THE SCOURGE OF ANTI-SEMITISM
By Michael Burkert
Once again the news regarding the status of Jews in Europe is not
good. Anti-Semitic acts perpetrated by “enlightened, peace loving Muslims,” as
well as right-wing sympathizers are driving out Jews in France. Already, over
2500 Jewish families have departed France in the past year. Their destination
is Israel. The Jewish families that have left France believe that their safety
and security will be better in Israel. Despite the reign of terror currently
being waged by the Palestinian Authority headed by Mahmood Abbas, French Jews
actually think that their safety will be better served in the Middle-Eastern war
zone created by the Muslims.
Incredible! How could this happen? Isn’t France a “liberal democracy"? Aren’t
the other European democracies tolerant of the many religions represented in
their countries? Didn’t they learn anything from the intolerance and bigotry of
the 1930s and 40s, that led to the murder of over six-million Jews, people
murdered simply because they were Jews? Events that are unfolding daily
in Europe tend to indicate that no one learned anything from the last
Holocaust. Where’s the UN in all of this? What about Human Rights?
Jews were once a thriving minority in Europe. In 1933, the year that Hitler
came to power, there were 520,000 Jews in Germany. The Nazis put an end to
that. Over 180,000 German Jews were murdered in Hitler’s camps. The others
either fled Germany, or survived the nightmare of the Holocaust either in one of
the camps or in hiding. A small number of Jews survived by pretending that they
weren’t Jewish. After all, most German Jews looked just like any other German.
This was the reason that the Nazis required Jews to wear the yellow star.
Otherwise, how would they be able to identify a Jew out and about in the cities
Despite the fact that during World War II, the Petain government, better known
as “Vichy France” happily deported thousands of Jews to concentration camps,
some to camps inside France itself, the largest Jewish community remaining in
Europe is in France. Over 500,000 Jews live there today. For most, life has
been good. Jews have worked hard and earned positions of prominence. Since
World War II, the French nation has accommodated their large Jewish community.
France has no doubt reaped the rewards and benefits of Jewish ingenuity,
entrepreneurship, and plain hard work! Whatever you think or say about our
Jewish brethren, they are hard working, industrious people! They give to the
community much more than they receive.
There is a slight problem in France however, and the same problem permeates
Europe as a whole. The problem is the massive migration of Muslim peoples to
Western Europe. As a result of latent anti-Semitism in Europe, and the massive
introduction of hostile Muslims, it’s only natural to witness a rise in
anti-Semitic attitudes and incidents. Simply put, Muslims have a deep-rooted
hatred for Jews and anything Jewish. But then so do many Europeans. The
Palestinian Arab cause has been successfully exported to Europe, with every
intention of opening new battlegrounds in every European nation possible. The
inherent anti-Semitic attitudes extant in Europeans makes Europe a fertile
ground for spreading anti-Semitism, anti-Israeli and anti-American sentiment.
HATRED FOR JEWS NEVER ERADICATED FROM GERMANY
Despite the overwhelming defeat of the Third Reich in 1945, and the complete
destruction that Germany suffered as a direct result of war brought on by
National Socialism, many Germans today believe that it was the Jews who “ruined”
Germany. I have actually been told this by Germans on more than one occasion.
I have yet to hear a German tell me that the destruction and defeat of Germany
was a result due to the National Socialists. Indeed, the Hitler government
instituted many laws, policies and practices still enforced in Germany today.
The rise of anti-Semitism is once again problematic. Right-wing political
movements, who encourage anti-Semitism, are gaining strength in numbers. The
largest right-wing party by far, is the National Democratic Party, (NPD)
recently joined by the National Volksunion or NVU. The so-called
National Democrats are headed by Udo Voigt and realizes its strongest support in
Saxon-Anhalt, a German Lander, or state in the former German Democratic
Republic (East Germany). The NPD holds about 17% of the seats in the
Saxon-Anhalt State Assembly. The NPD distributes millions of pages of
literature each year, mostly advocating the expulsion of foreigners, and
minorities. “GERMANY FOR GERMANS,” is their motto. NPD membership increases
every year, as more and more Germans assume this attitude. Donations to party
coffers are also on the rise. Money is coming in from around the world,
including money from sympathetic right-wing groups in the United States.
The economy in Germany, while having improved some in 2006 remains rather
stagnant. The government is projecting half of one percent growth for 2007.
Immigration from the former communist countries and the Middle East is on the
rise. The real threat is a merger of all right-wing neo-Nazi parties. If this
occurs, the neo-Nazis will assemble a large voting block, which will make its
impact felt in the national political scene almost immediately. A major failure
of the economy, a collapse of the banking system, a collapse of the European
currency the “Euro” could rapidly bring about an amalgamation of all right-wing
elements. The Federal Republic would most likely go the way of the Weimar
Republic. A “new order” would descend upon Germany, as it did in 1933.
ANTI-SEMITISM A WORLDWIDE PHENOMENON
Anti-Semitism is the oldest form of bigotry and racism. It is certainly nothing
new, and has followed Jews wherever they migrated to during the entire period of
the Diaspora. Bias against Jews has always been a blight on
civilizations wherever they have migrated to and prospered. Anti-Semitism is
the most illogical, irrational phenomenon imaginable!
Throughout the 19th Century, and up to the end of World War I, Jews
enjoyed a unique existence in Germany. Everywhere else in Europe, Jews were
subjected to severe discrimination, anti-Jewish sentiments and pogroms.
Nineteenth-century pogroms in Russia were famous! Death and destruction were
commonly inflicted upon helpless innocent Jews. The least provocation was all
that was required to cause riots, mob violence and mass murder of Jews, not only
in Russia, but other European nations as well.
However anti-Semitism was at an all time low in Germany during this period.
Jews had come into their own, in the fields of engineering, medicine, banking,
business, and general academia. The German people knew and understood the
benefits they reaped as a result of Jewish accomplishments. Jewish
manufacturers hired non-Jewish labor. Jewish businessmen created wealth that
benefited non-Jewish workers and their families.
Jews were prominent in the trades as well. Trade Guilds in Germany benefited
the numerous skilled machinists, metal fabricators, millwrights, foundry workers
and other skilled members of the Trade Community, who happened to be Jewish. In
1914, the number of Jewish Tradesmen, possessing Meisterbriefs, or
established “Trade Master” credentials, rivaled those of the Catholic or
Lutheran communities. Jewish artisans were known for their skills in the design
and manufacture of high-quality goods.
The defeat of the German Empire in 1918 and the subsequent collapse of the
Hohenzollern Monarchy brought an end to Jewish prosperity and dominance in many
fields of endeavor. The Kaiser and his government had welcomed Jews as
essential human resources. Even in the German Armed Forces, recognition of the
importance of Jewish service members was recognized. Accordingly, there existed
two distinct oaths of enlistment. There were sufficient numbers of Jewish men
serving in the Army and Navy, that a Jewish version of the oath of allegiance to
the Kaiser and Empire was deemed appropriate.
The oath that Jewish recruits took was not designed to offend or discriminate.
Quite the contrary, it recognized the difference between Jews and Christians,
and served to unify the armed forces for a common purpose, that being the
defense of the German Empire. Over a hundred thousand Jewish men served their
nation in World War I. That was more than 20% of all German Jews extant.
They fought on every front, served on vessels at sea, and fought the air battles
over France. Some even earned the Pour le’Merite, the highest medal
Germany could bestow upon her heroes. Jews most certainly did not, as the Nazis
were quick to claim, “stab Germany in the back” during World War I. The vast
majority of Jews were Germans first and Jews second.
This is not to say that anti-Semitism had been eradicated during the period of
the German Empire (1871-1918). Anti-Semitism abounded in university clubs and
organizations, as well as political parties that existed during that time. The
Catholic Church served to perpetuate anti-Semitism even in Germany, where the
Catholic population was second only to the Lutherans. At the inception of the
German Empire in 1871, Pius IX was the Pope extant. Among his many
anti-Protestant “Bulls” and decrees, Pius IX also issued strong anti-Jewish
sentiments and decrees. He declared the Jews as “Christ Killers,” and openly
opined that Jews had no place in “Christian” lands. He advocated expelling Jews
His successor was Leo XIII, who declared Jews “enemies of all Christians,”
further declared that the Jews were the “source of all evil.” Leo continued to
issue strong anti-Semitic statements, which were most certainly taken to heart
by his millions of followers. He advocated renewing the Inquisition during his
There existed in Germany, secret organizations that advocated various and sundry
issues. One of the secret groups was the Thule Society. Thulists were
heavy into the occult, and anti-Semitism. The Thule Society provided many of
the ideas later developed and refined by the National Socialists. Nazi ideology
borrowed heavily from the Thule Society.
Jews in other countries in Europe did not benefit from a benevolent Monarch, as
they did in Germany. Most everywhere else in Europe, Jews were forced to live
in ghettos. They were restricted from farming, owning farmland, and not allowed
to participate in the trades reserved for Christians. Consequently, they were
forced into work that was considered demeaning to Christians. The medical
profession was actually looked down on for centuries in most European
countries. Jews were allowed to become doctors for this reason. Other trades
included barbering, as barbers were required to participate in the preparation
of the dead for burial, this profession was considered fit for Jews. The
operation of undertaking parlors, tanneries, and pawn brokerages was considered
beneath the dignity of Christians, but okay for Jews. There were many other
trades and professions that were relegated to the Jews, depending on what
country set the rules.
THE NAZI HOLOCAUST WAS NOT THE FIRST
Most people never bother to learn history. The subject of history is probably
one of the most loathed subjects in American schools. After all who really
cares what “old Joe Smith” did in 1845? Or why does anybody care what some
Roman guy did in 31 AD? Unfortunately, those nations and peoples who fail to
learn from history are bound to repeat it. The Holocaust is no exception.
The first Holocaust or mass murder and destruction of Jews was perpetrated from
610 to about 670 AD. Hundreds of thousands of Jews were killed, enslaved,
tortured and relentlessly harassed during the initial spread of Islam. The
first Holocaust occurred because the Jews refused to recognize Mohammed as a
prophet. Mohammed was so incensed by the Jewish refusal to embrace Islam that
he saw to the complete elimination of all Jews from the Arabian Peninsula.
Mohammed decreed that Jews and Muslims could not live together in Arabia.
Consequently, there are no Jews in Saudi Arabia today. They aren’t allowed to
live there. Mohammed’s pogroms and his effort at “ethnic cleansing” was
thorough and complete.
The hatred and anti-Semitic beliefs and attitudes are a direct result of the
first Holocaust to befall the Jews, as well as the subsequent Papal decrees, the
Inquisition, and the continued anti-Jewish stance of many nominal Christian
churches. It’s not only the Roman Catholic Church that taught its followers
that the Jews were “Christ Killers.” Most all nominal-Christian churches have
at one time or the other held to the belief that the Jews were responsible for
the murder of Jesus Christ. This belief is still prevalent in Europe.
It makes no difference whether the church is a “reformed” church, a “Baptist”
church or a “Presbyterian” church, the common belief is that the Jews are
responsible for the murder of Jesus. I remember hearing this in the Methodist
Church, when I was a boy. How many believe this today is good question. A well
known televangelist recently proclaimed that, “God does not hear the prayer of
the Jew!” Oh really. What if a Jew were to repent, be baptized, and receive
the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands? The televangelist would
probably still insist that his prayer would not be heard. I wonder if this
famous Sunday morning guy believes that the Jews are “Christ Killers.” I
wouldn’t be surprised.
Not only has hatred of the Jews been confined to hating “Christ Killers.” Jews
have been hated out of jealousy as much as anything else. Wherever Jews have
migrated, they have prospered. They have done so because of ingenuity, tenacity
and hard work. When a European Jew was forced to live on a tiny, sparse piece
of land yet was able to grow food and feed his family, when nobody else had been
able to do so, jealousy set in. Maybe the Jew used witchcraft. Maybe the
Jew is in league with the devil. How else could he have grown a crop, where
crops won’t grow? Superstition, distrust, envy and a little “Jew-baiting”
from the local church went a long way in perpetrating anti-Semitic feelings that
often led to the murder of innocent men, women and children.
CAN ANTI-SEMITISM LEAD TO THE EXPULSION OF ALL JEWS?
Every day, more news of anti-Semitic crimes is reported in the local media.
Synagogue burning, desecration of Holocaust memorials, desecration of Jewish
cemeteries, harassment of Jews on the streets is increasing. Crime perpetrated
against Jews in Europe continues to climb. In some cases, the local police more
or less turn the other way. Not much effort goes into solving crimes against
Many Muslim clerics in Europe are advocating the expulsion of all Jews from
Europe. With millions of Muslims in Europe today, and just a few hundred
thousands of Jews, the expulsion movement may gain momentum. The neo-Nazis are
aligned with the Muslims for convenience. These groups are virulently
anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. They are also anti-Muslim but play
this down. Most neo-Nazis would like nothing better than to expel the Turks,
the Lebanese, the Syrians, Iraqis and other Arabs just as soon as possible.
They see the expulsion of the Jews as a first step.
One of the recent anti-Semitic policies to resurface in Europe, is the banning
of kosher food preparation, specifically kosher slaughter. Five European
nations now have imposed bans on kosher slaughter. The reason given is that
kosher slaughter is inhumane. Some countries are considering banning the import
of kosher meat products. Banning kosher meat was one of the first laws passed
after Hitler took power in 1933. The Nazis said it was for “humane” reasons.
The interesting thing is that five years ago in January, 2002, Germany lifted
the ban on Halal slaughter, so that pious Muslims can eat ritually
slaughtered meat products. Halal ritual slaughter is very similar to
Kosher. It was one of the many practices from Judaism that Mohammed
incorporated into Islam.
Middle East immigration is exploding in Europe. There are no signs that it will
taper off any time soon. The more Muslims, the more anti-Semitism. Nominal
Christians will embrace more and more anti-Semitism, as throughout history, they
always have. The next European Holocaust may be upon us sooner than we think
possible. History will no doubt, once again repeat itself.
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