Just a matter of (quasi) Semitic semantics, after all?


…by Jonas E. Alexis and Gerard Menuhin


Gerard Menuhin is a British-Swiss journalist, writer, novelist, and film producer. He is the son of Jewish parents, the American violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin, who is considered “one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century.” Menuhin’s mother was a ballet dancer and died in 2003 at the age of 90.[1] He graduated from Stanford University and is the author of the new book Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil.

Jonas E. Alexis: If you have not read Gerard Menuhin’s Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil and you are interested in World War II, Nazi Germany, and other related subjects, then I would highly encourage you to get a copy of the book. In fact, he dedicated the book to “Germany,“ to “Germans who still want to be German,“ and to “humanity.“ It is well documented and the author pulls no punches. Just plain logical deduction and cool arguments. For example, Mehunin cites Israeli ambassador Moshe Leshem saying:

“Israelis and American Jews fully agree that the memory of the Holocaust is an indispensable weapon—one that must be used relentlessly against their common enemy. Jewish organizations and individuals thus labor continuously to remind the world it. In America, the perpetuation of the Holocaust memory is now a $100-million-a-year enterprise, part of which is government funded.”[2]

Jewish Holocaust historian Tim Cole of the University of Bristol agrees:

“‘Shoah [Hebrew for Holocaust] business’ is big business…[In] the twentieth century, the ‘Holocaust’ is being bought and sold. $168 million was donated to pay for the building of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on a plot of Federal Land in Washington, DC. Millions of dollars have financed memorial projects throughout the United States, ranging from the installation of Holocaust memorials to the establishing of University chairs in Holocaust studies. Steven Spielberg’s movie Schindler’s List netted over $221 million in foreign box offices and even Academy Awards.”[3]

Menuhin takes the prevailing arguments from the Holocaust establishment and deconstructs them with historical facts and evidence, simple logic, and good-old common sense. In this article, he is going to approach the issue with a sense of humor. If you don’t like scholarly studies that much, then put your “sense of humor” hat on. If you do like scholarly studies, you will have a good laugh as well. Menuhin will not disappoint.

Bill: Good morning, Shlomo, how’s it going?

Shlomo: I don’t have time for small talks. One thing I gotta know: do you deny the Holocaust?

Bill: Do I deny the what –‘holocaust’? That’s an English word, a bit old-fashioned, means a burnt offering. No, I don’t deny words. That would be silly, wouldn’t it? But you said ‘the holocaust’, didn’t you? Now what do you mean by that? A specific burnt offering? You’ll have to help me here.

Shlomo: You know extremely well what I mean! The murder of Jews by the Nazis!

Bill: ‘Nutzis’? Oh, I get it, you‘re talking about the National Socialists. Does this have something to do with the Second World War — the war in which Mr. Schmidt was induced to murder his cousin, Herr Schmidt, for no reason at all?

Shlomo: What do you mean?

Bill: Well, the war was senseless, except for investors. But about 60 million people were murdered anyway: Americans, British, French, Germans, Italian, Japanese and many, many more. But you’re talking only about Jews? Why?

Shlomo: I am a Jew!

Bill: Yes, I can see that. There’s no need to get worked up. How many are there supposed to have been in your ‘holocaust’?

Shlomo: It is not my Holocaust, it is the Holocaust! Six million! Think, six million!

Bill: Six million? If you say so. That’s about 10% of the total. And were they all burnt? No?

Shlomo: They were gassed! Gassed!

Bill: Gassed? But why call it a ‘holocaust’ then, if they were gassed? I don’t follow you.

Shlomo: Donkey!

Bill: Why get personal? Let’s see, so they were first gassed and then burnt? Do I have that right? And by whom, may I ask?

Shlomo: By Germans! Monsters!

Bill: By German monsters?  That’s a strange notion. That would have been far too time and labour intensive. Didn’t the Germans have enough to do with trying to win the war?

Shlomo: They wanted to kill all the Jews!

Bill: Why would Germans, a particularly decent people, want to do that? And where are the remains of this enormous number of dead Jews? Was there an official investigation back then, by the police? Has there been a formal investigation since then?

Shlomo: Of course not! Don’t be stupid!

Bill: It’s a logical question. So there was no investigation?

Shlomo: There were eye-witnesses. Lots of eye-witnesses!

Bill: Eye-witnesses don’t count. They’re notoriously untrustworthy. I’m speaking of real evidence: motive, cause, culprit. That kind of thing.

Shlomo: They saw the monsters with their own eyes! They made drawings! They wrote books!

Bill: No, no – evidence. Like bones, ashes. Every single known murder is thoroughly investigated by the authorities. Why shouldn’t a six-million murder have been investigated?

Shlomo: You’re just a stupid Goy! Ask Elie Wiesel, he saw it all!

Bill: Who? Elite Weasel?

Shlomo: He was a survivor. He saw fountains of blood squirting out of the ground.

Bill: Was this the result of the gassing or the burning?

Shlomo: You filthy Nazi! Animal carcass!

Bill: Careful, you’ll get a heart attack. So that’s what you call a ’holocaust’. Sorry, but it’s a misuse of words. If you want to say something, just tell me straight, without beating around the bush.

Shlomo: I am not beating bushes! You are just an anti-Semite!

Bill: That’s another meaningless expression.

Shlomo: How, meaningless?

Bill: It doesn’t mean what you think it means. It just means that you don’t like me.

Shlomo: You talk only lies! I am telling you what happened, to six million Jews!

Bill: Would this have anything to do with the six million Jews killed by the Romans during the so-called Bar-Kokhba Uprising in 132 A.D.? Where it’s claimed blood flowed a mile into the sea?

Shlomo: It is the Holocaust, which everyone knows about, since the Seventies!

Bill: Since the Seventies? But you said it happened during the war.

Shlomo: No, the murders were called the Holocaust in the Seventies. When the filums started.

Bill: Filums? So they made documentaries about this?

Shlomo: Not documentaries, realistic filums to show how terrible it was. Over 60 filums!

Bill: Ah, you mean entertainment.

Shlomo: Never can there be enough. Never. To show the whole world about Jewish suffering. No one must be allowed to forget!

Bill: Please don’t spit. So the movies were timed to coincide with your ‘holocaust’ tag. Clever.

Shlomo: We are clever. We will keep on reminding you about the Holocaust forever.

Bill: Seventy years after the end of the Second World War you’re still concerned that Jews were killed back then. Of course Jews were killed in the war. As I said, millions of people were killed in the war. What makes Jews so special?

Shlomo: Jews are special! Jewish suffering is special!

Bill: Whatever. Look, most of the people you see around you today probably lost relatives in the war. But three generations later, they don’t still need to whine about it. So why do you?

Shlomo: Defamation! Calumnia! You’re just an illiberal Nazi of disrepute! (2)

Bill: Right, nice talking to you.

Comment about Menuhin in www.germanjoys.eu, 20 May, 2007


[1] Humphrey Burton, “Lady Menuhin: Gifted dancer who complemented the life of her brilliant husband,” Guardian, February 7, 2003.

[2] Gerard Menuhin, Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil (Washington: The Barnes Review, 2015), 39.

[3] Tim Cole, Selling the Holocaust: From Auschwitz to Schindler, How History is Bought, Packaged and Sold (New York: Routledge, 2000), 1.


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