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Oliver Stone Puts Hitler “In Context”

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Oliver Stone may be a nut job, and he has certainly made some wonderful movies. Of late however, he seems to be moving from whacky conspiracy theories to rather more ugly ones. What do I mean?
Stone’s newest project, a Showtime documentary entitle “The Secret History of America” will, Mr. Stone claims, put Hitler “in context”, and not allow his story to remain a product of “the Jewish dominated media”. I am all for expanding our understanding of even the most terrible events in history. In fact, it is those events which are most often addressed in dangerously over-simplified ways. But somehow, a filmmaker who describes his work in terms reeking of Jew-hatred does not seem likely to make any constructive contributions on this issue.
Of course, that was yesterday. Today, Mr. Stone is apologetic, issuing a statement in which he says he “made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret. Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry”. Which is the “real” Oliver Stone, the conspiracy theorist who resents the mythic power of Jews or the contrite artist seeking to bring deeper understanding to one of the darkest moments on Human history?


My guess is that he’s a bit of both. But because he simply calls his words a clumsy error and refuses to explore how they are actually part of his ongoing approach to world events — one in which some evil external force is always driving decent “little people” into horrible circumstances, I know that we have not heard the last of such claims about Jews from Mr. Stone.
There is no doubt that we need fuller explanations of the Holocaust, more sophisticated than those which invoke a demonic individual, Hitler, at whose feet all blame can be laid. There is also no doubt that as Jews, we would do well to more fully appreciate the horror of the Holocaust for people other than Jews. None of that however will be accomplished by minimizing the unique horror of the Nazis “Final Solution” to the “Jewish problem”, and certainly not by those, like Mr. Stone, who perpetuate some of the central underpinnings of the methodology which fueled the hatred which led to it.



  • Bobbie Dzubow

    Define “control”.
    Surely, Rabbi, you can not deny that there is a disproportionate number of Jews in the media, at all levels, especially in policy-making positions? And even more so, in literary and book-publishing circles, not to mention Hollywood itself.
    Some emes, Rabbi: Emes, please!
    As a Jew for Sarah Palin, I must insist upon it!

  • agnes f. cross-white

    It is unfortunate that Mr. Stone has recanted his original remarks about the Holocaust and Jewish control of American life.
    Which only goes to show just how powerful the Jewish Lobby actually is.

  • withyobadself

    go to the movies count how many jews you see…turn on your tv and count how many jews you see…why are mainly only jewish actors becoming stars??? The jewish run media is a trillion dollar industry so of course the media will do their best to make sure Obama looks bad…so the American people wont start believing in making laws to stop the rich from taking advantage of the average income Americans…jews are mainly rich so thats why they vote republican…there have been many other races of people who have been rounded up and exterminated…its time for the jews to move on and stop using the holocaust card..

  • tina twatsberg

    all of oliver stones movies are true. Not conspiracy theories, I challenge anyone to prove any of his movies wrong.

  • Scott R.

    We’ll have to remind people that Stone’s father was Jewish. So whatever crap he dishes out will fall right back on his own head.

  • Anosh

    The human rights activist and Canadian parliamentarian Irwin Cotler recently released yet another important document, “The Responsibility to Prevent” petition, detailing how Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran oppresses its own citizens and threatens the world. Yet, like too many smokers ignoring clear cancer warnings, many liberals and intellectuals ignore the Iranian menace. Just this week, as Europe and Canada toughened their sanctions against Iran, filmmaker Oliver Stone denounced American policy toward Iran, suggesting we all should be kinder to Ahmadinejad and his government.
    It is one of today’s most perplexing mysteries. Although human rights talk has become ubiquitous, “human rights” is too frequently wielded as a political weapon rather than respected as a universal standard. Thus, the UN Human Rights Council becomes the world headquarters for hypocrisy, with dictatorships blithely sitting in judgment on democracies while covering up their own crimes.
    Even more surprising, beyond power politics, hypocrisy is rampant.
    Many intellectuals, academics, journalists and human rights activists themselves, who should be paragons of purity are too frequently enablers of evil, giving cover to international criminals while singling out the US and most especially its close ally Israel for condemnation.
    This epidemic of moral idiocy is epitomized by the harsh treatment Israel endures combined with the tremendous leniency afforded Islamism. The failure of so many Western thinkers today to condemn Islamism is as outrageous as was their predecessors’ failure to recognize communism’s evil in the 20th century. While communist appeasers fanatically sought the noble idea of equality, today’s Islamist appeasers have been similarly blinded by their zeal for diversity.
    THE RESULT is a topsy-turvy moral universe. Israel gets no slack internationally and is constantly condemned for sins, both real and imagined. Perverse groups such as Queers against Israeli Apartheid pop up which, considering how free democratic Israel is and how unfree much of the Arab world is, makes as much sense as Doctors against Anti-Smoking Campaigns or Liberals for Islamism.
    Israel’s harsh critics fail to see that if they were less relentless and more credible, they could have more impact. Tragically, delegitimizing Israel, criminalizing its every act of self-defense, questioning only its right to exist but no other nation’s, makes peace harder to achieve. How can a nation that is ostracized have enough faith to compromise, especially when Palestinians spearhead many of these efforts to wish it out of existence? Similarly, the moral free pass Islamism often enjoys encourages many evils threatening world peace today. Iran acts arrogantly, pursuing its nuclear goals, trouble-making worldwide by arming Hizbullah, Hamas and other terrorists, squelching, jailing, raping, torturing its own citizens. Saudi Arabia continues its stealth strategy, lavishly financing much terrorism, spreading its radical sexist, homophobic, totalitarian, antidemocratic, anti-Western, Islamist supremacist Wahhabi ideology, while masquerading as a responsible government and Western ally.
    America’s handful of homegrown terrorists feel emboldened, knowing that the president himself hesitates to identify an Islamist massacre at Fort Hood, or Islamist attempts to blow up a jetliner and Times Square as Islamist terrorism.
    Paul Berman, a thoughtful writer with impeccable liberal credentials, has spent a lot of time and lost a lot of natural allies since September 11 examining both the evils of Islamism and the cowardice of many modern liberals.
    His 2003 tour de force Terror and Liberalism was based on his unfashionable instinct to do some homework and read the Islamist tracts available in English in bookstores near his Brooklyn home. The result was a terrifying guided tour of the Islamist ideology rooted in the worst jihadist impulses of traditional Islam, further poisoned by Western fascism and communism, yet packaged as palatable to too many Muslims in the West and liberals in denial.
    IN HIS latest book, The Flight of the Intellectuals, Berman uses a case study, exploring the curious tale of Oxford fellow Tariq Ramadan.
    Ramadan is a clever, manipulative professor who has become an intellectual pop star by disguising his radical Islamism as moderate, even progressive. Berman’s book is gripping, both when he explores just how radical, violent, anti- Semitic and destructive Islamist ideology is and when he identifies the many professorial and journalistic patsies who help Ramadan con the world.
    Berman dissects Ramadan’s loyalty to the jihadist teachings of his grandfather Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood who was a close ally of the murderous Palestinian Hitlerite Haj Amin el-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem. Husseini, who also plays the role of villain in another must-read book, Palestine Betrayed by Efraim Karsh, was embraced by Banna not despite but because he supported Adolf Hitler. A master of “double discourse,” which Berman defines as “language intended to deceive Western liberals about the grain of his own thought,” Ramadan soft-pedals this lethal legacy just as he employs a “veil of euphemism” when discussing the destructive Islamist addiction to terrorism.
    Berman explains how the world’s supposed anti-racists became racist themselves. Radicals, then many liberals, in the 1980s began embracing a worldview that was sociological not ideological, with “a focus on social class instead of a focus on ideas.” And, tragically, bullying worked: The intimidation of the novelist Salman Rushdie and the generalized threat of terrorism cowed many intellectuals, keeping them in line.
    Berman’s book echoes the wakeup call Karsh conveyed. Too many of us have internalized the delegitimization campaign against Israel and the West, ceding too much ground, forgetting the basics, losing our way. Much of the attack is rooted in traditional anti-Semitism crossbred with Islamic fundamentalists’ repudiation of enlightenment and liberal ideas. To regain our footing, we should study the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as Karsh does, learn about the Islamist enemy as Berman does.
    At the same time, we must return to the liberalism of Thomas Jefferson and John Stuart Mill, of Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt, of Betty Friedan and Martin Luther King, of Golda Meir and David Ben-Gurion. These heroes were visionary enough to dream of a better world – and tough enough to take on their enemies when necessary.

  • withyobadself

    the jews were chosen by god to spread gods words….the jews have failed god over and over again from killing thier messiah to now selling the rights of the jewish religion to the christians in the buiding of the third temple in brazil…maybe now the christians might be able to take over the responsibilty from god that the jews never accepted…

  • Midian

    The book “Six Million Crucifixions” by Gabriel Wilensky gives a sophisticated look to what led to the Holocaust.

  • Lucy

    “Constantine’s Sword” is a wonderful book and really explains well the animosity Christians felt for Jews…and also shows how this made Hitler’s scapegoating of Jews so easy. I am amazed at how ignorance and prejudice has continued into the 21st century. On the internet I see people who hate those of different races, religons, etc. and spew their vile hatred for everyone to read. It is scary and very disappointing.

  • http://www.lonelypanphleteer.com Your Name David R. Zukerman

    But Mr. Stone apparently holds firm on his invidious view of the State of Israel.

  • http://www.lonelypamphleteer.com David R. Zukerman

    Oops. That’s “www.lonelypamphleteer.com.”

  • Jack West

    I just learned that if you want something bad enough, you must sacriface something else to get it. It then hit me that the 6 million were a sacriface so that the state of Israel could be born.

  • Rev.Dick

    The Jews were exterminated by the Germans for living a shady lifestyle.

  • Jefferson

    This country was founded on Christianity. Sarah Palin for president!

  • John

    It’s springtime for Jew-haters. This week Oscar winning conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone joined Helen Thomas and Mel Gibson in the swelling ranks of out-of-the-closet celebrity Jew-haters. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Stone said that Adolf Hitler had been given a bum rap and that through “Jewish domination of the media,” the Jews have inflated the importance of the Holocaust and wrecked US foreign policy.
    In the wake of criticism in Jewish circles, on Wednesday Stone’s publicist issued a mealymouthed clarification.
    Stone failed to retract or amend his statement that “There’s a major lobby in the United States.
    They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington.
    Israel has f—ed up United States foreign policy for years.”
    He also did not retract his view that Jews use the Holocaust to control American foreign policy.
    Stone simply referred to his claim that Jews make too much of the Holocaust because the Germans killed more Russians than Jews as “clumsy.”
    He then broadened his initial allegation that Jews make too much of the Holocaust by allowing that we are joined in our efforts by non-Jews.
    And since non-Jews are involved also, he was wrong to criticize us.
    As Stone put it, “The fact that the Holocaust is still a very important, vivid and current matter today is, in fact, a great credit to the very hard work of a broad coalition of people committed to the remembrance of this atrocity.”
    (Emphasis added.) Stone still believes that the rounding up and exterminating of three-quarters of Europe’s Jews is really not as notable or morally troubling as high Russian wartime casualties, but it’s not solely Jews’ fault that people don’t share Stone’s views.
    Arguably even more despicable than Stone’s display of Jew-hatred was the manner in which it was received. On the one hand, there was the thunderous silence of the media. And on the other hand there were the insistent, repeated attempts to justify his statements.
    Readers’ talkbacks to write-ups of his remarks were rife with assertions that Stone’s statements were not bigoted. Many agreed that Jews dominate the media, and since they believe this is true, they argued that saying so is not a bigoted act. Others claimed that while Stone’s statements were inaccurate, there is no evidence that he hates Jews and therefore, his statements weren’t bigoted. At any rate, Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times and many others have argued, it would be wrong for Stone to be discredited for his attacks against Jews.
    It is difficult to imagine that if someone trafficked in ethnic stereotypes about groups like blacks, and claimed that they wreck US foreign policy to serve their own nefarious aims, Goldstein and the talk-backers would defend him.
    But then anti-Jewish bigotry has different rules than other hatreds.
    Stone and his defenders are not alone in either their attitude towards Jews or their denial of their attitude towards Jews. Indeed, they are part of a worldwide trend.
    TAKE THE situation in Malmo, Sweden. Last Friday, Jew-haters set off firecrackers outside a synagogue in Malmo. The blasts came a day after Jew-haters posted a bomb threat on the wall of the synagogue for the second time in two weeks.
    Malmo is a hotbed of anti-Jewish violence and the Jews of the city are fleeing in droves.
    Yet in the face of all this, Malmo’s non-Jews cannot bring themselves to acknowledge that there is a problem with anti-Semitism in their city.
    Even those who are supposed to be responsible for combating anti-Semitism refuse to acknowledge that Jews in Malmo are being attacked because they are Jews.
    Bjorn Lagerback is the man in Malmo who is supposed to care about anti-Semitic violence.
    Lagerback serves as the coordinator of the local forum in the city charged with combating hate crimes. In an interview with Malmo’s The Local cited by the World Jewish Congress, Lagerback tried to impress on the world that the bombing was serious. Not because it was violence aimed at Jews, of course.
    No, according to Lagerback, this bombing is serious because it might hurt non-Jews. He said.
    “We condemn this completely. Such an event is not just directed against the synagogue, but also at other targets that could be described as ethnic or religious.”
    Forget about the fact that only Malmo’s synagogues, and not its churches and mosques, require around the clock security. If no other ethnic or religious groups were targeted, would bombing synagogues no longer warrant condemnation? The acceptance of anti-Semitism has reached epidemic proportions.
    In Amsterdam, anti-Semites are making the mundane act of walking around outside in broad daylight a dangerous prospect for Jews.
    Jews are regularly attacked verbally and physically by anti-Semites as they walk on the streets of the Dutch capital.
    In an attempt to catch and punish anti-Semitic thugs, the Amsterdam police force has dispatched policemen dressed as Jews to pound the pavement. The hope is that these decoys will be able to draw out the offenders and arrest them.
    Apparently, some Dutch have a problem with punishing anti-Semitic attackers. As Paul Belien reported in the Brussels Journal, “Evelien van Roemburg, an Amsterdam counselor of the Green Left Party, says that using a decoy by the police amounts to [entrapment], which is itself a criminal offence under Dutch law.”
    In other words, Van Roemburg thinks that people who walk around while appearing to be Jewish are asking for it.
    Van Roemburg no doubt also believes that women in mini-skirts deserve to be raped.
    ALL OF this brings us to a discussion of the most endemic form of contemporary anti-Semitism: Anti-Zionism. There is no reason for anyone to be surprised that anti-Semites deny that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. After all, they deny that every other form of anti-Semitism is anti-Semitism. Why should anti-Zionism receive special treatment? It is self-evident that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.
    Zionism after all is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people. To say that Jews – uniquely among all the nations – have no right to freedom and self-determination is obviously anti-Semitic.
    Anti-Semites give a variety of excuses to justify their rejection of the Jewish people’s right to freedom and sovereignty in our homeland. Sometimes they say they have no problem with Jewish nationalism per se. They are simply anti-nationalist generally. But remarkably, these anti-nationalist anti-Zionists invariably just happen to be outspoken supporters of Palestinian nationalism.
    Moreover, it is curious that universalist antinationalists only have a special term to describe their opposition to Jewish nationalism. No one ever mentions being anti-Irishist, for instance.
    When someone says they oppose Irish nationalism, the obvious conclusion is that they don’t like Irish people. Just so, people who are anti-French tend not to like French people. And yet, the anti- Zionists would have us believe that their opposition to the Jewish state has nothing to do with their feelings about Jews.
    Beyond their nonsensical attempts to deny the fact that anti-Zionism is a specific rejection of a specific – that is Jewish – type of nationalism, there is the fact that anti-Zionists tend inevitably to drink from other anti-Jewish sewers as well.
    Take former British parliamentarian Clare Short for example.
    During her just ended career in the British Parliament, Short became known as an outspoken anti-Zionist. Short rejected Israel’s right to exist and castigated it for its “bloody, brutal and systematic annexation of land, destruction of homes and the deliberate creation of an apartheid system.”
    But Short’s Israel kick didn’t end with her frequent condemnations of imaginary but lurid Israeli crimes. As time went by, Short began channeling centuries of British Jew-hatred. Like her forefathers who blamed Jews for rain, drought, plague and fire, Shore blamed Israel for global warming.
    As she put it in a speech at the European Parliament three years ago, Israel “undermines the international community’s reaction to global warming.”
    As Shore saw it, European leaders are properly obsessed with attacking the Jewish state. But because Israel insists on existing and so requires Europeans to condemn it, Israel prevents the Europeans from attending to the threat of carbon that, if left unregulated, will “end the human race.”
    So if the world boils over, the cauldron will be made in Israel.
    One of the most prominent anti-Zionists today is Prof. Juan Cole from the University of Michigan.
    Part of being a successful anti-Zionist involves claiming that Jews have no right to the land of Israel. So to be a good anti-Zionist, one needs to deny Jewish history.
    To this end, in March Cole published a piece of historical fiction in the Salon online magazine.
    Titled “Ten reasons why East Jerusalem does not belong to Israel,” Cole mixed half truths with flagrant lies to justify his denial of Jewish history and belittlement of the Jewish rights.
    Cole wrote, “Jerusalem not only was not being built by the likely then non-existent ‘Jewish people’ in 1000 BCE, but Jerusalem probably was not even inhabited at that point in history. Jerusalem appears to have been abandoned between 1000 BCE and 900 BCE, the traditional dates for the united kingdom under David and Solomon.”
    This assertion is so mendacious that it takes your breath away. As anyone who has actually been in Jerusalem can attest, it is all but impossible to be physically present in the oldest areas of the city and not bump into relics dating from between 1000 and 900 BCE.
    Cole’s allegation is the academic equivalent of Louis Farakhan’s claim that white people are devils planted on earth by aliens. As an anti-Zionist anti-Semite, it was just a matter of time until Cole traveled into the fetid swamp of denying the historical record to facilitate his false claim that Jews are not a people and therefore are bereft of rights as a nation to our national homeland.
    And why shouldn’t he cover himself in anti- Semitic muck? So far, the stench has brought him great success. The very fact that I felt compelled to write an essay explaining why anti- Semitism is anti-Semitism and why anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism is depressing proof that anti- Semites have been wildly successful in whitewashing their bigotry.
    What makes contemporary anti-Semitism unique is its purveyors’ great efforts to hide its very existence. Their motivation is clear. Outside the openly genocidal anti-Semitic Muslim world, most anti-Semites are self-described liberals who claim to oppose bigotry. For these people, pretending away their prejudice is the key to their continued claim to enlightenment.
    And so the likes of Oliver Stone publish clarifications.
    And Cole invents history. And the Europeans blame Jews and Israel and Zionism when Jews inside and outside Israel are assaulted and killed.
    And I am sorry I wrote this column.
    Because an audience that demands an explanation of why evil is evil is an audience that has already sided with evil.

  • European

    Israel fights a physical war against terror every day, but she also has to fight misconceptions about her history, her people and *** her very right to exist in the world media ***. quote taken from Test your knowledge about Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
    This statement clearly articulates the battle of the minds, the voices, and who gets to make the first “impression of facts”,(media)often very limited facts,it just has to be believed and articulated forcefuly and believable enough. Any other opinion, angles of views or facts get quickly slamed with powerful words, like *condemnation,* etc. from one side, the other has to pull the tail in and apologize for the others endless grief and so on. ****No real learning or education can ever take place*****. Its called “Fear” domination. Swift force, justice and satisfaction to please one form of religion allowed only. Soon you will go to jail for saying anything against Jews like they do in Europe already. America will follow. They are always a little bit behind. Nothing different then Nazism. That same state existed during the Nazi era. Fear to speak up against Hitler. Today you don’t go to the Gas Chamber, you just lose your job (existential punishment), your reputation, maybe your family and friends, media coverage will make sure there is enough damage done.
    America wake up to the silent Holocaust, not of Bodies, but of your minds.
    Jews, Jews, Jews, it was written of you to be a beautiful people and a light to the nation. What happend,I don’t see it; nothing but games, deceit, lies, denial and manipulation. You silence reason and truth, honest inquiry, doubt that can lead to truth, or your own exaltation of superiority gets in the way. As forcefully you silence it in others, it will surface and make you face it down the road like a big tidal wave. Perhaps in anger then, and you will have your confirmation that you are hated and everyone not jewish is an anti-semite. (lie #1) It is your own racism and unwillingness to acknowledge other peoples truth that will wipe you out, as it has done so in the past. God forbid! No people want to be dominated or manipulated by another. You initiate the repeat by your own actions, believes and behaviours. Ignorance battles with ignorance. You too, wake up not to repeat the past. It takes two to tangle.
    Peace anyhow,
    Your’s, not mine labled, Sincerely Anti-Semite with a heart.
    Take courage …and defuse! I too am preciously human.(Mensch)

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