Swastikas, Resolutions, Scholarship
Swastikas: The pandemic of swastika and “Out with the Jews” scrawlings has abated by now, but the newspapers were full of it in the month or so after Christmas Eve. It started in Germany and spread to Western Europe, Great Britain, a few places behind the Iron Curtain, North America, South America, Africa, and Australia; in Tel Aviv a Jewish boy was caught in the act and sent to a psychiatrist. An inordinate number of persons and institutions issued pronouncements and a UN commission put the matter on its agenda. The State of Israel asked the various governments what was happening and what they intended to do, though most Jews were not keen about Israel seeming to act as their protectress.
So much suspicion, or at least reserve, was reawakened about Germany that Chancellor Adenauer, by a species of Communist reasoning, at first wanted to blame the Communists. The Communist detective’s maxim has always been is fecit cui prodest- who stands to gain did the job, if not actually then “objectively”; and objectively the Russians profited greatly. Still the suspicion, or reserve, is justified. No one need worry about Adenauer, or Theodor Heuss, or Carlo Schmid, but that is not true of all those judges and permanent undersecretaries, or even a minister or two. And German schoolchildren are still taught nothing about the Third Reich. Then there is the Merten case.
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