Fox News’ Dr. Keith Ablow: Jews Lacked Courage, ‘Surrendered’ to Nazis

keith-ablow-2What the hell is happening? I honestly cannot believe I’m now living in a society where it’s apparently acceptable for Republicans (or anyone for that matter) to blame the Jewish people for the rise of Nazi Germany. Where it’s apparently acceptable to ridiculously claim that “if Jews had just been armed, Hitler would have never risen to power.” Is this really the country in which we are now living?

Unfortunately, it seems so.

Following Ben Carson’s asinine comments concerning guns, the Jewish people and the rise of Nazi Germany where he suggested that a lack of guns is what gave Hitler the power to commit genocide, Fox News’ resident buffoon, Dr. Keith Ablow, took the Nazi rhetoric a step further. In an op-ed for, Ablow essentially said Jews lacked courage, surrendered to Nazis and didn’t do enough to prevent the atrocities that ultimately occurred.

Ablow wrote, in part:

The mindset that Jews surrendered with their guns is far more important than the hardware they turned over: They surrendered the demonstrated intention, at all costs, to resist being deprived of liberty. If Jews in Germany had more actively resisted the Nazi party or the Nazi regime and had diagnosed it as a malignant and deadly cancer from the start, there would, indeed, have been a chance for the people of that country and the world to be moved to action by their bold refusal to be enslaved.

Yes, that would have required immeasurable courage. Yes, that would have required unspeakable losses. But is that not the lesson of the Old Testament? Does not Abraham bind his son Issac to an altar, willing to sacrifice his son’s life to God’s Word—to the truth? Must not we all be ready to sacrifice ourselves to stand in the way of evil?

He also went on to say:

It turns out it was a bad idea for any Jew to have turned over a gun. It was a bad idea for any Jew to have boarded a train. It was a bad idea for any Jew to have passed through a gate into a camp. It was a bad idea for any Jew to do any work at any such camp. It was a bad idea for any Jew to not attempt to crush the skull or scratch out the eyes of any Nazi who turned his back for one moment. And every bullet that would have been fired into a Nazi coming to a doorway to confiscate a gun from a Jew would have been a sacred bullet.

This so-called “doctor” is essentially saying that the Jewish people should have known better, and it’s their fault for not doing more to fight against the Nazis.


Let me just point out the obvious that this was during the 30’s and 40’s which wasn’t exactly a time period in human history where mass amounts of information was readily available. Not only that, but the process by which the Nazis did all of this was systematic. They didn’t just snap their fingers and go from Jews being free to live normally to Jews being herded into Auschwitz. Then it’s truly amazing how “Dr. Ablow” – yes this idiot really is a doctor – discounts the psychological factors that went along with everything that was going on at that time.

His article is one of the most ignorant pieces of trash I’ve ever read – on any subject.

But it’s a damn sad day in this country when it’s now apparently acceptable for Republicans to try to exploit the horrors that happened during WWII to push pro-gun rhetoric (especially when guns had nothing to do with it) and to suggest that had the Jewish people only done more – millions of lives could have been saved.

Those who believe this asinine rhetoric are an absolute embarrassment to this country.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • What concerns me is that local and state police have become militarized and we have let them. I have always wondered why Jews were so passive in Germany…many knew what was happening. But they didn’t have weapons to protect each other; the whole country woke up and discovered Hitler’s soldiers where all over them. I don’t see that happening here, but Americans may have to fight the police and defang them. They’ve gotten way too big for their britches. As to the Jewish comment, well I can’t think of anything more politically incorrect to publicly say, given how sensitive Jews are about the Holocaust. And it should cause us some pause when we consider forces in America to disarm the population. We have some elements of our own society who need to become more responsible with their guns.

    They should not be used to solve business disputes between local drug dealers practicing street justice. We need to legalize many drugs to take the profits, and therefore, the criminal elements out of that business.

    • Laurie Chase Gonzalez

      I have not known Jews to be a people who use guns. Most of the Eastern European Jews had their own community and avoided interacting with Gentiles other than the sale of goods and services. Jews were often harassed and beaten, but had they pulled out a gun and shot someone the non- Jews, who were often the property owners (Jews were not allowed to own land) would have punished the whole community.

      People don’t understand how calculated the Nazi’s were in their attempt to get rid of the Jews. They started by slowly implementing laws forbidding Jew’s to do certain things like be out at night past a certain time, walk on the street, not on the sidewalk, not have eye contact with non- Jews. They made Jews wear the Star of David and they had to buy the material for it as well, they would be deported or shot for not wearing it. Jews were fooled into registering so that they could get passes to “avoid deportation.” When the Jews registered, the Nazi’s had all their information, so they could not escape. The non Jews were also paid for each Jew they reported who was hiding. And if a non Jew was found to be hiding a Jew their whole family could be killed.
      The Jews were given information and the rules were constantly made more restrictive. The Nazi’s printed these rules in the Jewish paper which non Jews were forbidden to read- so Non-Jews did not see that Jews were no longer able to own business’s or anything of value.
      The Nazi’s sent the Jews to ghettos and restricted the amount of food and coal/wood they had. The Nazi’s formed a Jewish police force and promised the police that they would have more food and not be deported. The Jewish police were in charge of organizing the deportations and had to fill a quota and send thousands of Jews daily to be deported. If they did not fill the quota they and their families would also be deported. Most of the police force ended up being deported or murdered- because the Nazi’s did not want any evidence of their crimes.
      A lot of the Jew’s died from starvation and disease. As more Jews entered the ghettos, they would start deporting more Jews. The Jews were told the trains would be taking them to a places where they could do agricultural labor.
      As there were so many Jews sent to these camps, the Nazi’s could not kill them fast enough, so the main Nazi’s got together and decided the fastest and cheapest way to kill the Jews would be with gas chambers. The Nazi’s even has the rail road tracks pull right up to the gas chambers. The entrance to the camps were deceptive so the Jews would not panic and the Red Cross would not suspect anything. The gas chambers were set up to look like showers.
      A small number of Jews were sent to do actual labor, although several died even during the daily role call from starvation, the elements and the sadistic camp leaders. A lot of the Jews were literally worked to death.
      The fact that German’s were considered highly civilized fooled the Jews- they could never believe that the German’s could behave this way. There were a lot of Polish and German people who did not like Jews because they saw how prosperous the Jews were. When the Nazi’s sent the Jews away the Non Jews were able to take their homes and their valuables. The war initially helped non Jews but as it went on there were a lot of food shortages. The non-Jews blamed the Jews for causing this and the war. When the few Jews were finally free from the camps or hiding a lot of them were killed by Non Jews when they came back to claim their property. Many Jewish women were also raped and killed by the Russian liberators.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        Well-spoken and thank you… Those of our family that didn’t follow Grandfather from Poland/Ukraine in the opening days of the 20th century have been Polish topsoil for at least 3 generations. Thank you for this, and with your permission, I’ll save your words as a document for repeated reading, as your relation of history is a lot more concise than anything I’d likely write.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        And more evidence of why my contempt for Fox News, their fans (among from whom I rent my house), and the batcrap stupidity among entirely too many of our fellow citizens in the US has obviously been too kind.

      • Laurie Chase Gonzalez

        Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I have read many Holocaust memoirs and am so frustrated that people still don’t see how calculated and well planned the Holocaust was. I feel that what I wrote could be a bit better written, but hopefully it sheds light on how the Jews were trapped and by the time they realized it, it was too late. Please feel free to share what I have written.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        I have a tendency to write really long commentary on blogs (part of my internal weird wiring, I’m certain), but not with anywhere near as much erudition and understanding of history.

        Thank you, again, nice lady.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        … and, btw, take a few more upvotes as a given for I have admiration for anyone that uses her/his full name as a Disqus nick… forces us to own our commentary. *smile*

    • BobJThompson

      Jews were not passive. They were simply outnumbered and hated. 500,000 Jews (men women and children) vs 63,000,000 Germans. Somehow ineffective defense became they just sat back and took it.

      The previous Weimar republic had in 1919 taken all of Germany’s guns. Only the Nazis started bringing them back into mass circulation. Just not to the Jews of course.

      So to have a repeat of this situation we’ll need a massively hated “other” race so that everything said about them seems correct. They have to .0079% of the population so that even if they fight back they still seem like pushovers to future people. We’ll need full disarmament of private citizens. (not likely ever in America) Also they’ll have to be one of the worst economic collapses in history immediately preceding the rise of a charismatic hate monger. A hate monger who puts everyone back to work with the backing of industrialists.
      Tl;dr it wasn’t gun control that led to Hitler.

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    Nobody blames the victims like Fox “News”.

  • Last Hussar

    Well, that’s a surprise, Fox supporting the Palestian position.

  • PRIME79

    So a few german jewish civilians with guns could have fought off a military that it took the world powers militaries joining together to defeat? Typical right wing action movie based logic, same nonsense as a few guys on a farm with guns could actually fight off the United States Armed Forces if it came to that.