Skilled, Holocaust-Surviving Jews
This 2018 column answers the question AND brings it back to immigration.
January 23, 2018
… [A]s comedian Larry Miller pointed out in a Weekly Standard op-ed sixteen years ago, once you accept the fact that the lawyer for Hamas is named Stanley Cohen, there’s very little Jews can do to surprise you anymore.
Or so I thought. My apologies, Larry, but your example just got one-upped.
Last Tuesday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer got into it with Republican Rep. Ted Yoho over the issue of migrants from “shithole countries.” At a certain point during the interview, the conversation turned to whether or not the U.S. should prioritize skilled immigrants over those whose skill levels don’t rise above being able to shit in a hole. …
That led to the following exchange:
Blitzer: But congressman, congressman, I don’t know about your ancestors when they came over to the United States, but I suspect they didn’t have a whole lot of skills. They were probably very poor. But look what they achieved while here in the United States.
Blitzer: My…my parents came over the same way. They didn’t have many skills, but they achieved a great deal, because this country gives these people great opportunities.
Blitzer: So you can’t ban these people from coming to the United States, right?
Yoho: You’re absolutely right.
Wow, that Ted Yoho is one tough debater! …
[S]o I looked a little deeper, and I saw that Blitzer’s father, David (who passed away in 2002), was a Polish Jew who was… by definition, a skilled worker. But I dug even deeper, and I found the audio-recorded postwar testimony of David Blitzer.
The dude spends damn near half the testimony bragging about how fucking skilled he was! How he, in fact, became invaluable to the Nazis because of his unique (and, for the time, cutting-edge and highly sought-after) railroad engineering and management skills. The man’s skills literally saved his life. In his own words, the Nazis classified him as a “specialist.” He was a highly skilled worker, and he says so again and again in his testimony. …
When Wolf Blitzer called his father “unskilled,” he was straight-up lying. David Blitzer’s skills were not only impressive, they were recognized as such by the Nazis, who specifically classified him as a skilled worker. Think about that for a minute…and try to wrap your brain around this stunning fact: The Nazis apparently had a higher opinion of Wolf Blitzer’s father than Wolf Blitzer does. Sure, they may have considered David Blitzer a verminous Jew, someone to imprison or expel, but at least they acknowledged that the guy was skilled, a “specialist,” and they kept him alive, reluctantly, because of those skills (no question it was reluctantly, because, as I said, Polish Jews were pretty much marked for destruction unless they had “value”).
But little Wolfie dismisses his dad as just another unskilled laborer.
So here’s the question I began to ponder after poking around the Blitzer family tree. What would make Wolf Blitzer decide to shit all over the memory of his Holocaust-survivor father, for no other reason than to push for the U.S. to be flooded with unskilled immigrants?