Category Archive: Essays

Patrick Buchanan: What Else Is New?

By Menachem Rosensaft

Like rancid salami, Patrick Buchanan is a gift that keeps on giving.

While he is careful — or under orders — to appear mainstream conservative and eminently reasonable in his frequent appearances on MSNBC, the three-time presidential candidate and former White House aide in the Nixon and Reagan administrations does not bother to hide his blatant anti-Semitism in his syndicated columns.

In his May 14, 2010, column, Buchanan petulantly objects to the fact that Solicitor General Elena Kagan is about to join Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer as the third Jew on the Supreme Court. “If Kagan is confirmed,” Buchanan writes, “Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats. Is this the Democrats’ idea of diversity.”

Did Stalin condone the holocaust? How warped Soviet values may have prevented him from stopping Nazi death camps

When a platoon of conquering German SS soldiers entered a remote village in Russia in 1941, their leader, Alois Knäbel, was told by an informer that the local cobbler was Jewish. Knäbel had the man, his wife and three-year-old daughter brought to him and set the adults to work scrubbing his quarters. When they had finished, he led them outside and, while holding the child’s hand, he shot them dead.

Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle: Did Jews speak about the Holocaust after the war?

by Eric Lidji
Associate Editor

Growing up in Leechburg, 30 miles or so north of Pittsburgh, Ruth Reidbord watched her mother struggle unsuccessfully to save family trapped in Poland during World War II.

Reidbord, who was 14 when the war ended, witnessed the creation of Israel and remembers seeing postings in Jewish newspapers as people searched for missing family.

CP: Why do we hate? New academic field of studies about hate seeks the answer

Why do we hate? New academic field of studies about hate seeks the answer

By Nicholas K. Geranios (CP)

Haaretz: The poisonous well of anti-Jewish rhetoric

The poisonous well of anti-Jewish rhetoric By Mordecai Paldiel

Protestant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is famously remembered for his reported response to the Kristallnacht burning of German synagogues, 71 years ago this coming Monday, when he commented to a colleague, “If the synagogues are set on fire today, it will be the churches that will be burned tomorrow.”

It is not clear what he meant by this. Perhaps he was simply warning of the Nazis’ intention to target the churches as well, without any reference to the distress of the Jewish people. For, in June 1933, three months after the Nazi rise to power – after the publication of the first anti-Jewish laws, which dismissed all Jewish teachers and professors from their positions – Bonhoeffer wrote, in a church periodical, that ever since the Jews had “nailed the Redeemer of the world to the cross,” they had been forced to bear an eternal “curse” through a long history of suffering, one that would end only “in the conversion of Israel to Christ.”

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Haaretz: Comparing Islamic anti-Semitism to Nazi Germany at its worst

Last update – 20:18 03/11/2009

By Robert S. Wistrich

Tags: Islamist anti-Semitism

On November 9, 1938, a massive nation-wide anti-Jewish pogrom took place during peacetime across the entire territory of the Third Reich.

The pretext for this orgy of violence against German Jews was the shooting in Paris two days earlier of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a 17-year-old Polish-Jewish refugee.

The state-organized pogrom, instigated by Hitler and Joseph Goebbels, resulted in the burning or damaging of more than a thousand synagogues; the ransacking of about 7,500 businesses, the murder of at least 91 Jews, and the deportation of another 30,000 Jewish males to concentration camps in Dachau, Buchenwald, and Sachsenhausen.

This murderous onslaught against German Jewry, cynically described by the Nazis as the “Night of Broken Glass” (Kristallnacht), was a major turning point on the road to the Final Solution of the so-called Jewish Question.

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NYTimes: An Ethical Question: The Status of a Nazi

NY Times by PATRICIA COHEN

For decades the German philosopher Martin Heidegger has

been the subject of passionate debate. His critique of Western thought and technology has penetrated deeply into architecture, psychology and literary theory and inspired some of the most influential intellectual movements of the 20th century. Yet he was also a fervent Nazi.

Now a soon-to-be published book in English has revived the debate about whether the man can be separated from his philosophy.

Drawing on new evidence, the author, Emmanuel Faye,

Jewish Week: The Melodies That Bind

by Menachem Z. Rosensaft

Special To The Jewish Week

On Nov. 9-10, 1938, in a stark foreshadowing of the catastrophe that was to come, synagogues throughout Germany and Austria went up in flames during what is known as Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass. During the ensuing 6 1?2 years, together with more than six million Jewish lives, together with thousands upon thousands of Torah scrolls and prayer books, the musical soul of European Jewry