|By Holocaust Research Project||
|May 21, 2012 03:48 PM EDT||
The Last "Unrighteous" the story of Benjamin Murmelstein
Guest Publication by Holocaust survivor Wolf Murmelstein
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Who had been really Dr. Benjamin Murmelstein (Lemberg/Lwow 1905 - Rome 1989)? He considered himself the last survivor among the "UNRIGHTEOUS“ never fully realizing his own innocence. But, when stated as “Rabbi, Scholar, Leading Figure in the Holocaust period”. Even after he had passed away the writer of this note has the painful task to repulse absurd and slanderous accusations, almost always based on “hear say” circulating in the clear interest of wrongdoers to discredit a witness.
In 1938, as Austria had been annexed ("Anschluss“) to he THIRD REICH without any international opposition, not even of Benes, he was one of the 17 Community Rabbis at Vienna while in 1939 he was the only one; what only Chief Rabbi Hertz properly appraised. The Jewish Community of Vienna needed a young manager, certainly not a scholar. Documents submitted to the internationally recognized Nazi Authorities had to be written caring every single word and in a style a Nazi was willing to understand; certainly not following Goethe, Heine, Schiller, etc. Nowadays Jewish Leaders earn honors while in that time of darkness they earned, at least, harsh menaces. One of the very few survived Jewish Leaders was Rabbi Benjamin Murmelstein, almost never asked to give evidence.
Gideon Hausner, who never explained why he did not call Benjamin Murmelstein to give evidence at Eichmann trial, then mentioned him as “Associate” of Eichmann in the book JUSTICE IN JERUSALEM. A Nazi could not have a Jewish associate while Gideon Hausner was well aware that a poor Shoah survivor could not afford to sue a New York based big publishing house.
The full absurdity of the above mentioned view of Gideon Hausner and Prof. Anna Hajkova is well expressed by the ironical remark of SS Ltd Karl Rahm in a hearing before the Investigating Magistrate of Litomeric People Court: “No, things were not so. Murmelstein did not give us orders”
At October 14, 2007 at the Vienna Film Museum the first part, referring to Vienna, of the series of interviews granted in 1976 by Benjamin Murmelstein to Claude Lanzman had been shown. In discussion following Vienna Jewish Community Secretary General Raimund Fastenbauer found it right to speak of Benjamin Murmelstein as a “Collaborateur” called “Murmelschwein, . The writer, who for health reasons could not attend the meeting, learned of that incident only in October 2011 finding a reference in Internet. His letter of protest addressed to Vienna Jewish Community President Muzicant had been answered by one of the Principals of a big Vienna Legal Firm, letter mailed by DHL, warning the writer not to publicize his protest to media or in Internet… interesting indeed.
Furthermore, the writer could read in the right-wing Catholic on-line journal “KREUTZ NET” the article “Was hat die Kultusgemeinde zu verstecken/What Vienna Jewish Community has to hide?” learning so about Mr Muzicant’s refusal to make some documents – among them the personal file Benjamin Murmelstein – available also very interesting.
The Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team
Copyright Carmelo Lisciotto H.E.A.R.T 2012
Copyright Carmelo Lisciotto H.E.A.R.T 2010
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