Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

February 10, 2007

Ahmadinejad: Accessory

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 11:41 am

It’s no longer a joke. No longer something that can be dismissed as the folly of dimwit clowns. This story–about the beating of Elie Wiesel by a Holocaust denier–is horrifying in itself. A 81 year old Holocaust survivor beaten by a moronic Holocaust denier.

But it’s a metaphor too. For the way Holocaust denial is being used to pave the way to a second Holocaust by delegitimizing the first, and demonizing Jews as liars. A metaphor for the way that the insidious evil of Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial conference, however much ridiculed and condemned by the world, empowered certain vicious morons. This particular one had the only the courage to attack an 81 year old man. But there is an entire nation armed with weapons of genocidal power, indeed more than one where Holocaust denial is regarded as a legitimate position–and a reason to wipe the Jewish state off the map and “leave nothing on the ground”.

The story is from the San Francisco Examiner online. Read it and weep:

Author attacked in S.F. hotel  An unidentified person attacked author and Jewish scholar Elie Wiesel in a San Francisco hotel on Feb. 1. 

Adam Martin, The Examiner, Feb 9, 2007 6:00 AM

SAN FRANCISCO – In a bizarre attack, a well-known author and Holocaust scholar was dragged out of a San Francisco hotel elevator by an apparent Holocaust denier who reportedly had been trailing him for weeks. 

Police escorted Elie Wiesel to San Francisco International Airport on Feb. 1 after a man accosted Wiesel in the elevator at the Argent Hotel, at 50 Third St., after Wiesel participated in a panel discussion at a peace conference and before Wiesel was scheduled to catch a flight back to New York.

Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and author of more than 40 books, including the memoir “Night,” about his experiences at Auschwitz, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. Last fall, the Boston University professor was suggested as a possible replacement for Israeli President Moshe Katsav, who faces sexual assault charges.

Police confirmed this week that the attack took place and that officers escorted Wiesel to the airport following the attack. According to police, the suspect accosted Wiesel in the hotel elevator at around 6:30 p.m., saying he wanted to interview him. Wiesel said he would do the interview in the lobby. That’s when the attacker pulled him out of the elevator, police reported.

In a posting Tuesday on the anti-Zionist Web site ZioPedia, a writer using the name Eric Hunt takes credit for the attack: “After ensuring no women would be traumatized by what I had to do (I had been trailing Wiesel for weeks), I stopped the elevator at the sixth floor. I pulled Wiesel out of the elevator. I said I wanted to interview him.”

Wiesel grabbed at his chest and yelled for help, according to the posting. “I told him, ‘Why don’t you want people to know the truth?’ His expression changed, and he began screaming again.’” the posting reads. Police reported that the suspect tried to force Wiesel into one of the rooms, but ran away when Wiesel started yelling.

The online posting states that the writer intended to “bring Wiesel to my hotel room where he would truthfully answer my questions regarding the fact that his non-fiction Holocaust memoir, Night, is almost entirely fictitious.” Later in the posting, the Holocaust is portrayed as a “myth.”

I wonder if this makes the proud brave “anti-Zionists” among us flattered to have such courageous allies. I hope we will soon hear all the “anti-Zionists” in the academy dissociate themselves from this disgusting act and explain why their belief that the erasure of the Jewish state is a good idea is different from the position of “ZioPedia”, and doesn’t enable its thugs.

I don’t believe the the academic anti-Zionists with their plans to put the Jews of Israel in peril of genocide with their bold plans for a “binational state” (NYU Professor Tony Judt’s panglossian euphemism for wiping Israel off the map) should bear responsibility for this particular attack by a self-proclaimed “anti-Zionist”, but I wonder if they will remain silent about it.

Professor Judt–any response to this version of anti-Zionism? Any expression of outrage? Or just silence because Wiesel is one of those Zionist Jews who embarasses you at dinner parties?



  1. It’s tempting to cite the revolting words of that Auschwitz guard, “Hier ist kein warum.” Except that in this case there most decidedly is a “warum”–the concerted effort to revise history so as to depict the Jews of Israel and the new Nazis, the the Palestinians the new Jews, in order to undermine and desroy the Jewish state. How tragic that Eli Wiesel, a man who has devoted his life to educating people about the significance of the Holocaust, should have to endure this type of attack from someone who denies its very reality. However, this ugly incident points to something I have been saying for quite some time: Holocaust education is NOT going to innoculate the world against a repitition of a Jewish genocide.

    Comment by scaramouche — February 10, 2007 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  2. President Ahmadinejad’s real views are summarized on this website:

    Comment by Al — February 10, 2007 @ 10:45 pm | Reply

  3. This is a bit Lazlo Toth of me but have you read this blurb about Mailer’s new book? Perhaps you should have written, “Hitler Explained” instead?

    “He had read Ron Rosenbaum’s 1998 book “Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil.” “It was so stimulating, and at the same time so frustrating, because I finished reading all the explanations of all the intellectuals that talked about what Hitler was up to, and I thought, there still is not an answer that I find in any way satisfactory.

    “I thought, ‘I prefer my answer,’ that Hitler is devil-ridden, that he was the devil’s main agent in human existence.”

    Comment by Shmuel — February 12, 2007 @ 6:14 am | Reply

  4. The Jews must be bothering the hell out of those holocaust deniers. Otherwise why would they be so obsessed with us? I hope that we continue to bother them forever.

    Comment by Lili Gans — February 15, 2007 @ 2:14 am | Reply

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