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Friedman
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Also semi-official libraries or private collections of German
scholars or experts on the Jewish question were equipped with Jew­
ish books. Thus, for instance, the editor of
Der Stuermer
acquired
several thousand Hebrew books from every part of Europe and
employed a Hebraist of little competence to organize the library
and to indicate the importance of each book. The retributive pat­
tern of history seems to have been vindicated by the ironic fate that
overtook Julius Streicher, the ignominious editor of
Der Stuermer.
After the Liberation his villa, together with his farm and its valu­
able agricultural experimental equipment, was assigned by the
United States military authorities to the Kibbutz NILI
(Netzah
Yisrael loyeshaker).
This kibbutz was composed of young halutzim
who survived the Nazi holocaust. Thus, the treasures collected by
the rapacious and ruthless
Judenfresser
eventually came to serve a
noble purpose-the training of his victims, the youthful pioneers,
for
hakhsharah
to Israel. This presage of a brighter tomorrow is a
happy augury for the “People of the Book.” It cannot obliterate the
tragic past, but it will surely inspire a deeper rededication by the
whole Jewish people to the spiritual and intellectual tasks that must
be woven into the architecture of our future.