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August 20, 2015

A contribution from Dr. Wolf Murmelstein, a survivor of Theresienstadt

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 8:48 am

My photo of one of the buildings in the Theresienstadt ghetto

The following article, entitled The Judenrat in Shoah History, was written by Dr. Wolf Murmelstein, one of the regular readers of my blog, who is the son of Dr. Benjamin Murmelstein, the last Jewish elder at Theresienstadt.

Begin reading the words written by Wolf Murmelstein:

As a reader [of this blog] has considered me a WEIRDO, only for sharing my best knowledge and experience, I am submitting for publication the enclosed article — a contribution at a meeting at Padua University about SURVIVAL POLICIES — which I presented at the request of the Chairman, as I am considered a qualified person for that subject.

This year the article has been reprinted in a specialized Italian paper.
I would appreciate your opinion on the enclosed article.
Best Regards.
Wolf Murmelstein.

The Judenrat in Shoah history

[the following article was written by Dr. Wolf Murmelstein, the son of Dr. Benjamin Murmelstein. ]

I am offering a reconsideration, based only on historical facts, of the Judenrat Question, pointing out how those tragic figures had been overburdened by events and circumstances clearly out of their control but did their best, in order to salvage as much as possible.

After I have explained who the Judenrat had been, some meaningful rabbinical responses are quoted in order to rebuke theories worked out by persons who never had to face a Nazi official.

The contributor [Wolf Murmelstein] recalls how the Nazis obtained legally the power, first in Germany and, later, by overrunning other countries.

The Judenrat had to cope with many problems in their attempt to help fellow inmates and to face, under heavy duress, the lower ranking Nazi officials who held little power and, themselves, were being spied upon. Being between hammer and anvil, the Judenrat certainly could not care about their future, after war, [their] image in various essays.

Only a very few of those tragic figures survived and had to face heavy accusations, due to hysteria, persecution complexes, interest in discrediting witnesses of wrong doing and political reasons. The still-lasting accusations, to have been informed about the Gas Chambers, and not having called fellow inmates to revolt, turns out as not consistent.

End of article

You can read another article, written by Dr. Wolf Murmelstein, on my website at


  1. The retributive impulses of wartime, even more than those of peacetime, go on forever. And that’s even when they are NOT encouraged/rewarded by reparations payments.

    As it is, it’s the Echo That Never Goes Away. Unless and until you stop listening to it.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — August 20, 2015 @ 11:45 am

    • The full contribution submitted to the meeting at Padua University is, among others, on the site LERNEN AUS DER GESCHICHTE — LEARNING FROM HISTORY. Indeed in Jewish history, like that of other minorities, the problem of facing and dealing with the tyranny occurred along the centuries. So it is useful to listen to it, learning the lesson, as events may occur again and again. By the way, the reward earned by the Judenrat had been defamation.

      Comment by Wolf MURMELSTEIN — August 20, 2015 @ 12:17 pm


        Are you sure that your translation is accurate, Wolfie? My translator gives me: “Anesthetize & Castrate the Goyim With Horror Propaganda for Jewish Domination Over Them and Palestine Land Grabbing”. 😉

        Comment by hermie — August 21, 2015 @ 8:07 am

        • Hermie! I more and more believe that you have jewish ancestors who left the Faith and became antisemite; the Jewish Self Hatred – Juedischer Selbsthass. Some Nazi leader had had his surprise, indeed. Look at your genealogic tree, so for three/four generations.

          Comment by Wolf MURMELSTEIN — August 21, 2015 @ 9:19 am

          • Jewish self hatred, isn’t that a Zionist code word to defame and vilify the anti-Zionist Jews criticizing Israel’s policies and/or the Holocaust industry (like Norman Finkelstein)?

            I didn’t expect any answer about the content of my comment from you. But did you at least enjoy the joke, Wolfie?

            Comment by hermie — August 22, 2015 @ 7:43 pm

        • You know, I’ll continue to say it. You deniers have a way with language. That was a funny comment.

          Comment by HCW — August 21, 2015 @ 11:48 pm

    • Huh?

      Comment by HCW — August 20, 2015 @ 6:09 pm

      • Huh? I have no idea what Rucker is talking about.

        Comment by HCW — August 20, 2015 @ 6:11 pm

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