Lenni Brenner's "Zionism in the Age of the Dictators"

Attention ! Explosive book ! I just finished reading it and I'm still wondering if I haven't been dreaming all this time. Lenni Brenner, a Trotskyist Jew, documents the history of the Zionist movement and its various branches, from the start of the 20th century in anti-semitic Russia, to 1945 and the Nazi Germany's Holocaust.

What you will discover in these pages will shock you, but it will also bring some understanding as to why Zionism is a flawed ideology. Also, you will never again feel you need to defend from a Zionist accusing you of antisemitism. You'll probably be more inclined to return the accusation with a few quotes from other Zionists who were not so pro-Jew as they'd have you believe today.

Here is an introduction of the book taken from the London Times:
Who told a Berlin audience in March 1912 that “each country can absorb only a limited number of Jews, if she doesn’t want disorders in her stomach. Germany already has too many Jews”?

No, not Adolf Hitler but Chaim Weizmann, later president of the World Zionist Organization and later still the first president of the state of Israel.

And where might you find the following assertion, originally composed in 1917 but republished as late as 1936: “The Jew is a caricature of a normal, natural human being, both physically and spiritually. As an individual in society he revolts and throws off the harness of social obligation, knows no order nor discipline”?

Not in Der Stürmer but in the organ of the Zionist youth organization, Hashomer Hatzair.

As the above quoted statement reveals, Zionism itself encouraged and exploited self-hatred in the Diaspora. It started from the assumption that anti-Semitism was inevitable and even in a sense justified so long as Jews were outside the land of Israel.

It is true that only an extreme lunatic fringe of Zionism went so far as to offer to join the war on Germany’s side in 1941, in the hope of establishing “the historical Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis, and bound by a treaty with the German Reich”. Unfortunately this was the group which the present Prime Minister of Israel chose to join.[*]

That fact gives an extra edge of topicality to what would in any case be a highly controversial study of the Zionist record in the heyday of European fascism by Lenni Brenner, and American Trotskyist writer who happens also to be Jewish. It is short (250 pages), crisp and carefully documented. Mr Brenner is able to cite numerous cases where Zionists collaborated with anti-Semitic regimes, including Hitler’s; he is careful also to put on record the opposition to such policies within the Zionist movement.

In retrospect these activities have been defended as a distasteful but necessary expedient to save Jewish lives. But Brenner shows that most of the time this aim was secondary. The Zionist leaders wanted to help young, skilled and able-bodied Jews to emigrate to Palestine. They were never in the forefront of the struggle against fascism in Europe.

That in no way absolves the wartime Allies for their callous refusal to make any serious effort to save European Jewry. As Brenner says, “Britain must be condemned for abandoning the Jews of Europe”; but, “it is not for the Zionists to do it.”

The rest of the book is fully available online here.

[*] Menachem Begin. The introduction was published in 1984

McJ's picture

Thanks for posting this Littlehorn

Another book fo my reading list.... smiling

"I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain..." -- Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, v

Finkelstein's opinion

I asked in an email:
Do you know of the German Zionist collaboration with the Nazis, and if so, would you call it wise to use that history to counter the present-day Zionist use of the Shoah ?

He just replied that it was "meaningless today".

I think I can see that it is using the Holocaust that is wrong, not who is silenced thanks to it. I kept fantasizing about shocking those Zionists with some truth, but we shouldn't need that. Their behavior today is wrong, and it only takes a human look to prove that. At best, this history should be served to an old Zionist who was one of the collaborators; no one else.