Published On: Tue, Mar 20th, 2018

Blog / The Holocaust Chronicles: Not Fake News

I purchased the Holocaust Chronicles because it mentioned Sosúa, in the Dominican Republic. Jews arrived there in the 1940s and their lives were saved by a dictator.

My grandmother lost just about her entire family from Przemysl and upon seeing this photo for the first time I realized that I could be looking at family members.

I purchased the Holocaust Chronicles because it mentioned Sosúa. Sosúa is in the Dominican Republic. Jews arrived there in the 1940s and their lives were saved by a dictator. It’s a great story and I have been in Sosúa several times to give back to the Dominican people. For those who know Puerto Plata, Sosúa is in that province. When nobody took the Jews, they settled almost half way around the world.

There was a Danenberg who settled in that town and he rose to become Minister of Tourism and later Ambassador to India. Dominicans thought he was German, but he was Jewish.

Years ago I read the Holocaust Chronicles from cover to cover. There was a photograph of Jews trying to sell dishes on the street. This took place in the Przemysl Ghetto in Poland. Those two people could have been cousins of mine who never immigrated to America. They went to their deaths and we survived.

The transference of justice from Jews to African-Americans is essential. I wish that every African-American could learn what is in the Holocaust Chronicles, but Jews must know what African-Americans have experienced. Let us be true to history. Black history matters and so does Jewish history. And those two Jews probably never sold the dishes as people who got caught buying from them could be killed.

This is not “fake news.”

The story of Jennifer Teege tells people in one sentence what the Holocaust was about. My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me is a transformational story that should be shared with the entire United States. I strongly urge the Jewish community to bring Jennifer Teege to come here and tell her story. The audiences should be half Jewish, half African-American, and half Hispanic. I hope that this mathematical point is well taken. We need overflow crowds of people to come together to learn more and to live together better. The message blows one’s mind that a single sentence tells what happened to millions of Jews during the Holocaust. Death! Death! Death!

And Jennifer Teege found out late in life that she was the granddaughter of a German commandant who was killing Jews for sport. He can be seen in the Steven Spielberg motion picture “Schindler’s List.” That commandant had a daughter who had an affair with an African and she got pregnant. Since the Nazi racial views are widely known, Jennifer Teege knew what her fate would have been. Death! Know your history. This is not “fake news.”
Well before the Holocaust, there was terrorism in Palestine. Talmudic students were killed by Arabs.

 

When I wrote about this in the 1980s, I visited Palestinian owned stores in Brooklyn and the people who read my work told me that it was fair. That massacre was 1929 and from that year until 1935 the Arabs in Palestine were terrorizing Jews. The leader of that movement was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini who strongly advocated for the “Final Solution” or death to all Jews. He looked pretty much the way that a college president of Ohio or Indiana would look. He was not the “brown” Arab that we hear about in today’s BDS campaign against Israel. Perhaps Jewish students on campus cannot tell it the way that I can, but this is not “fake news.”

I was in Israel in 1984 and I saw a “brown” Jew who was from Morocco who could have passed for Dominican or Puerto Rican. Those people often did not have the best life in Israel, but I read that it was not racial discrimination, but there was discrimination between Ashkenazi Jews and Mizrahi Jews from Northern Africa. Those Jews could also have come from Yemen, Pakistan, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Syria, Kuwait, Iran, and other countries.
One of the most popular television shows of all-time starred a Jewish comedian whose parents were from Aleppo, Syria. He hung out with a guy named George and his name is Jerry Seinfeld.

When people at meetings hear things that are half-truths, that is not fair. Sure, there was a massacre by Jews decades later. Sure, the shoe is on the other foot these days in the Middle East. But our history counts and telling African-American history without slavery would be nuts. And that my friends is not “fake news.”

It was my goal to carry “The Holocaust Chronicles” with me to meetings to show people. I hardly go to meetings these days, so this article will have to do. Please share it with others and do the research on the internet.

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