Jewish Greed for Eastern European Holocaust Reparations Stirs Up Anti-Semitism in Return
This Christian Science Monitor article picked up by Reuters points out that there is a backlash to the never ending Jewish litany of “Holocaust, Holocaust, Holocaust!”
The article says:
“Six decades after World War II, the once-dormant pursuit of Holocaust-related justice is forging ahead in newly democratic central-eastern Europe. Yet the hunt carries a price: It has stirred resentment among a financially struggling populace, which bristles at the multimillion-dollar property claims by their Jewish communities, and sees the harassment of nonagenarians as unnecessary or even cruel.”
“For those stalking war criminals, though, time is running out. To speed the process, Mr. Zuroff and the Simon Wiesenthal Center launched ‘Operation Last Chance’ in 2002, offering $10,000 rewards for information leading to convictions, while ratcheting up the rhetoric against reticent governments. That has made some local Jews squirm. In Lithuania, where nearly 95 percent of its 220,000 Jews were killed and fewer than 5,000 remain today, many Jews say that each time a Holocaust-related issue hits the media, it sparks a backlash. ‘I understand it’s the right thing to do,’ says one young Jewish woman in Vilnius, the capital. ‘But I sometimes wonder whether it’s worth it, since it’ll cause another conflict with the people.'”
As the article points out, one problem is that the Holocaust is increasingly being used to make a few people rich (or richer). I don’t have any figures, but I would guess the vast majority of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust did not have world class art works, real estate or life insurance worth millions of dollars. Yet, increasingly the Holocaust issue is being used to help a small number of families recover hundreds of millions of dollars. That puts a small value on the lives of the millions who died, and one could say that it brings out the very worst stereotypes about Jews and money.