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HITLER FANCIED JEW TUNES THE NEWS: Hitler had a secret music collection of Russian and Jewish artists. [Guardian Unlimited] THE CHATTER: German magazine Der Spiegel reported hundreds of gramophone records were discovered in the attic of a former Soviet intelligence … Read More

By / August 10, 2007

HITLER FANCIED JEW TUNES THE NEWS: Hitler had a secret music collection of Russian and Jewish artists. [Guardian Unlimited] THE CHATTER: German magazine Der Spiegel reported hundreds of gramophone records were discovered in the attic of a former Soviet intelligence officer, Lev Besymenski. Professor Wolfgang Wippermann, a historian at the Berlin University of the Arts, said, “I'm not surprised that he would, secretly of course, listen to those composers. Hitler loved classical music and he could best relax with his music.” [ABC News]

The Forward’s Bintel bloggers ask if Hitler dug Jewish music. [The Jewish Daily Forward]

 

REMEMBERING A JEWISH-BORN CATHOLIC CARDINAL THE NEWS: Jean-Marie Lustiger, a Jewish-born convert to Catholicism who became a top Vatican figure, died this week. [Jewish Telegraph Agency] As he lay in a Paris hospice, Cardinal Lustiger reached out to his longtime friend Rabbi Israel Singer. The Jewish-born Catholic official, who served for decades as a conduit between the Vatican and the Jewish community, called Singer, a former senior official of the World Jewish Congress and a major player in the effort to build Catholic-Jewish ties. Singer flew to Paris and the two met several times before Lustiger succumbed to cancer on Sunday. He was 80. "He was completely conscious and aware," said Singer, who called Lustiger by his Hebrew name. "Some of the conversations were 25 years old. They were very moving." THE CHATTER: Speaking of Jews pining for communion, Jewcy writer Aaron Hamburger explores his own love affair with Catholicism. [Jewcy] If a Jew can become a top Vatican figure, then why can’t Bugs Bunny be Jewish? David Kaufmann, of the Forward, asks this pivotal question. [The Jewish Daily Forward]

 

JEWS MUST ACT LIKE LEO AND AL GORE THE NEWS: Rabbi Steve Gutow, the executive director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, writes in a JTA op-ed that energy conservation and reducing greenhouse emissions are an obligation Jews have to the world. Gutgow writes, “The Jewish community is right to make Israel's safety and thwarting Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons top priorities, but energy independence and global warming are equally important in the long run and deserving of the same level of attention.” [Jewish Telegraph Agency] THE CHATTER: Jews should not only be concerned with passing on a healthy planet to their children and grandchildren but also the potential impacts of global warming on the nation of Israel: “A national assessment conducted by the Israeli government in 2000 raised the specter of Mediterranean Sea level increases in the narrow coastal strip where 60 percent of Israel’s population lives, changes in rainfall patterns that could disrupt agricultural production and major drops in water supplies.” [The Jewish Week] Could the fight against global warming finally stop the Darfur genocide, which has been called the world’s first “climate-change conflict”? [Canadian Coalition] Or, in the wonderful spirit of bigotry and lunacy, we could all just listen to CNN cable TV and syndicated radio host Glenn Beck. [Grist]

Beck said Gore using "same tactic" in fight against global warming as Hitler did against Jews. [Media Matters]

Al Gore's not going to be rounding up Jews and exterminating them. It is the same tactic, however. The goal is different. The goal is globalization. The goal is global carbon tax. The goal is the United Nations running the world. That is the goal. Back in the 1930s, the goal was get rid of all of the Jews and have one global government. You got to have an enemy to fight. And when you have an enemy to fight, then you can unite the entire world behind you, and you seize power. That was Hitler's plan. His enemy: the Jew. Al Gore's enemy, the U.N.'s enemy: global warming.

 

BAT MITZVAH GIRL DOES THE UNTHINKABLE
THE NEWS: Samantha Resnick donated $100,000 worth of Bat Mitzvah money to the Jewish National Fund to build a new playground in Sapir Park in the Arava Valley of Israel. [The Jerusalem Post] THE CHATTER: JBloggers say she’s a Bat Mitzvah girl who gets it. [Israel Forum] Google’s gone screwy: “crazy russian extreme street climbing video” was one of the links that showed up when I searched “Samantha Resnick.” Check it out. Warning: it’s cool but will almost certainly give you a headache. [Google Video]

ALSO IN JEWISH NEWS: In a groundbreaking move to recognize the experiences of transgender Jews, the Reform movement has published several prayers for sanctifying the sex-change process. [Jewish Telegraph Agency] Isaac Larian, an Iranian Jewish immigrant, set out in 2000 to create an alternative to Barbie. Seven years later, his line of Bratz dolls is a billion-dollar industry with a new motion picture in theaters. [Jewish Telegraph Agency]

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