Quotation from Joachim Prinz “Assimilation to be replaced by a ...declaration of belonging to the Jewish nation and race” — 1934
An executive member of the German Zionist Federation, he left Germany for the USA in 1937 and took on the highest responsibilities in the world Zionist organizations.
- Prinz, Joachim (1902-1988) ( 3 quotations )
" The meaning of the German Revolution for the German nation will eventually be clear to those who have created it and formed its image. Its meaning for us must be set forth here: the fortunes of liberalism are lost. The only form of political life which has helped Jewish assimilation is sunk. […]
(The Jews) have been drawn out of the last secret recesses of christening and mixed marriages. We are not unhappy about it. In their being forced to declare themselves, to show real determined courage, to stand by their community, we see at the same time the fulfilment of our desires. [...]
The theory of assimilation has collapsed. We are no longer hidden in secret recesses. We want assimilation to be replaced by a new law: the declaration of belonging to the Jewish nation and Jewish race. A state built upon the principle of the purity of nation and race can only honored and respected by a Jew who declares his belonging to his own kind. Having so declared himself, he will never be capable of faulty loyalty towards a state. The state cannot want other Jews but such as declare themselves as belonging to their nation. It will not want Jewish flatterers and crawlers. It must demand of us faith and loyalty to our own interest. For only he who honors his own breed and his own blood can have an attitude of honor towards the national will of other nations. "
Joachim Prinz, Wir Juden
(We Jews), Berlin, 1934, pp 150-1 et 155
Quoted by Israel Shahak Jewish History, the Weight of Three Thousand Years . Pluto Press, 1994.
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