmichael
could be changed."
Blyth said the new intramural gym scheduled
for completion in 1980 will help the situation.
"Unquestionably the new gym is a cure for the ills
of incomparable facilities," he said.
But Associate Professor of English Margaret
O'Connor said she believes the situation must be
helped before the new gym is completed. "There's
no reason to wait until the new gym to have
facilities for women," O'Connor said.
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At a public hearing called on Oct. 24 by
Alderman Gerry Cohen, some residents
objected to the conversion. Cohen called of
the hearing after residents complained that
they had not been notified of the proposed
Among the complainants was UNC law
student Armand DiMeo. DiMeosaid he and
other residents felt they would have
difficulty finding another place to live and
would contribute tp the town's traffic
problem if forced to move farther away from
Northampton Plaza is approximately
one-half mile from downtown Chapel Hill
and the UNC campus.
DiMeo said after the hearing that Birgel
(the owner) had said he would help residents
Philip Brown, executive director of the
E piscopal H ome for the Aging, said Tuesday
that letters were sent sometime after Oct. 10
to all residents of the building announcing
the diocese's plans.
Brown said that construction on the
cafeteria should begin in the spring. Interior
renovations will commence after the
residents leave. The target date for new
occupancy is August 1978.
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