Two recent articles point out how the press and the business/legal world is all Holocaust all the time. The Financial Times reports that Jews are suing the French railway SNCF for transporting Jews to concentration camps during World War II. Apparently one case has already been won Alain Lipietz.
The New York Times reports that a Jewish artist who painted Gypsies at Auschwitz wants her paintings back, which are currently on display at the prison camp museum in Poland. What is interesting about this is that Gypsies, whom she painted, went thought the same Holocaust, but have in general suffered much more since then than the Jews, who like Ms. Babbitt have become upper or middle class, while the Gypsies remain mired in poverty. (See, for example, this FT article on the Roma (Gypsies) of Slovakia.) Why should Ms. Babbitt profit more from painting these Gypsies than the Gypsies who served as her models under Dr. Mengele’s orders. She cooperated with Dr. Mengele in portraying what was to Dr. Mengele the Gypsies’ racial inferiority. Shouldn’t the poor Gypsies get some kind of war reparations against her instead of her getting something from Poland?
Her position raises indirectly a question that bothers me: What did the Jews, who now scream “Holocaust!” at the top of their lungs do to stop it? What percentage of Jews fought in combat in Europe to free to prison camps. I have a cousin in Alabama (a Christian, redneck state) who took part in liberating a concentration camp in Germany. How many American Jews in the military liberated their brother Jews from these prisons? My impression is that many of them (e.g., Roosevelt’s Treasury Secretary Morganthau) leaned on Roosevelt to send more Christian soldiers to die liberating Jews, while they stayed behind to profit from the war.
Certainly Israel would not have been created had it not been for the Holocaust, which Jews used as an argument for the state’s creation. They had been trying for years to create Israel, and the Holocaust was what made their previous unsuccessful efforts, ultimately successful.
I’d like to know prominent Jews today asked their fathers, “What did you do in the war daddy to save Jews from the Holocaust?” What did Robert Rubin’s father do? What did Stuart Eizenstat’s father do? What did Sandy Weil’s father do? What did Haim Saban’s father do? What did Martin Indyk’s father do? What did Sen. Schumer’s father do? What did Raum Emanuel’s father (or grandfather) do?