was always a term of derision in our house. A Jew who tries
to be a Nazi ? Verrückt. Crazy. And that may well be the most
charitable judgement that history now has for Max Naumann, founder,
protagonist, and leader of the Verband nationaldeutscher Juden (VnJ). One
of the very few Jewish line officer in the Kaiser's Army, Naumann felt
strongly that he was German, very very German, right-wing German, and he
felt gravely hurt that the emerging right-wing movement of young Germans
after WWI considered him, a Jew, to be outside their Volk.
Solution: a movement, VnJ, started in 1921, with the following theory:
yes, it's true, many Jews are in fact Schweinehünde, just as the anti-
Semites say they are, but those are the Ostjuden, the Jews from Poland and
parts East, not the truly deutsche Juden (us), who are in fact good
Germans, very good Germans. So Naumann advocated: a) true Germans like
himself need to vote for the Nazis (in 1932); b) Eastern European Jews
need to be expelled from German territories; and c) (once the Nazis were
in power), the Zionist Organization of Germany needs to be outlawed. Dr.
Naumann also sent a personal letter to Hitler (retrieved by my late friend
Klaus Herrmann), which respectfully suggested to the Führer that the good
German Jews (but not, of course, the Jews of Eastern origins) be drafted
into the Wehrmacht together with their Aryan Volksgenossen. Since the
Führer never deigned to reply to communications from members of inferior
races, Dr. Naumann's letter remained unanswered. However, the Nazi
government took enough notice of the VnJ to make sure that it was outlawed
before other Jewish groups. Dr. Naumann was briefly arrested but was then
released to die a natural death in 1939.
We now live in times of renewed onslaught against the Jewish people, and
Naumann-like characters have again arisen to to urge the enemies of the
Jews to proceed more energetically than these enemies are inclined to do
at the moment. In the video below, we have a Dr. Norman Finkelstein, no
less a Doctor than Naumann, urge the Hezbollah to act with greatermilitary resolve against Israel:
"Israel has to suffer a militarydefeat," he opines.
Has Doctor Finkelstein heard of Doctor Naumann ? That is not likely,
given Doctor Finkelstein's reluctance to give much thought to Jewish
history. But that is neither here nor there. The two Doctors are related
by a common commitment to harm their own people.
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