It is almost impossible to write history nowadays
without being accused of anti-Semitism the moment
The Word is included. But History it seems cannot
live with them, and cannot survive without them.
Foxman takes on Superman
seek them here, they seek them there: now even the
world of comic books is suspected of harbouring
Revisionists. Abraham Foxman's Anti-Defamation
is among organisations which have formally
protested to the publishers of Superman comic
strip, two issues of which (Nos. 81 and 82) are
running stories on the WW.II Holocaust without even
mentioning the word "Jew"--indeed a superhuman
DC Comics admits that it
intentionally deleted the word from the books, in
which a time-warped Superman and girlfriend Lois
Lane visit 1940 Nazi-occupied Poland and "witness"
the horrors of Hitler's Holocaust at first hand.
"It was a lapse," said
editor-in-chief Jenette Kahn, speaking with the New
York Post (Jun. 26). "It was a mistake. I'm sorry."
Bogdanove, who penned
the storyline for "Superman: Man of Steel" admitted
to The Jewish Weekly that his bosses at
Time-Warner owned (gasp!) DC Comics had ordered the
two words, Jews and Jewish, expurgated.
Bogdanove had some difficulty
trying to explain Time-Warner's Diktat, saying that
they felt the words were "buzz words" which should
Thus Superman sees heavily
armed Nazis brutally massacring thousands in the
Warsaw Ghetto and starving them to death and
tossing the bodies into mass graves, and there is
talk of Hitler's final solution (not a buzz
word?) and genocide (ditto ditto ditto
victims have first names like Moishe and
Baruch, and are wearing yarmulkes
Foxman cub, Kenneth Jacobson
of the Anti-Defamation League, huffed to the Gotham
City, uh, New York, Post that
depicting the Holocaust without using the word Jew
was outrageous. "It's one more insult to the six
million victims of the Holocaust."
Shinbaum, another Foxman spokesman, was inclined to
let Superman off the hook. "We don't believe that
there was any malice involved," she said
The words German and
Catholic are also omitted from the comic
strips. Editor Joey Cavalieri was worried that
young kids might copy Nazi slurs against Jews from
the books and use them against schoolfriends.
Cavalieri was excused by Kahn; not being Jewish
himself, "he was probably being overly sensitive,"
The easily-offended ADL shrugs in helpless
fury. "One can get so locked in, trying not to
offend," sighed Jacobson, "[that] you
It's a tough world, and even
more so for those who are not cut from the same
cloth as Superman.
super-hero and Ms. Lane may have to avoid, uh,
flying into Germany (and other European countries)
in future, in case they are arrested for
Volksverhetzung, extradited, tossed into
jail without trial and fined twenty thousand
dollars -- Germany is one country where you even
can be imprisoned, as Udo
Walendy knows, not
just for words you have written but for those you
have left out.