I’m writing this late Thursday evening, for publication on Friday. I can’t guarantee that Miss Breslaw will still have a job by then – so far Tablet is standing firm, but these show trials and purges tend to move very fast once they get going. Already, her prior work for Tablet has been taken down, including the picture of Anna in her Halloween costume:
Yes, that’s Anne Frank.
Miss Breslaw’s essay, which draws not just on her experience with Holocaust survivors but also from the AMC series Breaking Bad, should be read in its entirety for the full context. But here is the offending portion (H.T.: Ace):
My father’s parents were Holocaust survivors, and in grade school I received the de rigueur exposure to the horror—visiting geriatric men and women with numbers tattooed on their arms, completing assigned reading like The Diary of Anne Frank and Night. But the more information I received, the less sympathy the survivors elicited from me. Each time we clapped for the old Hungarian lady who spoke about Dachau, each time Elie Wiesel threw another anonymous anecdote of betrayal onto a page, I eyed it askance, thinking What did you do that you’re not talking about? I had the gut instinct that these were villains masquerading as victims who, solely by virtue of surviving (very likely by any means necessary), felt that they had earned the right to be heroes, their basic, animal self-interest dressed up with glorified phrases like “triumph of the human spirit.”
I wondered if anyone had alerted Hitler that in the event that the final solution didn’t pan out, only the handful of Jews who actually fulfilled the stereotype of the Judenscheisse (because every group has a few) would remain to carry on the Jewish race—conniving, indestructible, taking and taking.
I haven’t ever met any Holocaust survivors. I have known several Jews, though, and I will say that they had this in common: a massive chip on their shoulder, specifically an adversarial posture towards gentile American culture.
Once upon a time, even Hollywood was free to explore Breslaw’s thesis: that the Holocaust might have left behind people that were pretty damaged. But now that discussion has become verboten, even as secular Jewish culture has become ever more hostile and predatory.