Heinz Weichardt (1915-2011) was a German Jew
who fled to the US in 1938.
In spite of this, he felt Nazi Germany
was misrepresented in the West.
Was he a dupe?
Heinz Weichardt’s 28-page booklet, ‘Under Two Flags’ is so much at variance with conventional accounts of pre-WWII Germany as to elicit instant ‘cognitive dissonance’ in the reader.
Living in Berlin from 1929-1938, the son of an important newspaper editor, Weichardt had every reason to hate the Nazis. Even though his father was a gentile, the Nazis prevented him from serving in the military and marrying the Ayran girl he loved because of his Jewish mother.
The first part of his booklet sets some of the historical context including his remarks upon WWI and the notorious Versailles Treaty and the second discusses his experiences living as an ‘enemy alien’ in the U.S. He concludes with some remarks upon what he sees as dubious calculations regarding the number of holocaust victims.
Of particular interest are Weichardt’s experiences living under the Nuremberg Laws. He describes a couple of run-ins with the authorities, including one that involved an inspection of his gun collection, including ammunition, without confiscation. He also reveals that he and his Jewish mother were allowed to vote in elections and even as ‘non-Aryans’ were given the protection of the state, if not all the privileges of full-citizenship.
Weichardt heaps scorn upon other world leaders of the day noting their often, less-than-honorable dealings with Hitler and Germany. He mentions a League of Nations conference held amongst thirty-three countries at Lake Geneva in 1938 and observes with sarcasm how, despite their criticism of Germany’s racial policies, not one of them would alter their laws to facilitate the immigration of Germany’s remaining 300,000 Jewish population.
It is remarkable how many of our most entrenched ideas about pre-WWII Germany Weichardt challenges in his short booklet. He writes of the post WWI British blockade of Germany that led to mass starvation among its populace which was exacerbated by world Jewry’s ‘declaration of war’ upon Germany in 1933.
‘Kristalnacht’ becomes more understandable with the revelation that it was the murder of a German official at their Paris embassy by a young, Jewish assassin that finally lit the fuse that led to that event. Weichardt claims that National Socialist leaders, cognizant of world prejudice against them for their policies towards the Jews, were appalled by the outburst and took immediate steps to quell the violence and protect Jewish businesses.
Weichardt’s discusses the ‘Transfer Agreement’ that facilitated Jewish immigration to Palestine. He reveals the startling information that the Zionists even had their own department within S.S. headquarters. The exchange-starved German Reich paid about 50 million pre-war dollars to assist approximately 50,000 young Jews in moving to Palestine, a cost necessitated by British demands that each of them pay 1,000 pounds sterling in gold for the privilege. As Weichardt observes, “So much for the “planned destruction” of the Jews”.
Under Two Flags shows how little we hear of the German side of that story. Interestingly, Weichardt partially blames the Germans who lived in America for abandoning their homeland. Once away from Germany, they bettered themselves individually but failed to organize politically and were, therefore, unable to defend their countrymen against false accusations.
Even Weichardt took until 1995 to set-pen-to-paper in this unique memoir of a German Jew. He says: “The complete lack of veracity in reporting anything about Germany and the outbreak of the war became obvious to me shortly after I arrived in this country [the USA] and my conviction that a colossal fraud was imposed on the American people by the Jewish-controlled media has been reinforced ever since”.
The more one delves into history we are not supposed to, especially the, mostly Jewish, takeover of Tsarist Russia in 1917, and when one considers the Palestinian situation in present-day Israel, the more the accusations against the Germans begin to sound like a conspicuous case of ‘the pot calling the kettle black’. Weichardt’s booklet is a notable contribution to telling the other side of the story.