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PAGE 4A D Jew by Aaron D. Rubinger all too familiar. The girl was bn From the mid-1930s to early 1940s, Jews resulting in he] The term djh vu brings to mind the Eng- who recognized that they were no longer safe injuries includix lish expression, been there, done that. The in Europe anxiously sought refuge abroad, were not memb odd sensation of reliving something for the Sylvain Zenouda, the co-founder and current agroupoffemal second time unnerves us precisely because vice president of the Bureau National de Vigi- school. The rinl it's so convincingly familiar, lanceContrei'Antismitism--anorganization a "filthy Jew!" Over the course of two months, Ivisited Jew- which monitors anddocuments anti-Semitism to the attack, th ish communities in the Netherlands, Sweden, in France--told me that educated young Jews the authoritiesa Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium and the in France with the financial means to do so that there had UK and interviewed dozens of Jewish leaders have either fled the country or are making classmates agair as well as"laymen"--both Jews and non-Jews, plans to flee. Again? that his concert Whileattemptingtodeterminetheseriousness Eighty years ago, our people were being I immediately tt of contemporary European Anti-Semitism, I verballyabusedandbrutallyassaultedinpublic gaff: "This'is ilk experiencedwhatIwouldterm"dfijhJew"-the places. And now it seems to be happening all "Io generatiq peculiar sense that we, the members of Jewish over again. Viviane Teitelbaum, a dfipute in protect themsel people, are reliving an experience from the the Brussels Regional Parliament, related an ans. In an inter, past;thatwe havesomehowtime-traveledand incident that occurred this past November a Parisian moth are nowre-experiencing occurrences that are involving a 13-year old Jewish girl in Brussels. ing physically a thugs means th for French Jewh . themselves off beat her viciou Muslim friends War and peace in a gang rape. Wait...didn't For a long time, we were lucky enough tack plane, the uniforms, the filmed history, Inaperverset to have all four of our kids when they were the stories told by those who were there, you violence against throughwith school, the Israeli army and first are immersed in this most important and his- the alleged"crin careerswithin ten minutes of our home. Then. tory changing event of the twentieth century. This was partict in one year, they were all gone. It is indeed a There have been wars since then. of course. mixed blessing. Stupid wars that gained little or nothing. But So. we now have four interesting cities in this "Grand Crusade" truly saved civilization which to visit the four Shipley children. Tracy as we know it. For Jews it brought about the is in Israel, remarried with two of her three StateofIsrael.Asyouviewthepicturesandthe children. Tom is in Demerest. N.J. across from films of the Camps, most of which you prob- Manhattanwith Pamandtheirtwo daughters, ably have seen many times before, they take Robin is in Los Angeles, Calif. with husband on a new meaning in the context of what was and six cats. Adam in New Orleans, La. with happening to the world beyond the attempted By Abraham two hound dogs and has a Jewish mother in extermination of the Jews. Orlando who prays daily for guess what. We survived as a people. We have the State This pastweekendwevisitedAdam in the Big of Israel so that it could not happen again--in Easy. He is in the musicbusiness and manages the same manner. Threats? Oh yes as you a band called "Soul Rebels". He has a booking get to the end of the warin the Pacific in the agency and is active in the New Orleans music Museum and see the devastation of Hiroshima scene. He is well known and doing well. This and Nagasaki you realize that the world is still past Saturday we went with him to the World not a peaceful place. War Two Museum in downtown New Orleans. Those bombs were gigantic at the time, but It is a massive undertaking and very, very nothing compared to today's potential.And the meaningful:For those of us of a certain age, world's conflicts today are too often pointed at it brings back.memories. Many memories, the Jews and Israel. But, you cannot say noth- Where were you when Pearl Harbor was at- ing has changed. There is Israel. The people tacked? Everyone whowas old enough to have pay a heavy price to maintain their military a memory at the time knows. Did you listen to advantage in that dangerous neighborhood. the president's speech the next day? Thosewho And Jews will never again go to the slaughter. did wilt never forget those measured words: In World War Two, America proved that '!Yesterday, December 7th, 1941, a date which almost overnight, this depression weekend will live in infamy...'" nation, with the eighteenth largest army in For JewsinAmerica, the first reaction was as the world could evolve into a manufacturing an American. We were at wafl First with Japan giant turning out planes and ships and tanks and four days later with Italy and Germany. and men who could fight. Israel lives in that There were stories; there were rumors of what reality every day of every year. was happening to Jews in Germany, in Poland. As it says in the Book "In every generation Buttheywererumors.Someheardtherhetoric there are those who would destroy us". of Hitler's speeches that were translated: but Butthatwar made Israel possible and as long virulentandvocalanti-Semitismwasrifeinthe as the world does not forget that World War U.S. as well. so for the most part, uninformed Two killed sixty five million people, including a Jews ignored it. third of the Jewish people, the expression Never It was only later and for the most part Again takes on a greater meaning. at the very end of the war when the Camps Mychildren.theirchildrenandyoursshould were liberated that the word Holocaust was all see the Holocaust memorial in our town. suddenly part of our lexicon. At the World We should visit the Museum in Washington. War Two Museum. this story is well told. It is And we should all take our children and part of the history of that war. It is. to a Jew grandchildren to the World War TWo Museum remembering that four-year period, the most in New Orleans. We will. scattered as they are. significant part. It puts it all in contxt. And hey, it's a pretty As you walk the three floors of the museum good place to spend a weekend. New Orleans and see the exhibits, the actual PT Boat. the is coming back. Y'all come! Higgins landing craft, the Grumman A-4 at- THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. ISSN 0199-0721 Winner of 40 Press Awards HE ITAGE HERITAGE Florida Jewish News ([SN 0199-0721 ) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad- ' dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Central Florida Jewish News, Inc. 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage paid at Fern Park and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park. FL 32730. MAILING ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER P.O. Box 300742 q 407) 834-8787 Fern Park. FL 32730 FAX a407) 831-0507 email: I CENTRAL FLORIDA'S INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICE Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Editor Emeritus Associate Editor Gene Starn Mike Etzkin Assistant Editor Kim Fischer Society Editor Editor at Large Bookkeeping Gloria Yousha Lyn Davidson Paulette Harmon Account Executives Barbara do Carmo Marci Gaeser Contributing Columnists Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky Tim Boxer David Bornstein Terri Fine Ed Ziegler Production Department David Lehman David Gaudio Teri Marks Loft Apple Elaine Schooping Gil Dombrosky HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 27, 201 ? ally assaulted at her school, hospitalization for multiple a concussion. The attackers rs of the ThirdReich's SS, but Muslim students at the same leader pronounced her to be )parently, in the weeks prior ,.girl's father had approached ld the school with complaints een threats made by fellow st his daughter. Upon hearing s were simply brushed aside, ought of Yogi Berra's famous dj vu all over again!" ns ago, some Jews sought to ,es by masquerading as Ary- Jew conducted in November, :r related how the fear of be- tacked by Muslim extremist tt it is "not rare at all today" a students to attempt to pass s Muslim--with ome even fast on Ramadan. One case ewish girl of North African years was successful in this nally shewas"exposed'when ,ht her eating matzah in the Pesah. After tier classmates [y, they invited their male n their school to participate his happen to us already? ist, historically such horrific ews has often been blamed on s" of the victims themselves. tarly true of the pre and post- Holocaust era. Yet the remarks of the current US Ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, seems to indicate that not much has changed in that regard. Gutman explains away the ir- rational hatred of Jews by Muslims in Europe as an outcome of Israeli policies towards Palestinians. Yes, Gutman is the child of a survivor; and yes, he too sought to "balance" his statementby acknowledging that terrorist attacks against Israel are, and I quote, "also not helpful.". But Gutman's remarks did not stem so much from malice as nalvet. Like the administra- tion he represents, Gutman sadly suffers from another disorder, not dj vu this time, but its opposite - jamais vu, or the illusion of the familiar being encountered for the first time. It is when that which should be familiar--in this case long standing Muslim hostility towards Jews and a Jewish State--is thought to be a novel development created only after June 1967. Such memory impairment and historical"misfacts'--especially when applied to areas like foreign policy--constitutes an extremely dangerous disorder that can have dire repercussions. In the precursory period to the Holocaust. no one knew how bad things might get; the eternal hope was that things couldn't possi- bly get worse. While enablingsome with the endure, such wishful yearnings ultimately proved tragically fatal. Likewise, in Europe today, to borrow A1 Jolson's words, we just "ain't seen nothing yet." In another Deja Jew on page 19A Wannsee at 70: The lessons of hatred endure As the natior mation League, occasion and h on the basis of should teach us in general. ADI for the FBI, the teachers and stu sages about wh horrors that toc during World W As we comme of the Wannse meeting where the "Final Solu as state policy, cus on what wa, amid the other modern era. Wannsee. cot Heydrich on Jan suburb, was all of the most civi mitting itself to another people. It is unique n( itself but becau entailed. The Je  that people who Jewish were tak they had Jewist component was unprecedented. The Jews of E war against the ( civilians who li of the conflict b The Jews of G( loya] citizens ol in any illegal or homeland. How did it co make a willful d innocent people It could not h ries of anti-Sere culture of Euro] The ideas abot Holocaustwere Jew-haters thro was not easy gro, the years to avok Jews the Jew dislike, but som On its face. tt no armies, no ] second-class li\\; about the Jew t. Foxman fl director of the Anti-Defa- have articulated on many an e initiated many programs :he idea that the Holocaust profound lessons about hate has a variety of programs, CIA, local law enforcement, [ents that enbody these rues- we need to learn about the place in Europe before and x II. norate the 70th anniversary Conference, that infamous lae Nazis formally adopt6d ton" and put it into practice wever, it is a moment to fo- unique about the Holocaust rocities and genocides of the ened by SS leader Reinhard 20,1942 in an affluent Berlin bout a modern state in one ized nations on earth com- he systematic destruction of ,t only because of the decision ;e of all the elements that it vs were defined in such a way never considered themselves ,.n away to the camps because t blood in them. This racial taken to lengths that were rope were not involved in any ;ermans. They were unarmed ed in countries on both sides at none of that mattered. rmany, the first victims, were their country, not engaged violent actions against their ale to pass that a state could cision to murder millions of in a planned way? ve happened without centu- itism deeply embedded in the re. tt Jews that set the stage for the round forever. In the minds of ghout the centuries--and it ring up in Europe throughout , some sort,of prejudice toward was not merely someone to one to fear. is was absurd since Jews had )ower to speak of. and lived es at best. But the notions ere in the realm of fantasy, bearing no connection to reality. So the Jews were responsible for the death of Christ, even though the Romans were the power and the users of crucifixions. So the Jews were accused of murdering Christian children to use their blood for ritual purposes though there was nothing in Jewish law or practice remotely resembling that idea. SO the Jews were accused of poisoning the wells and causing the Black Plague though there was not a single case where this was shown to be true. And in modern times, the fabricated docu- ment known as"The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion." allegedly the plan of Jews to take over the world, had zero connection to the real life of Jews in Europe and elsewhere. What all these ideas had in commonwas not only how deeply they were believed by many, but that they shared a common insidious theme: that the reality about the Jew is not what it seems, apparent powerlessness hid sinister and powerful intentions and capabilities that were a threat to all. The history of anti-Semitism in Europe, a pervasive phenomenon, was therefore necessary for what later transpired, but not sufficient. What changed was the Nazi racial ideology, which brought to a halt the safety valves that constrained most extreme cases of violent Jew hatred. One of those constraints was the possibility of Jewish conversion to Christianity. While most Jews had no interest in converting, the very fact that Jews could become someone else stood in theway of regular mass killings of Jews. So too was the idea that Jewish survival in a despised condition was important as testi- mony to the truth of Christ. As Obnoxious at it was. this notion of Jews as living testament to the truth of Christianity generally inhibited the most extreme solutions for the so-called "Jewish problem." The Nazi racial ideology closed-off all es- cape routes. The Jewish threat to society was now described as permanent and impossible to live with. And so came about the horrible and seemingly inevitable conclusion to such phantasmagoric assumptions, the Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution. As we commemorate that momentous event. we must learn once again the lessons for all of the power of hate. At the same time. we must remember that the Holocaust was a unique tragedy that did not come out of nowhere. Abraham H. Foxman. a Holocaust survivor. is National Director of the Anti-Defamation League and the author, most recently, of'Jews and Money: The Story of A Stereotype."