THE PROBLEM OF THE JEW*
[*Published in D. M. Panton’s Dawn - July, 15th, 1938.]
A Jew! A name replete with interest. A singular name! Strange and opposite feelings it excites; passions most various; thoughts most profound; ideas most absurd. The little monosyllable Jew has caused and will continue to cause deeds most appalling to be perpetrated. It has called into exercise near four thousand years contempt and reverence, hatred and compassion, malice and compunction – in short, every sentiment of the human heart and every faculty of the human mind. Philosophers call him a riddle; infidels dread the fact of his existence. He is the marvel of history, the anomaly of nations, the wonder of ages, heaven’s great witness on earth of earth’s righteous King in heaven.
- DR. LOUIS MEYER.
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Massacred by the thousands during the enthusiasm of the Crusades and the War of the Shepherds, the Jews found every ecclesiastical revival, and the accession of every Sovereign of more than usual devotion, occasions for fresh legislative restrictions. Theodosius, St. Lewis, and Isabella the Catholic - who were probably the three most devout Sovereigns before the Reformation - the Council of the Lateran, which led the religious revival of the thirteenth century, Paul IV., who led that of the sixteenth century, and, above all, the religious orders were among their most ardent persecutors. Everything was done to separate them from their fellow-men, to mark them out as objects of undying hatred, and to stifle all compassion for their sufferings. They were compelled to wear a peculiar dress and to live in a separate quarter. A Christian might not enter into any partnership with them; he might not eat with them; he might not use the same bath; he might not employ them as physicians, he might not even purchase their drugs. Inter-marriage with them was deemed a horrible pollution, and in the time of St. Lewis any Christian who had chosen a Jewess for his mistress was burnt alive.
Even in their executions they were separated from other criminals, and till the fourteenth century they were hung between two dogs, and with the head downward.
- WILLIAM LECKY.
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The malaria insect whose poison infects healthy creatures with
the fever of Jew hatred is buzzing in our ears to-day with the same vicious hum
and deadly poison as it ever did in the days of the Torquemada. If they are rich, they are birds of
prey. If they are poor, they are
vermin. If they are in favour of war, it
is because they want to exploit the bloody feuds of the Gentiles for their own
benefit. If they are anxious for peace,
they are instinctive cowards or traitors.
If labour is oppressed by great capital, the greed of the Jew is held
responsible. If labour revolts against capital, as it did in
- D. LLOYD GEORGE, M.P.
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The wonder culminates. All these astounding features of Jewish history were written out beforehand; near three thousand years beforehand; written in their own sacred literature, and with the accuracy of the historic pen. This can be said of no other people. Is not this Jewish wonder the greatest of all? The events of their history - their being without the bond of government and without a country, their dispersion from one end of the earth to the other, their sufferings the worst, the cruellest, the most frightful ever known, and yet their unparalleled persistence as a people, dwelling alone among the nations, - these events compare with what was written so long before; the correspondence is exact, even in minutest particulars. Again, the civil emancipation of the Jews among the nations, which has now been going on for about one hundred and fifty years and is still progressing, their consequent increase in number, and their rise in wealth, and learning, and influence, although still maintaining their racial identity, and their great agency in the revolutionary movements of the nations, - these events compare with what was written so long before; again the correspondence is exact, even in minutest particulars.
Now, it matters not whether the Scriptures containing these predictions were written at the dates traditionally fixed; the lowest possible dates which the morbid critics might assign would still leave between the writings and the events so vast an interval of centuries that no forecast of man could have leaped the distance. There stand the predictions, and there stand the events, and there stands the long interval between them. This alone should smite with paralysis that destructive school of criticism so much in vogue with some. Here, then, is the Jew’s chief distinction. His history was written in advance. A miraculous element pervades his affairs. In him the supernatural is before our eyes, within the hearing of our ears, underneath our touch. Science is wonderful; but in this miracle-man the wonder excelleth. Strange that we should be so insensible to this living wonder amongst us.
- Watchword and Truth.
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I have a number of Jewish friends, and without mentioning them by name I may allude to one, who is high in the academic world, a very great scholar, to another who is a deservedly respected professor of art also in a university, to half a dozen who are good writers, including one first-rate literary critic, to a dental surgeon (the best I have ever come across) and so on: there are among them painters, actors, singers, musicians of the highest talent, and first-rate mathematicians. Each of these men by his abilities has come to occupy the position which he holds, has founded a good home and is earning a good income, which he deserves to earn. How could I condone a policy which would condemn all these men at a moment’s notice to lose what they have thus acquired? How can I call it anything but an abominable and barefaced robbery? Yet that is what has happened over the water, and that is what we are asked to agree with and excuse. I confess it seems to me incomprehensible. I read of one distinguished professor, to mention only one out of very many, who had a definite contract to occupy the position which he held and to draw the salary of it for so many years, presumably with a pension thereto attached. Without compensation, without warning, the man is suddenly thrown on to the streets. If that is not theft, what is? As it seems to me, particular and flagrant injustice of this kind affects not only the individual who suffers from it nor only the unhappy men who perpetrate the outrage, but also those who are silent in the presence of it. They themselves will be poisoned if they do not protest, for it is their duty to protest.
- HILAIRE BELLOC.
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The report for the year 1937 of the “Reichsvertretung der Juden in Deutschland”,
the central body which organizes the charitable relief, economic help,
training, and emigration of German Jewry, is a striking and, for all its packed
statistics, a moving document. It
records the development of the five-year plan, pursued by force of hard
circumstance, for the gradual “liquidation” of
the community. The outstanding feature
in the five years has been the reduction of the Jewish population in
The total emigration has amounted to about 130,000, and there is an excess of deaths over births which in the last years has risen to more than 5,000. The dwindling and hard-pressed community managed to collect 3,500,000 marks, with which food, coal, and clothing, as well as money, were distributed between 82,000 beneficiaries. That means that over one-quarter of the Jewish population need relief from public philanthropy.
The squeezing out of the Jew from economic life, which has followed his exclusion from public life, proceeds relentlessly. It was another blow to the Jewish organization that it was forbidden to carry on the work of employment agencies or to help to find places in Jewish factories for the thousands of unemployed Jews. Only Government labour exchanges are now allowed, and the Jew has scant chance of help from them. The Jewish organization is prohibited even from finding places abroad for Jewish emigrants.
The budget of the Reichsvertretung
for the year was about 4,500,000 marks, of which 1300,000 was borne by contributions
- PROFESSOR NORMAN BENTWICH.
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In his book The People
of God Nathan Birnbaum, a leading Jewish thinker,
presents a wonderfully clear portrait of the Messiah of the Prophets in his
outline of the character of the Gipfelmensch
(Supreme Man). He says:- “A man must arise, a man who
will bring salvation to mankind, a Gipfelmensch,
to whom God will entrust the one eternal task of world history, one who
with unparalleled spiritual power will conquer the hearts of millions and those
of generations yet unborn, one who will love each one as though he alone
existed. And this Man, whom the Most High
will send, must have power to deal with the age-long struggle of mankind with
sin.” Birnbaum’s statements
reveal the heart of
- The Christian Victory Magazine.
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A teacher in the Jewish Communal School in Tapio Szele, Hungary, became the possessor of a copy of the New Testament, and showed it to his rabbi, who had diligently studied the Old Testament, but had never seen the New Testament Scriptures. As the rabbi glanced at the title page of the Book, and saw the words “Jesus Christ” upon it, he became enraged, and rebuked the teacher for possessing such a Book, and would not return it to him. The rabbi put it away in a corner of his library.
The Book was not opened for thirty years. This is how it was opened and read by the
rabbi. Professor Delitzsch, of
“I had thought,” he says in one of his books, “the New Testament to be impure, a source of pride, of overweening selfishness, of hatred, and of the worst kind of violence; but as I opened it I felt myself peculiarly and wonderfully taken possession of. A sudden glory, a light, flashed through my soul. I looked for thorns and gathered roses; I discovered pearls instead of pebbles; instead of hatred, love; instead of vengeance, forgiveness; instead of bondage, freedom; instead of pride, humility; instead of enmity, reconciliation; instead of death, life, salvation, resurrection.”