Jewish Journal


February 24, 2009

Who stole more from Jews: Madoff or Hitler?



Yes, Bernard Madoff’s house of cards included millions from Yeshiva University, Hadassah, the American Jewish Congress, Elie Wiesel’s foundation and even blue-chip Los Angeles Jewish organizations. Losses from these and other prominent Jewish charities—the “holy of holies,” as Michael Berenbaum remarked to me today—total more than $157 million, based on figures from the Wall Street Journal.

Indeed, the damage Madoff did well take decades to undo. But, according to Heeb, he’s no Hitler:

to provide some context, the book Nazi Looting: the Plunder of Dutch Jewry during the Second World War estimates that the Nazis stole 1.2 billion guilders worth of assets from Dutch Jews alone. In today’s terms, that amount equals approximately 7 billion U.S. dollars.

Sorry to be a self-hater-hater, but when it comes to steeling Jewish gelt, Bernie Madoff is clearly no Adolph Hitler.

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