The Holocaust & the New York Times

Commentary by Dr. Gerhard Falk




On January 26, 2005, the prime minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, spoke to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, concerning the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp which had occurred exactly 60 years before.

The thrust of his speech was that the whole world stood by and did nothing for 12 long years while the German and other European Nazis brutally persecuted and murdered one third of the Jewish people.

Sad to say, not only governments but millions of individuals as well as the great media either ignored or whitewashed these murders.  Perhaps most disgusting was the attitude of the New York Times, which during the 1930s and 1940s was owned by the Jewish Sulzberger family.  The New York Times had been founded by a 19th-century Jew, Adolph Ochs.  After his death in 1935, his son-in-law Arthur Hays Sulzberger became the publisher.

In a book recently published by Laurel Leff called Buried by the Times, Leff shows that Arthur Hays Sulzberger, in the words of Sidney Zion who reviewed the book, "brought Jewish self-hatred to a head long before the rubric gained popularity." Fearing that the Sulzberger clan could not be admitted to Gentile clubs, the Sulzbergers downplayed their Jewishness.

Throughout the Second World War the New York Times repeatedly published stories concerning the slaughter of the European Jews.  However, the stories never mentioned that the victims of these mass murders were Jewish but referred to them as Hungarians, Poles, Lithuanians or Russians, but never Jews.

In later years Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. was named publisher as his father retired.  He is the publisher and editor today and is an Episcopalian, which was the religion of his mother.  It is ironic that the hate mongers of this world constantly complain that the New York Times is Jewish and that Jews control all the media.  The truth is exactly the opposite, as the media are generally anti-Israel, which is particularly true of the New York Times.

These haters cannot tolerate that the Jews of Israel fight back and defend themselves against the Palestinian terror.  They prefer Jews who walk silently into gas ovens while mumbling ancient prayers to Jews who know that either they themselves defend their lives or no one will.

It is interesting to note that the icon of the liberals, Martin Luther King, recognized years ago in a letter written in 1967 that, "The times have made it unpopular, in the West, to proclaim openly a hatred of the Jews.  This being the case, the anti-Semite must constantly seek new forms and forums for his poison.  He does not hate the Jews, he is just anti-Zionist.  My friend, when people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews - make no mistake about it".

It has often been repeated that there can be no justice for the victims of the Holocaust, not even those who survived.  For surely it would be impossible to adjudicate every murder and every injury suffered by so many at the hands of the European nations.  Instead, the only justice possible for us today is the support of Israel.  The Europeans know that, of course, and therefore satanize Israel at every turn. The European haters now seek to use the Arabs as surrogate Jew killers in the hope that Israel may still be defeated and the Europeans be allowed to witness a second Holocaust.  This is an unlikely event as long as Israel is supported by the world Jewish community and the United States.  That being the case, the Europeans make life miserable for the Jews living among them.  From Norway to Italy and from Russia to Ireland, Jews are once more the targets of the most vile religious bigotry. While so-called statesman pretend to make a distinction between Israel and Jews the European population indulges in no such  hypocrisy.  In European schools Jewish children are once more the targets of violence.  Jewish stores are firebombed and Jews have to once more hide outward symbols of Jewish affinity in order to avoid street violence.  In fact, the police chief of Berlin advised Jews not to wear kippas in public, as he let it be known that the police could not protect Jews on the streets.

Perhaps the most anti-Jewish country in Europe is Austria.  In that land of Hitlerís birth such Nazis as Siegfried Kampl , president of the upper house of the Austrian parliament, supports the memory of Second World War Austrian Nazi fighters. Kampl is an ally of Joerg Haider, Austria's most popular politician, who praised the S.S. storm troopers as "part of the German army that deserves to be honored."

Now that we have reached the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi horror camps, we as Jews are obliged to support Israel and every politician willing to do the same.  It is to the great honor of our president George W. Bush that he has shown more support for the Jewish cause than any president before him. In short, we have so many enemies who would love to see our extinction that we cannot afford to turn our back on those willing to help us.  It is for this reason that we are entitled to remember which President constantly invited the terrorist Arafat to the White House and which President would not even speak to him.

Shalom uívracha.

Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications, including Football & American Identity (2005) & the forthcoming Youth Culture and the Generation Gap with Dr. Ursula A. Falk.

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