April 19, 2013
Letters to the Editor
The New York Times
To the Editor:
Re “The Jewish Hero History Forgot” (Op-Ed, April 19):
Marci Shore, in an otherwise powerful and persuasive article about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, concludes with a gratuitous reference to Zionism, a statement whose validity is belied by the rest of the article. Citing Marek Edelman, the hero of the title of the article, as being unattracted to Zionism and opposed to a “single-nation state” (which could be read as Israel) was a strange way to end an article about the uprising.
If any lesson can be learned from the uprising and the Holocaust itself, it was that Jews could never again allow themselves to be powerless in the face of evil.
To talk about the horrors of Nazi brutality and the bravery of the Jews against hopeless odds, as Ms. Shore does so eloquently, and then leave the impression that the state of Israel, the expression of the Jewish people’s self-determination and right to defend themselves, is not a good thing is to suggest that Jews should once again leave themselves vulnerable to the forces of history, which have not been kind to them, to say the least.
The Warsaw Ghetto fighters were remarkable people whether they were Zionists or not. Jews today are thankful that their security does not depend on a band of poorly armed heroes but on a state that represents the fulfillment of thousands of years of Jewish connection to the land of Israel and that can protect its people, if necessary, through a sophisticated military capability.
Abraham H. Foxman