The Simplicity and Naivety of the “Antisemitism” Argument

Professor Alexandru C. Cuza, University of Iasi, 1922

[…] And as proof that the arguments used by the parasitic Jews against Antisemitism are very poor, just as are those of the judaized, and always the same, here is what Curierul Israelit (“The Israelite Courier”), official organ of the Union of Naturalized Jews says in the editorial of its issue of this Friday, September 15, 1922, under the title-to us who write at the Apararea Nationala (“The National Defense”), slanderous – ‘A band of rascals’.

There exists with these anti-Semites a state of intellectual degeneration that reached the perversity of the senses, some kind of mental sadism by which those touched are pushed to lies and calumnies.

As you can see, this is a very simple explanation as well as an extremely naive one: all that is said against the Jews is lies and calumnies due to a specific intellectual degeneration.

The definition of anti-Semitism – according to Jews and those judaized – is, then, summed up in these two words, savagery and madness, naturally, of the ‘anti-Semites.’ As for the Jews as a social phenomenon, they do not even enter into this ‘explanation.’ As if they did not exist.

It was this savagery and madness that compelled all peoples of all time, Egyptians, Persians, Romans, Arabs, as well as the modern nations up to this day, to consider Jews as a national menace and take measures against them.

It was this savagery and madness which darkened the understanding of the most prominent representatives of the culture of all nations, such as Cicero, Seneca, Tacitus, Mohamed, Martin Luther, Giordano Bruno, Frederick the Great, Voltaire, Josef II, Napoleon I, Goethe, Herder, Immanuel Kant, Fichte, Schopenhauer, Charles Fournier, Ludwig Feuerbach, Richard Wagner, Bismarck, Rudolf Virchow, Theodor Billroth, Eugen Dfihring-and countless others in all fields to come out against the Jews.

Savagery and madness, finally, explains the anti-Semitism of the most distinguished representatives of our culture, such as Simion Barnutiu, B.P. Hasdeu, Vasile Alecsandri, Vasile Conta, Mihail Eminescu.

Savage and mad: all of these people. Civilized and well-behaved: those judaized. And the Jews? Nonexistent.

A.C. Cuza, Apararea Nationala (“The National Defense”) No. 16, Nov. 15, 1922, lst year.

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