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Is it okay for Jews to buy German products?

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(326) Jerry, October 14, 2017 5:54 AM

This insults many Jews, including strong advocates.

This video is wrong. Many strong advocates for the Jewish people such as the Sheldon Adelson, Howard Stern, the PM of Israel himself (and a $1,000,000 one too) and many many others drive German cars.

Take this article and the text version down. As a VW owner, I speak for myself and probably for many other Jews who do not like being likened to kapos, as this insinuates. Nor do we actually forgive today's German's ancestors for anything; buying a car or any of their products is not tantamount to forgiveness. The generation that perpetrated the Holocaust is nearly all dead or out of economic/social power. Also, Germany takes a responsibility for the Holocaust that it's many many collaborators, both ordinary people and representatives of the collaborator states, utterly and sometimes completely abscond from.

Also, how about the many Israeli Jews who drive German cars? Or the Israeli Jews who brought the cars to Israel in the first place, like Felix Burian or Amichai Harlap, from Felix and Co and Colmobil, respectively? They and their buyers were as touched by, or more touched, by the Holocaust than many other Jews.

(325) Anonymous, December 22, 2013 5:10 PM

Buying German?

There are many companies here in the US that secretly and openly supported Hitler. They weren't even charged with treason! When you buy acar do you know the history of the family that began the business? When you buy groceries, do you know that the men who started the grocery chain were Natzi soldiers? They had a reason for not wanting their picture taken. When you take that aspirin, do you think about how many Jews OBM were gassed to death by the same company. Oh, yes, and that cell phone you are using. Do you know who the parent company is? Who owns the gas that you put in your car? Check out that bank you use. Follow the money. And if you use a computer, the components inside might come from the same company that got free jewish labor from Hitler. Read Charles Higham's book. Trading with the Enemy, the Secret War Against the Jews. Those chips that you are eating? That burrito, that soft drink, that fried chicken all owned by a company that supported Germany and also the PLO. Do your research. You might be surprised.

(324) Anonymous, May 5, 2013 2:59 AM

Not hating but,also, not forgiving.

Not hating but,also, not forgiving. If Christianity is based on a heritage of having blatently borne the Cross for 2000 years, who's not to understand why the pillaging and killing of our prior generation and the heritage of our forefathers might not ruffle our comfort level with our warm friends in Germany? The very question the Rabbi poses is one that I googled, as it is very troubling to me. Growing up, I had good friends who were neighbors from Germany. And, from birth to not many months ago, I was in earshot of caustic, blatently bigoted remarks from persons of multiple backgrounds. Struggling with the question in the back of my mind, I recently bought a German brand of vehicle. After 911, America wanted revenge; we can hardly say, " forget about it" . Not hating but not forgiving- instead, fixing wrongs that may reverberate into war....

(323) Andy, February 8, 2013 7:24 PM

Message to Jews from a German

As a non-Jewish German, I think for Jewish people not to buy German products is sad and irrational, but I can accept and respect it if it is a way of paying respect to one's killed family members. If it doesn't feel right for you to buy German products, if you are not ready for it, if you would feel uncomfortable with those products that's okay, and you don't have to be afraid of ruining the German economy or causing any harm to Germany by your action, our economy is stable enough. As long as you don't judge individual people differently because they are German, I would not see you as bigoted or narrow-minded for not buying a German product.

(322) Moshe, January 21, 2012 8:04 AM


I would have to say that I don't agree, as a german Jew I think this is silly. Yes, some of these companies were instruments of the holocaust, but it is like saying all germans were nazis! It is clear that that some people do not know their history. The allies (the english and french) knew of the concerntration camp, yet they did nothing about it untill it suited them for propaganda. And many german sympathisers with the jews were executed in cold blood in order to save their yiddishe friends. I would only ask one thing to all the writers and contributors, how can you say that america's hands are clean, or any nation under God for that. They have other attrocities to attone for, like forcing the native indians out of their home, and killing them en masse as it suited them. I would say let us forgive, let us not forget the horror and above all let us believe that hashem can work miracles anywhere.

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