Soviet Anti-Semitism in High Gear:
What Can the Kremlin Hope to Gain?
IT IS a rare Cassandra that is up to the job these days. At least in the predicting of totalitarian horrors. Things always turn out worse than the gloomiest pessimist would have expected.
The anti-Semitic drive that went into high gear with the Prague trial of Rudolf Slansky et al. is now moving at a terrifying speed. The anti-Semitic big lie, always in the realm of the unbelievable, has in a few weeks reached the edge of the unimaginable. Hardly had the Prague defendants been hanged when the Socialist Unity (Communist) party in East Germany discovered a widespread “espionage and sabotage plot” headed by a former East German Politburo member, Paul Merker, and the Bonn Bundestag deputy Kurt Miiller (who had been lured into East Germany and arrested there in March 1950). It was in this case no easy task to round up a respectable number of “Zionists” and “Jewish bourgeois nationalists”; there are almost no Jews in high party or government posts in East Germany. But old Chekists are not easily daunted: Paul Merker, according to the best information a Gentile, was nevertheless accused of taking part in a Zionist plot. You don’t therefore have to be a Jew to qualify as a Zionist conspirator; it is enough to fall into the category of what Dr. Goebbels used to call Judenknechte-”lackeys of the Jews.”
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