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I am an American-born girl, and the first to defend my Americanism in an argument; yet so strong are family ties, and the memory of a happy thirteen-month sojourn in the a few years ago, that I frequently find myself trying to see things from the Nazis' point of view and to find excuses for the things they do—to the dismay of our liberal-minded friends and the hurt confusion of my husband.
He had known other girls and, as I was twenty-five before we married, I had had my share of other men's attention.
We determined that no obstacle should prevent our union, and obstacles there were a-plenty as soon as our families learned our intention.'Child,' entreated my mother, who deep in her heart had always hoped that what she referred to as my superior intelligence, careful upbringing, talents, and attractiveness, would land me a husband well up in the social levels, ‘bethink yourself what this means.
Married to a Jew, you will be barred from certain circles.
Jews are sensual, aggressive, ostentatious, cunning—that is a heritage they can never overcome.
They accomplish things in business because they are shrewder than Christians and never hesitate to seize an unfair advantage.
Remember there are clubs and resorts and residential districts that bar Jews.
Remember there are a dozen other less tangible discriminations against them.''That makes not a whit of difference, to me,' I stubbornly maintained. I'd marry him if he were a Hottentot.''But, child, remember the racial and religious differences between you.
It's not as if the shadows of a priest and a rabbi stood between us.'Then my mother pulled out the oldest and bitterest chestnuts that have been hurled against the Jews, accusations as old as the Roman Empire.'The Jews are essentially an Oriental race,' she stormed, 'East is East, and Jews and Christians cannot really meet any more than Christians and Chinese.
'The Jews make excellent husbands; so I've always maintained.''But,' she always adds, 'I am happy to say Ben is not at all Jewish in his make-up. 'It was this that finally propelled me to our typewriter—to tell the world how it really is between a Jew and a Christian, since the world is evidently so intensely interested.
He doesn't look Jewish and his ways are not Jewish, In fact, you wouldn’t think he was a Jew at all.'Naturally, to our friends, the most interesting aspect of our marriage is its interracial side, I know that even now many of them, aware of my pro-German leanings, still chuckle behind our backs; 'Well, well, our little Nazi Gertrude had to go and marry a Jew, of all people.', ‘What is it like, living with a Jew? I wish I could say that, because Ben and I have worked through to complete happiness, there is no reason why Jews and Gentiles everywhere cannot live peaceably and happily side by side. But when we do have discussions we fire away freely.
They accomplish things in science yes, but mostly windy theories like those of Einstein and Freud.
Jewish painters like Picasso and Modigliani are clever but never great.