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February 24th, 2012

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04:50 pm - Hitchens/Luxemburg/Jew stuff
Christopher Hitchens, whose mother is of Jewish ethnicity, quotes Rosa Luxemburg thusly:

"What do you want with these special Jewish pains? I feel as close to the wretched victims of the rubber plantations in Putamayo and the blacks of Africa with whose bodies the Europeans play ball... I have no special corner in my heart for the ghetto: I am at home in the entire world, where there are clouds and birds and human tears."

This reflects much of my thinking. A few years ago, I walked through the Hasidic neighborhood of Brooklyn, and felt no more cultural connection than if I were walking through Chinatown.

That being said, I'm aware that if my maternal grandfather hadn't been a Jew, he might have found Poland to be a perfectly acceptable place to spend his life. Possibly also true for my dad's grandparents, about whom I know nothing.

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