We have been looking for the roots of the Holocaust in an outside, hostile world, but we didn’t do anything to prevent it ourselves
We, Jews, have accused everyone for not preventing the Holocaust: the peoples of Germany who allowed the Nazis to come to power; the countries of Europe who allowed themselves to be run by the Nazis; the United States who didn’t destroy the railroad lines to the extermination camps by bombing them and who did not accept Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany; the Pope, who didn’t stand up for the Jews publicly; and many others. And we have rightly blamed them.
But we are afraid to acknowledge publicly that we might have been able to do much ourselves in preventing the Holocaust, but we didn’t. Such an acknowledgement is very important even now in order to “nip” the emergence of a new Holocaust “in the bud” – and to prevent it by our own actions.
From Vadim Davydov’s interesting article, “The Emergence of Aryan Theory”:
“…In 1819, (the German scholar) Friedrich Schlegel used the word ‘Aryan,’ a synonym for the ethnic group including both Germans and Indians (from India), for the first time. In fact, Herodotus talked about Aryans as far back as his time, but Schlegel enhanced the root “Ari” which he proclaimed was etymologically related to the word “honor” (Ehre; honor in English and, thus, only in German does it sound like the root “Ari,” as F. Schlegel declared). Consequently, the notion of an aristocratic race of men emerged.
“… his student, Christian Lassen, reached а conclusion that gave rise to and secured forever the unique political and propagandistic sense of the word ‘Aryan.’ He contrasted the ‘comprehensive talent of Aryans’ with Semites, in whom harmonicity of the soul was absent and the Jewish religion which was egoistical and exclusive. Aryans engaged in race theory for the first time through Lassen’s efforts.
“The idea formulated by Lassen began to spread quickly in Europe. For example, in 1827, they already spoke ‘about the extensive struggle between the Semite and Indo-Germanic worlds’ in French scientific circles. Ernest Renan, a famous researcher of Judaism, declared that the Jews, after the fulfillment of their worldly function (the creation of monotheism) had begun to deteriorate and the world currently was in the hands of the Aryans.
“… The mixing of linguistics and racial anthropology had begun. What at first had been contemplated as linguistic research afterwards grew into radical theories about the principle differences between peoples and cultures. In 1853, the French count, Joseph Arthur de Gobineau (1816-1882), published ‘An Essay on the Inequality of the Human Races,’ which intensified even more the political meaning of the word ‘Aryan.’
“… Rome left behind an incredible mishmash of peoples and races. The Jews alone had succeeded in preserving purity of blood. History had chosen the Aryans to confront by force itself the tiny but influential Jewish peoples.. ‘At the present time,’ he wrote, ‘these two forces — the Jews and the Aryans — …remain one against the other as eternal enemies.’
“… Everything that is not Aryan is initially alien and it must be eliminated. The Jews have been proven to be heirs of Roman racial chaos; the Aryan race is the response for the spiritual salvation of mankind. All achievements of science, art, political economy, etc., have been formulated and advanced by the Aryans. In this way, the 19th century rested upon a firm Aryan foundation.
“… One theme runs throughout a whole book by Chamberlain (an English historian who immigrated to Germany at the end of his life): the Aryans are the creators and media of culture, and as for the Jews — a negative racial force, parasites on the body of civilization, its destroyers, its cancer. Having conquered the decaying Roman Empire, the Aryans brought to its lands a purity and freedom heretofore unseen.
“Chamberlain advanced the crude civilization of the Jews, who, in his opinion, were aliens who threatened to occupy a disproportionately greater place in Germany in the 19th century, as an opposing force to the creative genius of the Aryans. The Jews had earned their judgment, not from misgivings and suspicion, but from unattainable Aryan supremacy. Almost all eminent people, wrote Chamberlain, from Tiberius to Bismarck, had perceived the presence of Jews in their country as a racial threat…”
From the facts cited above in Vadim Davydov’s article, it is obvious that in the 19th century it was not faithful Christians, but secular intellectuals who began to create the theories, the fundamental positions which, in the final analysis, led to the Holocaust. Here are those positions:
- All peoples are not equal – among them is the Aryan master race which must be nurtured to the detriment of all the rest.
- The Jews, who created monotheism and the concept of The One God, subsequently deteriorated into a spiritual ghetto and began thence to influence “in a poisonous way” the Aryan master race.
- Though it clearly was not being mentioned, since Biblical Christianity never supported racial politics, Christianity itself automatically belonged to the group of the Aryan race’s foes and enemies.
- Inasmuch as the inferior races voluntarily do not agree to recognize themselves as inferior, and the Jews will not disappear voluntarily from the face of the earth, they all must be subjugated or exterminated by violent methods.
These positions were in full contradiction to the canons of Jewish and Judeo-Christian spirituality which say,
- Ø that all people were created equal – independent of race – “in the image and likeness of God”;
- Ø that the mission of the Jewish people as Chosen by God is not to be strangers among others, secluding themselves in a spiritual ghetto, but to help everyone develop our world according to the Ten Commandments;
- Ø that Christianity and Judaism are not hostile spiritualities – Christianity is the realization of the ideas of the Torah (the Old Testament) among Gentiles;
- Ø and that physical extermination is allowed only in regard to people, the actions of whom fall into the category of Evil according to the Torah (the Old Testament) – the actions, and not origin, race, religion or ideology.
Thus, in the 19th century in Germany the roots of the Holocaust had appeared and began to be nurtured – those racial and anti-Semitic ideas that created the Holocaust in the 20th century. And it was immediately apparent that these ideas fully contradict the canons of Jewish and Judeo-Christian spirituality. And it seemed that the leading Jewish rabbis and intellectuals were supposed to begin organizing a struggle against these ideas in order to prevent their spread and conversion into a force for the extermination of dissidents, primarily Jews. And it would seem that the leading Jewish rabbis and intellectuals were supposed to begin organizing a battle of Judeo-Christian Good against Aryan-Nazi Evil, for which the Torah (Old Testament) obligates us. Something had to be done – to start the battle of The One God’s ideas, which were based on the equality of everyone, with the racist ideas of the earthly deities. And in that way to nip the nurturing of “holocaustic” ideas in the bud.
The development of Judeo-Christian unity in the struggle with the maturing Nazi ideas had to begin – convincing Christians of the need for such a struggle for the sake of The One God Himself had to begin.
But it didn’t happen! And what did happen? This is what.
The Jews of Germany decided not to organize a battle of Good (Judeo-Christian) with Evil (Nazi). They divided into two groups of non-resistors. One group went into a deep spiritual underground (these primarily were the Orthodox Jews) in hope that, not seeing them, the Germans would forget about them or stop being afraid. The second group began to declare that they, Jews, were the same as all the rest (these were mainly Reform Jews) in hope that having seen their absolutely German behavior, the Germans would stop considering them as aliens. Both the first and second group forgot their mission of the Chosen by God that called upon them not to enter into that spiritual ghetto or to become like everyone, but to battle actively for the strengthening of Good and the eradication of Evil in their Judeo-Christian interpretation.
There wasn’t even a rabbi found among Germany’s Jews who would organize a movement for Germany’s return to Judeo-Christian spirituality and the eradication of the roots of Nazi spirituality – not in the 1930s when it was already too late, but much earlier, in the second half of the 19th century. A rabbi at the level of Tanach prophets who would have been able to build a bridge between Judaism and Christianity, despite all their historic hostility between Jews and Christians, and begin to unify the Judeo-Christian world for the struggle with the new Evil, which the ideology of Nazism had become. If such a rabbi had been found among us, the Holocaust possibly would not even have occurred.
Why am I writing about this now? Because the present spiritual and political situation in the world resembles very much the situation in the second half of the 19th century in Germany when the roots of the Holocaust began to grow there. The new Aryans are a significant part of the Moslems who one may designate by the word Islamists. Islamists are a rather large part of the Moslems who use the concept of Islam not for peaceful spiritual competition with Judeo-Christian spirituality, but for the achievement of their purposes by military and terrorist methods, which is Evil according to the Torah (Old Testament).
Aryan spiritual leaders thought that the Aryan master race was supposed to rule the whole world, and now Islamist spiritual leaders think that the solely true religion Islam is supposed to rule the whole world.
Aryan spiritual leaders thought that the Jewish people should be eradicated because Jewish spirituality is an obstacle to the triumph of “true” Aryan spirituality, and now the spiritual Islamist leaders think that the Jews must disappear from the face of the earth for the triumph of Islam.
The Aryan spiritual leaders (Hitler and his cohorts) began to prepare the Holocaust, converting all Germany into a collective ghetto for the Jews and creating the weaponry for killing the Jews (poisonous gases), and now the Islamist spiritual leaders (Ahmadinejad and his cohorts) are trying to convert all of Israel into a huge collective ghetto and create weaponry for the killing of Jews (Iran’s nuclear weapons).
Why am I writing about this now? Again, because the present Jewish spiritual leaders are not working on the creation of a Judeo-Christian coalition for the defense of the Western Judeo-Christian world from the new Evil, which Islamism is, precisely as they were not working on the creation of such a coalition in the 19th century in order to oppose the Aryan Nazi Evil.
The spiritual leaders of the Jews of the second half of the 19th century in Germany (both Orthodox and Reform) were engaged in mutual accusations instead of unifying and beginning to unify the Judeo-Christian world for the battle with the new Evil – the Aryan Nazi spirituality. As was in the 19th century, now the majority of spiritually ideological leaders of modern Israel are enthralled by the spiritual ideological struggle with each other, and not by the organization of all the true Judeo-Christian world for the battle with the new Evil – universal Islamism.
Many in Israel think that, while supporting “the diplomacy of the Israeli and Palestinian peace” and not calling Islamic Evil Evil, they attract to their side the Western World who will help avoid a new holocaust. Others think that the State of Israel in and of itself is able to defend itself from all Islamist aggressors and, therefore, the Western World doesn’t have to help her. All this is not so. At the present time, the Western World supports the State of Israel only when the strategic interests of the Western World and Israel coincide, – not for the prevention of a new holocaust. Indeed, the State of Israel is able to defend itself alone, but such defense unavoidably will lead to numerous casualties, that for its part will lead to the fact that many Israelis will be forced to abandon the country, which is what the Islamists want, – it will be a Middle Eastern holocaust. Thus, present thoughts about how Israel will defend herself from the new holocaust are a repetition of what already was and that did not prevent the Holocaust.
A Judeo-Christian coalition of the Western World must be created for the prevention of a new holocaust which will defend the State of Israel as part of its own spiritual space and not on the assumption of its strategic interests. Authoritative Israeli rabbis and public figures must create such a Judeo-Christian coalition of the Western World in cooperation with religious and public figures of the countries of the Western World – not the government of Israel. Concurrence with the fact that Islamism is a new spiritual threat to the Judeo-Christian Western world and must be qualified as a Biblical Evil must be the spiritual basis of such a coalition. Such a qualification leads to the need to organize the collective actions of the Judeo-Christian world’s countries regarding the elimination of this Evil in all countries (Western, Arabic and other Moslem) where this Evil has begun to take root.
Is it, perhaps, worth asking Elie Wiesel and the spiritual leaders of the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem to begin organization of such a coalition? Is it, perhaps, worth turning to the “Jewish World” newspaper with such a request? This battle must be not with Islam, but with the Islamists.
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