Sunday, October 30, 2005
Buying German Products
Jews who boycott German products are not trying to change anything. They are not trying get Germany to apologize for the Holocaust; that's already been done. They're not trying to "punish" Germany economically; the purchasing power of Jews isn't strong enough to have any serious effect. They boycott German products because they are making a statement and that's it. They are not going to buy from a country that slaughtered 6 million fellow Jews.
That's why the most common boycotted product is cars. When you buy a German car you are making a statement. "I don't care". (This doesn't apply to Sephardic Jews, who did not go through the Holocaust) If you see frum Jew driving a BMW, you wonder what's wrong with the guy. It's just so easy not to buy the BMW or the Mercedes and not broadcast to everyone around you that you have a German car. A dishwasher stays in your house. And since this boycott is all and only about image, that's ok.
So why don't Jews boycott Spanish goods? Or Ukrainian goods?
The truth is, if Jews want to be consistent, they'd have to boycott pretty much the entire world. But that's impossible. So Jews do the next best thing, they (try) to boycott the one country that represented the greatest evil of modern civilization. 50 or 100 years, maybe Jews will be driving German cars.
And no, this boycott isn't like the Arab boycott. The Arab boycott was designed to cripple the Israeli economy, and by extension, the State of Israel in it's infancy. No Jew is trying to cripple Germany. It's just a statement.
Rebecca points out that Sephardic communities were wiped out in the Holocaust; I was incorrect in saying that Sephardim did not go through the Holocaust. However, I believe that it is safe to say that the vast majority of Jews who were killed were Ashkenazim. The Sephardic Jews who do buy German cars, presumably were not from the communities that were invaded by Hitler. (Persian, Syrian, Bukharian, etc...)
Didn't they say that post 9-11 the real victors continue life with little disruption.
Granted, if we were to boycott anyone who caused us (significant) harm, all of Europe would be boycotted. Which leads me to believe that the German boycott must be of a different nature.
Its not the numbers, or the systematic killing. Rather, most of us have parents or grandparents that survived the war. When you see the tatoos on their arms, hear of their nightmares and experiences, how can you go buy a German car? Sefardim, who don't have that experience, don't really have that reaction.
In 100 years Jews will be driving German cars more than they do now. Not because, cs"v there will be a greater evil eclipsing Nazism, rather, because our grandparents will no longer be here, *we* will no longer be here, and the Holocaust, and experience through movies and testimony is no comparison for hearing it directly from survivors.
Many Sephardic communities were not affected by the holcaust. That's simply a fact. That's why most of them don't seem to have a problem with buying German cars. I'm not accusing them of doing anything wrong.
Some Seph. communities were: In Greece, in Holland, Yugoslavia.
The North African, Oriental, Caucasus and Turkish communities weren't though.
Just as American, British and some other Ashkenazi communities weren't.
The Jewish people should stay united on this point.
The Bulgarian Jewish community escaped the holocaust due to protection from their government. They were Sefardi and almost completely went to Israeli later. Actually Moshe Dayan was a Bulgarian Sefardi.
It's also interesting to see how Sefardi names are the same in different countries. Many North African Sefaradim have the last name "dayan" as well, another example is Behar which can be found among both Tunisians and Bulgarians.
1) if you say not to make a people that massacred jews benefit from jewish money, well I'm sorry but it's not a jewish way of thinking. Because Germans today are a great people, they did "teshuva" if you want, and they're acting much better towards jews than most countries.
2) if you say it's not not shock people who survived the holocaust, then the same holds true for those people. The germans today are not nazis. And if they're shocked by seeing a Jew drive a German car, then there's a problem with them!
why do we like so much to remember that we've been victims? Can't we move on and not base our identity on it? Can't we accept the fact that it's over?
Not buying german cars is like saying to them you'll always be nazis for us, and there's no way you can ever change! That's so not jewish!