More than 26,500

[ by Charles Cameron — despair at the human condition, and rejoicing ]


On the one hand:

In some countries in Central and Eastern Europe, roughly one-in-five adults or more say they would not accept Jews as fellow citizens

— Pew Research Global (@pewglobal) March 28, 2018

On the other:

Johan van Hulst, a former Dutch senator and teacher who saved hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust, died last week at 107

— CNN (@CNN) March 29, 2018

What impresses me enormously:

Dr. van Hulst was among more than 26,500 gentiles — 5,595 from the Netherlands — recognized by Yad Vashem for risking their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

6 comments on this post.
  1. Dave Schuler:

    From 1940-1943 more than 7,000 Dutch joined the Dutch SS.

    I’d be interested in seeing the same questions asked of people in Western European countries.

  2. Charles Cameron:

    7,000 SS, 5,600 Righteous among the Gentiles –That’s a pretty even split, surprisingly, back then. Or were you thinking of now?

  3. Dave Schuler:

    I meant now. IMO the Eastern Europeans aren’t alone in their anti-Semitism.

  4. Charles Cameron:

    Does it wax and wane — and if so, can it go low enough to stop — or is it a permanent stain?

  5. zen:

    Looking at that map I notice of the three highest totals, two countries were enthusiastic partners of the Axis – Lithuania as a liberated puppet territory under Nazi control and Romania, a junior Axis state. Romania’s anti-Semitism, in the form of barbarous pogroms by the Iron Guard, managed to repulse even the SS and helped encourage Hitler to back the military dictator over the Iron Guard, the Fuhrer stating “I need soldiers [from Romania] not fanatics”.
    Anyone know the reason for Armenia”s skyrocketing anti-Semitism?

  6. Grurray:

    If I had to hazard a guess about Armenia I would say it has something to do with the fact that Israel supplies Azerbaijan with weapons, including armed drones that were prominently used in the Nagorny Karabakh dispute a couple years ago. To the Israelis credit they froze drone sales after it became clear the aircraft were being used on suicide runs against Armenians, but the damage had already been done.