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Anti- Semitism:The essence of the anti-Semitism (in answer to Fr. Szczerbinski’s article “Anti-Semitism in Poland from non-Jewish prospective)*

adm|Sunday, April 10, 2016

The author of this article( Fr Szczerbinski) is an expert in Jewish-Polish relations, and is very knowledgably familiar in the Judaist thoughts and the Judaism in particular. His voice could be considered  an official stance of catholic milieu in the scientific exchange and the   conversation between Jews and Poles... He is also a head of the Institute of the Jewish Cultural Institution, as well as part of the Christian dialogue between Judaism and Christianity in particular Catholicism

 Anti- Semitism:The essence of the anti-Semitism (in answer to Fr. Szczerbinski’s article “Anti-Semitism in Poland from non-Jewish prospective)*  The author of this article( Fr Szczerbinski) is an expert in Jewish-Polish relations, and is very knowledgably familiar in the Judaist thoughts and the Judaism in particular. His voice could be considered  an official stance of catholic milieu in the scientific exchange and the   conversation between Jews and Poles... He is also a head of the Institute of the Jewish Cultural Institution, as well as part of the Christian dialogue between Judaism and Christianity in particular Catholicism.       In the title he admits existence of  anti-Semitism in Poland, providing the different meanings of the term as well as stating that “any attempt at subsuming (anti-Jewisness, anti-Judaism, anti-Zionism-M.B.) under the term anti-Semitism” is unfounded and unjustifiable” (p.149). Father Szczerbinski started his consideration from an epistemological point of view by defining alienation as:   “isolation from the rest of the community (ibidem), or question of brotherhood as “not unequivocal”. In that perspective, he attempted to find some ultimate causes for Poles’ behavior against Jews.     The several reasons he considers are: a) being strange  or  alien(p.150) to the  rest of the society they are living in,  b) stereotypes(e.g. Jew-backed communism and Polish national anti-Semitism, p. 158 ) and  ambiguous attitudes of nations towards the Jews living in Diaspora( common interests of Jews and , fear and aversion against the others) with  prejudices and ,one-sidedness (p.151), c) reflection  on past events, d) financial, economic, political, social, moral , national, and religious factors: Jewish competition, their social status, life style, different attire, different habits,  different language and culture,  e) Jewish identity reflected  by saying:”one-because I’m Jew and “other” because I’m gentile”( p. 152), g) Jews considered as  frequent champions  and advocates of communism (p153) and Jewish- Soviet collaboration,  h), denial of “any redeeming value to Judaism since  synod in Yawne in 90” A.D.(When Jews and  Christians went separate ways),  k) superiority of Judaism over Christianity and vice versa( to be considered-MB),  l) Zionism and anti-Zionism-Jewish attitudes about  existence of the State of Israel.       It seems that Szczerbinski’s most interesting statement is”: It’s not opportunistic to say that every   one of these phenomenon have an implicit or explicit moral dimension.  According to Fr. Szczerbinski, the problem, however, does not concern semantics but the essence of the phenomenon” (p.157) and following Father Chrostowski’s arguments he said that for Jews this is the best formula in semantics, because they “, (Jews-M.B.) got used to it”, “it allows ( to the Jews-M.B.) persisting with their long-lasting convictions”,    and when most of the people had been complaining that researchers  in anti-Semitism “are almost exclusively ethnic Jews ”is in the Jewish favor”. At the end of the article Father Szczerbinski states that an undeniable right is: “to exist and develop in accordance with their own identity... Coexistence may appear as condemnation to some and destiny for others… This cannot occur at the expense of losing one’s own identity… tolerance is not a call for non-Jew for a complete acceptance or rejection of everything that is Jewish. The art of living entails a skillful oscillation between alienation and acceptance. This polarity is a measure of humanity in our mutual relations” (p.158).  The question was posed by Father Szczerbinski, but no any  satisfied answer about the essence, when he considered the topic in the title of the article considered.  Essence of the phenomenon. “This problem, however, does not concern semantics but the essence of the phenomenon”, as Szczerbinski stated. What is it? It seems that Father Szczerbinski, by enumerating the causes and phenomena of the question, he attempted to show he mixed-up the essence of the question and its appearances, symptoms, causes and effects of the complicated phenomenon, without any direct reference to the existing persistent moral questions. Alienation and identity show certain attitude, which are attributed to the moral behavior. As Ludwig Hirschfeld stated;” The biggest Jewish tragedy is not the fact that anti-Semite hates the Jews, but that benign and good people say:” Honest man, despite that he is a Jew”.  By this statement Mr. Hirshfeld extrapolated -according to my opinion- the essence of the anti- Jewisness (according to some anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, Anti-Israelis etc.) which is the moral attitude of Jews ? toward each other,  and toward  other humans and world affairs.2.        Mr. Itzak  Dickman (Tadeusz Mazowiecki) tried to pay attention to that question in his article in 1962 in “Wiez”1... He wrote about sociological phenomenon of groups’ relations in the terms of “superiority- inferiority” being the essential attribute of Jewish moral attitude in the social lives’ fabric and person-to-person relations.   For our purpose the moral attitude is defined in the terms of being productive in the course of the productive life, or parasite in the societal life according to the social institutional moral imperatives.  And Jews were to be considered in those terms, as well according to their own moral imperatives found in the Jewish Decalogue and Talmud. These types of  norms are  supposed to be strange to the value systems presented in utilitarian ethics , but corrected in the Christian ethics , when  the social person is productive in the certain period of his life,  is then entitled to the social benefits in his  later  life’s stages when he is unable to work. Coming from the prospective of the former , some governments tried to blame the “unproductive “(some called it parasite)  including Jews for social problems, in order to cover its own incompetence, or to blame somebody else for governmental mistakes.     The  topics of the  social integration to the named nation ( patria) , and the  alienation, assimilation,  integration,  Jewish “otherness” had its sources in the  Jewish cultural value systems , when  according to the former  assimilation is a  flaw  for somebody’s ”Jewisness” and  considered to be  inferior in the Jewish value systems.  In the  terms of national integration  this is a more complex topic  that usually is imagined, in particular in the Jewish mentality in Poland, when Jewish collaboration in order to survive (in Jewish terms this same behavior was considered appropriate) in the short term, but it was considered as treason by Polish governmental establishment or the general public. Such moral attitude showed a disintegrating role of that function, and it was,- or is considered creation of  artificial obstacles to enrich and to survive and develop such a particular nation and its citizens. In this sense Jews had been neglected with   full knowledge of the elementary moral principles in the host countries. In particular, Jewish involvement in the economic solidarity competition had been shown, that in Jewish terms it meant elimination of competitors, who usually were Gentile considered as subhuman and judged according to the Jewish maxim:”You don’t allow to the Jew to live, when you take part of his business and give to somebody else”. Jewish involvement in the usury,  arenda (yearly lease of the land property to Jews. They could get as much money as possible from leases  and Jews paid to the leasers minimum agreed), slavery commerce, money laundering, financial governmental consulting activities and  banking system ownership are considered in the moral terms  not only as an economical endeavor,  but  from the Jewish side,  gentiles were considered  by Jews differently than ethnic   Jews. The tendencies to create monopolies in political, scientifically researched topics, banking, economical, social, governmental enterprises are considered being of a Jewish origin, and they had a moral attribute considered to be created by the Jews, so as to be responsible for it.This way of thinking is attributed to “good, benign and honest people”, who had been considered by Jews as gentiles.  They had been called in common language as the average members of the different communities’ (benign, honest and good people), “patria” (particular country) members included .At the end this is a moral problem created by Jews themselves and the goal for everybody is the fight about the dignity and morality of the person as such, with his plurality of needs, rights, and obligations without adding the nationality,   or ethnic attribute like Jew, Pole or other ethnicity, or nationality for that matter. In the end the dignity of all people (See more about Jewish distinction between Jew and Gentile, moral imperatives proposed in Talmud, religious concept of the Sacred Convent) should be equal. The morals of the Jewish tribe, Israeli nation, other Jewish influenced entities, Proselytes’( in particular: converted Jews with their Post-Jewish  mentalities  transplanted into gentiles ‘moral and cultural  behavior) ,converted Jews assimilated, but their influence into the socio-economical influence became essential to consider the phenomenon of anti- Jewisness, or other terms used by Father Szczerbinski to that regard describing anti-Jewish attitudes. *Studia Gnesnensia tom XXVI(2012) p.149-159 1. The Conference had been taken place in Warsaw 04.08.1960 2.  Ludwig Hirschfeld , Story of   One Life, Boston 2010 Abstract Father Waldemar Szczerbinski- an expert in the field proposed some very interesting point of view in topic considered loosely as “anti-Semitism”. He had been discussed the phenomenon of so called anti-Semitism from non- Jewish prospective.  According to this author, Father Szczerbinski did not continue his thoughts, when enumerating only the phenomenon and apparent causes of the anti-Semitism. He stopped short to go to the essence of the problem. This author wanted to follow thru and attempted to let the reader to the core of the problem, without any outside influence. Marian Baginski Ph.D.  Author Jedwabne Massacre (in English), Patria Publishers 2014
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