Blaming the Jews
Schuld am Elend
Cause of the Misery
Schuld am Elend, sagt er Schuld am Leid, sagt er Schuld wennís regent, sagt er Schuld wennís schneit, sagt er Schuld an allem, sagt er voller Wut, sagt er Schuld am allen, sagt er ist der Jud.
This is a proverb that
was repeated during the Hitler era in the 1930ís and 1940ís.
The scapegoat for all the misery, the pain, the rain, the snow, the cause
and responsibility for all misery is the Jew.
This adage is still
repeated in various languages and various parts of the world.
There is much jealousy expressed in this hateful rhyme. The Arabs hate their Jewish neighbors because of their
abilities, their hard labor, their willingness to explore and to learn; the
Jewish learning and know-how is envied and denigrated by those who have used
their energies to hate and to destroy; the anti-Semites will go to any length to
minimize those who are unique or achieve more than they have.
The collectors of welfare payments who are unwilling to do a day's labor
hold a grudge against those who have been willing to extend themselves, to
labor, and to achieve their goals.
We see among a
comparatively large proportion of the black community members who rob and murder
in order to gain what they would like to have. They have to their credit
achieved four to six times the white crime rate in the United States.
They use their history of slavery to account for their poverty and their
actions. The remnants of the Jewish
people who escaped from Hitler, his criminal regime, in order not to become a
part of their six million murdered family
members have worked hard to achieve and do not use their indescribable
experiences to escape from responsibilities and hard work and have succeeded.
Rational thought does not enter into the hatred that the anti-Semite expresses. A famous example is the history of Albert Einstein, the most brilliant human of the twentieth century. He was an escapee from the Nazis. He left before the Holocaust. When people speak of Einstein, they rarely recognize his culture, that he was a Jew.
When we look closely at
the hatred directed at the Jewish people we can compare it in a very minor sense
to sibling rivalry. The child who
is jealous of his sibling and who minimizes him/her, attributing unacceptable
deeds to his brother or sister, harbors feelings of being inferior, i.e. not as
loved or accepted as the older or younger one.
As Jewish people we must
not accept the anger, the hatreds, the blatant lies that are attributed to our
people; we must not hide our differences, our similarities, our human failures
and achievements. We must not
accept being denigrated or attempt to hide who we are. We also must stand up for
our brothers and sisters without fear. Self
hatred should not enter our psyche; we have no reason to adopt the viewpoints of
our enemies. They will not change,
we must retain our outlook, our beliefs, our faith in ourselves and our fellow
Jewish people, our differences and our similarities to all of humanity.