A Lurking Pocahontas

by Norman Berdichevsky (November 2018)

Erasmus Variations, R. B. Kitaj, 1958







as “multiracial.” Many geneticists believe that there is considerable evidence that a realistic accounting by genetic ancestry would produce a much higher number than this, largely due to the successful “passing” of many individuals of partial Black or American Indian ancestry who made considerable efforts to approximate the white majority in every aspectboth physically, socially and culturally.



LBJ and the New Importance of Quotas (by other names)


. . . But freedom is not enough. You do not wipe away the scars of centuries by saying: Now you are free to go where you want, and do as you desire, and choose the leaders you please . . . We seek . . . not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result . . . To this end, opportunity is essential, but not enough.




The Jews Wishing to Pass as Gentiles Had No Choice


film directed by Agnieszka Holland, based on a true story, traces the fate of Solomon Perel, a German Jewish boy who escaped the Holocaust by masquerading, not just as a Gentile, but as an elite “Aryan” German (so much for Nazi racial theories—Perel was judged to be a perfect specimen of Aryan manhood by Nazi anthropologists). Its original German title is Hitlerjunge Salomon, i.e. “Hitler Youth Salomon.” Perel appears briefly as himself in the finale of the film. At any moment in the decade of masquerading, he risked instant discovery and betrayal by the simple fact of his circumcision (in Hellenistic times, some Jews attempted to reverse the condition by submitting to a painful surgery).


What’s in a Name?“). Many Jewish immigrants to modern Israel and the United States also changed their names to erase memories of the oppressive Russian, Austrian, Polish “exiles countries” where Jews had often been humiliated.





The Left is Seldom Right and Modern Hebrew: The Past and Future of a Revitalized Language.

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