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Nov 21, 2023Liked by Greg Olear

It seems, what we call the mafioso, in many different forms, have been influencing, and at times ruling, (from behind the curtain) throughout history. . .

Goes to show, some things never change when it comes to money and power.

Shamefully, this part of humanity has not evolved.

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Nov 21, 2023Liked by Greg Olear

It’s TUESDAY🎉🦃

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The most cogent (and hysterical) analysis I've read; thanks for the timely and invaluable history lesson.

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Excellent article, funny how my British history lessons never mentioned such important topics.

We went from one King’s reign to the next, War of the Roses, reformation so Henry V111 could divorce his wife for a younger model, it was if no Jewish person had resided in Britain.

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Nov 21, 2023Liked by Greg Olear

"... the inability of far too many leftists to distinguish between Hamas and Palestinian and between the Israeli government and Jewish people, Jews are increasingly at risk." This, very much yes.

This may serve a blow to democracy that will take a generation or more to recover from.

We are the house in the woods, with the burning forest coming at us from both sides.

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Nov 21, 2023Liked by Greg Olear

Very illuminating piece. This business of ritual child sacrifice seems to be an historically attractive conspiracy for crazies and nut jobs from many eras of human history. Amazing that some Pizzagate followers still believe that Hilary sacrificed infants to drink their blood in the basement of that (unbasemented) Washington, DC pizza parlor. What a world.

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Great piece Greg. You filled in some of the details I hadn't learned elsewhere.

I am disheartened by all the rhetoric that passes for informed dialog. Thanks for posting this, and for your clear-eyed analyses.

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Nov 21, 2023Liked by Greg Olear

Antisemitism is rightly called the oldest hatred in history because it goes all the way back to ancient Egypt. As a Christian, I am ashamed of what Christians did to spread this poison. Whenever times become hard, it’s easy for people to wrongly scapegoat Jews for the problems when they actually suffer themselves. Just to note, Jews were banned from openly living in England from the time of Edward I until Oliver Cromwell invited Jews to come live in England.

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Nov 21, 2023Liked by Greg Olear

I’ve never been totally clear on why so many people hate the Jews. I’m of course aware of the “Jews killed Christ” argument, which seems to ignore—or be ignorant of—the fact that he was a Jew. Your excellent article gives so much more detail than I’ve heard before. Thanks for the research and, as always, the compelling writing!

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Thanks, Greg. Really a well done report. I have learned things from every history you write. It is good to know exactly how these things have evolved in the public consciousness (or not, as is the case sometimes).

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Nov 21, 2023Liked by Greg Olear

“There was something that Hitler had completely misunderstood," said Søren Frandsen the author of a new book, Kurs Mod Friheden (The Path To Freedom), about the events of October 1943. "And that was: while they were Jews, they were also Danish people. Of course, they would help each other in a crisis.

Gilleleje: Denmark's seaside town that saved Danish Jews - BBC Travel

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20231002-gilleleje-denmarks-seaside-town-that-saved-danish-jews

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Nov 21, 2023Liked by Greg Olear

Great post. Thank you!

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Nov 21, 2023Liked by Greg Olear

And I thought I knew a lot about antisemitism.

No. I did not.

This article is a keeper. Of course I’ve sent it on.

Thank you so much, Greg.

I not only like your scholarship, your writing style, but also and essentially your POV.

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Nov 22, 2023Liked by Greg Olear

Antisemitism is a disease that seems to be incurable and is spread from one person to the next. The virus looks for the gullible, the hateful, and the easily lead. Pizzagate was a perfect example of it even though no Jews were directly mentioned. A little bit of this and a little bit of that, and boom! a new conspiracy theory for people to glom onto. I STILL can't believe that ANYONE believed that one, but then there were a lot of people that actually did; one of them enough to come to DC with an assault rifle to "save the children." I can't think about it too much or I just start muttering, "what the fuck? what the fuck? what the fuck? what the fuck? what the fuck? what the ACTUAL fuck?"

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I am late in responding, Greg, but I honestly did not know some of the history you mentioned. According to Ancestry, I am 100% Ashkenzai Jewish. Both parents were born in Europe and escaped separately from their countries of Germany (mom) and Poland (dad). My dad was considered a Zionist leader in Poland so he knew he had to leave his mom and sister, plus his grandfather. His uncle arranged passage to America for he and his cousin. This was in the mid 30’s. He spoke no English but was a very quick learner. He joined the Army when he saw the “Uncle Sam Wants You” poster. He joined so that they’d send him to Europe to fight the Nazis. The Army sent him to the Pacific Theater instead. He was there 4.5 years but was able to get his American citizenship papers when he got back. That was 1945 when he was discharged.

My mother took many circuitous routes at night, to go from Berlin to Holland and then to London. She and her 3 other siblings tearfully left their parents behind, promising to get them out. My grandparents didn’t get to leave. They were gassed in 1942 at the gas camp in Poland called Chelmno. The siblings all went through London as they were helped by an entertainment lawyer who had an office near the American embassy. Her name was Fannie Holtzman. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and she was one of the youngest people ever to pass the NY bar exam at the age of...17! Fannie, at the time my mother met her, was the lawyer for the actress, Gertrude Lawrence, along with being a mistress and lawyer to Noel Coward. Fannie employed my mom as her confidante and requested that she look after Lawrence’s daughter while she was performing in “The King and I”. After one year of being in Fannie’s company, Fannie arranged passage for my mother and 2 of her siblings to come to America. The youngest, my uncle stayed in London. I have a letter from Fannie’s nephew who told me she had helped broker a deal with Golda Meir, Ben-Gurion, and the Brits to make Israel home for the Jews. This is very significant now, isn’t it? Here is a bio on Fannie, if you’re interested: https://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/holtzmann-fanny-c-1900-1980

Anyway, my parents met in 1946 and married six weeks later. They moved to NC to start a clothing store (What else?) and had my sister and I. Honestly, I truly think, and my sister does too, that if my mother had moved to Israel when my dad wanted to, we would have been the crazies on the West Bank. Thank goodness my mom said she had done enough moving! They were married for 51 years. Believe me, generational trauma is real. Sorry I went off on a rant, but you really struck a nerve and I want to thank you for revealing all of our history of survival.

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Greg, as usual, you are spot on. How the world continues to support the ravings of the anti-semites is baffling to me. I think your research is deep & should be shouted from the rooftops. We must keep Democracy alive & vote out the crazies. Keep up the good work!

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