Jewish Observer
ANTI-SEMITISM
11/14
October 2001
5762 Tishrei

HORNS OF ANTI-SEMITISM
YAN TORCHINSKY
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In the first month of the Great Patriotic War, evacuation threw my future wife's family to the Sorochinsk village in Southern Ural. It turned out that nobody of the locals wants to lodge four women, who escaped from Hitler soldiers. The reason was simple: "We don't need Jews". Feeling that they would have to spend the night under the open sky, my future mother-in-law, a determined and vigorous woman, made a real row in the local military registration and enlistment office: "My husband and father are at the front. Does it mean Jews are allowed to fight, but they can't be let into the house?!" The hostess suspiciously watched her new lodgers, gradually getting used to them. And once she suggested to the grandmother:

- Listen, Markovna, let me seek in your hair.

Grandmother knew that this offer pursued not only hygienic goals, but was also an evidence of respect. Therefore, she resignedly moved her head to the hostess. Having sought for a while in her clean washed hair, she suddenly asked:

- Markovna, where are your horns?

- What?! Which horns?

- You are Jews, aren't you? Then, you should have horns...

Having made sure there were no horns, the hostess still kept stubbornly repeating:

- If there are no horns, then you are not real Jews...

And no arguments could shake her confidence.

Let Lord forgive the uneducated Ural old woman her cave anti-Semitism - fruit of complete ignorance. She never saw Jews and did not even know how the word is properly pronounced. I have also no claims to the outstanding Russian poets S.Yesenin and P.Vasilyev for their everyday anti-Semitism, because I know their origin: the first was born in a village near Ryazan, the second - in a Cossack family not far from the border with Mongolia. They did have what and whom to listen to in childhood to pick up the anti-Semitic spirit. I feel disgust for some modern intellectuals, who find and discuss with pleasure Jewish traces in the tragedy of the Russian people and descend to falsely using the named poets for their purposes.

Let's take, for example, the book "Kitezh Peacock: Philological Prose", written by a writer-philologist Nataliya Solntseva. It was published in Moscow, and is dedicated to the fate of "country poets" of the first third of the XX century, up to 1938: Sergey Yesenin, Nikolay Klyuyev, Pavel Vasilyev and others.

Of course, N.Solntseva does not defiantly look for horns on Jewish heads. But her anti-Semitic horns are impossible to hide: sometimes they vividly peep out. However, it's not easy to notice them, because they are thoroughly camouflaged. For example, pronouncing an anathema against Bolshevik internationalism, the author proclaims noble and humanistic views: "The reason is not blood. Every people is blessed. There are no cruel nations. There is a heap of suffering and thousands of sins in every people's history. The reason is not blood, but the sin of power temptation. Power needed sacrifice". However, this is only the tip of the iceberg, its above-water part. Its underwater part bears a question: who represented the power, needing sacrifice, in those years? Surely, Trotsky, Sverdlov, Zinovyev, Kamenev, Yagoda and so on. Even Lenin himself, with his 25% of Jewish genes, - this was the reason of his hatred to everything original Russian. Not only the Russian poets, but also their people became victims of this dubious company.

Just think, the Soviet republic is strangled by a hoop of white fronts, and at the same time, in 1918, the Kremlin leaders adopt a resolution on "anti-Semitism" fighting (the quotes were put by N.Solntseva; whatever could they have meant?)! And when the same year Uritsky was killed, 10 thousand hostages were killed for this "little, curly-haired, typical Jew"! By the way, he was killed by a Jew, Leonid Kannegiser. After Kannegiser there was Kaplan, as mentioned Tsvetayeva in the "Free Passage". Well, Tsvetayeva can be excused: she believed the Bolshevik version of the assassination attempt on Lenin. But why does Solntseva has to repeat this nonsense that social-revolutionist soldiers sent a half-blind, deaf woman, who had never held a weapon in her hands, and who, on hearsay, was friends with Krupskaya, for such a responsible mission? However, the reason is clear: anything is good for anti-Semitic hints. On the whole, the syllogism construction is irreproachable, and its conclusion is obvious: Jews were enemies of Russia of those times.

To be continued

Shalom, USA
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