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In Burg’s world, Hitler won

by Brad A. Greenberg

September 6, 2007 | 10:24 am

Avraham Burg, “the apostate” former speaker of Knesset who this summer said the Israeli dream is dead, gets gutted by Hillel Halkin in a Commentary piece titled “A Wicked Son.” Only an abstract is online free, but here two poignant portions of the article on L’affaire Burg:

It is as if Al Gore, after losing to George W. Bush in the year 2000, had denounced the Declaration of Independence, called the United States a cultural and spiritual wasteland, compared it with pre-Hitler Germany, prepared asylum for himself in a European country, and recommended to all Americans that they follow his example.

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Avraham Burg is against military might. In another passage [of his book “Defeating Hitler”] about the Holocaust, this one touching on the Warsaw Ghetto revolt and its being made a symbol of Jewish resistance, he writes:

Had I lived in one of the ghettos, I’m not sure I would have chosen to take up arms [against the Nazis]. I think I would have asked myself until the moment of my death weather armed revolt was not foreign to the spirit of Judaism. ... In the end I would have turned to the spiritual repertoire of Mahatma Gandhi and sought to stir Europe with a wave of non-violent protest.

One rubs one’s eyes with disbelief. A wave of non-violent portest in the Europe of World War II, as if Auschwitz was Amritsar—or Selma, Alabama!

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