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18 February 1994. Thought for the Week: "Liberty is not the true meaning of Western civilisation, which is rooted in the ideal of freedom, an ideal essentially different from that of individualistic independence. Our Western ideal of personal freedom is the basic idea underlying the Christian tradition, which is still its source and substance. The idea of personal freedom derives not from nature but from the living fabric of a history that is deep rooted in a central fact of all history."
John Farthing in Freedom Wears A Crown"
SCHINDLER'S LIST - ENTERTAINMENT AS HISTORY
There is little doubt that the new movie version of Thomas Keneally's novel "Schindler's Ark" will win a multitude of Academy Awards. The movie "Schindler's List", directed by Steven Spielberg, as a work of "art" may have much technical and artistic merit. It is clearly very moving, according to the plethora of favourable reviews, but the key to the success of this latest Hollywood extravaganza is the subject matter. If the Jewish holocaust is to be regarded as a sacred event, then "Schindler's List" must be acclaimed not so much as entertainment, but as an article of faith. It would be most politically incorrect not to vote the movie a fistful of awards.
Reviewers of the movie in the United States have noted that with the increasing doubts about the authenticity of the Jewish holocaust (known as 'holocaust denial" as though it was a medical condition that must somehow be cured) the appearance of Spielberg's latest epic has been perfectly timed. If there were ever the slightest doubts about the full horror of greatest crime in human history, then "Schindler's List" will effectively dispel it.
As the public relations beat-up ensures that the move will be a huge financial success for Universal/MCA, the differences between what is history and what is 'entertainment' becomes increasingly blurry. So much so, that even some of the New York reviewers have been forced to tone down the eulogistic fervour. In an article, which surveys the response to the movie in the United States, Susan Wyndham (Weekend Australian, 5/2/94) reflects on Leon Wieseltier's review for The New Republic: "He hates the way the camera follows a group of terrified, naked women into the gas chamber (which turns out to be a shower). He dismisses as glib the scene in which a commandant at Plaszow oversees the opening of thousands of Jewish graves in order to obliterate evidence of their deaths. And anyway, he says, 'Spielberg's movie does not 'prove' a thing because it is ONLY A MOVIE ... Hollywood must not be mistaken for history.'
The same kind of debate could equally apply to other recent Holocaust projects. A museum must not be mistaken for history. Even a reconstructed concentration camp is not quite history, especially when it's crawling with camera-laden tourists... The original Keneally novel, "Schindler's Ark", was simply a story based partly upon real events. To subject this to the Hollywood dream merchants who have produced "E.T." and "Jurassic Park", and then acclaim it as an epic of historical truth is plainly ridiculous, even for the Americans.
But among all the emotion and propaganda, there are obviously elements of truth. The story of Oskar Schindler, Nazi Party member, German industrialist and confirmed womaniser, taking his slave labour from the concentration camps for his factories, is common in many essentials of the way that forced labour was used in the German war effort. There appears to be much more factual evidence for forced labour than for gas chambers. Nevertheless, such is the psychological effect of movies, that the story can be portrayed as fact, and even accepted as such by the uncritical mind. So much so that "Schindler's List" is already being credited with its first fatality in striking back against the bestial Germans. A court in San Diego, in California, is hearing a case in which a man who recently converted to Judaism, shot a woman in the back during a showing of "Schindler's List" - apparently because he wanted to protect Jews.
One issue that is studiously ignored in the Spielberg movie is that of the financial backing for many of the industries and firms that used the forced labour from the camps. The fact that the German war effort was partly financed from Wall Street, New York, by such banks as Kuhn Loeb & Co. and the Warburgs, is not quite so politically correct, and will not find its way onto Hollywood's big screen.
Recommended Reading: "Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler" by Dr. Antony Sutton, $12.50 posted. Video: David Cole Interviews Dr. Franciszek Piper, the curator of the Auschwitz State Museum, discussing the 'reconstruction' of gas chambers by the Soviet Union after World War II. $32.50 posted.
The question of who is an Aborigine has been
raised by a senior official of the Federal Government's body, ATSIC,
Mr. Brian Mansell, who described as "a joke" the fact that 9,000 could
last year register as Aborigines or Torres Strait Islanders in Tasmania.
Brian Mansell is the brother of well-known and highly publicised Tasmanian
Aboriginal activist, Michael Mansell. He says, "Too many (who call themselves
Aborigines) are getting taxpayers' money without legitimate claim".
Once again the problems associated with what passes for history have been highlighted by recent debates concerning the famous "Brisbane Line". Critics of the Menzies Government have claimed over the years that Sir Robert and his colleagues had endorsed a strategy to surrender most of Australia behind a line running from Brisbane to Adelaide. There have been allegations that General Blamey lied about the matter, and that General MacArthur allowed rumours to spread in order to get more military support from Washington for the Pacific theatre of war. Now comes a report from a John C. Lindsay, who says that his late father, Jim Lindsay, a veteran from the First World War, had drafted a contingency plan at a time when the Japanese appeared to be unstoppable. If Australians are still uncertain about the truth concerning the "Brisbane Line", how are they expected to be certain about what allegedly happened in Poland during the German occupation?
The worldwide publicity for yet another Hollywood production on "The Holocaust", "Schindler's List, confirms banned British historian David Irving's charge that "The Holocaust" is now big business. Republican leader Tom Kenneally has increasingly displayed his close alliance with organised Jewry. Addressing a Melbourne Jewish audience at a premiere for "Schindler's List", Kenneally criticised the Melbourne Club for its refusal to accept Jews as members, claiming that the "anti-Semitism" which almost destroyed Europe could also destroy Melbourne. He urged the Melbourne Club to get into the 20th century.
The recent death of Marxist writer Frank Hardy
was revealing in more ways than one. The spate of favourable comment
about Hardy throughout the media indicates how far the Marxist virus
has spread. The ABC, which helped to publicise Hardy over many years,
was full of eulogies. Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was one of
the star performers at the funeral service at the Collingwood Town Hall,
mentioning Hardy's campaign in favour of land rights for Aborigines.
There is no reference in any of Hardy's writings concerning the rights
of the millions of Russians and others who suffered under the Communist
system he eulogised.
Any marginal increase in economic activities
in a few areas are the result of some people accepting the propaganda
about an "economic recovery". Suggestions that the global depression
is easing are flatly contradicted by hard facts, such as the bitter
trade conflict between Japan and the USA. Stories about how the GATT
agreement will contribute to higher standards of living throughout members
of GATT is sheer mythology. As the Japanese know, 'there is only one
way- under orthodox finance - to overcome their recession: by stimulating
their economy by an increase in their money supply. But such a policy
generates more debt and a return of the dreaded inflation.
KEATING ASSURES JEWS ON VILIFICATION LEGISLATIONThe major driving force behind the campaign to impose the totalitarian racial anti-discrimination legislation. The proposed legislation violates the traditional right of the individual to free speech. The Australian Jewish News of February 11th reports that Prime Minister Keating had assured the Jewish Community Council of Victoria at a recent "get to know you" function that the racial vilification legislation "was very much on the Federal Government's agenda". Not without interest was the fact that senior Keating Ministers, Treasurer Ralph Willis, Finance Minister Kim Beazley, Employment, Education and Training Minister Simon Crean, Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, and Communication Arts Minister Michael Lee, were present to give "a brief outline of the work of their portfolios". The private meeting was organised by prominent ALP supporter Saul Same.
The Jewish News also reports "the Jewish community is continuing its pressure on the federal government to enact federal anti-racism legislation". If the fundamental principle of free speech inside the Common Law is to be preserved in Australia, supporters of that principle must flood their political representatives with letters of protest. Senators should not be overlooked.
PART OF THE SOLUTION
from The Australian, February 7th
"The problem with Aboriginal health is that 90% of Aboriginal people don't perceive that they have a health problem, and of those that do 90% see it as a problem someone else has to solve.
"The solution, Senator, is to get Aboriginal people involved in their own salvation. The need, and it is an immense need, is a massive educational effort to make Aboriginals aware of good health, its benefits, and its relation to lifestyle. "Educational spending needs to be increased a thousand fold - when that is effective you will find the Aboriginal people will be able to steer their own ship. Until it is effective the ship will be rudderless, whatever the Senator does.
Let the Minister be the first of his ilk to act on the principle of preparing people to manage their own lives, instead of making them more dependent on handouts." (Dr. Tony Colebatch, Kakadu, N.T.)
from Herald-Sun (Melbourne), February
"The experience and lessons of history and the needs of men are being brushed aside by this inane drive to get more women into nontraditional roles in the military. "Former American generals Andrew Gatsis and Theodore Mataxis have gone on record as saying that putting women into non-traditional roles is not only hurting combat readiness but also ruining the morale of the men. "Men's rights have been violated. Men's jobs and promotion opportunities in the military are being taken from them and given to women at an unprecedented rate. "This generation of young men has been betrayed by the wholesale capitulation of our political masters and top brass to the feminist lobby. "Honestly, what did the top brass expect when they decided to place young men and women together in confined spaces?
"Enlightened Western civilisation has always sought to protect women from violence, death and suffering. There are many tens of thousands of women, and men who do not want 'equal opportunity' - so-called - for women in the military. "The 'feminisation' of the military is another example of a highly developed culture in decline. It's high time sanity, commonsense and honesty were brought back into the debate on the role of women in the military - and society." (Alan Barron, Institute of Men's Studies)
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