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Why Ado And Spot Will
Bark Thanks To Max Stern
ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Q: Is Shylock, the Jewish charac- just a leader in
ter in Shakespeare's The Merchant the dog-eat-dog
of Venice, based on a real person?
world of busi-
A: No. There are numerous lit- ness. He also
erary sources for Shylock, in- was active in
cluding Christopher Marlowe's world Jewry. In
The Famous Tragedy of the Rich 1954, Mr. Stern
Jew of Malta (1589).
Shakespeare probably was Stern College for
most directly influenced by Women of
Robert Wilson's Three Ladies of Yeshiva Univer-
London, a 1584 morality play de- sity. He was a
picting a Jew's attempt to recov- vice chairman of
er his debt.
Q: Is it true there was a famous sity, a founder
and member of
Jewish Australian outlaw?
the board of gov-
A: You bet, mate!
Born in England in 1816, Ed- ernors of Yeshi-
ward Davis was known as "Ted- va University, a
dy the Jewboy." At 16, he was member of the
convicted of stealing — less than board of direc-
$2 cash — from a London shop- tors for the
keeper. He was sentenced to sev- American Fund
en years of deportation in for Israel Insti-
Australia which was, at the time, tutions, and
basically a penal colony. When chairman of the Workers in Nazi Germany organize for mass murder by
Teddy tried to escape, another board of direc- processing census information like gender, residence and
four years was added to his sen- tors for the religion. Only one group was targeted for certain death: the
Union of Ortho- Jews.
Seven years later Teddy man- dox Jewish Con-
non-Aryans. Yet in the concen-
aged to escape and organized a gregations of Am erica.
tration camps, Gypsies general-
band of ex-convicts on horseback.
Q: Is it fair to compare the Nail per-
He and his gang terrorized New secution of the Gypsies with the Nazi ly wore the black identification
patches indicative of asocial, not
South Wales (southeast Aus- genocide of the Jews?
tralia), raiding and robbing
A: Under the Nazi reign of ter-
In most cases, Gypsies who
towns, settlements and travel- ror, about one-third of each peo-
ers. In 1840, one of Teddy's gang ple, Gypsy and Jewish, was could prove they owned houses,
were not nomadic and were gain-
members killed a young shop- killed.
fully employed were exempted
keeper. The perpetrator and five
Yet the motive and the method
others, including Teddy, were of the Nazi persecution of the from deportation to concentra-
caught, convicted of murder and Gypsies differed greatly from the tion camps. Some Gypsy tribes
were declared by the Nazis to be
sentenced to death. Teddy was Holocaust of the Jews.
Aryan or German and were
hung in Sydney in 1841.
While the Nazis were ab-
saved from extermina-
Q: My Fido is the best
tion. Gypsies married
dog a guy could have. I al-
to Germans, or with a
ready have gifted him with
father or son in the
a Christian Dior sweater
Nazi army, were
for those cold winter days,
spared from deporta-
and a dog house complete
tion. No such exemp-
with carpeting and a TV
tions existed for Jews.
(he loves Phil Donahue).
Thousands of Gyp-
Recently, I decided to
sies were killed by
look more thoroughly into
Nazis in "medical" ex-
the whole dog snack thing
— which I'm sure you will
agree is one of the most
and by starvation and
critical issues facing our
disease. Yet the ab-
community today. Are they
sence of a consistent
really healthy? Is there a
Nazi policy meant the
great enough variety? How
Nazis had no clear in-
much is too much? I'd like
tention of anti-Gypsy
my important research to Doggone it ! A story straight from the Hartz.
genocide. From the be-
start with a Jewish con-
ginning, the Nazis
nection. Can Tell Me Why help out? solutely clear in their attitude to- were clear and consistent in their
A: Take a bite out of this an- ward the Jews (whom they policy toward the Jews: total ex-
swer, my canine-loving friend: regarded as a non-human, ma- termination.
Born in 1898 in Fulda, Germany, lignant and malicious parasite
Max Stern was the man who race that had to be exterminat-
built up one of the largest pet food ed), they were ambiguous in their Send questions to "Tell Me Why"
companies in the world — Hartz outlook on the Gypsies. .
c/o The Jewish News, 27676
Mountain Products Corp.
On the one hand, Nazis saw Franklin Rd., Southfield, MI
But Mr. Stern was more than the Gypsies as racially inferior 48034 or send fax to 354-6069.
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