very wrong conclusion that because Germany was finished,
squashed flat during the appalling military conflict of
World War II, therefore the Jews of the world no longer
have anything to fear. We know the make-up of the police
battalions which carried out the killings on the eastern
front, the battalions to which you attached such
emphasis. In these units the Germans were in a minority
-- most of the men were drawn from units of the Baltic
states, the Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians, as well
as a large number of Ukrainians and other Russians too.
And surely this raises a fundamental question, which you
would have done better to address --"
audience were now very restive, as it dawned that I was
not a Goldhagen fan.
" -- Why
did you not ask the far more important question:
why everybody joined in getting rid of their Jews
with such zeal, 'Why us?' Let's face it, when
Germany said to her neighbouring countries, in 1942 and
1943 and 1944, 'Give us your Jews,' Hungary, France,
Slovakia, etc., could not hand them over fast enough!
There was no reluctance to do so."
generated a small uproar in the audience, but I pressed
on: "And when other countries like England, Sweden and so
on were invited to take in these Jews nobody,
nobody, wanted to have them."
there was a sprinkle of applause.
you not address that far more vital question? Why did
nobody want the Jews! You address only the question, 'Who
did it?' and you fail to ask the far more ominous
question, 'Why us?'"
was more verbal blancmange from Goldhagen. He was clearly
angry to be accused once again of "inventing," as he (not
I) put it, and had no real answer to my point that, as he
said, the Jews were now "complacent" about the risk of it
all happening again. The chairman made a point of saying
that no more questioners would be allowed to "make
statements," so I had got in not only under their radar,
but right under their skin as well.
Mandeville at 11 p.m.