Quote: Elie Wiesel has won the hearts and minds of Holocaust Studies professors with his counsel on how to perpetuate a loathing for Germans:
Every Jew, somewhere in his being, should set apart a zone of hate—healthy virile hate—for what the German personifies and for what persists in the German.
*(Legends of Our Time, “Appointment with Hate,” NY, Avon, 1968, pp. 177-
John Silber wrote:
The quotation cited by Smith doesn't even support his libel. In the quote, Elie Wiesel does not say that every Jew "should set apart a zone of hate -- healthy virile hate " for Germans. Rather he said they "should set apart a zone of hate -- healthy, virile hate -- for what the German personifies and for what persists in the Germans." As the Nazi generation has passed from the scene, what Germans personify and what persists in the Germans has changed. What Germans personified in 1945 is not what a different generation of Germans personify today.
Mr. Silber again:
What is the motivation and purpose of Mr. Smith and his CODOH? Why do they find it personally important to deny the Holocaust and to abuse and denigrate Professor Wiesel? Isn't it relevant to ask? Bradley R. Smith and his Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust are a travesty and a repudiation of all that a university should stand for when falsehood is disseminated and truth is suppressed.
What is the motivation and purpose of the alleged “hate speech” that needs laws against it being disseminated and to suppress its abuse and denigration of truth?
Does it try to set apart a zone of hate – sickly cowardly hate – for what the Jew personifies and for what persists in the Jews?
As the Christ killer generation has passed from the scene, what Jews personify and what persists in the Jews has changed. What Jews personified in year 0 – at Calvary – is not what a different generation of Jews personify today.
Still, “Can Germany ever be forgiven”?
Isn't it relevant to ask?
Can we learn anything from the history of the Jews?
When is hate hate, i e healthy virile hate and/or its opposite?
When is it to be “set apart” with Hate Speech laws, and when will it be allowed to persist – in laws against Hate Speech?
Something must be hated, right?
Mr. Weakly wrote:
I wonder what else we don't know about the above quote. Perhaps Elie Weisel says this hatred is to be compartmentalized in the furthest recesses of ones mind so as not to interfere with their daily lives and disrupt the relations they have with others?
Regardless, Elie Weisel certainly earned the right to be unforgiving if he so chooses.
Mr. Wiesel makes an exception for the opposite kind of hate then? When the “healthy virile” variety has been "set apart" and "compartmentalized in the furthest..." etc?
“Can Germany ever be forgiven”?