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Abandon “apologetic Squinting,” Writer Urges Jews in Social Studies Quarterly

November 3, 1939
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The October issue of Jewish Social Studies, quarterly journal of the Conference on Jewish Relations, features articles by Z. Diesendruck on “Anti-Semitism and Ourselves,” Gustav Meyer on “Early German Socialism and Jewish Emancipation” and David G. Mandelbaum on “the Jewish Way of Life in Cochin.”

Mr. Diesendruck’s article, originally read as a paper at a conference on anti-Semitism sponsored by the C.J.R., counsels Jews against seeking to blame their own traits for anti-Semitism. “Let us give up the apologetic squinting,” he declares. “Let us free ourselves from the burden of proof for the right of our existence and also from the burden of finding and removing the causes of that which itself is a prime cause. When called to the last account — it is not we who are the defendants. Let us submit to our fate with reserve and dignity.”

Prof. Morris R. Cohen reviews Sigmund Freud’s book, “Moses and Monotheism,” taking issue with Prof. Freud’s premises and conclusions. He states that “no careful student of the subject is likely to be misled by a work which has so little solid foundation.” Refusing to take seriously the application of psychoanalysis to history, Prof. Cohen disputes Dr. Freud’s conclusion, including the contention that Moses was an Egyptian and was killed by the Jews.

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