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April 24, 1992 - Image 36

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-04-24

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Should James Baker
Resign At State Dept?

ARTHUR J. MAGIDA

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f-novelist and Wall Street
Journal columnist Mark
Helprin is what he says
he is — "I may be little, but
I'm right" — then James
Baker will soon resign as
secretary of state.
Calling, in a column in the
Journal, for Mr. Baker to
leave the State Department,
Mr. Helprin, a life-long
Republican, tags his Middle
East policy, he writes, "emp-
ty, but not as empty as the
resentful confusion that
blames its failure on Ameri-
can Jews — a confusion built
on a fundamental
misconception of Jewish
loyalties."
Mr. Baker, claims the
columnist, is convinced that
Jews vote 'in Israel's best in-
terests rather than in that of
the U.S. and that they think
monolithically."
Such thinking was ex-
emplified by Mr. Baker's re-
cent statement in the priva-
cy of the White House:
"F--- the Jews. They
don't vote for us, anyway."
The comment, says Mr.
Helprin, was as
"incompetent" as it was
"bigoted."
In 1988, he notes, George
Bush received 35 percent of
the Jewish vote, 41 percent
of the "union household"
vote and eight percent of the
black vote.

Should Jews — or Jim Baker —
leave the GOP?

"And yet," states Mr.
Helprin, "it is hard to
believe that the most hard-
boiled Republican strategist
would be willing to dismiss
blacks and union members."
"Confronted with a secre-
tary of state who blames the
failure his badly conceived
policy on
on the Jews and then
dismisses them from the
Republican Party, what are
Jews to do? ... The ap-
propriate action would not
be that I or other Jews leave
the party but that James
Baker cease to represent it.
The secretary of state holds
a high and dignified office,
and no one who speaks of
any group of Americans as
Mr. Baker has deserves to
retain it."

Was Hitler's Niece
His First Victim?

Sixty years after the fact,
Vanity Fair writer Ron
Rosenbaum has revived the
still-unresolved death of Geli
Raubal, Hitler's half-niece
and romantic obsession —
and perhaps his first victim
— who was found dead in
September 1931 in the
Munich apartment she
shared with her her uncle.
Of all the theories offered
for Geli's death, Mr. Rosen-
baum takes most seriously
the possibility that Hitler (or
one of his top aides) killed
her with the 6.35mm.
Walther pistol he kept in the
apartment. He totally
dismisses the possibility
that had been dispensed by
Hitler's spin doctor within
hours after Geli's death that
she had voluntarily corn-
mitted suicide. He considers
the possibility that either
Hitler or Henrich Himmler

talked Geli into committing
suicide because she had
betrayed the Fuhrer by hav-
ing an affair with a Jewish
art teacher, by whom she
was pregnant. • And he men-
tions the theory that she was
even pregnant with Hitler's
child.
Although details of Geli's
death were instantly
covered-up by Munich au-
thorities, author Rosenbaum
now calls for a thorough in-
vestigation. To explain, he
states, "Why give (Hitler) a
posthumous explanation for
any death without doing
everything possible to hold
him accountable?"
"It's useful in this connec-
tion to recall the post-
Holocaust commandment
enunciated by (philosopher)
Emil Fackenheim: Thou
shalt not give -Hitler any
posthumous victories."

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