All Too Familiar
The highlight of my 10th grade history class was the mock trial we held in the Spring semester. It was a reenactment of the Nuremberg Trials and I was on the prosecution team assigned to Julius Streicher. In the prehistoric days before the Internet, such a project required many, many hours of library research. As a young Jew, it was particularly empowering to have the opportunity to “confront” the architects of one of the darkest times in our people’s history.
In my preparation, I sifted through scores of propagandist articles and cartoons that were run in the weekly Nazi rag, Der Strümer as well as comic books, games, and films. The Nazi propaganda machine was one of the most effective weapons in its arsenal for it reached every member of German society, stoking the flames of hatred from every conceivable angle.
But that was then. Not now. And it was there. And not here.
This grotesque creature is the featured antagonist in a new comic book series, Foreskin Man. It is produced by the founder of the organization behind the proposed legislation to delegalize circumcisions and is being used to further their agenda. Legislation, by the way, that its supporters insist is not anti-semitic.
There are those who are quick to criticize the Jewish community for seeing anti-Semitism around every corner. But it seems that once again…sadly…we were right.