France's Jewish Problem
IN 1928, the young New York intellectual Sidney Hook embarked on a tour of Europe that included a stay of several months in Germany. More than a half-century later, he would write in his memoirs, Out of Step: “As incredible as it may sound to most people today, anti-Semitism was much less apparent at the time in Berlin than in New York City.” Indeed, in the Weimar Republic that had been established in 1919, both Jews as individuals and the Jewish community as a whole were flourishing; in the United States, by contrast, nativist prejudice in the late 20′s was on the rise and free immigration had been sharply curtailed.
About the Author
Michel Gurfinkiel is the president of the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute in Paris. His article, “Is Turkey Lost?,” appeared in the March COMMENTARY.