How to Lose Employment in One Easy Step . . .

. . . . Compare Holocaust survivors to a drug dealing psycho on a television series.

Since I was 12 I’ve had an unappealing, didactic distrust of people with the extreme will to live. My father’s parents were Holocaust survivors, and in grade school I received the de rigueur exposure to the horror—visiting geriatric men and women with numbers tattooed on their arms, completing assigned reading like The Diary of Anne Frank and Night. But the more information I received, the less sympathy the survivors elicited from me. Each time we clapped for the old Hungarian lady who spoke about Dachau, each time Elie Wiesel threw another anonymous anecdote of betrayal onto a page, I eyed it askance, thinking What didyou do that you’re not talking about? I had the gut instinct that these were villains masquerading as victims who, solely by virtue of surviving (very likely by any means necessary), felt that they had earned the right to be heroes, their basic, animal self-interest dressed up with glorified phrases like “triumph of the human spirit.”

I wondered if anyone had alerted Hitler that in the event that the final solution didn’t pan out, only the handful of Jews who actually fulfilled the stereotype of the Judenscheisse(because every group has a few) would remain to carry on the Jewish race—conniving, indestructible, taking and taking. My grandparents were not excluded from this suspicion. The same year, during a family dinner conversation about Terri Schiavo, my father made the serious request that should he fall into a vegetative state, he would like for us to keep him on life support indefinitely. Today he and I are estranged for a number of other reasons that are all somehow the same reason.

I have a feeling that Anna Breslaw will not be invited back to write for Tablet magazine anytime soon.

And in case you weren’t convinced by the above, this woman has some serious issues.

H/t: Ace.

11 Responses to How to Lose Employment in One Easy Step . . .

  • Wow. If I’m understanding correctly, Ms. Breslaw is saying that the survivors of the Holocaust, including her grandparents, were the Judenscheisse, or, Jew Crap, who connive, take, take, and are indestructible. And she categorizes her father as Jew Crap merely because he wished not to be euthanized, without food or water, as was Terri Shiavo. She flirts with the proposition that the final solution failed to rid the world of Jew Crap and Hitler would be so disappointed. She is the antithesis of the “triumph of the human spirit” and epitomizes the failure of the human spirit in so many ways. My heart grieves for her father.

  • Calling villains completely innocent people who survived the closest approximation of Hell that we have had on this planet. Beneath contempt. I hope that someday she has a nightmare similar to this Twilight Zone episode:

  • Someone invited her to contribute and greenlighted her submission. She will be invited back unless some irate patrons of The Tablet give their editors a Dutch uncle talk.

    I will offer a hypothesis:

    1. The culture of the British chatterati is deeply anti-Semitic, in a manner and degree you cannot imagine in this country (although you get a flavor of it if you read Washington Report on Middle East Affairs or Caelum et Terra).

    2. British Jews in the chatterati have taken on the color of their workmates, siding with said writers and editors against other Jews. In metaphorical terms, these guys are kapos (rather like the young George Soros).

  • I have a feeling that Anna Breslaw will not be invited back to write for Tablet magazine anytime soon.

    What makes you say that?

  • oh Donald I think she does suffer already. I say we pray, as Mary De Voe might say, one Chaplet of Divine Mercy for her.

  • I don’t know enough about the Tablet, but I suppose after the blowback from this article that they might not be inclined to invite her back. She is a freelancer and writes for the Gawker, so she’d have to write something even more offensive (like say something bad about Obama) to be disinvited from writing for them.

  • ‘ I had the gut instinct that these were villains masquerading as victims who, solely by virtue of surviving (very likely by any means necessary), felt that they had earned the right to be heroes, their basic, animal self-interest dressed up with glorified phrases like “triumph of the human spirit.” ‘

    Oh, I’ve got to figure out these HTML tags attributes … because I would italicize the words – basic, animal self-interest – and say that this daughter, granddaughter, and descendant has given up her human spirit to those words.

  • The poor young lady is twisted, which is not to say she isn’t dangerous. Now that I’m into advanced middle age I can reflect on the fact that horrible ideas gain currency by first being expressed. While initially criticized, they gradually become accepted ways of thinking until they become fully normalized. The best antidote is criticism through ridicule. Nothing works like ridicule, and this young lady deserves an extra full dose of it. She needs to be made fun of. Ridicule is more effective than disdain.

  • Good video, Donald!

    Death’s Head Revisited is one of my favorite Twilight Zone Episodes. Rod Serling states the following at the end after the doctor who takes the now insane Becker away asks, “Dachau. Why does it still stand? Why do we keep it standing?”

    “There is an answer to the doctor’s question. All the Dachaus must remain standing. The Dachaus, the Belsens, the Buchenwalds, the Auschwitzes – all of them. They must remain standing because they are a monument to a moment in time when some men decided to turn the Earth into a graveyard. Into it they shoveled all of their reason, their logic, their knowledge, but worst of all their conscience. And the moment we forget this, the moment we cease to be haunted by its remembrance, then we become the gravediggers. Something to dwell on and to remember, not only in the Twilight Zone but wherever men walk God’s Earth.”

    People like Anna Breslaw won’t understand that till they, too, face their own Dachua and that is a tragedy which can and should be avoided.

  • It is one of my favorites Paul. The message has remained with me since I first saw it as a small child.

  • On the other hand, perhaps the Tablet has less of an issue with this than I thought.
    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/331171.php

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