nobelsAnother great day for our gifted Jewish scientists. Three more Nobel prizes to add to the world-beating record.

Of all the Nobel prizes issued since 1901, Jews have bagged a quarter of the world total in Physiology, Medicine and Physics and 20% of the Chemistry prizes. Not bad for a people who make up less than one quarter of one percent of the population. And lest you say that most of the world’s population never went to school, the figures are even more impressive for the USA. Although Jews make up only 2 percent of the US population, they’ve won almost 40% of the US prizes in Physiology & Medicine, and 30% of the Chemistry prizes.

Most of those prizes were awarded for breakthrough discoveries. And it would seem that if there were double the number of Jews in the world, the number of prizes and the breakthroughs they spoke for would swell exponentially.

Significantly one of today’s prizewinners, Martin Karplus, fled the Nazi occupation of Austria as a child in 1938.

Were it not for the Nazi holocaust, there would have been 6 million more of us in 1945. Not just ordinary Jews, but European Jews who – by educational standards – were for the most part the crème de la crème of all our people.

If they had lived and their children been allowed to grow up with the same educational privileges, the Nobel prize statistics leave no doubt in my mind that one of their number would surely have found the cure for cancer long ago. The same could probably be said for many other of the world’s problems, including the discovery of an alternative to oil – which has fuelled so much of the terrorism we see today – and the genetic and immunology solutions we need to combat the threat of viral pandemics.

Instead most of the world turned a blind eye to the extermination of European Jewry.

And 70 years ago, in a crematorium somewhere in Poland, the cure for cancer almost certainly went up in smoke.

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