Subj: ZGram - December 9, 1998 - "Krauthammer Essay"
Date: 12/9/98 11:26:38 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: email@example.com (E. Zundel)
Copyright (c) 1998 - Ingrid A. Rimland
December 9, 1998
Good Morning from the Zundelsite:
First we had Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith,
speaking of the Swiss "Nazi Gold" affair, telling a reporter in the Jewish
publication, Foreward, September 4, 1998: "We bludgeoned them and
bludgeoned them and bludgeoned them, but at what price?"
A very telling statement the Swiss will not forget!
Next, on its heels, we had a flurry of op-ed pieces in various American
papers, cautioning that the disgusting scramble for a piece of the pie of
the so-called "Nazi gold loot" was dangerous - for it revived the
stereotype images of the ruthless, greedy Jew, exaggerating grief and
And now we get as outspoken an essay by a major American editorialist,
Charles Krauthammer, himself a Jew, as we could ever hope to get! This
piece was first published in the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post
and then picked up by the new Canadian daily paper, the National Post,
December 7, 1998.
Its title is telling: "This is honouring the Holocaust?"
As I usually do, I am breaking up this astonishingly frank, well-written
piece with interspersed comments from our point of view, mostly echoing:
"And who, pray, told you so?"
The pursuit of billions in Holocaust guilt money has gone from the unseemly
to the disgraceful. What began as an attempt to locate actual confiscated
Swiss bank accounts of individual Holocaust victims has turned into a
treasure hunt for hungry tort lawyers and major Jewish organizations.
It all started with the $1.25 billion (USA) the Swiss banks paid in
settlement of Holocaust claims. That has spurred personal injury lawyers,
class action specialists, and major Jewish domos to seek similar bounties
from banks, insurers, and manufacturers throughout Europe.
Mr. Krauthammer must have been reading some Zündel newsletters on the sly,
for isn't he using Zündel's terms like "guilt money", "treasure hunt for
hungry tort lawyers" etc.? For these very words and concepts, Ernst is
before the Human Rights Commission, getting treated like a criminal, even
as I write this!
When the extortion orgy first started almost three years ago and the Swiss
were wheedling and waffling, trying to slide out from under the noose,
Ernst predicted many times that if they caved in to the blackmail, a flood
of similar claims would sweep the rest of the globe.
No sooner had he spoken than this was happening. Big time!
What's wrong with that? What's wrong is that there are few survivors left
who will actually benefit. It is late, very late for this kind of
restitution. The war ended 53 years ago. Instead, what is happening is
the lawyers and community bureaucrats will reap the power and the payoff
that comes from collecting in the name of those whose names are forever
lost. They risk causing, to borrow a phrase from Abe Foxman of the
Anti-Defamation League, "an industry to be made on the memory of victims."
Now Abe is telling us? Haven't Revisionists been warning him and his ilk -
for something like two decades? Haven't they said, over and over:
"Continue on this path, and you will be creating a backlash sooner or later
by those nations vilified and victimized. . ."?
An industry to be made on the memory of victims? These words melt on your
tongue! Those phrases are exactly what Ernst has been using - and for
which he is being vilified as a "Jew hater" and a "hate monger" by other
Jewish complainants and intervenors.
Does that mean nothing should be done? No. Individual victims who had
their savings or property or art stolen should be allowed to seek
restitution even at this late date. Jewish organizations should help by
providing lawyers. And the lawyers should help by working pro bono, or at
most, on salary.
That's what Ernst Zundel has advocated for over 30 years: "Pay by all
means. But only those deserving and those who have been hurt." Who would
object to restitution to true and honest victims? But not to extortion by
And pro bono Jewish lawyers? Wherever might they be? There would be lots
of work on behalf of those Germans who have had their savings or property
or art stolen after all the shooting stopped! The post-World War II
looting of Germany by the Allies was massive, and the Germans have never
received a dime for the trillions of dollars in wealth and real estate
annexed, confiscated and robbed from them ***after 1945***. Not to mention
Germans who were used as slave laborers by Allied nations - for years!
But contingency fees? Class action suits? Fishing for aged Jews from whom
they can make a killing? The lawyers crisscross Europe in search of ever
richer settlements to extract from any institution - and, oh, there are
many - with a tainted Second World War past.
Is this what honoring the Holocaust has come to? A shakedown of Swiss
banks, Austrian industry, German auto makers - the list grows daily - that
recalls the worst of racial hustling and class action opportunism in the
United States? Soon no doubt to be added to the list: Ford and GM. What
did they know and what did they do when their plants were taken over by the
Nazis? This is an important question. But it is work for scholars, not
That Krauthammer fellow could really grow on you! "Racial hustling"?
That's a new and precious one not even Ernst has thought of when he talked
about the shakedown industry that the Holocaust has become. "Class action
opportunism"? Tell that to the group of shysters who are battling Ernst
Zundel in a Toronto courtroom in their own version of legalistic terrorism
and intimidation even as I type this!
These people aren't honoring the Holocaust. They are bringing shame and
disgrace to a country whose Supreme Court ruled on August 27, 1992 that
members of minorities, including Germans such as Mr. Zundel, have the
perfect right to make their voices heard and make their viewpoint known -
as the court put it, even if they were wrong or the majority did not like
what the minority might have to say!
The Holocaust commands the preservation of memory. It is not an instrument
for the generation of money. The dead are honored by learning the truth
and never letting the world forget it, not by entering into negotiations
with corporate leaders who represent a generation entirely innocent of
Looting, moreover, was the least of the crimes of the Holocaust. Nor is it
unique. The Holocaust itself, the deliberate mechanized racial murder of
six million souls, is a singular crime. Wartime looting is not.
Boy, one has to read this twice to savor it! How often has Ernst said that
once you remove the propaganda tales, exaggerations and lies about gas
chambers, you are left with individual war crimes - by individual war
criminals - with which one can deal!
As for the rest? Mr. Krauthammer, give yourself a chance to be updated on
the latest - which is that the ". . . deliberate mechanized racial murder
of six million souls" is hogwash. The Zundelsite and other Revisionist
websites are there for the asking and reading, as many have discovered and
many more are going to find out.
Even Israel's acceptance of German reparations was problematic. But at
least one could make an argument from necessity: A people collectively
made destitute and desperate by German depredations were entitled to German
reparations. But today?
When Ernst talks like that, it's the slammer for him. Krauthammer would
get five years in Germany for what he has put down on paper!
And, furthermore, the Palestinians, a people collectively made destitute
and desperate by Israeli depredations, will be entitled to Jewish
reparations. That day may come much sooner than you think.
And let it be known here and now: The Zundelsite will be in the forefront
to demand that the Palestinians will be compensated based on the very
generous postwar German model.
Today, the only thing certain to come out of this grotesque scramble for
money is the revival of Shylockian stereotypes. This is unfortunate, not
just because in truth there is no people more given to philanthropy than
the Jews. But also because this generation of Europeans has grown up more
free of anti-Semitic poison than any in European history.
We happily second that statement. Why ask for trouble when things are
going swimmingly? Why push a patient people to the limit?
And "revival of Shylockian stereotypes"? Guess who is causing that?
It is one thing to risk reviving dormant anti-Jewish feeling in defence,
say, of a vital, living cause like Israel, heir to the civilization
destroyed by the Nazis. But for this? For blood money from the Holocaust?
Should we find out and proclaim the truth about Holocaust looting? Of
course. And truth about the forced labor. And truth about the
industrialists who abetted the Nazi machine. And truth about the peoples
of Europe who were silent - or worse. But money? It should be beneath the
dignity of the Jewish people to accept it, let alone seek it.
It should be, but it isn't - and if the blame be laid at anybody's
doorsteps, it may as well start with those who are desperately scrambling
to prevent Ernst Zundel from speaking. Who blew the whistle on the Big H
Racket first? Who is constrained from exposing that racket - this even as
Go watch the action - NOW! Go to 151 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Canada
where all this week, and next, the shysters are desperately trying to plug
up the holes in the dike that are spilling the truth into transcripts.
"There is, for example, a whole generation of Soviet officials who put
perfectly sane dissidents into psychiatric prisons and presided over that
hell called the gulag. Those officials are not just running around the
world. Some of them are still running Russia."
(Charles Krauthammer in "A Strange Morality", Time, Dec. 14, 1998)
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