OPINION | LITVAK AFFAIRS | (AB)USE OF JEWISH STUDIES FOR HISTORICAL REVISIONISM | YIDDISH AFFAIRS | YIVO IN LITHUANIA | HUMOR (OF SORTS)
by Saul Chapnick
from today’s TIMES OF ISRAEL
PREFACE: This is a “must-tell” story. It has, for too long, been deliberately kept away from you, the public. It is a fictionalized account of actual events. This tale has all the components of modern day noire: a lone hero, a jaded country, not admitting to its murderous genocidal past, and a once revered institution, experiencing a moral dilemma that could affect her very existence.
This is the story of Dr. Raphael L. Hatulay and what he has witnessed over the years between the goings on with what we shall call, ASHKI and the Republic of Fenwick. During this process Professor Hatulay has lost almost everything he worked for in life, but he is still fighting for what is right and just. This story deserves to be told. You deserve to hear it.
“What is the stated mission of a non-profit institution?” the Public Health professor asked his students nearly five decades ago.
Depending on the agency, the answers provided from the students differed about the stated mission: from feeding the hungry to educating the masses to caring for the elderly.
“Wrong. Wrong, Wrong! Lies, lies, lies!” retorted the professor, who was also the director of a major governmental agency. “The main purpose of charitable organizations and nonprofits is one thing, and one thing only, continuity and survival, no matter what and no matter who gets in the way. Nothing else matters!”
Survival, no matter what, is inherent in all organizations and nations. The classic example is the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes, founded by FDR in 1938, was fighting for a cure for Polio. She should have closed her doors after that goal was achieved when Dr. Jonas Salk invented the Polio vaccine in 1953. Instead the organization repurposed itself and is still around today.
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