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Jews for Hitler --- Yes There Were Some

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And so, if you have read this far, you know where I am going with this. While, as far as I know, there is certainly no organization in the U.S. equivalent to the Association of German National Jews, there are, without naming names, as the New York Times' Paul Krugman has pointed out numbers of Jews who are prominent financial supporters of our very own fascist President. And there are Jews who are important policy-makers and implementers for Trump as well as prominent propagandists for him.

The International Jew by Henry Ford.  .Dual Loyalty. writ large, by one of the leading U.S. anti-Semites in the 1930.  Ford published columns in the leading Nazi newspapers, and Hitler published columns in Ford's.
The International Jew by Henry Ford. .Dual Loyalty. writ large, by one of the leading U.S. anti-Semites in the 1930. Ford published columns in the leading Nazi newspapers, and Hitler published columns in Ford's.
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But, some ask, is Trump anti-Semite? Well, without going into the current litany of his anti-Semitic tropes/concepts (like the concept of Jewish "dual loyalty," see The Protocols of the Elders of Zion), the thought first popped into my head when a couple of years ago, Trump was straight-out asked "are you an Anti-Semite?" "How could I be," he responded, "some of my best children are Jews." Just like the "some of my best friends are Jews" trope that I heard when I was much younger, when anti-Semitism was much more open in this country that it is now. And do you really need much more than an indicator of his now-classic "good people on both sides" to the Charlottesville marchers chanting "Jews will not replace us."

As Professor Krugman pointed out in the column cited above: "anyone Jewish has to be completely ignorant of history not to know that when bigotry runs free, we're always next in line for persecution." Anti-Semitism has been the fallback doctrine-of-hatred since St. Augustine codified it for use by the Catholic Church back in the 5th century. But the German Jews who supported Hitler thought that they were "different." But, of course, anti-Semitism was at the center of Nazi doctrine. And so they were lumped in with all the other Jews, and pretty quickly too (the Nuremberg Laws depriving Jews of German citizenship being invoked in 1935).

Right now, the Jewish supporters of Trump obviously like at least some of what he is doing, if they are not, as at least one is, actually defining and developing the cruelest of his policies, which include the development of, by definition, concentration camps for various categories of immigrants and potential immigrants. (How ironic is this.) Knowing what happened to the Jewish supporters of Hitler in Nazi Germany will not have one whit of effect upon the beliefs and actions of the Jewish supporters of Trump and implementers of Trumpite 21st-century fascism. But among the Jewish opponents of Trump, it is very important to be aware of those developments in Germany, almost a century ago, so that, for our side, comparisons can be drawn.

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