by Dr. Gerhard Falk
Fleischer, Professor of Literature at the University of Buffalo, has called my
attention to an entry in the Oxford English Dictionary which is indeed
dictionary defines the word HOLOCAUST in several ways. Each definition is
accompanied by one or more examples of its use in past literature. One
definition is “a sacrifice wholly consumed by fire”, another definition is
“a complete sacrifice or offering”, a third definition is “complete
sacrifice by fire” and finally “the HOLOCAUST” is defined as “the mass
murder of the Jews by the Nazis in the war of 1939-1945.”
is truly remarkable is the paragraph in the OED which follows. Here is one
quotation from The News Chronicle of 1942: “Nothing else in Hitler’s
record is comparable to his treatment of the Jews……. The word has gone forth
that the Jewish peoples are to be exterminated… the conscience of humanity
the year just quoted is 1942. This was in the middle of the 2nd World
War. This was at a time when all the borders between Germany and the rest of the
world were reputedly closed.
years later, in 1945, the Germans and their European collaborators claimed that
they knew nothing about the mass murders of the Jews until after the killing
camps were opened by the allied armies. Likewise, American politicians claimed
that they knew nothing about these murders. Even the American Jewish community
sought refuge in pretended ignorance of these atrocities.
English newspaper published the news of the extermination of the European Jews
in December of 1942. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, another
publication, Hansard Lords, published this on March 23, 1943: “The
Nazis go on killing ..if this rule could be relaxed, some hundreds, and possibly
a few thousands, might be enabled to escape from this holocaust.”
other publications knew this and wrote about it? To claim later that these
killings were not known all over Europe and America is an excuse that cannot be
given credence any more and the OED proves it.
raises the question why so many claimed not to know what in fact they did know.
must understand that hatred of Jews was not then confined to Germany. There were
Americans who followed Hitler in this country until the Japanese bombed Pearl
Harbor on December 7, 1941 and we entered the war. Prior to that, anti-war
demonstrators rallied in the streets and shouted the same slogans we hear them
shout in the streets now. Just as Hitler had his friends here in the 1930’s,
so Saddam Hussein has his friends supporting his barbarities here in 2003.
must be understood that the then President, Franklin Roosevelt, was an
anti-Jewish bigot who was not willing to save so much as 900 Jews who were
trapped on the German ship St. Louis when it sailed out of Cuba towards
Miami, Florida in May of 1939.
circumstances were these: On May 13, 1939, before the beginning of the second
World War, the German ship St. Louis sailed from Hamburg for Havana with 937
passengers. Only a few were not Jewish. These Jewish refugees from the Nazi
terror had obtained entry permits into Cuba by paying huge sums to the then
Cuban dictator Federico Laredo Bru. That dictator and other politicians in Cuba
had amassed millions by selling these entry permits to desperate Jews. However,
when the St. Louis arrived in Havana on May 27, 1939, the Cubans revoked the
landing certificates of the Jews and refused to let more than 28 disembark. The
28 were not Jewish.
the St. Louis sailed towards Florida in the hope that the United States would
accept the Jews. The voyage of the St. Louis had of course become a major news
story and the whole world knew about this. In addition, the St. Louis cabled
President Franklin D. Roosevelt for permission to land in Miami. Roosevelt never
even answered the cable. Instead, the U.S. State Department, then and now
anti-Jewish, demanded that the passengers wait their turn in Germany for
immigration visas. This meant that the passengers were condemned to return to
the Nazi terror. In fact, in 1939 only 27,370 American visas were made available
to all German and Austrian Jews, a number so small as to be equal to a death
sentence for the thousands who were waiting to get out of Europe. In the end,
the St. Louis returned to Europe. Some of the Jews were admitted into England.
The others were sent to France, Belgium and the Netherlands and were there
caught by the invading German armies in 1940.
Why is it
that to this day there are Jews who view Franklin Roosevelt and his party as
friends of the Jewish people? Is there anybody who can answer that question?
reason so many politicians and others did not want to know about the mass murder
of the European Jews was that they were profiting from the murders. It has now
been revealed that many banks in America, Switzerland, England and other places
stored “Nazi gold” which was in fact the property of the murdered Jews.
Among those bankers who stored the gold originating with the gold tooth fillings
of Jewish corpses, the gold rings taken from their dead hands, and the gold
coins found in their clothing was the grandfather of the current president, the
banker and later senator from Connecticut, Prescott Bush. The son of Prescott,
George Bush, was our President from 1989 through 1992. No friend of Israel or
anyone Jewish, he sought to prevent the survival of Israel and even incited
anti-Jewish attitudes in this country. Yet, the sins of the father cannot be
attributed to the son. The current George W. Bush is without doubt the best
President we have yet seen. His support of Israel, and hence of the Jewish
people here as well, is magnificent. He has not forgotten the lessons of World
War II. He has not forgotten the manner in which the appeasers and friends of
Germany were willing to let Hitler do his worst. He remembers as we remember the
6 million of our brethren, needlessly slaughtered by the silent and even loud
complicity of those who scream “Peace” in the streets even as the tyrants
make war against all around them, even their own people.
we, the American Jewish community, support George W. Bush so that America may
survive, so that Israel may survive and so that we may survive, Bimhayro
Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications,
A New Look at the Supporting Generation (with Dr. Ursula A., Falk, 2002),
Ascent to Reason (2003).