The Treatment of German Jewish Refugees

Commentary by Dr. Gerhard Falk


The German Jews


In 1945, at the end of the 2nd World War, there were 45,000 Jews left in  Germany. Only 21,000 of these Jews were admitted to the United States, where they were stunned by the reception they were accorded by the American Jewish community.

These Jews had survived such cruelties as can never be recorded or understood by those not involved. Yet, on arriving in America, they were rejected, dismissed and insulted by those they believed would help them. It is no exaggeration to record here that the American Jews, almost entirely of Eastern European descent, shun the few German Jews still alive in 2016 in a manner resembling the anti-Semitism of those who have created a view of all Jews utterly divorced from reality. Likewise, American Jews have invented a picture of German Jews derived from hate filled imagination but real in its consequences.

Claiming that the destitute refugees were all arrogant and wealthy allowed American Jews to ignore the fate of the few  refugees who, to this day, suffer from the horrors they endured. Yet the Jewish organizations which collect money every day refused to help the German Jews in any manner. Even synagogues rejected German Jews then and do now, so  that the vast majority of the German Jews who came here as a result of the Nazi horrors were helped by such groups as the Salvation Army or the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

The outcome of this antagonism to the German Jewish refugees has been that a large number of German Jews are no longer associated in any manner with the American Jewish community, so that their intermarried children and grandchildren are lost to Judaism forever. Even now, seventy years after the Holocaust, German Jews are treated like “skunks at a picnic” by the American Jewish establishment, who are anxious to help all minorities but not their fellow Jews.  It is  an indisputable fact that the German Jews were not wanted in their native land nor in their adopted home in America. In fact, we were not and are not wanted anywhere. Perhaps even God will reject us.     

Shalom u’vracha.

Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications, including End of the Patriarchy (2015).

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