Photo Credit: Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

Special Note: In last week’s column I shared with you the first part of a letter from an American gentile who lives in Munich, Germany, describing the covert and overt anti-Semitism that continues to plague that country, and for that matter, the world. The letter once again reinforces the old truth, we remain “one lamb among 70 wolves” and those wolves stand ready to pounce upon us and devour us. We dare not forget that we have only One Friend, and that is Avinu She’Bashamayim, our Heavenly Father.

Postscript: As you may recall from one of my previous columns, when I recently addressed the Jewish community in Germany, I was asked by a reporter for my views on the conflict between Chancellor Schroeder and President Bush. I told her that the 20th century would be remembered in history for the satanic evil that the Germans perpetrated against the Jewish people and humanity, and now, at the beginning of the 21st century, Chancellor Schroeder had an opportunity to present a new image of Germany, a Germany that would align itself with the greatest democracy in the world to combat terrorism and evil. What a tragedy that the opportunity was lost. A lengthy article was published on that interview, but as might have been expected, my statement on Chancellor Schroeder was deleted by the editor of the publication.


Anti-Semitism In Germany Today (Continued from last week)

Even though Hitler lost W.W. II, he was phenomenally successful in carrying out his ideological agenda. Germany, indeed virtually all of Europe, is essentially Judenfrei (free of Jews) today, due to the efficiency and zeal of the Germans as they perpetrated the Holocaust during the Third Reich. In fact, a very convincing case can be made that Nazism is one of the most successful political programs of all time. It accomplished more of its goals in a shorter amount of time than any other comparable political movement, and permanently changed the fact and political structure of several continents. Germany is wealthy, stable, relentlessly bourgeois, and for all intents and purposes, free of Jews. Yes, there is a tiny minority of Jews, mostly centered in Berlin, and yes, there have been a number of Jews from the former Soviet Union who have emigrated to Germany, but most of the immigrants from Russia are not practicing Jews and do little, if anything, to promote a unique Jewish-German identity. The result of all this is that Germans today are able to reap the benefits of Hitler’s anti-Semitic policies while paying lip-service to the “need to remember.”

Young Fritz doesn’t have to be overtly anti-Semitic today because his grandfather’s generation
did such a bang-up job of the Holocaust. There just aren’t that many Jews to hate anymore, and besides, the Germans have their old buddies, the Arabs, to do their hating for them. You might call the overwhelming German support for the Palestinians to be a form of anti-Semitism by proxy. The German government has made cash payments to the State of Israel as well as to individual Jews, to settle claims of murder, torture, false imprisonment, slave labor and genocide.

Talk to most Germans and you’ll soon discover that they think that the score has been settled
between Germany and the Jews, that somehow the return of just a portion of what the Germans stole from the Jews is fair recompense for the deliberate murder of millions of people. If you think the Germans are truly sorry for what they did to the Jews, think again. There’s never been an official “tut mir leid” offered by the Germans to the victims of the Holocaust and their descendants because that would admit culpability. Germany has paid off all claims against it without acknowledging responsibility in the same way that the Ford Motor Company engages in recalls of automobiles. It’s all done to avoid liability.

I have previously mentioned that Germans overwhelmingly support the Palestinians as  opposed to the Israelis and that this overwhelming support represents a form of anti-Semitism by proxy. Germans may claim to be supporting the Palestinians because they think they are an “oppressed people”, but let’s be honest – they are supporting the Palestinians and their Arab handlers because the Palestinians and the Arabs share the same ideals as the Nazis.

There’s a long-standing history of German cooperation with the Arabs. In 1942 Hitler personally assured the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem that as soon as German forces conquered Great Britain, the Jews in Palestine (which was then under control of the British Mandate) would be exterminated. We should also keep in mind that the Arab terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 atrocities did their planning in Germany. There are several reasons for this. The first is the well-known bungling and de-centralized chaos of the German federal bureaucracy where literally the “linke” hand doesn’t know what the “rechte” hand is doing. The second is that Arab terrorists can count on a substantial number of Germans who share their anti- American and anti-Semitic views. The former members of the SS and Hitler’s praetorian guards, along with their neo-Nazi supporters, who gather weekly in Munich beer halls made Osama bin-Laden an “honorary Aryan” after the 9/11 attack.

Mein Kampf is also a best seller in the Arab world, especially in Saudi Arabia, America’s putative “friend”. Indeed, there is very little difference between the anti-Semitic rantings of Hitler and those of the so-called “spiritual leaders” of al-Quaeda, Hamas and Fatah. The Arabs also owe Hitler and the Germans big time because Hitler killed off the Jews, and Konrad Adenauer and his “democratic” descendants opened their doors to Moslem immigration, the result of which has been two-fold.

1) It allows the Germans to feign liberalism and being open to freedom, and diversity, and 2)By replacing the Jews they murdered with Muslims, who for the most part are as viciously anti-Semitic as were the Nazis, the Germans have cynically assured that those few Jews who remain in Germany will be unable to reassert political power even in a minority role.

A final point I would like to make concerning the reasons for the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Germany is one that many will find at odds with the prima-facie evidence, or even appear to stretch the boundaries of common sense. Yet I ask you to consider carefully my line of reasoning. In many respects, Germany got away with the Holocaust without paying much of a price. Yes, many Germans died as a result of German perpetration of W.W. II and the Holocaust, and yes, there was much physical destruction in the country, but the situation is like the little boy who steals a cookie from the tray while it is cooling on the kitchen table. For his efforts he may have gotten his hand slapped by his mother, but the stolen cookie remains eaten nonetheless.

After having committed the worst crimes in the history of humankind, the Germans were allowed to regain their sovereignty after only 10 years; their infrastructure was completely rebuilt, thanks to the generosity of the American people, and relatively few Germans were brought to trial for their monstrous crimes. Even those who were tried and convicted received relatively short sentences or had those reduced or commuted in general amnesties. For example, some members of the einsatzkommandos, those Germans who, before the construction of the death camps, hunted and murdered Jews by the hundreds of thousands, received sentences of as little as five year imprisonments.

If there were true justice in the world, Germany would no longer exist as a separate country, but would long ago have had its territory divided up and dispersed among the Allies. It was an unfortunate historical coincidence that the Cold War began just as Germany was at last being brought to task for its many crimes and atrocities extending back to the First World War. The new threat of the Soviet Union took precedence over a just settling of accounts with Germany.

The tragic result is that many of the countries raped and despoiled by Germany, such as the
Czech-Republic and Poland, are just now coming out of decades of economic decline, while Germany – fat, sassy, arrogant, self-satisfied, and essentially Juden-frei – has enjoyed four decades of economic prosperity.

We can’t back the clock to redress all of the historical wrongs that have been committed by the Germans, but there are a number of things that can be done to assure that Germany can never again be in a position to threaten the rest of the civilized world. First and foremost is the realization that, while not all Germans are anti-Semitic, there is an anti-Semitic tendency within German culture that extends back to the time of Martin Luther. Germans are instinctively anti-Semitic in the same way that Americans are instinctively freedom loving.

Anti-Semitism has been, and unfortunately remains, the default ideology of the German people. All things being equal, Germans will instinctively support the enemies of the State of Israel. Therefore, America will need to monitor closely and be ready and politically willing to intervene at a moment’s notice in German affairs when it appears that Germany is back-sliding into anti-Semitism. Additionally, it should be a goal of American foreign policy to oppose and to accelerate the dismemberment of the European Union.

We must not allow German domination of the EU to accomplish through parliamentary
maneuvering and brokered deals what Hitler and the Germans were unable to accomplish during the Third Reich. Given Germany’s resurgent anti-Semitism (and that of France as well), a strong German-dominated EU that tolerates and even benignly encourages anti-Semitism, and is diplomatically allied with the Arab world, is potentially the greatest threat to Judaism since Nazi Germany, and a major threat to the United States as well. The enemies of Israel are the enemies of the United States. Let all Jews and Americans stand united as we proclaim “Never again” to both the Holocaust and 9/11.