Germans Educate With Jew in a Box?

800px-Kiev_Jew_Killings_in_Ivangorod_(1942)aBerlin’s Jewish Museum has a new exhibit: “The Whole Truth, everything you wanted to know about Jews”…which opened last month. The exhibit is more commonly known as “Jew in a Box.” The purported purpose was to educate postwar generations. the exhibit involves a Jewish man or woman sitting inside a glass box for two hours a day through August to answer visitors’ questions about Jews and Jewish life.

Really? So they thought this would educate visitors on Jews?

The creators of this idea apparently didn’t brainstorm for very long… 

Germany’s population is 82 million, of which there are less than 200,000 Jews. Few Germans born after World War II know any Jews or much about them. Why is that? Was the country who had the most educated population on earth at the time of the Holocaust, unable to educate their future generations about the abominations that they allowed to occur under Der Fuehrer? Why did Berlin’s Jewish Museum feel the need to create such an exhibit? 

These are all legit questions that need to be pondered … and answered.

Clearly, there are many Germans who possess great remorse for the atrocities that their countrymen committed during WWII, but the fact is: The same anti-Semitic attitude that existed, beneath the radar when Hitler came to power, was never eradicated in Germany.

Here’s some evidence … Selections of a study, subtitled “The Left Party: Between Anti-Zionist Anti-Semitism and the Wish to Govern,” were published by the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper, and noted by the Gatestone Institute. The report states: “A power has established itself within the parliamentary spectrum of the Left Party, which tolerates anti-Semitic positions … Our thesis is that anti-Zionist anti-Semitism has become the dominant consensus position within the German Left Party.”

Sidebar – Interesting how now the Left, here and globally, have become the new Fascists.

Add to that report, a poll taken by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (associated with the SPD, the Social Democratic Party of Germany), which stated that 15.8% of German residents in the former East German part of the country identify themselves with the fascists, and subscribe to its beliefs, including hatred of Jews.

And few of them will be visiting the Jewish Museum to be “educated”.

Germany’s laws banning anti-Semitism are a good start, but the work is not finished. The country’s education system should have dealt with this problem some time in the past 70 years since the Shoah. That failure has created the current and growing problem with anti-Semitism.

And until the German people come to grips with their erroneous perspective of the Jewish people … the precise one that gave Hitler the milieu necessary to commit genocide … no Jew will truly be safe in the Fatherland.

Shalom through strength…

Image: Executions of Kiev Jews by German army mobile killing units (Einsatzgruppen) near Ivangorod Ukraine; original print Tadeusz Mazur and Jerzy Tomaszewski; currently @ Historical Archives in Warsaw; public domain

About the author: Audrey Russo

Audrey Russo is the Host of the weekly REELTalk Radio Show (NYC). Audrey writes a column for and handles Middle East/National Security/Terrorism/Cultural Issues, and her articles can be read in several other news/opinion journals. She is also a contributor on Audrey's Radio Show can also be heard on the Leading Edge Radio Network. Audrey is also an active member of the NYC performing arts community as a singer and actor.

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