“You can always tell a racist, but not much.”-Je’
While conversing with my Aryan Nations landlord long ago and far away, I listened patiently to his rant about blacks and Jews in hopes of talking some sense into him. Silly me.
“But didn’t you say you were adopted and don’t know who your biological parents are?” I asked.
“So maybe they were Jews,” I suggested. As you can imagine, that went over like a poot in a space suit.
The doctrine of Blood and Soil was the basis of Nazi racist ideology; that is: racial purity and one’s fatherland share a mystical bond, soil and blood calling to one another plaintively until at last they are reunited. It would be a relatively harmless romantic notion if not for the corollary: It is your holy duty to cleanse the fatherland of all “impure blood.”
I was rather surprised that Zionists shared the essentially racist ideology of the Nazis. Supposedly there was a Jewish “type” obvious in their physical appearance.
Max Nordau (born Simon Sudfeld) saw the type as Old Testament warriors and wondered why Jews had deteriorated physically. His famous speech at the second Zionist Congress, in which he first spoke of the lost “muscular Jewry,” expressed a passionate longing for a brawny nation-race. For the ancient blood to be revived, the Jews needed a soil, and only Zionism could give them that.
Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky, the leader of Zionist revisionism, craved power and detested concession and compromise…”Jews have a distinctive blood that sets them apart from other people.”
“The sense of national identity is inherent in man’s “blood,” in his physical-racial type, and only in that… It is physically impossible for a Jew descended from several generations of pure, unmixed Jewish blood to adopt the mental state of a German or a Frenchman…”
So they had to return to the Promised Land, the soil was calling out for its blood.
Theodor Herzl, the true founder of the Zionist movement…had some doubts about all this.
“One evening in London, Herzl dined with the Anglo-Jewish author Israel Israel Zangwill, who would later join the Zionist movement. In his personal diary that day, the handsome leader expressed dismay that the writer, who was famously ugly, thought that they shared the same origin. “He obsesses about the racial aspect, which I cannot accept. It’s enough for me to look at myself and at him.
I say only this: We are a historical entity, a nation made up of different anthropological elements. That will suffice for the Jewish state. No nation has racial uniformity.”
You would think that Jewish racists would simply look at each other and get over their Jewish Type/Blood and Soil thing. But Herzl’s perfectly rational idea lost out and by 1948 Albert Einstein, a Jew who fled Germany, was writing to the New York Times, warning that fascist elements had crept into the Zionist camp.
You can always tell a racist, Albert…but not much.