In a way, Zionism is explainable in its zeal to create a “new jew” ; an act of nihilism to consign to the dust-bin of history the entire diasporic experience of jewish life pulverized by the atomic bomb of the jew “free” in his own land, free from the trappings of tradition and torah. The Israeli jew would be a variant, the quantum leap, the missing link, between and restoring the fire of the Maccabees to their rightful habitat. In part, its the same “otherness” that exists today, began with the chasm of the assimilationist Western Jew, the Enightment promoter as a way of denigrating the Easten Eurpean jew by impugning characteristics not intrinsic to their own; the kind of invidious comparison that still exists in Israel today between the secular Israeli-jew and what Moshe Koppel has called the jewish jew, branded with the baggage of the diaspora, nose in prayer book, and not fit to govern or assume meaningful power other than as an expression of tokenism.
The moving of Jews into Eastern Europe from the West is almost like the rift and dispersion of the ten tribes. There is a lingering acrimony here. In modern times, its taken as the differentiation from the non-jewish bourgeois ideal, ideals characterized by Marcel Proust and Herzl. These Western secular jews bought in and promoted the myth that jews suffered from a disease, hyseria, thought to be a female ailment, that they are weak, below average height, shorter arms and so on; the Roman Vishniak look or Walter benjamin’s ragpicker, and these stereotypes often had jews complicit in their manufacture and data fudging. In fact , the opposite may be true, since many Eastern jews were farmers or adept manual workers, and not the urban sophisticate professions, paper pushing professions. Going back to the Exodus, the jews were the blue collar elite, the skilled tradesmen in the slave labor system and the Egyptian economy crashed in their absence.
The issue of Jewish morphology could take on absurd proportions, ratcheted up to meet the scapegoat requirements as the need arose. For example, craniometric examinations were cranked to reveal that Jewish heads had a peculiar shape. Knowingly, This thesis was not the product of anti-Jewish populism , but born in academia through supposedly objective science. The iconic nose was another bodily marker that was thought to have a specific form exclusive to Jews. First reports on the “Jewish nose” go back to the thirteenth century, and became widely disseminated in the eighteenth through mass media of print, codifying the nature of conspicuous appearance and embedding anti-semitism within mass culture. …( see link at end) …. In 1808, a few years after Blumenbach’s “observation”, the Dutch physician Wachter reported on examinations of a Jewish skull. He “discovered” several peculiarities. Above all, he was struck by the very unnatural shape of the nose. He described it as having a strange, unnatural form, and he concluded that it accounted for the lack of ability of the Jews to talk properly. This line of argument, namely that a peculiar shape and size of the nose leads to an odd way of speaking, can be found in many publications of the nineteenth century. A medical dissertation by Bernhard Blechmann, dating from 1882, provides a concrete example. The author claimed that Jews had very big nose bones resulting from specific muscles, which in turn influenced their talking and laughing.
( see link at end) ….In my looks, I resembled my mother. Like her, I was blonde, and although till the age of 14 the school did not allow us to grow hair, because of lice; I still could be taken as a gentile, because of my looks. In Vilna, when I understood the meaning of anti-Semitism, I very well grasped the difference between a gentile and me. But, in our town, with its population of 12,000, all the Jews knew each other, and it was easy to guess who is Jewish and who is not. We could easily differentiate between Jewish and gentile kids. It never occurred to me that I could walk in the street without being identified as a Jew. In this context, during the holocaust, we used to say that the non-Jews cannot identify foreign Jews, but everywhere they can easily identify “their own” Jews. In my days in Europe, after the war, no one could tell that I am Jewish, but in our town I was recognized as a Jew, and the same was during my studies in Vilna. Years later, after the holocaust, on my way to our town, six years after I left it, one of the women in the village of Chorsk, recognized me, made the sign of the cross and said: “Oy, this is Muravchick’s son”. This was one of the reasons why only very few Jews survived, they looked like Jews and felt like Jews, and what revealed their identity was not necessarily their looks. Read More:http://davidhorodok.netfirms.com/Mor/ch-3.htm
….After the war, in 1945, when I testified before the Anglo-American committee, which finally recommended that 100 thousand certificates be granted to Jews, they wanted to know why the Jews do not assimilate and stay in Europe. I explained to them indirectly that there was no question of assimilation. Would the Jews want to assimilate, society was closed for them. The state of the Jews in our area differed totally from that of the Jews in Germany. In Germany, Jewish children studied in German schools and therefore there was some assimilation. The same situation was in Warsaw, the Polish capital, and in other large cities in Western Europe. To us there was no assimilation problem, as society did not accept us – not the analphabetic Russians in town and neither the educated students in Vilna. We were born Jews, have been raised and grew up as Jews. Practically, this was a Jewish state, a state within a state. Read More:http://davidhorodok.netfirms.com/Mor/ch-3.htm
Jews were not only believed to pronounce their sentences differently, but they were also thought to talk much faster. J. C. Lavater, the founder of ‘physiognomy’, the science of the interpretation of facial features, wrote as early as 1775 that Jews spoke very swiftly. Thereby Jews allegedly resembled women, who were also believed to talk more and faster than men. Their way of speaking was deemed to be aimed at deception. And the same prejudice was held against Jews, who deliberately seemed to take advantage of their fast way of talking when they did business and tried to strike a bargain. Karl Kraus, a Viennese journalist, and himself Jewish, can be taken as an example of the wide dissemination of the
stereotype of the differently speaking Jew. He claimed that there was a specific language of commerce which could be described as “typically Jewish”….
…There was another link between Jews and women with respect to their way of speaking. Fast talking was considered to be a symptom of hysteria, a so-called “typical woman’s disease”.Men, who were stricken by this “female disease”, were considered to be “effeminate”. According to contemporary statistics, hysteria, the “female ailment”, took a great toll among male Jews. Valentin Holst, superintendent of the municipal hospital in Riga, claimed in 1903 that Jews had a “national proneness to hysteria”. Read More:http://web.ceu.hu/jewishstudies/pdf/01_hoedl.pdf
See link at end…( Eugene) Kobyliansky, of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, is the first researcher in the world to provide facial reconstructions of what Jews looked like in the land of Israel, before their exile into the Diaspora.
Using bone measurements collected from skulls at Jewish burial sites at Ein Gedi near the Dead Sea and the Jordan River, Kobyliansky created plastic molds on which to base the facial reconstructions. The technique was made possible through a unique forensics lab in Moscow, at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which uses the most up-to-date software in anthropological facial reconstruction to recreate facial features from craniums with about 70 percent accuracy….
Mediterranean features with African traits
The skulls of a male from the Hellenistic period and a female from the Roman period were reconstructed. Based on its facial reconstruction, the male skull might have belonged to the large Mediterranean group that inhabited the area from historic to modern times. The female skull also exhibits all the Mediterranean features but, in addition, there are probably some African traits, as manifested by the shape of the nose and face.
“This woman certainly had some African intermixture,” Kobyliansky explains. “We know from history and the stories of King Solomon that there were Ethiopian Jews in Israel. In this particular female, we see some African traits. But maybe she was absolutely white in color. It’s impossible to say.” Read More:http://israel21c.org/culture/tel-aviv-university-researcher-reconstructs-ancient-israelite-faces/