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The conquering Jew

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Author John Foster Fraser, a Briton, states that his work is written from neither a pro- nor anti-Semitic viewpoint. (p. 1). He emphasizes the Jews of Europe and the USA. This work describes the many Jewish successes in so many endeavors. [My review is based on the original 1915 edition.]



The book also presents arcane information. Here is an assortment of it:

Salomon Haym, though often mentioned in conjunction with the American Revolution, is not the full story. Many Jews had supported England because they had grown wealthy under British rule. (p. 65).

When gold was first discovered at Coolgardie, in Australia, in 1896, there was a massive movement of Jews to that town, but eventually the Jews thinned out. (p. 144).

Fraser suggests that Jews dominate the entertainment industry in the USA because there is money in it. (p. 110).

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I focus on a few topics in some detail:

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN POLES AND RUSSIANS IN THEIR TREATMENTS OF THE JEWS

Fraser comments, (quote) But in Poland, whose boast it was that no pogrom could occur, a distinction must be drawn. The Jews are not particularly favored; but the Poles are a race of a higher civilization than the Russians, and, having themselves suffered persecution and humiliation, had sympathy with the Jews. Yet pogroms, even here, could not be entirely averted. Warsaw had one as far back as 1881, Lodz in 1892, and later one occurred in Sedlitz [Siedlce], though this may be entirely credited to undisciplined soldiers. (unquote)(p. 204). [Actually, to undisciplined Russian soldiers.]

STRONG INTERFAMILIAL TIES: THE KEY TO JEWISH ECONOMIC SUCCESSES

Fraser points to a crucial difference between non-Jewish and Jewish entrepreneurs. He writes, (quote) Furthermore, while in business Gentile relatives often clash, Jewish relatives have a great confidence in each other, and that is a valuable asset in partnership. The solidarity of the Rothschild family is the most outstanding case. (unquote)(p. 50).

ANTISEMITISM DRIVEN BY COMPETITION WITH JEWS—RATHER THAN BY RELIGIOUS OR RACIAL PREJUDICES

Fraser quips, (quote) Because the Jew is a money-lender, and exacts his pound of flesh from the improvident Russian, he is hated. He is kept out of certain towns because the Russian trader would have no chance to live against Jewish competition. (unquote)(p. 214).

JEWISH BUSINESS ETHICS

Fraser thus offers his opinion, (quote) When you find his competitors complaining of his methods it is because, being an Oriental and out to win, he is not always loyal, and integrity is not one of his virtues. The Jew is often dishonest; that is, he will deliberately reap advantage from the ignorance of his customers. (unquote)(pp. 122-123).

JEWISH PROFITEERING, AT GERMAN EXPENSE, LONG PREDATED THE POST-WWI HYPERINFLATION

Writing in 1915, at a time when Hitler and Nazism were not even imagined, Fraser points to one of the most important factors that led to German antipathy towards Jews. It was decades in the making. He comments, (quote) After the conclusion of the Franco-Prussian War and the payment of the enormous indemnity by the French, the circulation of money in Germany was plentiful and business brisk. A fever of speculation took possession of all classes, but when the resulting depression and inevitable crisis followed, came the discovery that, with their customary business acumen, the Jews had not only contrived to weather the storm by which so many capitalists had seen their savings swept away, but were actually in possession of the security pledged on investments. The disappointed investors were at no pains to conceal their rage that much of the wealth of Germany had passed into the hands of the Hebrew. He was accordingly hated as much as he was feared. (unquote)(pp. 156-157).

JEWS AND THE LIQUOR TRADE DO NOT REDUCE TO THE OLD-WORLD NOBLE-SERF RELATIONSHIP

In discussions about the PROPINACJA (trade in alcohol) in old Poland, the Jewish monopoly of this trade is commonly blamed on the decisions of the nobility. Think again. In the USA, where there never have been nobility or serfs, the situation is much the same. Fraser comments, (quote) The Jews are masters of the whisky trade in America. Eighty percent of the members of the National Liquor Dealers’ Association are Jews. It has been shown that 60 percent of the business of distilling and wholesale trade in whisky [whiskey] is in the hands of the Jews. As middlemen they control the wine product of California. (unquote)(pp. 108-109).

WHY JEWS ARE DISINCLINED TO BECOME FARMERS

The rarity of European Jews in farming is conventionally attributed to Jews being long forbidden by law to become farmers. This is a half-truth. In addition, there never were laws in the USA barring Jews from engaging in agriculture, yet relatively few of them do. (p. 60). Why? Fraser suggests the reason, (quote) …Jewish farmers lose their interest in the field of agriculture, where only manual work is required of them, and where success lies only in reaping the fruits of manual labor. But as soon as they have to use their brains in calculating and planning, as soon as there is a demand upon a keen intelligence, then the Jewish farmer begins to like his work. (unquote)(p. 61).

Placed in broader context, Fraser quips, (quote) On the other hand, however poorly educated a Jew may be, he engages in pursuits which require mental abilities rather than muscle, and the tendency is that he gradually becomes better educated. (unquote)(p. 282).
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