|To: Eric Hufschmid
Date: Dec 7, 2009
Subject: A Freak of Nature
mind as a whole is a freak of nature, unlike any other group's. The propensity
for logic-twisting has been explored by others. Let us explore the labyrinthine
meanderings of one such mind in his own words.
born a Russian Jew, came to the United States and bcame a writer of children's
books. He was asked to write a two-page autobiography for inclusion in
The Junior Book of Authors. I was, he wrote in 1949, born in the glittering
capital of czarist Russia. The fact that as a Jew I was supposed to be
aloof from [all the pageantry of the Russian Orthodox Church] made me put
up a feeble resistance. Is he speaking of how the other Jews expected
him to behave, or how the Russians expected him to behave? It seems to
be how the other Jews expected him to behave: the Jews were a people apart,
by their own will.
What I remember
as often [as the glamor], he wrote, is a thunderous knocking on our apartment
door, in the dead of night, and the heavy voices outside. "Open. Police
inspection." It would happen once a week or more. The point is that you
never became accustomed to the shock of being awakened in the night by
these "domiciliary visits" carried out in the spirit of raids on criminal
nests. The most law-abiding citizens had to submit to them; that's the
way of it in a police state. Please note the implication that the Gollomb
family was an ordinary law-abiding family, and that the non-Jewish czarist
state was terrorizing its own people. What follows is indeed a most labyrinthine
twisting of logic. He continues, What made these visits all the more
terrifying for me was that some of the elders in my family were not law
abiding. They were plotting the overthrow of Czarist tyranny. In other
words, they were criminal revolutionaries. He continues, I guess that
most Americans, were there a tyrant over us, would be in the ranks of revolutionists.
At any rate some of my nearest kin were. In these words Joseph Gollomb
wants us to believe that his revolutionary family was just like a typical
American family would be, i.e, that everyone in the world acts just as
the Jews do.
as a Jew [How many times will he mention the fact that he is a Jew?]
could expect anything from a beating from my non-Jewish schoolmates, to
hearing of pogroms, mass lynching of Jews by mobs. It did not matter
to him that his family was trying to destroy the Russian government.
paragraph may be the most telling. If my books, he wrote, have any
reason for survival it is because they are a plea for friendliness, tolerance,
teamwork, international cooperation and eventually a United States of the
Jews running it, of course.