[...] We wonder where does such hatred of Jews come from and is there much Jewish fault in it?
As far as I am concerned, leaving aside inherent German sadism, the desire to murder unarmed people only for the pleasure of murder and to take their gold, I also attribute the blame entirely to the Jewish religion.
We cannot avail ourselves of other nations’ hospitality and consider ourselves a chosen nation, a wiser nation. We cannot pray every day: "You have chosen us out of all the nations, you have loved us." God chose us, but for what? To be the scapegoat of all peoples, so we would be responsible for all the sins of the world. What connects me and Blum1? What connects me to Kaganovich2? What connects me to Rozenman3? What connects us to them? What connects them to us? I think just as much as connects the Jews and the Chinese, we all surely come from one forefather, or from the same species of ape. And yet we European Jews have paid all these debts with the blood of our innocent children, our women, and our own blood. Curse the Bund,4 which commanded Jewish workers to fight for a better life for local Jewish workers and forbade them to emigrate to Palestine. Where are you, leaders of the Bund? You were the first to escape to America, to spread the same rot among workers over there.
Curse the Aguda5 with its fanaticism, with its leaders who now too are stirring up a fuss in America while the Jewish nation they duped has perished in Treblinka. Do not you rabbis, you leaders of the Aguda, believe wholeheartedly "what can man do to me if God is with me," believe that if there are 36 tzaddikim6 in a town, then that town will not perish? So then why did you flee? Indeed, with your holy persons you could have shielded the Jewish nation from annihilation. The Jewish religion built a Chinese wall between us and the other nations, instilled in us a separate mentality, demanded we circumcise our boys. We willingly stamped ourselves not with the stamp of unity between us and God, but the stamp of death, which bundled us off to Treblinka. We prayed every day.
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand fail me!7
Unfortunately we did not remember Jerusalem and it was not only that our right hand failed, but our examination was failed, in the literal sense of those words. Two things could have saved the Jews. Uncompromising Zionism, living on bread and water but in our own home, and ruthless assimilation, not only of customs and religion, but of the regeneration of our blood. There is no middle path. But I believe in no democratic slogan. Man has a sleeping devil within him and will have it in heaven. I lived 26 years among Poles and the devil was asleep, but he awoke when conditions were right and showed his true face. You, Jews of other countries, do not make our mistakes, for there is no middle path in human life. There was a time when the Jewish nation had the chance to choose the right path. The people addressed the prophet Samuel with the following demand:
"We wish to be like the other nations, give us a king to rule over us."8
Yet the prophet Samuel, although he obeyed them, pointed out that divine governments are better than human ones.
This very day, we have a model of how to truly find ourselves under the mighty care of the Divine. And the time will come when the democratic world triumphs, trumpets will sound the freedom of the peoples, the Jews will be able to live freely, will be able to return to Palestine, and the fact that out of three million Jews perhaps 20,000 will be a minor thing; most importantly, justice has once again triumphed.
The Rabbis, those base cowards who fled beforehand, will once again praise the might of the name of the Lord, who once again will have led his people from bondage to the Promised Land. A new Passover will be established, only with one small difference.
The Jews arrived in Egypt numbering 70 lone men, and left as a nation counting 3 million souls; in Poland we were a concentration of 3 million souls, while proportionally no more than 70 whole families will leave Poland.
But in the end, what does that matter compared to eternity, compared to the fact of good’s triumph over evil? In any case these people too will multiply, in a thousand years new millions will come forth. Let us praise the name of the Lord! No, Jews, you are mistaken—after all, we lost the war. If there is a God in this world, then the most I can be bothered to do is blaspheme him. If there is no God at all, then what are people arguing about? But if there is a God, all the worse for him, it would seem he is a God of the powerful and mighty and not of the weak and disadvantaged. If I could go back to before the war, how eagerly would I dispose of all my possessions and go to Palestine with my wife—to seek happiness in my life through the work of my hands, the sweat of my brow. Now it is too late. After the war, even if I live, I will no longer go to Palestine. I am now too disheartened to live normally and see happy people, whole Jewish families. And I will not remain in Poland, my heart will not bear it, nor will I make myself a new home, nor will I be a socially useful person.
What may yet become of me?
Neither Jew, nor Catholic, nor an upright person, not a thief either, simply a derelict.