June 12, 1999
I THINK it is time the following be asked, and
said. Has anyone here ever had occasion to deal with
Elie Wiesel's agent? Do you have any idea what
kinds of fees are charged by Wiesel for speaking
engagements? He charges a lot of money, a lot...
Rich? Ok, how about wealthy or well to do? The fact
is Wiesel has made a lot of money on the Holocaust.
And what of all the films made and books written... Do
you think publishers and producers lose money? The
Holocaust is many things; teaching the Holocaust is
done for many different reasons. Some do it for the
rights reasons, some for money, some for glory.
But there have been fortunes made on the holocaust.
As I have written here before, quoting my old dear
departed friend and mentor, Joseph Neuman,
Birkenau and Block 11 survivor, Frankfurt Auschwitz
Trial witness: There are certain ideas about the
Holocaust that keep it an exclusive market, yes
market, for some. One is that no one but a survivor
can understand it.
As for supporting Israel, my Father did so and I
know he wasn't guilty, nor were his Jewish tough guy
friends and acquaintances Ben Siegel, Mickey Cohen,
Ray Bernstein... They were pissed off! Not guilty.
My dad fought in WWII. Saw combat. Whaddya mean, did
nothing? Many Jews who supported Israel did so to
erect an alternate image of the weak, helpless Jew who
wouldn't fight back.
thinking? Probably typical of the people he
criticizes. He is an important thinker. Holocaust
conservative nationalism excludes certain ideas that
are not part of the dogma on the subject. Dr. Foster,
have you read his book?