Of Horses And Jews (Dead Versus Live)…
by Gerald A. Honigman
My wife, Elisabeth, was a 4-H owner of horses; my daughter-in-law, Isabelle, still loves to ride; and I have always admired them as one of G_d’s magnificently noble creatures.
I really wanted to see Steven Spielberg’s movie, War Horse.
Unfortunately, after what I’ve recently learned, I won’t.
No doubt, Steven won’t miss the cost of my and my wife’s theater tickets–as he didn’t when I refused to see his earlier Munich as well. Still, I don’t have to support such stuff.
I’m getting ahead of myself, however, so please let me explain…
Like millions of other Jews around the world, I’m a “survivor.”
I’m one of those who escaped the Holocaust–the predictable endpoint of a road carefully paved and prepared for millennia. Indeed, scholarly estimates place the number of Jews massacred–often for “holy” reasons–prior to the 20th century to be at least that of those slaughtered in the age of Zyklon B gas.
No, I didn’t live in Europe during the 1940s…I was born in the U.S.A. on President Harry Truman’s birthday in 1948–just several days before Israel’s own rebirth.
On my Dad’s side (of blessed memory), we’ve been in America since the late 19th century. My Grandfather and Father were vets of World War I and II respectively (along with many other members of my family).
But, on my Mother’s side, her Mother–my Grandmother–escaped the pogroms of Eastern Europe just before the rise of Hitler in Germany. Most of her family stayed behind and became Nazi statistics. Had Grandma not made it here, I would not be writing this essay right now…
Despite the deniers seeking to murder the victims yet a second time–like Israel’s alleged “peace partner,” Mahmoud Abbas, and Iran’s Ahmadinejad–it’s legit, in most circles, these days to cry at least crocodile tears for Auschwitz’ dead Jews. Even school curricula now often include Holocaust studies. I’ve been nervous about this and expressed my fears to a friend, a non-Jewish lady teaching the subject.
Too many folks, you see, want to hear that the Nazis were from Mars instead of being real people who went to church on Sundays and turned Jews into lampshades and soap on Mondays.