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May 12, 2010

Anne Frank wrote in her diary: “We can never be just Dutch, or just English, or whatever, we will always be Jews as well.”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:41 am

The first thing that visitors see on a tour of the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam is a poster with a quote from Anne’s diary, written on April 9, 1944:

“One day this terrible war will be over. The time will come when we will be people again, and not just Jews! We can never be just Dutch, or just English, or whatever, we will always be Jews as well. But then, we’ll want to be.”

The photo below is on the poster at the entrance to the Anne Frank house with the quote that I have written in the title of this post.

Famous photo of Anne Frank at the age of 13

The Anne Frank house at 263 Prinsengracht in Amsterdam

(Click on the photo to see a larger size)

I thought about Anne’s diary entry when I read articles in today’s news about concerns that American Jews have dual loyalty to America and Israel. You can read  one of these articles here.

Anne Frank was only 14 years old when she wrote that Jews can never be “just Dutch, or just English, or whatever” but she captured the essence of the problem that caused Hitler to want to get rid of the Jews.  The title of the Wannsee conference, ordered by Hermann Goering, Hitler’s right-hand man, was “The Final Solution of the Jewish Question.”

The Jewish Question had been discussed for years in Germany; even Karl Marx weighed in on the Question. The “Jewish Question” was should Jews assimilate into the country where they lived, or should they keep themselves separate in their ghettos and Jewish quarters.  The word “anti-Semite” was coined to mean a person who wanted the Jews to assimilate, meaning a person who did not want the Jews to be separate or to have their own country.  Anti-Semite originally meant anti-Zionist.

Hitler was not an anti-Semite; he did not want the Jews to assimilate, but rather, he wanted the Jews to get the hell out of Germany and go some place where they could have their own country.  The problem was that the British did not want the Jews to go to Palestine and since Palestine was a British protectorate, they had the power to limit immigration into Palestine.  That’s why Hitler appointed Adolf Eichmann to sneak Jews into Palestine, beginning around 1934.  The British would only allow young people with manual labor or farming skills, so Hitler set up work shops and farms where young Jews could learn these skills.

Poland didn’t want the Jews either, and the Poles began working on a plan to send them to Madagascar, which was the second choice of Zionist leader Theodor Hertzl as a Jewish homeland. After Germany conquered Poland in 1939, Hitler took over the Madagascar plan, but it came to naught.

In 1933, when Hitler came to power, the German Jews had everything that a country normally has:  They had their own flag, their own anthem, their own language (Yiddish) and their own alphabet (Hebrew), their own jokes, their own music, their own foods, their own history, their own clothing style, their own holidays, their own day of rest (Saturday), even their own clocks which ran backwards because the numbers were in Hebrew. Inside their ghettos, the Jews of Europe followed their own laws.

Of course, there were assimilated Jews in Germany in 1933, including the Otto Frank family. But there were other German Jews whose loyalty was to their fellow Jews, not to Germany.  This was basically what caused the German exportation of the Jews and the Holocaust, after other countries refused to allow them to enter.


  1. […] I wrote about “The Jewish Question” in a previous post which you can read here.  It would have taken some courage to put the real meaning of “The Jewish Question” on […]

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  2. This is a very good post. I would like to know who coined the term anti-Semite, since you say “The word “anti-Semite” was coined to mean a person who wanted the Jews to assimilate, meaning a person who did not want the Jews to be separate or to have their own country. Anti-Semite originally meant anti-Zionist.”

    What does it mean to assimilate? I think it means you identify yourself fully with the nation you are a citizen of, including language, customs, holidays, etc. If you keep a separate identity, language, customs, for whatever reasons, you are not assimilated

    As we know, the majority of today’s Jews want to be fully privileged citizens wherever they are in the world, and they want to be separate and have their own identity and country too. So they ARE dual-citizens outside of Israel.

    Therefore, there is still a Jewish Question that never goes away. Part of the Question is why does nobody want the Jews, except that they are shamed into it by Polically Correct thinking as is in vogue today … mostly because of the “Holocaust.” My answer to this part of the question is that the Jews DO remain separate by their belief in their “chosenness” and “specialness” by God, and their economic/financial networking for their separate benefit; therefore they are not good citizens. For example, all the money-raising benefits the Jews engage in are to benefit Jews only and Jews-only organizations. Many American Jews raise money … lots of it … for Israel. There is never one dime raised for anything that includes Gentiles. At the same time, they lobby relentlessly for money from the government tax-payer coffers for their special Jewish projects. A good example is the USHMM, which gets $50 MILLION every year to promote their Jewish-benefitting myth.

    This behavior has been going on for several thousand years, resulting in the many and various nations, one after the other, getting fed up with it.

    I’m not sure I would call Otto Frank an assimilated Jew as he didn’t mind breaking the laws of Germany for his own benefit and then running to an adjoining country to hide out. He was never a loyal German, but a scoundrel. Jews are ultimately Internationalists; belonging nowhere. It’s not a curse the rest of the world has put on them, it’s a product of their own training to identify so strongly as Jews. So the Jewish Question continues.

    Comment by skeptic — May 13, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

    • Wilhelm Marr coined the term “anti-Semitism” in 1873. He wrote a pamphlet, “The Victory of Jewry over Germandom.” He did not want the Jews to have a separate country within the country of Germany.

      In 1879, Heinrich V. Treitschke first wrote the phrase “the Jews are our misfortune.”

      The idea of the Jews working for the benefit of themselves and their fellow Jews was completely against the Nazi policy. The Nazi party had 25 points which constituted the party platform.

      Point No. 24 was this:

      “We demand freedom for all religious faiths in the state, insofar as they do not endanger its existence or offend the moral and ethical sense of the Germanic race. The party as such represents the point of view of a positive Christianity without binding itself to any one particular confession. It fights against the Jewish materialist spirit within and without, and is convinced that a lasting recovery of our folk can only come about from within on the principle: COMMON GOOD BEFORE INDIVIDUAL GOOD.”

      The Jews in Germany were not working toward the common good, which is why Hitler wanted them out.

      The Jewish religion teaches that the Jews must help their fellow Jews financially if necessary. That is why you never see a homeless Jew and rarely a Jew who is not successful.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 13, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

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