Cover photo: healthy concentration camp inmates in front of swimming pool with sprinkler system, high diving board, and wearing wrist watches, photographed at Ebensee, Mauthausen, on May 6, 1945. Pictures appear in BILLER AUS DEM KRICH, Editions St. Paul, Luxembourg, photograph 257, no page number; on the same page. Photograph 258 shows overweight inmates posing with "living skeletons"; photograph 260 shows overweight, healthy, happy, smiling inmates on locomotive; this same photograph was also published in the Luxembourger Wort, May 6, 1985, p. 18; republished in the Luxembourger Wort on 21 April 1990, page number unknown. It is respectfully submitted that these photographs are incompatible with the myth of Nazi barbarity and cruelty.
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THE MIRROR OF JUDAISM
By Hervé Ryssen
Translated and published by C. Porter
Perfect-bound, 374 pp., 6 x 9", 5/8" spine width
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In this masterly study, French author Hervé Ryssen, an expert on Judaism and a graduate of the prestigious Sorbonne, discusses the role of what he calls “accusatory inversion” in Judaism. “Accusatory inversion” is a kind of Freudian projection in which the circumstances and roles are so perfectly inverted as to convey the exact opposite of the truth. This is done so skillfully and almost instinctively as usually to pass unnoticed. The author says,
The phenomenon of ‘accusatory inversion’ is traditional in intellectual Judaism. Jewish writings must always be ‘read with a mirror’ to be correctly understood.
Ryssen is a serious writer and must be taken seriously. He is the author of 10 books, each of them packed with hundreds of of exact bibliographic references and sometimes very lengthy quotations. All of his books have now been translated by C. Porter; two remain unpublished.
Cover art: Self-Portrait of the Artist with Death Playing the Fiddle, by Swiss fantasy artist Arnold Böcklin. This painting is in the public domain.