Jews Who Cheapen the Holocaust


If there is any group that should know the uniqueness of Nazi evil and should not want the evil of the Holocaust cheapened for political purposes, it is the Jews. Yet, there is at least a 50-50 chance that if you read or hear a public personality use Nazi imagery to describe conservatives, the person is a Jew. Specifically, a Jew on the Left.

Of course, non-Jews on the Left also compare conservatives to Nazis, and some non-Jews on the Right will sometimes compare the Left to Nazis, but there are three important differences.

First, however many or few tea party banners compare President Obama to Hitler (and such comparisons are as reprehensible as they are self-defeating), conservative public figures — such as politicians and prominent columnists — almost never compare liberals to Nazis, while public figures on the Left often compare conservatives to Nazis.

Second, among liberal Jews, the percentage that believes that Americans on the Right are just a step or two away from being Nazis seems to be greater than the proportion of liberal non-Jews who believe that.

Third, when Jews on the Left call conservative Americans Nazis, they mean it in its literal sense — they really do regard the conservatives they compare to Nazis as racists comparable to Nazi anti-Semites. On the other hand, when conservatives use the term, it is meant to signify non-democratic or dictatorial policies, regimes or individuals — e.g., Seinfeld’s “soup Nazi” or Rush Limbaugh’s “feminazis” — not as potential or likely mass murderers.

Why is this? Why do so many Jews see conservative/Right-wing Americans as Nazi-like?

The answer lies in the rhetoric of the Left and in Jews’ fears.

Leftist rhetoric routinely depicts opponents of the Left in extreme terms. Opponents of race-based affirmative action are racists. Opponents of same-sex marriage are homophobes. Opponents of illegal immigration are xenophobes, racists and engaged in Nazism (that is the word that Cardinal Roger Mahony used to describe Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law). And so on.

But there is an additional explanation for why liberal and Leftist Jews use “Nazi” and “Holocaust” rhetoric to depict conservatives.

Jews, Right or Left, have been seared by the Holocaust. And most, if not all, believe a Holocaust could happen again — hardly an idiosyncratic belief given Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s declared aim of annihilating the Jewish state.

Where liberal and conservative Jews differ is where each group thinks the greatest danger to the Jews lies. Jews on the Left are certain that the greatest threats to Jews come from the Right. Conservative and centrist Jews believe that dangers to the Jews can come from the Left, from the Right, from Islam, from a renewal of Christian anti-Semitism, indeed from anywhere, but that at this moment, the world’s Left is far more an enemy of the Jewish people than the world’s, not to mention America’s, Right.

When liberal Jewish columnist Frank Rich of The New York Times wrote recently that tea partiers had engaged a “small-scale mimicry of Kristallnacht,” he meant it. Kristallnacht (“Night of the Broken Glass”) is widely considered the opening act of the Holocaust. In November 1938, in the course of two days, tens of thousands of German Jews were arrested and deported to concentration camps; scores of Jews were beaten to death; 267 synagogues were destroyed; and thousands of Jewish-owned businesses were vandalized.

Why would a New York Times columnist use the term when talking about American tea partiers?

Because when Rich and most other Jews on the Left see Right-wing non-Jews, they see swastikas. It is an inversion of the famous scene in Woody Allen’s film “Annie Hall” in which the WASP character is depicted as seeing the Woody Allen character as a Hasidic Jew. Most American Jews on the Left — like Leftist professors on college campuses — inhabit an insular universe, where regular, let alone intimate, contact with conservatives, especially Christian conservatives, is almost non-existent.

Last week, another Jewish liberal, Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., in attacking the tea partiers, specified “white Christians” as people who fear members of all other religious and racial groups. And this past September, Grayson, referring to Congress not having passed health care legislation, said on the floor of Congress, “I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this Holocaust in America.” In Grayson’s view, 12 percent of Americans not having health insurance constitutes a “Holocaust.”

Another liberal Jewish commentator for The New York Times, Linda Greenhouse, who teaches at Yale Law School, likened the situation of illegal immigrants in Arizona to that of the Jews of Nazi-occupied Denmark. As if being deported to Mexico for illegally entering Arizona is comparable to being sent to Auschwitz for being a Danish Jew.

The liberal Jewish former-columnist of the Boston Globe, Ellen Goodman, wrote in 2007, “Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers …”

Another Jew on the Left, George Soros, said at the Davos conference in 2007, “America needs to follow the policies it has introduced in Germany. We have to go through a certain de-Nazification process.” As Martin Peretz wrote at the time in The New Republic: “He believes that the United States is now a Nazi country. Why else would we have to go through a ‘certain de-Nazification process’? I defy anybody to interpret the remark differently.”

And Seth Meyers of “Saturday Night Live” asked, referring to the new Arizona law, “Could we all agree that there’s nothing more Nazi than saying ‘Show me your papers’?”

These are only a few examples.

Jews who compare conservative Americans — tea partiers, global-warming skeptics, supporters of Arizona’s illegal-immigrant law, former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, conservative Christians — to Nazis and the Holocaust not only smear decent Americans — who, as it happens, are far more pro-Jewish and pro-Israel than most Americans on the Left — they also cheapen the horror of Nazism and the Holocaust.

But in the closed world of the Left generally and of the Jewish Left specifically, there is an Auschwitz under almost every conservative bed.

As a Jew who has devoted much of his life to fighting anti-Semitism — from being sent by Israel to the former Soviet Union to aid Soviet Jews, to writing a book on anti-Semitism (“Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism”), to serving on the board of directors of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum — I have always found any trivialization of Nazism and the Holocaust offensive. That Jews would do this — to fellow Americans, no less — and solely in order to serve their Left-wing politics is worse than offensive. It is immoral.

Dennis Prager hosts a nationally syndicated radio talk show and is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the author of four books, most recently “Happiness Is a Serious Problem” (HarperCollins.) His website is www.dennisprager.com.

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  • AntiFascist18

    All of those whom Prager mentioned are founding members of the Jews in Name Only who Love Hitler fan club. Especially Rich from the dysfunctional family and Soros of the Arrow Cross.

    Personally I'd hold a wonderful celebration at the local synagogue if all those named – and you can add Medea Benjamin, Rahm Emanuel and a few others, would join their beloved Adolf.

  • PW Virginia

    Mr Prager…thank you for your article…"leftists" or rather neo-Stalinists are not progressive…they don't give a s**t about working people…they are anti-nationalists…and by extension anti-Israel and anti-American…One could be progressive toward workers rights and conditions of the work place…wanting to keep our country's environment clean and not be "leftist"…there are liberal solutions and conservative solutions…"leftist" are idealogues caring only about the seizure of power…they are the natural ally of the Islamists…they are closer to Nazi than they think, but we all know they pale before real Nazi's yet they use the "BIG LIE" often…yes it's still going strong after 80 years…When people use Nazi analogies they know neither about Nazis nor history

  • Jerome Powell

    The left claims to be non-racist. Its also supposedly anti-nationalistic. The Nazis were very nationalistic, and racism was integral to the ideology.
    It may seem to be racist to want to limit the flow of latinos across our borders, which the left seems to oppose.
    So a Jewish liberal might think the right is anti-semitic, and the left is not.
    However, left and right are two odd categories. How can you divide humanity into two categories, both named after a direction?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Tar_n_Feathers Tar_n_Feathers

    We must remember that all of the German Nazis in power were either elected or legally appointed. In a country that had a parliamentarian democracy, by the way. The Tea Partiers are merely frustrated citizens who believe their government is slowly removing our individual rights. Hardly an apt comparison.

  • blotto

    American leftist Jews, who think of themselves as intellectually superior to others especially Christians and conservatives, use the hyperbole and ad hominen attacks because they do not have the real intellectual gravitas to conceive a rational and factual debate.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Doggwood Doggwood

    It's ridiculous to compare Obama to Hitler. It's a matter of historical record that Hitler was a militant anti-smoker.

  • Jacob

    blotto, good comment. :)

    And Dennis Prager, thanks for posting this great article. One of your best in a long time — and that's saying a lot, since most of your columns are excellent.

  • therealend

    I wonder what Mr Rich would see on a Rorschach test? (No Mr Rich, that's not a swastika, it's an American flag.. No, that's not Gestapo HQ, that's a church. No, that's a white male driving a pick-up not a Panzer)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Doggwood Doggwood

    It's ridiculous to compare Obama to Hitler. It's a matter of historical record that Hitler was a militant anti-smoker.

  • therealend

    I wonder what Mr Rich would see on a Rorschach test? (No Mr Rich, that's not a swastika, it's an American flag.. No, that's not Gestapo HQ, that's a church. No, that's a white male driving a pick-up not a Panzer)

  • therealend

    I wonder what Mr Rich would see on a Rorschach test? (No Mr Rich, that's not a swastika, it's an American flag.. No, that's not Gestapo HQ, that's a church. No, that's a white male driving a pick-up not a Panzer)

  • Jane Larson Baer

    Not only are leftist Jews mean in calling tea-partiers Nazis, but there has been a mean prejudice against US citizens who have German ancestors. I don't neither does anyone in my family, but I recognize prejudice. German-Americans are not Nazis. Germanic American Protestants are MORE liberated than Hispanic Catholics. The list goes on. When will leftist Jews start to see the truth?

  • Mary

    Excellent article, and tragically, so very true. Simply put, it gives credence to what is so obvious, the liberal bias present in the media whose goal is the promotion of a Leftist political agenda. What is reprensible is the use of fear to perpetuate falsehoods and shape public opinion, garner support and votes to secure the power of a political party. Considering the very real threats Jewish people face, from Iran and Palestinians, one would hope that they would have contempt for any politician, author, columnist, etc., who would exploit their fear to further a political agenda and immediately question their motives.

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    Lets go back to the 1900 [it is even further back] but just for the argument
    And let's go back to the times Poland-Roumania-Russia and all those countrys
    places in the neighbourhood.The pogroms agains the Jews were manyfold.
    so when the Russian revolution held a prommise that there would be equality
    for every man woman and child,that there would be no racial differences any-
    more Jews where among the first to support communism and their leader,
    Josef Stalin. It meant a absolute form of democracy.Everyone was your comrade.
    After the 2nd w,war Many Jews went to America,the land of milk and honey.
    The greatest democracy in the world and the saviours of Europe from an ever-
    lasting holocaust.And many Jews today are therfore leftist orientated and will
    not listen to those who, in their eyes,are discriminating a group in its totality
    instead of the individual.If they are old they cannot chance their lifestile any-
    more,and if they are young they are indoctrinated by their parents and believe
    me,Jews among one,are notorious for not contradicting their parents.
    Stil I think they should open their eyes and see how the real world of today
    is going to clash with the moslim world.An sort survival of the fittist.
    The domination of the left has to be dimminished to a manageble group.
    before it is to late.

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    I'm an old Jew from Europe so exuse me for not writing every word correclty.
    Thank you.

  • von Starkermann

    Why does everyone always make fun of the Nazis and of Germany. Aside form the Jewish problem, everyone who wanted a job had one. Everyone had access to an education and to health care. The Germans didn't want the parasitic Jews in Germany and made it very clear that they had to emigrate. Many did, still many did not. Let's leave Germany of old alone, and concentrate on the USA.

  • von Starkermann

    Why does everyone always make fun of the Nazis and of Germany. Aside form the Jewish problem, everyone who wanted a job had one. Everyone had access to an education and to health care. The Germans didn't want the parasitic Jews in Germany and made it very clear that they had to emigrate. Many did, still many did not. Let's leave Germany of old alone, and concentrate on the USA.

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    the Right. Conservative and centrist Jews believe that dangers to the Jews can come from the Left, from the Right, from Islam, from a renewal of Christian anti-Semitism, indeed from anywhere, but that at this moment, the world’s Left is far more an enemy of the Jewish people than the world’s, not to mention America’s, Right.

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    Because when Rich and most other Jews on the Left see Right-wing non-Jews, they see swastikas. It is an inversion of the famous scene in Woody Allen’s film “Annie Hall” in which the WASP character is depicted as seeing the Woody Allen character as a Hasidic Jew. Most American Jews on the Left — like Leftist professors on college campuses — inhabit an insular universe, where regular, let alone intimate, contact with conservatives, especially Christian conservatives, is almost non-existent.