November 27, 2006
Many forwarded emails tend to take the shape of “we’re so great” and so I frequently get ones about Americans, women, Jews, even redheads specifically. And, I mean honestly, all those groups are pretty great.
My father sends along one about Jews and right away I am suspicious. Alongside the list of possibly true accomplishments and famous Jews, such as “Olivia Newton John’s Jewish grandfather was a Nobel Prize winning physicist”, there’s this: “Joseph Stalin was originally named Joseph David Djugashvili (translating into “son of a Jew”.) As well, all 3 of the women he married were Jewish.”
Even if Stalin was Jewish, which is absurd, there’s no way that would be a net positive for Jews. I speak Russian. Djugashvili does NOT translate to “son of a Jew”. And, I’ve never heard of Stalin himself being Jewish nor of his any of his wive being Jewish. Googling around for it now, I only find references of it on Nazi and White Supremecist websites.
To be honest, though, I barely noticed the Stalin reference. Alongside other supposed “Jews” like Geraldo Rivera, Winston Churchill and the Roosevelts, you can tell this forward was going to be a little wacky. It’s the end that really caught my attention. The email gives 40 “facts” about Jews, pay particular attention to the turn taken right around fact #40:
35. Fact: Dr. Paul “magic bullet” Ehrlich (Jew) – physician, Nobel Prize in 1908 for curing syphilis.
36. Fact: Armand Hammer (Jew) – “Arm & Hammer,” physician &businessman who originated the largest trade between U. S. and Russia .
37. Fact: Louis Santanel (Jew) was the financier who provided the funds for Columbus ‘ voyage to America .
38. Fact: Sherry Lansing (Jew) of Paramount Pictures, became the first woman president of a major Hollywood studio.
39. Fact: Flo Zigfield (Jew) of “Zigfield Follies,” is the creator of American burlesque.
40. Fact: Jews were the brains behind the Confederacy:
41. Maj. Adolph Proskauer led the unit at Gettysburg .
42. Judah P. Benjamin held 4 cabinet positions: Attorney General, February 25 to September 17, 1861; Secretary of War, September 17, 1861, to March 18, 1862; acting Secretary of War, March 18 to 23, 1862; Secretary of State, March 18, 1862, until the end of the war) and was referred to as “the brains of the confederacy.”
43. Rabbi Max Michelbacher was a confidant and spiritual advisor to General Robert E. Lee.
So, we’re the best, we’re curing diseases, originating trade, inventing burlesque and then we’re…fighting for the south in the Civil War? Say what? Again, googling this has produced mostly white supremacist websites, though I don’t know what they say about it as I refuse to click and give them the traffic.
This email has the feel of one passed along unwittingly by people who would be horrified by it if they actually read it. My father said he glanced at it but didn’t really read it before passing it along. And I’ve found the email reprinted on sites that seem to celebrate Judaism, and it doesn’t look like they realize what they are publishing. So, my advice, read stuff before your forward it, especially to me. I will compulsively check if what it says is true (and it often isn’t).