The Un-American Americans

Tibor Rubin died last week. He survived the Holocaust and came to the United States in 1948. When he tried to enlist in the Army he was refused because his English was not good enough. By 1950 he improved enough to meet Army standards, enlisted and volunteered to fight in Korea. He found himself ambushed in an exposed position, and as the only soldier with a weapon he fought until his ammunition was gone, saving many of his fellow soldiers, but himself wounded, captured, and sent to a POW camp. While there he made a habit of sneaking out of camp to forage for food which he shared with his comrades, enabling them to survive.

Corporal Rubin was recommended a number of times for the Medal of Honor. But his own sergeant was a virulent anti-Semite who repeatedly refused to submit the paperwork even when commanded to do so by superiors. In 2002, President George Bush ordered a review of the records of 137 Jewish veterans, and Colonel Rubin finally received the honor which his comrades agreed he so truly deserved.

In a documentary about his life, Colonel Rubin comment about his mother: “And she always teach us: ‘There is one God, and we are all brothers and sisters. You have to take care of your brothers and save them.’ To her, to save somebody’s life is the greatest honor. And I did that.”

So what I wonder is “Who taught the sergeant to hate?”

In Alabama, a judge came up with a plan to allow those with outstanding court debts who could not pay in cash to pay in blood. Debtors were told that if they could not pay, they could either donate blood in a van parked outside and bring back the receipt or go immediately to jail. There was no assement of their ability to pay, and many had been incorrectly billed for court costs that included the cost of their court-appointed counsel. If they chose to donate, they stayed out of jail for that day but their debts were not waived. And the blood could not be used since policies of the blood bank prohibited the use of coerced donations in order to ensure the safety of the blood supply.

Perry County Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins is another un-American American. Law school would have taught him about law. But what lessons did he get from his mother that he could demand payment in blood for debts that were not only not properly assigned, but not waived when the blood payment was made?

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The Consequences of Tolerating Anti-Semitism

An article titled “Syrian Dissident: ‘Europe’s Reaction to anti-Semitism Encouraged ISIS” originated in Jerusalem Online on November 18, 2015. Mr. Aboud Dandachi in his interview gives a deep and thorough analysis on the issues that lead to the rise of anti-semitism historically and the present time.

There is hardly anything that one can add to what he is saying. Those of you who are regular readers of my blog may recall previous discussions about the complicity of bystanders: when bystanders witness acts of hate and violence and do not react by condemning it, they are complicit as the violence spreads. Aboud Dandachi particularly emphasizes that when Europeans tolerate anti-Semitic acts, it prepares the atmosphere for violence that follows.

As always, failure to act is not an option. Forwarding this article to as many recipients as you can would be a good beginning.

Signals from History

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December 7 1942 [1]

United States Department official G.Robert Borden Reams, an “expert” on the Jews in the Division of European Affairs, advises that the United States Government remain silent concerning details of the Holocaust.

British official John Cecil Sterndale Bennett is upset because Bulgarian Jewish children may be allowed into Palestine based on Jewish Agency appeals.

December 9 1942 [1]
Christian Century, an American Protestant journal, attacks Rabbi Stephen Wise,
claiming he had lied about the Holocaust in recent press conference. Christian Century further argues that even if what Wise has to say is true, to make the facts of the Holocaust public serves no purpose.