Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Werner von Braun as NASA’s tip of the iceberg

The Netherlands must be world champion standup comedy but it’s not competing because it’s kept a secret, as I’ve written before, at length. Its grandmaster in political satire was Wim Kan. He had the following text about Man’s landing on the Moon. He was never mild on Nazis. And many jokes deal with how small and powerless the Law Countries are (after dominating the seas, centuries ago). Those also work for Israelis.

Did you see the first pictures of Earth taken from the Moon? Beautiful! Finally, humans cut to size.

Come, look, I told my wife, I clearly see the Netherlands – but that was the whole of North and South America. Too bad.

And now we landed on the moon, everyone wants the credit. The Americans say: This are our boys. The Germans say: This is our Werner von Braun. And the British say: But he first practiced on us (the V2-s).

The Chinese are not allowed to know that they landed on the moon. No, no. They have censures. They are forbidden to know.

Sometimes, I think, maybe the Chinese have been on the moon too but that we have censorship but that we don’t know that we have censorship – that would be awful.

Then there are people who say: But they have no rockets for that. But they don’t need them. If every Chinese stands on the shoulders of another one, they can touch it.

Then people say: Eat more Chinese then. But my wife and I can hardly eat one Chinese – that doesn’t really help.

It now turns out that Von Braun was not the only Nazi scientist, by far, working securely in the US.

A whopping 118 Nazi scientists and their families were living it off, helping the US to ballistic missiles it needed for its Cold War.

Israeli (of all nations) film makers now will write a television series about this, called “German Moon.”

Did the US ever apologize for this shielding of war criminals?

It seems that the US very seldom formally apologizes. Here are five gigantic WW II-related outstanding atrocities.

1. Nuclear bombs on two Japanese cities. While not bombing the railroads to Auschwitz and other places of mass destruction of Jews “because of possible collateral damage.” The former is a racist war crime; the latter is anti-Semitism and looking away from genocide. Make that 2 apologies.

3. Closing its doors for Jews fleeing and returning from the Nazis, while welcoming Nazis who would come in handy. The former is purely anti-Semitic; the latter is abetting war criminals. Make that 2 apologies too.

5. IBM helping Nazi Germany mapping Jews and other non-Aryans. Not as side effect of their know-how but specifically traveling to Hitler to sell its expertise on this, streamlining the Holocaust in Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland, and other Nazi-occupied countries.

But the Germans were the bad guys so the US must have be pure, no?

Looking forward to this series setting some of this history straight.

Don’t assume that Nazis had to be imported into the US. They’re there home-grown too. (This one claims that German pride must lie in denying historic responsibility for the Holocaust. Instead, of course, the road to pride is to reject its Nazi past and Nazi thought.)

Yet, no stain on the soldiers of the Allied forces, including US’ers, who gave and risked their lives to help and save people far away suffering under the Nazis. (Allied pilots flying over Auschwitz asked authorization to bomb it. They gladly would have but permission was denied. Often anti-Semitism sits the strongest with the establishment, not with the masses!) They’re amazing selfless humanists and should not be held accountable for their countries’ leaders appalling political decisions!

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors in The Netherlands (Westerbork), and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine, Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners, and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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