The Meaning of the Iron Cross
The Iron Cross
I have in my possession two
versions of the Iron Cross. One is 1.7 inches wide and long, the other is 1.8
inches long and wide.
first of these crosses, made of steel and painted black, exhibits a crown and
the letters FW on the top and the year 1813 on the bottom.
This iron cross was awarded to German soldiers
before and during the First World War (1914-1918) for extraordinary bravery
before the enemy. It was first sponsored by the Prussian king, Frederick William
III, in 1813, and given to Prussian soldiers who had distinguished themselves in
the Napoleonic wars.
During the slaughter at the Western and
Eastern fronts in the 1914-18 debacle the cross was earned honestly by those who
deserved it. My father was one of these, as were other Jews who fought for the
“fatherland” in that war because they were drafted, and despite the
anti-Jewish discrimination then the “order of the day” in Germany.
In 1939, when the Second World War began
because the Germans invaded Poland, the Nazi government re-issued the iron
cross. It is somewhat larger and has a swastika (Hakenkreuz or hooked cross) in
the middle. On the bottom the year 1939 is engraved. This cross was mailed to
all holders of the first iron cross a few days after the invasion of Poland.
Jews were included in this distribution because the German post office or the
originators of the cross forgot or did not know who the Jewish winners had been.
And so, the cross came to us a few days before we disappeared from our home
Many years later, after the Second World War
was concluded with the defeat of Germany and Japan, a former business associate
of my father’s sent us a crate with some of our possessions which he had
rescued from our home. On the bottom of the crate were the two iron crosses I
The difference between these crosses was
however not only their size and their inscriptions. There was a much more
important difference. While the first cross went only to those who indeed showed
great courage under fire, the second cross with the swastika was issued to
innumerable storm troopers and other non-soldiers because they killed Jews.
Two examples were Rudolf Lange and Friedrich
Jaeckeln. Lange murdered all the Jews in Estonia and Friedrich Jaeckeln
organized the Babi-Jar massacre in the Ukraine.
Bialystok in Russia was declared “cleansed
of Jews” after a gang of killer commandos slaughtered the entire Jewish
population in 1941. The commander of these killers, Ernst Weis, was therefore
rewarded with the iron cross although he never faced any firefight. Killing
helpless Jews was elevated to heroism by the German army.
Odilo Globocnik, the commander of the German
extermination squads who destroyed the Warsaw ghetto and killed the Jewish
fighters who survived, was awarded the iron cross, together with Jürgen Stroop,
who was directly responsible for the murder of 20,000 Jews. These crosses were
delivered to the killers for their “heroic deeds” by Field Marshall Wilhelm
Keitel, commander of the German eastern front.
This is important because Keitel and other
army officers pretended after the war that all the murders had been committed by
the SS and not by the army, which they claimed was an honorable fighting force.
That is a lie. The army murdered Jews indiscriminately and worked together with
the SS at all times. The abbreviation SS refers to “Sturm Staffel”, which
means (approximately) “storm segment”. It was also called “Schutz Staffel”,
meaning “Protective segment.”
In addition to the iron cross the German
government also awarded a “Kriegsverdienstkreuz”. This means “war
achievement cross”. This was handed to the commanders of the concentration and
killing camps for excellent achievement in promoting “the final solution”
(Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, was all in
favor of the “final solution” when he said in a speech delivered in Geneva,
Switzerland in November of 2003 that he would have instituted “the final
solution” if he had been elected to a second term).
After the “Einsatzkommando D” (action
commando) finished the murder of all Jews on the Crimean peninsula in January of
1942, General Field Marshall Erich
von Mannstein, the commander of the German southern front, honored the murderers
with the “war achievement cross”.
After the Second World War, numerous German
iron cross holders pretended to have gained these medals for their fighting
prowess. In fact they were common mass murderers, honored by the military for
These excesses among the Germans between 1933
and 1945 are often attributed to such ridiculous “causes” as “Hitler was
crazy”, for which there is no evidence, Germans suffered from the depression
– as did everyone in this country, or the German people were “duped” by
“the Nazis”. All nonsense. Hitler was not at all “crazy”. He said and
shouted and wrote what he honestly believed because it had been taught him in
church, in school and at home. He succeeded because he pronounced what Germans
The whole German culture had been infested
with hatred of Jews for centuries (see my book The
Jew in Christian Theology) and Germans, then and now, are taught
to obey orders by teachers, bosses, government officials, clergy, etc., etc.
This is called the fascist tradition. It does not necessarily have to lead to a
Nazi state. As in Spain and Italy, fascism can be a somewhat less murderous
dictatorship. The word “fascist” is Latin. It means “a bundle”. The
ancient Romans represented Rome with an ax surrounded by a bundle of sticks.
This symbol may be found on both sides of the speaker's seat in the U.S. Senate.
The current Democratic aspirant for the U.S.
presidency is in the fascist tradition. Like Hitler, he shouts slogans in an
emotionally arousing manner. He elevates without saying anything. Many people
vote for that kind of shouter because they become fascinated by the tone of
voice and the apocalyptic style.
Of course, Obama, should he be elected, will
never gain the total power of Hitler. However, Obama, like all fascists before
him, speaks only in generalities without a specific remedy for what ails us. By
shouting for “national unity”, Obama is again in the fascist tradition. All
fascists always shout unity slogans. Democracy does not rest on unity. It rests
on differences of opinion and the right to dissent. This is of course anathema
to the so called “liberals” who support Obama. They cannot tolerate any
opinion other than their own. In this country this is called “political
correctness” and is enforced by burning newspapers and shouting down speakers
with the “wrong” views.
Hitler was regarded by the German people as a
warm and kindly fellow interested in their welfare. So is Obama.
Of course Obama is no Hitler and no Mussolini.
He will never have their power. Nevertheless, his election will undoubtedly lead
to a major reduction of what is left of our rights and freedoms. By using the
power of the federal government to influence the economy, employment, social
services, “entitlements” and, above all, law enforcement, the federal
government can emasculate our liberties one by one.
Americans will soon learn the nature of the fascist tradition should a
majority vote for the end of the Bill of Rights by electing Obama.
This fascist tradition will particularly land
on the Jews stupid enough to vote for their own destruction. When Obama sells
out Israel to Iran, what will the American Jew say or do? Will not all Jews be
designated un-American for standing up for Israel against the wishes of the
president? Who is more important? Our oil supply or a few Jews? Think and
remember the German Jews. They are gone. Their killers wear the iron cross and
the few survivors of that greatest crime the world has ever witnessed see their
Jewish brethren of this generation throw it all away and campaign for their own
Let us therefore hope that our non-Jewish
brethren have more sense than we have. They may yet rescue us from ourselves and
another dose of the “iron cross” mentality.