Most Common Text: Click on the icon to return to www. So by reading this you can both learn about the Holocaust, about revisionism, and about Yours Truly. A German-Jewish Vision of the Future When the cultural and social integration of the Jews in Germany became a reality in the course of the 19th century, this development also heralded one of the greatest and most fruitful symbioses that ever connected two peoples.
For one, the identification of the central and partly also of the eastern European Jews with German culture and even with the German nation could not be overlooked. But the interconnectedness of these two peoples goes much deeper than that. Who still remembers today the name Eduard von Simson, the son of formerly Jewish parents who later converted to the Protestant faith? He was the one who played decisive roles in all stages of Germany’s state unification in the 19th century, a process in which he was far more important than, for example, King Wilhelm I or Heinrich von Gagern.
Who could forget the great and immensely important Jewish sector of the German intellectual elite, the philosophers and poets, scientists and artists who contributed so decisively to Germany’s world-wide fame in art and science for the past three centuries? An examination of a list of Nobel laureates for the first part of the 20th century reveals not only the striking predominance of German scientists, but also, among these, the large numbers of adherents to the Jewish faith. Could this symbiosis, so profitable for the whole world, be possible once again today? If it seems a distant, utopian dream: why? Today, German-Jewish relations are dominated by the accounts of suffering between 1933 and 1945.
These years seem to have irretrievably poisoned German-Jewish relations, which are marked by a pattern of never-ending accusations on the one side and equally never-ending penitence on the other. What falls by the wayside is any recollection of such events of our common history that have positive value and could serve as a model for future co-existence. It is my wish that both peoples should come together again in a partnership of mutual respect, so as to take up the traditions of an era that brought the world, Jewry, and the German people such immense benefit. It is also my wish that the time may come, at long last, where all the reciprocal contempt or disdain, mutual distrust and fear are eroded and ultimately removed.