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The Jews In Nazi Germany: A Handbook Of Facts Regarding Their Present Situation;WWI Jewish-German Symbiosis, at Poland’s Expense, Confirmed. The Rest? A Very-Oversimplified anti-Nazi Apologetic

jan peczkis|Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My review is based on the original edition, published in April 1935. This book analyzes the situation of Jews in Nazi Germany in the first two years since Hitler came to power. It thus is pre-Holocaust, pre-WWII, pre-Kristallnacht, and pre-Nuremberg Laws. The book includes some interesting figures. For instance, the German cities with the largest Jewish populations in 1925 were: Berlin [with 172,672], Frankfurt on Main [29,835], Breslau (now Wroclaw) [23,240], Hamburg [19,794], and Koln (Cologne) [16,093]. (p. 5).



AN INCIPIENT WWI-ERA JEWISH-GERMAN JUDEOPOLONIA POLARIZED THE POLES AND THE JEWS

The authors, the American Jewish Committee, tries to explain [or excuse] the Nazi-complained "overabundance" of the OSTJUDEN in Germany by informing the reader why it happened. In doing so, they make revealing comments that confirm what Poles had been saying all along. Let us focus on this.

Although the American Jewish Committee does not use the term Judeopolonia or directly allude to this very-possible joint German-Jewish rule over Polish lands had Germany won the Great War, it does touch on this issue: “In the winter of 1914-1915, General Ludendorff had issued a proclamation to the Jews of Poland appealing to them to place themselves under the liberal government of Germany. Many Jews, swayed by this appeal, migrated into Germany where they were employed as workers in Upper Silesia, Rhineland, and Westphalia. After the War [WWI], they were joined by numbers of Jews from German territory which had been ceded to Poland. Under the terms of the Peace Treaty, inhabitants of the ceded territories were permitted, within a certain time, to decide whether they wished to be Polish or German nationals. Many Jews opted for German nationality. This action made them unpopular among the Poles [Reviewer’s editorial comment: Any why not?], and caused them to be subject to discrimination and boycott, leaving them no choice but flight to Germany.” (p. 3).

In any case, the facts are clear. Around 1914, some of Poland's Jews had played the "German card" against Poles and Poland. And not quite twenty years later, this backfired big-time on them.

POORLY-DEVELOPED ANTI-NAZI ARGUMENTS

The American Jewish Committee reminds the reader that it should not matter if there are "too many" Jewish doctors, lawyers, etc., as long as they are doing a good job as doctors, lawyers, etc. The point is taken. However, this Judeocentric attitude may border on selfishness, in that it potentially disregards the needs and aspirations of non-Jews who also want to become doctors, lawyers, etc.

The authors repeatedly complain that the Nazis are selectively presenting facts--all the while the authors of this book engage in the very same thing. For instance, they cite one source on the Jews in the Soviet Communist Party as a whole (p. 26), and use this to “prove” that Jews were insignificant in Communism in the USSR. In doing so, they are completely ignoring the real issue at hand—the pronounced concentration of Jews in the leadership of Communism.

Now consider the German Jew and industrialist Walter Rathenau. In 1909, he wrote that “three hundred men, all of whom know one another, direct the economic destiny of Europe and choose their successors from among themselves.” (pp. 22-23). The Nazis then dishonestly substituted “Jews” for “men” when misquoting Rathenau in their anti-Semitic propaganda. The point is taken. However, this leaves the central question open—How many of these 300 highly-influential men were Jews, and what influence did these Jews have over the remaining 300 who were not Jews?

In asking these questions, I am not supporting anti-Jewish conspiracy theories or trying to defend the Nazis in any way. I am only showing the rather superficial nature of this book’s defensive approach to Jews, and its ignoring of at-least potential legitimate grievances against Jews.
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