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.
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.
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You can read another article, written by Dr. Wolf Murmelstein, on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Contributions/Murmelstein/JudenratQuestion.html