Mel Alexenberg
Mel Alexenberg
Author of "Through a Bible Lens"

Artist Confronts Acquiescence to ‘Murder Jews’ March in Berlin

An Open Letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Berlin Mayor Michael Müller:

How could you open your streets to the Al-Quds Day rally in Berlin that called for Israel’s destruction?  Why did you condone a march of virulent anti-Semites demanding the murder of the next six million Jews?

You were silent when supporters of terrorism marched in Berlin holding aloft photographs of the leader of Hezbollah, Iran’s terrorist partner.  His Al Quds Day speech was accompanied by crowds chanting “Death to Israel.”  Hezbollah’s charter calls for a terrorist struggle that will not end until the Jewish State is obliterated.  They have tens of thousands of rockets aimed at Israel’s cities from Lebanon ready to be launched on orders from Teheran.  According to your own intelligence agency, there are 250 active Hezbollah members and supporters in Berlin and some 950 Hezbollah operatives in Germany.

Knesset Member Yair Lapid, son of a Holocaust survivor, wrote to Mayor Müller: “Your decision to remain silent in the face of this incitement and hatred is a grave mistake. Allowing the glorification of terrorism in your city won’t appease extremists, it will embolden them.”  He ended his letter: “We would never allow a parade celebrating the murder of your citizens, why do you allow a parade celebrating the murder of ours?”

In the tradition of Picasso’s Guernica extended into networked times, I created the “Future Holocaust Memorials” blogart project in 2006 as a wakeup call to prevent a second Holocaust being planned by Iran and is allies.

As an artist whose artworks are in the collections of forty museum worldwide, I am offering to upgrade the Berlin monument built as a memorial to the first six million Jews that Germany exterminated.  I propose doubling the size of the sprawling field of 2,700 stone slabs by adding 2,700 more stone slabs as a future memorial to the six million Jews of Israel incinerated by Iranian nuclear bombs. 5,400 stone slabs for twelve million Jews murdered.


My proposal follows in the tradition of artists who confronted evil through their artworks like Picasso’s Guernica crying out against the bombing practice by Hitler’s burgeoning war machine killing hundreds in a village in Spain in 1937. Just as the world’s acquiescence to Hitler’s raining bombs on the village of Guernica gave him the license to proceed with preparing for WW II and exterminating the Jews of Europe on his way to global conquest, the world’s indifference to the thousands of rockets aimed at Israel by Iran and its proxy armies, Hamas and Hezbollah, are empowering Iran to annihilate the Jews of Israel as a prelude to global jihad.

Do not forget the partnership of Germany and the Arabs to exterminate Jews during the second World War.  The anti-Semitic marchers in Berlin this past weekend are the heirs of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who joined the Nazis in exterminating Jews.  Below is the Nuremberg trial testimony of SS Hauptsturmfuehrer Dieter Wisliceny (Adolf Eichmann’s right-hand man):

“According to my own opinion, the Grand Mufti [Hajj Amin al Husseini], who has been in Berlin since 1941, played a role in the decision of the German Government to exterminate the European Jews, the importance of which must not be disregarded. He had repeatedly suggested to the various authorities with whom he has been in contact, above all before Hitler, Ribbentrop and Himmler, the extermination of European Jewry. He considered this as a comfortable solution of the Palestine problem. In his messages broadcast from Berlin, he surpassed us in anti-Jewish attacks. He was one of Eichmann’s best friends and has constantly incited him to accelerate the extermination measures. I heard say that, accompanied by Eichmann, he has visited incognito the gas chamber at Auschwitz.”

I hope that today’s Germany will partner with Israel in defeating Islamist terrorism that seeks to exterminate the Jewish State and spread its hatred of freedom and democracy in Germany and throughout the world.

Respectfully yours,

Prof. Mel Alexenberg,, Ra’anana, Israel

About the Author
Mel Alexenberg is an artist, educator, writer, and blogger working at the interface between art, technology, Jewish thought, and living the Zionist miracle in Israel. He is the author of "Through a Bible Lens: Biblical Insights for Smartphone Photography and Social Media," "The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness," and "Dialogic Art in a Digital World: Judaism and Contemporary Art" in Hebrew. He was professor at Columbia, Bar-Ilan and Ariel universities and research fellow at MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. His artworks are in the collections of more than forty museums worldwide. He lives in Ra’anana, Israel, with his wife artist Miriam Benjamin.
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