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The End of Judaism by [Meyer, Hajo G.]
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In The End of Judaism, Auschwitz survivor Hajo G. Meyer, a Dutch national of German-Jewish origin, expresses in impassioned terms his disgust at what he sees as the moral collapse of contemporary Israeli society and the worldwide Jewish community as a whole. Meyer is a member of “A Different Jewish Voice,” a Dutch-based, secular Jewish movement that dares to openly criticize Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

In his observations, deeply colored by his personal experiences during the Holocaust, Meyer compares Israel’s current policies with the early stages of the Nazis’ persecution of the German Jews. He clearly explains that he is in no way seeking to draw a parallel between the current policies of Israel and the Nazis’ endgame, which resulted in the mass murder of six million innocent people. What he is trying to do is simply point out the slippery slope that eventually led to this catastrophe, and the necessity of foreseeing the possible consequences of a policy that oppresses and marginalizes the Palestinians in their own homeland.

As a result of his experiences in Auschwitz, Hajo Meyer claims to have learned one fundamental lesson: that his moral duty as a human being was to never become like his oppressors. The End of Judaism is the outcry of a dissident Jew who is not afraid of standing up to entrenched ways of thinking about history, and particularly about the Palestinian conflict which is one of the most intractable social and political problems in the world today.

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Hajo G. Meyer was born in Bielefeld, Germany, in 1924. In 1939, at the age of 14, he fled alone to Holland to escape the Nazi regime. After the Germans occupied that country, he was captured by the Gestapo in 1944 and survived ten months in Auschwitz. After the war, he studied theoretical physics and became a researcher at Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven. He received his Ph.D. in 1956, and in 1974 became managing director of the lab. In 2002, he retired to devote himself full-time to his work as a publicist and essayist.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9fe44024) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe579c0) out of 5 stars Important, authentic, powerful and well reasoned. March 14 2015
By D. Waterman - Published on
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This is an important book by someone with the credentials that count. Hajo Meyer was a personal friend of my aunt, Annetje Fels Kupferschmidt, founder of the Netherlands Auschwitz Committee. Both were prisoners in Auschwitz. Those who survived the camps can be divided into roughly two classes: on the one hand the people who were so severely traumatised that they required lifelong care. On the other hand, people like Hajo Meyer, my aunt, Viktor Frankl, who managed to find some meaning in their post-war lives. The latter may be the most important group, and when they speak, we owe it to them to pay attention. The Zionist lobby have targetted Meyer for this book which offers a truly devastating critique of Israeli politics and particular its discriminatory measures against Palestinians. Meyer is moved by a profound sense of ethical responsibility to share his thoughts on this subject and his words ring true, his motives pure. Anyone who attacks him for venturing into this debate is, in my opinion, either uninformed or a fool. Insofar as Israel continues to use the Holocaust as a justification for its political and military aggression, I agree with Meyer that we need to condemn those policies in no uncertain terms. Meyer continued to make his stand almost until the day he died. Soon, the voices of those who were imprisoned and tortured during the war will have died out. All we will have left is their testimony. I count this book amongst one of the most important.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe57270) out of 5 stars Realaty about Israels furture. Oct. 2 2014
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very informative.An eye-opener for those who are blinded by one way reports from Israel.
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe575dc) out of 5 stars A most clear moral voice, representing the true Jewish spirit against a nationalist propaganda too often associated with Judaism Feb. 28 2013
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As Mr. Meyer himself writes, "If we Jews were to opt for an ethically compromised meaning to be gleaned from the Holocaust, according to which it would now be our turn to get revenge for all that was done to us—if we came to believe that now that we were in the driver’s seat we could discriminate against those who didn’t see things our way—then we would have sunk to the level of our former persecutors. We would, in effect, be proving them right. No, it would be appropriate here to practice a classical Jewish concept, the teshuva, which means the return from the wrong road."
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe26114) out of 5 stars Recommended March 21 2014
By Roberto Rodriguez Abreu - Published on
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An important appeal to Jews to reject double moral standards, one for themselves and other for Arabs and non-jews in general. All the more important because the author is a Holocaust survivor
One minus point is that is repetitive (maybe due to the author's distress that lessons from Holocaust have not been interpreted well by Israel and its supporters).
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe1e204) out of 5 stars Very enlightening Nov. 7 2013
By Inge Etzbach - Published on
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A fascinating book by a Jewish man, whose family had lived in Germany for generations and considered itself German. The father fought in the First World War. Mr. Meyer has deep historical understanding and philosophical explanations.