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LBJ and the Holocaust

Postby diaz52 » 4 years 8 months ago (Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:58 am)

An interesting article by Morris Smith about one of our worst presidents: Lyndon Baines Johnson, and his support for the Jews before, during and after the war. This to me helps explain his meteoric rise to power, but I digress. As per the article familial influences from his aunt and his father helped foster in him a desire to support the Jewish people. In addition, as stated in the article: “Johnson often cited Leo Frank’s lynching as the source of his opposition to both anti-Semitism and isolationism.” Leo Frank's lynching often comes up as being a pivotal event as it relates to American Jewry: Indeed it caused the ADL to form and become the powerful Judeo Supremacist civil rights organization (lol) that it is today. And being generally inclined to read about Jews I'm amazed at how often it comes up still to this day, when most gentiles are of course clueless about the case.

Anyways the article also states that Johnson visited Dachau in June of 1945 and was stunned and even "terrorized" by what he saw, and from '48 onwards he was a staunch support of Israel. One wonders what would've happened had he visited the POW camps run by the allies in the East and in the West after the war.

One particularly revealing/rotten LBJ comment comes just a month after taking office after JFK's assassination:

"Soon after taking office in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, Johnson told an Israeli diplomat, “You have lost a very great friend, but you have found a better one.” Just one month after succeeding Kennedy, LBJ attended the December 1963 dedication of the Agudas Achim Synagogue in Austin. Novy opened the ceremony by saying to Johnson, “We can’t thank him enough for all those Jews he got out of Germany during the days of Hitler.” Lady Bird would later describe the day, according to Gomolak: “Person after person plucked at my sleeve and said, ‘I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for him. He helped me get out.’” Lady Bird elaborated, “Jews had been woven into the warp and woof of all [Lyndon's] years.”


The article ends with an update regarding Johnson's ethnic/racial ancestry on his mother's side which won't be particularly surprising given what's come before I guess. But it would help explain why LBJ looked so much like Golda Meir. LOL... https://celticrebel.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/egbgoldajohnson.jpg

Morris's writing itself and the language that he uses is very pro-Israel and biased, but an interesting article nonetheless.

Our First Jewish President Lyndon Johnson?
http://5tjt.com/our-first-jewish-president-lyndon-johnson-an-update/

A few months ago, the Associated Press reported that newly released tapes from US president Lyndon Johnson’s White House office showed LBJ’s “personal and often emotional connection to Israel.” The news agency pointed out that during the Johnson presidency (1963-1969), “the United States became Israel’s chief diplomatic ally and primary arms supplier.”
But the news report does little to reveal the full historical extent of Johnson’s actions on behalf of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Most students of the Arab-Israeli conflict can identify Johnson as the president during the 1967 war. But few know about LBJ’s actions to rescue hundreds of endangered Jews during the Holocaust – actions that could have thrown him out of Congress and into jail. Indeed, the title of “Righteous Gentile” is certainly appropriate in the case of the Texan, whose centennial year is being commemorated this year. Appropriately enough, the annual Jerusalem Conference announced this week that it will honor Johnson.
Historians have revealed that Johnson, while serving as a young congressman in 1938 and 1939, arranged for visas to be supplied to Jews in Warsaw, and oversaw the apparently illegal immigration of hundreds of Jews through the port of Galveston, Texas….
A key resource for uncovering LBJ’s pro-Jewish activity is the unpublished 1989 doctoral thesis by University of Texas student Louis Gomolak, “Prologue: LBJ’s Foreign Affairs Background, 1908-1948.” Johnson’s activities were confirmed by other historians in interviews with his wife, family members and political associates.
Research into Johnson’s personal history indicates that he inherited his concern for the Jewish people from his family. His aunt Jessie Johnson Hatcher, a major influence on LBJ, was a member of the Zionist Organization of America. According to Gomolak, Aunt Jessie had nurtured LBJ’s commitment to befriending Jews for 50 years. As young boy, Lyndon watched his politically active grandfather “Big Sam” and father “Little Sam” seek clemency for Leo Frank, the Jewish victim of a blood libel in Atlanta. Frank was lynched by a mob in 1915, and the Ku Klux Klan in Texas threatened to kill the Johnsons. The Johnsons later told friends that Lyndon’s family hid in their cellar while his father and uncles stood guard with shotguns on their porch in case of KKK attacks. Johnson’s speech writer later stated, “Johnson often cited Leo Frank’s lynching as the source of his opposition to both anti-Semitism and isolationism.”
Already in 1934 – four years before Chamberlain’s Munich sellout to Hitler – Johnson was keenly alert to the dangers of Nazism and presented a book of essays, ‘Nazism: An Assault on Civilization’, to the 21-year-old woman he was courting, Claudia Taylor – later known as “Lady Bird” Johnson. It was an incredible engagement present.
FIVE DAYS after taking office in 1937, LBJ broke with the “Dixiecrats” and supported an immigration bill that would naturalize illegal aliens, mostly Jews from Lithuania and Poland. In 1938, Johnson was told of a young Austrian Jewish musician who was about to be deported from the United States. With an element of subterfuge, LBJ sent him to the US Consulate in Havana to obtain a residency permit. Erich Leinsdorf, the world famous musician and conductor, credited LBJ for saving his live.
That same year, LBJ warned Jewish friend, Jim Novy, that European Jews faced annihilation. “Get as many Jewish people as possible out of Germany and Poland,” were Johnson’s instructions. Somehow, Johnson provided him with a pile of signed immigration papers that were used to get 42 Jews out of Warsaw. But that wasn’t enough. According to historian James M. Smallwood, Congressman Johnson used legal and sometimes illegal methods to smuggle “hundreds of Jews into Texas, using Galveston as the entry port. Enough money could buy false passports and fake visas in Cuba, Mexico and other Latin American countries. Johnson smuggled boatloads and planeloads of Jews into Texas. He hid them in the Texas National Youth Administration. Johnson saved at least four or five hundred Jews, possibly more.”
During World War II Johnson joined Novy at a small Austin gathering to sell $65,000 in war bonds. According to Gomolak, Novy and Johnson then raised a very “substantial sum for arms for Jewish underground fighters in Palestine.” One source cited by the historian reports that “Novy and Johnson had been secretly shipping heavy crates labeled ‘Texas Grapefruit’ – but containing arms – to Jewish underground ‘freedom fighters’ in Palestine.”
ON JUNE 4, 1945, Johnson visited Dachau. According to Smallwood, Lady Bird later recalled that when her husband returned home, “he was still shaken, stunned, terrorized, and bursting with an overpowering revulsion and incredulous horror at what he had seen.”
A decade later while serving in the Senate, Johnson blocked the Eisenhower administration’s attempts to apply sanctions against Israel following the 1956 Sinai Campaign. “The indefatigable Johnson had never ceased pressure on the administration,” wrote I.L. “Si” Kenen, the head of AIPAC at the time. As Senate majority leader, Johnson consistently blocked the anti-Israel initiatives of his fellow Democrat, William Fulbright, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Among Johnson’s closest advisers during this period were several strong pro-Israel advocates, including Benjamin Cohen (who 30 years earlier was the liaison between Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis and Chaim Weizmann) and Abe Fortas, the legendary Washington “insider.”
Johnson’s concern for the Jewish people continued through his presidency. Soon after taking office in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, Johnson told an Israeli diplomat, “You have lost a very great friend, but you have found a better one.” Just one month after succeeding Kennedy, LBJ attended the December 1963 dedication of the Agudas Achim Synagogue in Austin. Novy opened the ceremony by saying to Johnson, “We can’t thank him enough for all those Jews he got out of Germany during the days of Hitler.” Lady Bird would later describe the day, according to Gomolak: “Person after person plucked at my sleeve and said, ‘I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for him. He helped me get out.’” Lady Bird elaborated, “Jews had been woven into the warp and woof of all [Lyndon's] years.”
The PRELUDE to the 1967 war was a terrifying period for Israel, with the US State Department led by the historically unfriendly Dean Rusk urging an evenhanded policy despite Arab threats and acts of aggression. Johnson held no such illusions. After the war he placed the blame firmly on Egypt: “If a single act of folly was more responsible for this explosion than any other, it was the arbitrary and dangerous announced decision [by Egypt that the Strait of Tiran would be closed [to Israeli ships and Israeli-bound cargo].”
Kennedy was the first president to approve the sale of defensive US weapons to Israel, specifically Hawk anti-aircraft missiles. But Johnson approved tanks and fighter jets, all vital after the 1967 war when France imposed a freeze on sales to Israel. Yehuda Avner recently
described on these pages prime minister Levi Eshkol’s successful appeal for these weapons on a visit to the LBJ ranch. Israel won the 1967 war, and Johnson worked to make sure it also won the peace. “I sure as hell want to be careful and not run out on little Israel,” Johnson said in a March 1968 conversation with his ambassador to the United Nations, Arthur Goldberg, according to White House tapes recently released.
Soon after the 1967 war, Soviet premier Aleksei Kosygin asked Johnson at the Glassboro Summit why the US supported Israel when there were 80 million Arabs and only three million Israelis. “Because it is a right thing to do,” responded the straight-shooting Texan.
The crafting of UN Resolution 242 in November 1967 was done under Johnson’s scrutiny. The call for “secure and recognized boundaries” was critical. The American and British drafters of the resolution opposed Israel returning all the territories captured in the war. In September 1968, Johnson explained, “We are not the ones to say where other nations should draw lines between them that will assure each the greatest security. It is clear, however, that a return to the situation of 4 June 1967 will not bring peace. There must be secure and there must be recognized borders. Some such lines must be agreed to by the neighbors involved.” Goldberg later noted, “Resolution 242 in no way refers to Jerusalem, and this omission was deliberate.” This historic diplomacy was conducted under Johnson’s stewardship, as Goldberg related in oral history to the Johnson Library. “I must say for Johnson,” Goldberg stated. “He gave me great personal support.”
Robert David Johnson, a professor of history at Brooklyn College, recently wrote in The New York Sun, Johnson’s policies stemmed more from personal concerns – his friendship with leading Zionists, his belief that America had a moral obligation to bolster Israeli security and his conception of Israel as a frontier land much like his home state of Texas. His personal concerns led him to intervene when he felt that the State or Defense departments had insufficiently appreciated Israel’s diplomatic or military needs.”
President Johnson firmly pointed American policy in a pro-Israel direction. In a historical context, the American emergency airlift to Israel in 1973, the constant diplomatic support, the economic and military assistance and the strategic bonds between the two countries can all be credited to the seeds planted by LBJ.
ADDITONAL NOTE:
Lyndon Johnson’s maternal ancestors, the Huffmans, apparently migrated to Frederick, Maryland from Germany sometime in the mid-eighteenth century. Later they moved to Bourbon, Kentucky and eventually settled in Texas in the mid-to-late nineteenth century.

According to Jewish law, if a person’s mother is Jewish, then that person is automatically Jewish, regardless of the father’s ethnicity or religion. The facts indicate that both of Lyndon Johnson’s great-grandparents, on the maternal side, were Jewish.
These were the grandparents of Lyndon’s mother, Rebecca Baines. Their names were John S. Huffman and Mary Elizabeth Perrin. John Huffman’s mother was Suzanne Ament, a common Jewish name. Perrin is also a common Jewish name.
Huffman and Perrin had a daughter, Ruth Ament Huffman, who married Joseph Baines and together they had a daughter, Rebekah Baines, Lyndon Johnson’s mother. The line of Jewish mothers can be traced back three generations in Lyndon Johnson’s family tree. There is little doubt that he was Jewish.

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Re: LBJ and the Holocaust

Postby diaz52 » 4 years 8 months ago (Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:58 pm)

More than anything else, the connection between LBJ and the Holocaust is not well known. I wasn't aware of any of this and I'm not unfamiliar with LBJ's rather interesting and complicated presidency. This pro-Jew aspect of this gruff and rather uncouth Texas politician and his activities as a congressman on behalf of the Jews before, during and after the war is for the most part not well known.

Well, now we know.

The author of this essay makes this very point:

"But few know about LBJ’s actions to rescue hundreds of endangered Jews during the Holocaust – actions that could have thrown him out of Congress and into jail... Historians have revealed that Johnson, while serving as a young congressman in 1938 and 1939, arranged for visas to be supplied to Jews in Warsaw, and oversaw the apparently illegal immigration of hundreds of Jews through the port of Galveston, Texas."

The essay makes numerous other points regarding LBJ's activities regarding the Holocaust, including his visiting Dachau; an experience Lady Bird described as being very traumatic for him.

So he'd bought into the exterminationist lie hook line and sinker. This lie bore fruit for the Jews when he became president and steadfastly supported Israel during the 1967 war, even when the Israelis attacked one of our ships the USS Liberty killing 34 servicemen and wounding 171 others.

Anyways, read the article: this information provides some missing pieces with regard to motive as to why this man supported the Jews so strongly throughout his entire political career.

Let me know if I can be of further assistance.
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Re: LBJ and the Holocaust

Postby Lysander_Spooner » 4 years 8 months ago (Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:12 am)

Johnson was also a big supporter of the immigration bill of 1965, which jewish Senator Jacob Javitts and others worked so hard to get pushed through Congress.

I read about Johnson's jewish ancestry a couple of years ago. Being aware of that helps to understand him.

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Re: LBJ and the Holocaust

Postby diaz52 » 4 years 8 months ago (Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:11 pm)

Lysander_Spooner wrote:Johnson was also a big supporter of the immigration bill of 1965, which jewish Senator Jacob Javitts and others worked so hard to get pushed through Congress.

I read about Johnson's jewish ancestry a couple of years ago. Being aware of that helps to understand him.


Right. That's a good point. And yeah it does help to understand him.
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Re: LBJ and the Holocaust

Postby Carto's Cutlass Supreme » 4 years 8 months ago (Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:38 pm)

Interesting info on Johnson, but I know Jewish last names pretty well, and those don't strike me as Jewish. And his pro-Jewish, pro-Israel views are quite common in the rapture-Christian South.

That Lady Bird at around 30 years old bought a radio station, and then a TV station, which made them millionaires, according to wikipedia, is unusual.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Bird_Johnson

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Re: LBJ and the Holocaust

Postby diaz52 » 4 years 8 months ago (Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:46 am)

Carto's Cutlass Supreme wrote:Interesting info on Johnson, but I know Jewish last names pretty well, and those don't strike me as Jewish. And his pro-Jewish, pro-Israel views are quite common in the rapture-Christian South.

That Lady Bird at around 30 years old bought a radio station, and then a TV station, which made them millionaires, according to wikipedia, is unusual.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Bird_Johnson


Right regarding the names thing, the author states that "Ament" is a common Jewish name but as you said doesn't sound Jewish. And IDK how common it is, if it is.

As for Lady Bird yeah that was some fortunate investing on her part, LOL... Certainly could have been a rigged game amounting to a bribe or a payoff to a young Texas power couple from some powerful people of means. It certainly appears to be a funny thing and as you said its unusual, especially since she was only 30 at the time. Where'd her sudden interest in TV and radio come from? Lady Bird was always interested in flowers. I used to live in Texas for about 3 years and remember visiting Fredericksburg which is a very lovely town with a large German population not far from San Antonio. Anyways they have roadways with beautiful flowers along the side from the days of Lady Bird who would throw flower seeds out the window as they drove down the highways and bi-ways... LOL.. Just a few miles down from there is Luckenbach Texas, population 3, made famous by the song of the same name by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.

Anyways yeah that's quite a stroke of luck for the Johnsons. It just goes to show how easy it is to bribe/payoff someone in our complicated capitalist society without actually handing them cash. Just providing information can amount to the same thing as a bribe/payoff.
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Re: LBJ and the Holocaust

Postby Marcy Fleming » 4 years 8 months ago (Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:58 pm)

I wouldn't believe anything Johnson said. He was a pathological liar who could denounce his own 1964 Civil Wrongs program as leading to a police state in 1948. He did follow the AIPAC line but he was simply an opportunist. But do appreciate this thread as it is always good to learn more.

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Re: LBJ and the Holocaust

Postby diaz52 » 4 years 7 months ago (Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:20 pm)

Marcy Fleming wrote:I wouldn't believe anything Johnson said. He was a pathological liar who could denounce his own 1964 Civil Wrongs program as leading to a police state in 1948. He did follow the AIPAC line but he was simply an opportunist. But do appreciate this thread as it is always good to learn more.


Right, yeah he was IMHO a particularly rotten president. His foreign policy and his domestic policy were disastrous. And his response to the June 8th 1967 USS Liberty atrocity just cemented in my mind how corrupt and rotten he was at his core. His lone redeeming act while president was to not run in '68.
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Re: LBJ and the Holocaust

Postby Hieldner » 2 years 3 months ago (Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:08 pm)

Here’s Prof. Smallwood’s article referred to in the AP report http://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/cgi/viewc ... ntext=ethj. The following are the most important parts about the Jew smuggling operation that continued during the war, left no paper trail and “the details of which the public and later historians will never know.”
By 1939, Johnson had become more and more distressed about the precarious position of European Jews. Although it was not common knowledge that the Nazis intended to exterminate millions of Jews, Johnson believed that it was only a matter of time before the Holocaust would begin. He knew of the international rejection of Jewish refugee ships, including rejection by the United States, and he knew of England's policy of thwarting Jewish migration to Palestine. Unwilling to stand by while Nazis murdered the "People of the Book," Johnson met with Jewish leaders and said simply, "we must do something to get Jews out of Europe."

So LBJ expanded Operation Texas. Using methods, sometimes legal and sometimes illegal, and using cash supplied by wealthy benefactors such as Jim Novy, Johnson smuggled hundreds of Jews into Texas, using Galveston as the entry port. Money bought false passports and visas in Cuba, Mexico, and other Latin American countries. As Johnson smuggled Jews into Texas, he gave them new names and hid them in the Texas National Youth Administration (NYA), a New Deal agency he had once headed in Texas. Johnson's task was made easier because his longtime friend, Jesse Kellum, directed the NYA in Texas. Although most of the Texas NYA record’s were later lost or destroyed, Morris Shapiro, Jim Novy's son-in-law, and other sources, verified that many Jews were routed through the state's NYA. Although it was illegal to harbor and train non-citizens in the NYA programs, the refugees were housed at various sites scattered around the state. Novy reimbursed the NYA for all expenses, including room-and-board for the trainces. He also covered the cost of classes far those who did not speak English and for vocational training so refugees could "blend" into American society. Johnson channeled many men into NYA welding schools since welders were in high demand during the war preparedness campaign of 1940-1941 and then in the war itself. He also took advantage of his close relationship with President Franklin Roosevelt. Although Johnson became the first congressmen to enlist in the service after Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt called him home and put him charge of the Navy's shipbuilding personnel. In that capacity, Johnson made sure that "his" refugees were hired. Other Jews that he aided worked in a strange assortment of jobs, including liquor stores, carnivals, and janitor in schools. Jim Novy's son David estimated that Johnson and his father saved as many as four or five hundred Jews, possibly more.
[…]
Operation Texas also included aid to Jews already in Palestine who were "underground fighters." In March 1942, Novy hosted a World War II bond drive party for thirty or so influential Texans and invited Johnson to make remarks. After they raised their quota for the bond drive, Johnson rose, gave his listeners some "straight talk" about the European and Middle Eastern situations, and then raised yet more cash - the new money car-marked for the Palestine Jewish "underground." While in the midst of Operation Texas, Johnson gave voice to why anti-Semitism was wrong, especially in America. In his remarks, Johnson said, "without tolerance and mutual understanding, without a sincere sense of the rights of our neighbors to differ in their views from us, this nation is endangered. We spring from too many races and nationalities and religions here to find unity in any intolerant theory of race and
creed."
[…]
Operation Texas continued after the United States entered World War II. Novy reported that in 1942 Johnson sent him on a secret mission to Europe. The Jewish businessman said that the job was so dangerous that he did not tell his family, not even his wife and children what he was doing. Novy knew that he might be caught, identified, and shot by German authorities. Soon after his return, Novy, a civilian, received a Purple Heart, something almost unheard of because such an award normally goes to only members of the military wounded during combat. Years later, in 1958, Novy told a reporter of his mission, but refused to answer specific questions, saying that "only when Senator Johnson says so will I tell the story."
[…]
Operation Texas was a secret affair. Some LBJ aides, friends, and associates even denied that it existed. There is no mountain of evidence that divulges all of the specifics of the scheme, but evidence does substantiate that it existed. First, that LBJ was addicted to the telephone is legendary. He seldom wrote things down. Sometimes he made as many as 100 calls a day. Second, certain aspects of the scheme were illegal. Thus, there would not be a "paper trail" that would implicate people in such a plot. A one-time NYA administrator and Johnson friend, Elizabeth Goldschmidt, denied any knowledge of Operation Texas, but she was not stationed in Texas between 1938 and 1943. However, she did offer with a sly grin, "Of course, in those days we all took a loose view of what we could and couldn't do." Jack Baumel, an engineer who worked for the Texas Railroad Commission and who was also one of Johnson's friends, recalled that LBJ once said, "We had to do something to the Jews out of Europe." Baumel added, "There's no question that LBJ was instrumental in helping literally hundred of Jews get into the U.S., especially through Galveston.' Jim Novy's son Dave confirmed that the operation existed, as did Novy's son-in-law, Mike Shapiro. Professor David Bell and Barby Weiner, co-chairmen of the Criteria Committee for the selection of the Holocaust Center and Memorial Museum's annual Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award, believe that LBJ saved at least two score of Jews in 1938 and, subsequently, likely saved "several hundred I morel through other lesser-known and even riskier means”

The best witness is Jim Novy. The Jewish leader finally made the story public during the 30 December 1963 dedication of Austin's newest synagogue, Agudas Achim. Invited to the ceremonies by Novy, LBJ and Lady Bird were in attendance, with the president scheduled to make remarks. Knowing that the new president was well beyond prosecution for his acts of long ago, Novy told the story to 400 synagogue members and their guests, along with Austin's civic leaders and local newspaper, radio, and television reporters. He did not discuss his secret 1942 mission to Europe, the details of which the public and later historians will never know. Novy's presentation, humorous at times, drew much laughter from the crowd, beginning with his order to President Johnson, then the most powerful man in the world. "If I get mixed up, you help me out!" Even Lady Bird had to cover her mouth and try to stifle her laughter, while the president only smiled and nodded that he would do what Novy demanded.

After Novy finished his story, he introduced LBJ by looking over to him and - trying to hold back tears - said with a breaking voice, "We can't ever thank him enough for all those Jews he got out of Germany during the days of Hitler." Then pointing to the first row where four small boys were sitting, Novy added, "There's the ... current generation, and they'll be watching [out] for you and helping you [while you are president]."
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Re: LBJ and the Holocaust

Postby Sannhet » 2 years 3 months ago (Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:17 am)

Hieldner wrote:Although it was not common knowledge that the Nazis intended to exterminate millions of Jews, Johnson believed that it was only a matter of time before the Holocaust would begin. [...] Unwilling to stand by while Nazis murdered the "People of the Book," Johnson met with Jewish leaders and said simply, "we must do something to get Jews out of Europe."

I don't see how this is taken seriously as academic writing, but it is. It is written to conform to our culture's Holocaust-as-Central-Event-of-History paradigm and therefore requires an enormous amount of "padding." Notice that we do not see Johnson's original words much; what little we do see, does not prove he "predicted the Holocaust" or anything else. It is ambiguous.

The ambiguous quotation attributed to LBJ which I quote above, "We must do something to get Jews out of Europe," is cited from the 1989 (?) PhD dissertation of a Louis Stanislaus Gomolak [b.1937] [apparently a name of Czech origin] at the University of Texas. The title is: "Prologue: LBJ's Foreign Affairs Background, 1908-1948". Not available on Google Books nor in many libraries, either, this is an obscure reference that is, though not literally unverifiable, one which very few will go to the trouble to take steps to attain in this digital age -- the only copies of this work known to Google Books are in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the University of Texas itself!

Sure enough, Wiki says:
Operation Texas was an alleged undercover operation to relocate European Jews to Texas, USA, away from Nazi persecution first reported in a 1989 Ph.D. dissertation by Louis Stanislaus Gomolak at the University of...
Emphasis mine :o .

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Re: LBJ and the Holocaust

Postby borjastick » 2 years 3 months ago (Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:34 am)

Sannhet wrote:
Hieldner wrote:Although it was not common knowledge that the Nazis intended to exterminate millions of Jews, Johnson believed that it was only a matter of time before the Holocaust would begin. [...] Unwilling to stand by while Nazis murdered the "People of the Book," Johnson met with Jewish leaders and said simply, "we must do something to get Jews out of Europe."

I don't see how this is taken seriously as academic writing, but it is. It is written to conform to our culture's Holocaust-as-Central-Event-of-History paradigm and therefore requires an enormous amount of "padding." Notice that we do not see Johnson's original words much; what little we do see, does not prove he "predicted the Holocaust" or anything else. It is ambiguous.

The ambiguous quotation attributed to LBJ which I quote above, "We must do something to get Jews out of Europe," is cited from the 1989 (?) PhD dissertation of a Louis Stanislaus Gomolak [b.1937] [apparently a name of Czech origin] at the University of Texas. The title is: "Prologue: LBJ's Foreign Affairs Background, 1908-1948". Not available on Google Books nor in many libraries, either, this is an obscure reference that is, though not literally unverifiable, one which very few will go to the trouble to take steps to attain in this digital age -- the only copies of this work known to Google Books are in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the University of Texas itself!

Sure enough, Wiki says:
Operation Texas was an alleged undercover operation to relocate European Jews to Texas, USA, away from Nazi persecution first reported in a 1989 Ph.D. dissertation by Louis Stanislaus Gomolak at the University of...
Emphasis mine :o .


LBJ knew there was little appetite among the American population for mass jewish immigration. In fact this operation he backed seemed to have had very little effect if it only amounted to a few hundred European jews being spirited into the US. Seems to me LBJ was a piece of work from top to bottom with the sole ambition on becoming President. He didn't mind who he had to get rid of and that of course included JFK.
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Re: LBJ and the Holocaust

Postby Sannhet » 2 years 3 months ago (Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:30 am)

LBJ was born in 1908 and was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in April 1937 (in a special election due to the death of a sitting Congressman, in which six candidates got at least 10% of the vote). He was 28 years old. He then ran unopposed in that Texas district through each election until 1948. Then in the Texas Senate Democratic Primary in 1948, he miraculously won by a margin of 87 votes among nearly a million votes cast. (See Electoral History of LBJ). In November 1960, he is elected Vice President on the Kennedy ticket.

In 1938, when LBJ became "more and more distressed about the precarious position of European Jews," he was 29 to 30 and a first-term U.S. Congressman, the most junior level of national government one could possibly be. It's unclear to me how young LBJ could/would personally organize some smuggling operation to resettle Jews in Texas.

Wiki:
[M]any of the arguments of Gomolak's thesis have been disputed following extensive research by Claudia Wilson Anderson, an archivist at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.[10][11] Although his research materials (e.g., written interview notes, interview recordings and primary documents not located in archives) could potentially support his arguments, Gomolak has not made them available for external review.[11]

Cf.:
In 2008, Larry Ben David began an online campaign to collect documentation to submit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, Israel to have LBJ awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations, often referred to as a Righteous Gentile.[7]


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