With the aid of a book I am reading on the history of Europe, I have discovered the answer to one of life’s great mysteries. For as long as I can remember, I have wondered why so many dislike, reject, or persecute Jews. My dealings and relationships with Jews have been similar to any other humans: I like some and dislike some, but for purely reasons of character, not religion.
Today, I discovered a passage which provides a simple explanation. The quote is attributed to the chief rabbi of Vienna, uttered sometime at the end of the 19th century.
“The Christian kneels before the image of a Jew, wrings his hands before the image of a Jewess; his Apostles, Festivals and Psalms are Jewish. Most free themselves from (this contradiction) by Anti-semitism. Obliged to revere a Jew as God, they wreak vengeance on the rest of the Jews by treating them as devils...
You may say, Madam, that the Aryan people have emancipated the Jews. This is not the case. The Aryan people have emancipated themselves from the Middle Ages. This is one of the quiet and gradual influences which the Jewish Bible has exerted on mankind.”
This, for me, is a plausible explanation. Treatment of Jews fits the pattern of character assassination, with which (Aryan) people are so fond.
One less mystery in life...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.