Wir Juden (We jews)

Article/book #: 6397
Title: Wir Juden (We jews)
By: Joachim Prinz  
Date of issue: 1934
Commentary (by JB):

Published by Erich Reiss Verlag, Berlin.
Here is how Israel Shahak characterised the book (in Chapter 4 of Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years):
The whole book is full of similar crude flatteries of Nazi ideology, glee at the defeat of liberalism and particularly of the ideas of the French Revolution~a and great expectations that, in the congenial atmosphere of the myth of the Aryan race, Zionism and the myth of the Jewish race will also thrive.

Of course, Dr Prinz, like many other early sympathizers and allies of Nazism, did not realize where that movement (and modern antisemitism generally) was leading. Equally, many people at present do not realize where zionism - the movement in which Dr Prinz was an honored figure - is tending: to a combination of all the old hates of classical Judaism towards Gentiles and to the indiscriminate and ahistorical use of all the persecutions of Jews throughout history in order to justify the zionist persecution of the Palestinians.


The book is abstracted thus, on this memorial website (which tries to dress up Prinz's attitude to Nazism in the early years after Hitler's rise to power, by hiding the fact Prinz initially perceived Nazism as the German analogue of Zionism):
WE JEWS have been wandering in the world for more than three thousand years. Tall, wild Bedouins.. tanned and strong.. fought against desert and danger. Heroes struggled with giants. Kings ruled over princes and peoples. David's company raised a strong wall around Jerusalem . Love songs and psalms were born on his harp. To Solomon's Temple the great ones of his age came on Pilgrimage. Prophets raised flaming torches of The Word high over the world. Laws shone forth from tables of rock. The upward path of every nation has wound over the strong bridges of the Ten Jewish Commandments.

WE JEWS have traversed every land of the earth. From the islands of Asia Minor to Spain, Africa, Greece, Italy, the reaches of the German Rhine, to the Russian steppes.. the valleys of Champagne .. far into India and China . We have lost our own land. The vultures of trouble and disaster circled over the holy city of Jerusalem . Yet our journey from the homeland was proud and strong: within us there still lived the manly self sufficiency of our Bedouin ancestors.. the strength of the heroes.. the courage of the adventurers. Within us there lived the faith of the fathers.. and it gave us the power to resist. And our march among nations and countries was by far the most hazardous way that a people ever went.

WE JEWS through the hard destiny of our history have become petty traders, merchants, usurers, scholars, physicians, astrologers, poets, actors, men of letters, old clothes dealers, scientists. In all walks of our lives we were broken whenever we forgot our identity. Our life surrendered us as often as we surrendered our history. Our life was a failure when we failed our Jewishness. Out of that failure arose the hatred of Jews against their own people. Others may have stopped hating us, but we still hated ourselves. Our ancient, sacred, strong tree bent low and struck its own far-spread roots as if wholly extinct.

WE JEWS, Bedouins, heroes, kings, prophets, poets of old, forgot ourselves, our being and our. belief, were crushed through this oblivion, and became the great, aching question of the nations. Our warm, often yearning and tragic love for the nations did not soothe the wound.

WE JEWS seek our freedom.

However, on Pages 150-1, Prinz wrote:
The meaning of the German Revolution for the German nation will eventually be clear to those who have created it and formed its image. Its meaning for us must be set forth here: the fortunes of liberalism are lost. The only form of political life which has helped Jewish assimilation is sunk.
And, on on Page 155, he wrote:
We want assimilation to be replaced by a new law: the declaration of belonging to the Jewish nation and Jewish race. A state built upon the principle of the purity of nation and race can only honored and respected by a Jew who declares his belonging to his own kind. Having so declared himself, he will never be capable of faulty loyalty towards a state. The state cannot want other Jews but such as declare themselves as belonging to their nation. It will not want Jewish flatterers and crawlers. It must demand of us faith and loyalty to our own interest. For only he who honors his own breed and his own blood can have an attitude of honor towards the national will of other nations.

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