A study in ethnocentrism
Finkelstein takes on the holocaust industry with a tart-tongued wit. reading it may make your eyebrows lift at the holocaust industry's narcissistic focus on the suffering of the jews, which is "unique" according those running the holocaust industry. a lot of the shakedowns for more money for the holocaust can be seen as just one ethnic groups' way of claiming more resources and power for themselves under the guise of being good humanitarians. most of the money taken does not go to the few survivors left but is redirected unethically to the jewish community and to politicized and biased holocaust education. finkelstein is concerned that the industry may be increasing anti-semitism by behaving in such a way as to confirm stereotypes of jews as being greedy liar lawyers. he however only criticizes the jews of the powerful holocaust industry and not jews as a whole. i suppose though that all ethnic groups feel that their sufferings are special in some way and are emotionally attached to them. that could be a mitigating factor in any judgements against the industry. a lot of cries of injustice and for reparations are somewhat hypocritical since it seems all ethnic groups act amorally towards one another at times and will probably exploit the underdog group if given the chance and if they have enough power to do so. they seem to work hard to get enough power to do so. reparations can be seen as a form of revenge. things weren't always this way with the nazi holocaust. before israel's winning of their war in the middle east in 1967, there were better, more objective books written about the holocaust; some of which present a more universalist message that we could all learn more about ourselves from the holocaust and there wasn't much mention of jewish suffering as being unique. finkelstein covers some books which he thinks are valuable and one's he thinks are garbage. he accuses zionists of using the holocaust to deflect criticism from the questionable actions of israel and holocaust industry itself. after the 1967 war, the us backed israel as a cold war ally and gave them lots of ammunition. finkelstein has a leftist take on his criticism of the industry. why don't we give reparations to african americans for slave labor? why don't we give reparations to the vietnamese for tearing up their country during the vietnam war? why don't we include the others who were in concentration camps in holocaust memorials such as the catholics, the gypsies, and the handicapped? why don't we focus on what nazi gold was taken from jews that are still in us banks? why do we go after just the european banks? why are certain american jews obsessed with their victim status when they are one of the richest ethnic groups in the world? a lot of people will consider his views unpatriotic or a form of jewish self-hating. the reader may come away with the impression that reparations are not a good idea in any case because it brings out too many people who want to exploit the situation while not necessarily being a victim and reparation seekers tend to point fingers at people who aren't necessarily guilty of alleged past wrongs. a lot of fraudulent literature and claims have come up over the years, which finkelstein exposes well. he is similar to noam chomsky who has documented, if debatable theories about how america is an economically imperialist nation. that theme is sounded as well in the book.