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On the Jewish Question

A conversation across generations.

Jun 10, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 38 • By DAVID GELERNTER
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THE STATEMENTS BELOW of Goering, Ribbentrop, Rosenberg, Frank, Frick, Hoess, Shirach, Sauckel, and Streicher in and out of court during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial are quoted verbatim from G.M. Gilbert, "Nuremberg Diary," 1947. Goering was Reich marshal. Ribbentrop was foreign minister. Rosenberg was chief Nazi philosopher and minister for the east. Frank was governor of Nazi Poland. Frick was interior minister. Hoess was commandant of Auschwitz. Shirach was head of the Hitler Youth. Sauckel was labor chief. Streicher was editor of the Nazi weekly Der Stuermer--the Storm Trooper. *** "Stay in any five-star hotel anywhere from Jordan to Iran, and you can buy the infamous forgery 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion.'" Susan Sachs, New York Times, 5/27/02. SHIRACH: "Why did our elders betray us? Why didn't anybody tell us that Ford had repudiated The International Jew and that the Protocols of Zion was a forgery?" "Daniel Bernard, the French ambassador to England, recently referred to Israel at a London dinner party as 'a shitty little country' and then denied being anti-Semitic." Hillel Halkin, Commentary, 2/02. RIBBENTROP: "After all, I was working for an anti-Semitic Government. . . . But I have never myself been anti-Semitic." "Wyatt recounts being told by a liberal member of the House of Lords, 'the Jews have been asking for it, and now, thank God, we can say what we think at last.'" Halkin, Commentary, 2/02. STREICHER: "I didn't create the problem; it existed for hundreds of years. I saw how the Jews were pushing themselves into all spheres of German life." "'I never believed that Israel had the right to exist at all,' [Tom] Paulin [professor at Oxford] told the Egyptian al-Ahram weekly in April, and Jews from Brooklyn who have settled in the West Bank 'are Nazis, racists. . . . They should be shot dead.'" Gabriel Schoenfeld, Commentary, 6/02. ROSENBERG: "I don't know. . . .

I had no idea that it would lead to extermination in any literal sense." "Hitler should have finished the job"--placard at a demonstration, U.N. World Conference Against Racism, Durban, South Africa, August 2001. SHIRACH: "I don't think there will ever be anti-Semitism in the world again, after this horrible example." News items: "In Germany, two orthodox Jews were beaten. . . . A woman wearing a star-of-David necklace was attacked. . . . Jewish memorials in Berlin were defaced. . . . A synagogue was spray-painted with the words, 'Six Million Is Not Enough. PLO.'" SAUCKEL: "I want to tell you that I know absolutely nothing of these things, and I certainly had absolutely nothing to do with it!" "Wrote one commentator in the Suddeutsche Zeitung: 'It's been a long time since the hatred of Jews--once disguised as anti-Zionism--has been as socially acceptable in Germany as it is today." Schoenfeld, Commentary, 6/02. GOERING: "Don't worry--the time will come when the world will think differently about all this, and the German people will see things differently too. . . . Who knows how things will develop in 50-100 years?" The Saudi daily Al Riyadh "accused Jews of consuming the blood of Christian and Muslim children during the holiday of Purim. The author, a lecturer at King Faisal University in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, called this medieval fiction a 'well-established fact.'" Sachs, New York Times, 5/27/02. HOESS: "Don't you see, we SS men were not supposed to think about these things; it never even occurred to us. . . . And besides, it was something already taken for granted that the Jews were to blame for everything." Item: "A selection of cartoons from the Arab press that shows Prime Minister Ariel Sharon gleefully eating Palestinian children in the Palestinian Al-Quds daily . . ." STREICHER: "Why, it's all in the Talmud. . . .The Talmud is full of such things." ". . . an Israeli soldier presenting his mother with a bottle of Palestinian blood in the Jordanian paper Al-Dustour . . ." Melissa Radler, Jerusalem Post, 5/10/02. HOESS: "It fitted in with all that had been preached to me for years." Item: "An article in the respected French left-wing weekly Le Nouvel Observateur reporting, straight-faced, a long-disproved slander to the effect that soldiers of the Israel Defense Force rape Palestinian women so that their families will then murder them to redeem the family honor . . ." Halkin, Commentary, 2/02. HOESS: "We just never heard anything else. It was not just newspapers like the Stuermer but it was everything we ever heard." "True, [Sharon] uses all the weapons prohibited by international law. True he uses depleted uranium, true he uses toxic gases." Yasser Arafat (3/29), in the Jerusalem Post, 4/10/02. HOESS: "It only started to occur to me after the collapse that maybe it was not quite right." * * * "A Saudi cleric enjoined his Muslim brothers 'not to have any mercy or compassion on the Jews, their blood, their money, their flesh. Their women are yours to take, legitimately. God made them yours.