In 1939, in a speech to the Reichstag, Hitler had said:
If international finance Jewry in and outside Europe should succeed in thrusting the nations once again into a world war, then the result will not be the Bolshevisation of the earth and with it the victory of Jewry, but the destruction of the Jewish race in Europe.
The view of most historians is that the decision to proceed with the extermination of the Jews was taken at some point in late 1941.
Sir Ian Kershaw, FBA (born 29 April 1943) is a British historian and author whose work has chiefly focused on the social history of 20th century Germany. He is regarded by many as one of the world's leading experts on Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, and is particularly noted for his monumental biography of Hitler.
He was the leading disciple of the late West German historian Martin Broszat, and (until his retirement) professor at theUniversity of Sheffield. Kershaw has called Broszat an "inspirational mentor" who did much to shape his understanding of National Socialist Germany. Kershaw served as historical adviser on numerous BBC documentaries, notably The Nazis: A Warning From History and War of the Century. He taught a module titled 'Germans against Hitler'.
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BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR ISRAEL
Before any Jew leaves France to live in Israel he/she should read what Noam Chomsky & Gilbert Achcar say about race and ethnicism in Israel. In Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy (2007), Chomsky dialogs with Achcar about the internal ethnic politics within Israel itself.
Chomsky writes that there’s [a] problem we should consider if we’re discussing the situation within Israel, and that’s the problem of the Mizrahim, the “oriental Jews.” The majority of the population is Israel is from the Arab world, and they’re harshly oppressed. In other words, Jews who are not of Ashkenazi (European) background face fierce racism within Israeli society, though a few have made it to elite sectors.
Some of the Mizrahim who came to Israel were relatively well off, such as the Iraqi Jews. Both the Moroccans and others were poor people. After 1948, some Moroccans went to France and some went to Israel. The ones who went to France are today doctors, lawyers, college-educated. The ones who went to Israel are manual laborers, or unemployed.
In past times during Chomsky’s kibbutz stay in 1953, the Moroccan Jews were considered worse than Arabs, and he found this very striking.
WHAT’S IN A NAME IN ISRAEL?
I experienced this phenomenon for myself when I attended a meeting of the University of Iowa International Writers Program in 2004 where I heard Sami Berdugo, the author or “Yaldah shehorah : sipurim” or, “Black Girl,” which was published in 2013, say that he was considered as black in his home country of Israel because of his last name. An image of Mr. Berdugo can be seen at: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/vwu/id/2649/rec/2
By any American standards of “race,” Burdugo is White. But by Israeli standards because his last name reflects his North African Mizrahim ancestry, he is black. Therefore, before any Jews decide to leave for life in Israel, you should check out your last name because you will lose the White Privilege and identity that you enjoy as a French citizen and exchange it for that of a black person in the “home of the Jews.” In Israel, naming is everything.
THE HOLOCAUST IS OVER FOR ALL BUT BENJAMIN NETANYAHU
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Tuesday that while he has every intention of going ahead with a controversial speech about Iran to the US Congress in March, he is open to hearing the reasoning of those who oppose the address.
The prime minister accepted an invitation last month from Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the speaker of the US House of Representatives, to speak to Congress, but the White House complained that Boehner had not cleared the invitation with President Barack Obama or Democrats in Congress.
Netanyahu intends to argue before Congress on March 3 that the international community should increase the pressure on Iran, rather than ease sanctions against it under the terms of an emerging deal.
Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany — known as the P5+1 — have been seeking a comprehensive accord that would prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb in return for an easing of economic sanctions.
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Avraham "Avrum" Burg (Hebrew: אברהם בורג, born 19 January 1955) is an Israeli author and politician; he was formerly a member of the Knesset, a chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel and a Speaker of the Knesset. He was the first Speaker of the Knesset to have been born in Israeli territory after independence in 1948. A member of the Labor Party when a member of the Knesset, Burg announced in 2015 that he has joined Hadash.
Avraham Burg in The Holocaust Is Over, We Must Rise From Its Ashes (2008) warns that the world must be wary of Netanyahu because he shares too much in common with Adolf Hitler himself in his thirst for power.
In “Lessons From The Holocaust,” Burg writes that there was a time when the sun never set on the British Empire. It was a political as well as a natural phenomenon—the territory was so vast that it included all the world’s datelines. The new German Empire of Emperor Wilhelm II and Reichskanzler Otto von Bismarck envied Great Britain.
The Germans also wanted a United Kingdom, elevated international status, and colonies to enrich their domestic economy at the expense of distant peoples basking under an imperial sun. Thus the German empire developed a rhetoric that expressed its entitlement to a “place under the sun.” This was thanks to a combination of an inferiority complex in the face of Great Britain’s might, a dash of German hot-tempered quarrelsomeness, and above all, a willingness to fight and sacrifice to get that place in the sun. When their rhetoric ripened and was ready for action, Germany launched occupation wars in Africa and elsewhere.
One generation later, there was no empire or emperor, just a weak and defeated Weimar Republic. The rhetoric remained, but the reasons had changed. Germany was feeling claustrophobic within its borders. The demagoguery of place fell on willing ears, and Germany felt compelled to create a Lebensraum, living space, for itself in the East. Lebensraum was one of Hitler’s two obsessions; the other was the Jews.
Poland, perceived as a thorn in German’s side [just as Iran is a thorn in Israel’s side], was the challenge, a seductive prize for the Nazi hunters. Late in 1939 Hitler began his campaign to erase Polish “nationhood,” including is intelligentsia, the standard-bearers of Polish nationalism. Hitler hoped to annex Polish lands to Germany and to populate them with Volksdeutche, Aryans, and ethnic Germans who lived in the Baltic States and Eastern Poland. “A place under the sun,” in the Judeo-German lexicon, means something very specific and sinister.
Burg asks, Why, then did Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, name his book (in Hebrew), of all names, A Place Under the Son? Is it because the narrative speaks of the rightist, paranoid belief in nothing but power and settlements to counterbalance the Arab demographic threat?
Is power and settlements to counterbalance the Arab demographic threat? Is this a subliminal admission that with the expansion to the east and the defacto annexation—an Anschluss—of Judaea, Samaria, and the Golan, an Israeli Empire was born? Is it a manifestation of claustrophobic pangs in the Jewish ghetto mindset that seeks relief by breaking out into a broader living space? It may just be literary insensitivity on Netanyahu’s part, another instance of the endless paradoxical expressions that Hitler and the Shoah [Holocaust] left us to struggle with.
During the Nazi regime and World War II, the leaders of the pre-state of Israel (Yishov) did very little in response to the annihilation of Europe’s Jews. There was little knowledge and awareness “here” about the events “there” in distant Europe.
The answer to the disaster of German’s Jews,” Ben-Gurion told the Jewish Agency Executive in 1935, “must be Zionist: to convert the disaster into a resource for building the land, to save the lives and property of Germany’s Jews for the land. This salvation comes before anything else.”
During the early days of danger, before the violence became deadly, the Jewish Agency, representing the local Israeli-Jewish population, negotiated with the Nazis. It was a cynical meeting of interests: neither the Zionists nor the Nazis wanted the Jews to remain in Germany. The Nazis wanted them far away, and the Zionists wanted them in their own, no-yet born state.
This dialogue produced economic agreements between the Zionists and the Nazis that enabled the transfer of funds and goods to the would-be state. This resulted in economic prosperity and the building of much of the infrastructure that served the pre-state Israel in the 1930s, some even during the Great Arab Revolt.
It turns out that before the Nazis started to slaughter Europe’s Jews, they enabled us to build the foundations of our state-to-be, Israel. After Israel was born [and recognized by the UN and President Harry S Truman] in 1948, the German reparations and compensation agreement of 1952 helped the state regenerate itself. Israel absorbed new immigrants and rehabilitated the war refugees, in effect resurrecting a new Israeli nation that was essentially different from the sum of the ragtag Jewish refugees. Thus, the Nazis, in their cruel way, were involved in promoting the idea of the Zionist state and fulfilling it in three ways: before the war with the transfer agreements, during the war and its aftermath with the tidal waves of refugee migration, and after the war with the great sums of money that the “new” Germany paid on behalf of the “old” Germany.
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Berlin doesn’t house any of the European Union’s key institutions, but there is no doubt this is the power capital of Europe – something Greece’s new left-wing Government now knows all too well. Germany calls the shots when it comes to shaping Europe’s economic policy. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to an influential member of Chancellor Merkel’s CDU party – Vice-Chairman of the parliamentary party Michael Fuchs. In the high stakes showdown over Greece’s debt, has Germany used its power wisely?