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April 19, 1985 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-04-19

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Friday, April 19, 1985

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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On Sunday, April 21, 1985
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at a Private InterView.

INSIGHT

Mind Of His Own

Continued from preceding page

Jews left in Germany. But at
that time, even to me, it was
unthinkable. From my own
experience, the pressure was
for us to emigrate. Had we all
been given the chance to emi-
grate, I don't know if the ex-
termination policy would have
ever been implemented.
Eichmann once proposed to re-
settle all the European Jews in
Madagascar and the Jews
would have been shipped
there. Instead, they shipped
them to Auschwitz.
"The Zionists were too eager
to bargain for resettlement in
Palestine. But that was too
much of a homeland concept to
accept. The Nazis sought more

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of a slave labor settlement."
Bettelheim doesn't think
American Jews ignored their
brethren. "They tried to take
care of those who came to the
United States," he remem-
bers. "But it wasn't only Jews
who helped us. I got my immi-

"I was very much
against the
kidnapping of
Eichman . . . he
should have been
shot down . . . like a
mad dog."

gration affidavits from Ameri-
can gentiles. My boss at the
University of Chicago (where
Bettelheim found employment
that would continue until his
retirement) asked, 'How many
(affidavits) do you need?'
There was a readiness to help,
but immigration quotas were
very restrictive."
- Yet Bettelheim is forced to
admit "the matter was not as
energetically pursued as it
should have been. Certainly
much more could have been
done."
Now, 40 years later, con-
cerned Jews like Bettelheim
have to face a new threat —
the revisionists — those like
Ernst Zundel in Toronto who
deny that the Holocaust ever
happened. Where in the past
spectrum of human behavior
does Bettelheim place the re-
visionists.? Bettelheim con-
templates the question for a
moment. It is one of the few for
which he doe's not have an in-
stant reply. Finally he says,
"Unfortunately there are
more crazies around than the
world wants to realize. After
all, if you read (Immanuel)
VelikikovskST's Worlds in Col-
lision ( a book much derided by
the scientific community in
the 1950s) you know that he
really believes what he's say-
ing. And people believe in ESP
and what have you. We have to
separate the crazies from
those who 'operate solely out of
anti-Semitism or out of delu-
sions. And that's a mixed bag.
"What I'm really more con-
cerned abut, and that's one of
the reasons why I came to Cen-
tral Michigan University to
give my talk, are the average
people who want to put it (the
Holocaust) out of their minds
because it's such an inconven-
ient event. I'm much more
concerned about those people
than (I am) about a few idiots."
How does Bettelheim feel

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