Deliberate obfuscation of Israel’s participation in London’s 2012 Olympic Games?

By Jerome S. Kaufman

Deliberate obfuscation of Israel’s participation in London’s 2012 Olympic Games?

Compiled from multiple reputable internet sources

The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is to be held Friday, July 27, 2012. Unfortunately, an inexplicable act of total ignorance or far more likely, a deliberate anti-Israel bit of Arab propaganda has already been attempted.

A list of all the participant countries in the coming Olympic games was created by The Olympic Games organizers on the London 2012 official website. Much to the amazement of many historians, the country of Israel was listed as having no capitol. In addition, the continental location of Israel had suddenly become “Europe.”

Adding insult to injury,  a country called  “Palestine,” which in fact has never existed in the annals of world history was listed in the official Olympic Games website and had as its capitol, Jerusalem. This nonexistent country was listed as located in the continent of Asia.

Evidently, there was enough immediate reaction from readers advising the creators of these obvious errors, that the listings were partially corrected. A country called “Palestine” is still listed, apparently in deference to those participants who claim origin from Judea and Samaria (West Bank) – a part of the disputed territories.

Unfortunately, the Olympic Games has a very long history of Jew hatred and anti-Israel activity. Many may remember the well publicized 1936 Olympic games held in Berlin, Germany during the reign of infamous Jew, Black and non-Aryan (whatever that means) hater, Adolph Hitler.

Hitler immediately established an Aryans-only policy in selecting Germany’s own Olympic athletes. This was in keeping with numerous Nazi rules and regulations shutting out Jews from all facets of German society. Some of the Jews excluded from the Olympic team were world class athletes, such as tennis star Daniel Prenn and boxer Erich Seelig. The Nazis also disqualified Gypsies, including Germany’s middleweight boxing champ, Johann Trollmann.

The American Olympic Committee was headed by former U.S. Olympic athlete, Avery Brundage, who initially supported the idea of a boycott of the Berlin Olympics. He also sympathized with the hard-line position taken by leaders of America’s powerful Amateur Athletic Union calling for a boycott unless the Nazis allowed German Jews to fully participate.

The Nazis attempted to smooth things over by inviting Brundage to Germany and took him to see special training courses supposedly set up for use by Jews in Germany. Brundage was favorably impressed by what he saw and also by the extra-special VIP treatment he was given by the Nazis. As a result, Brundage returned to America and announced on September 26, 1934, that the American Olympic Committee officially accepted the invitation to participate in the Berlin Olympics.

Sporting competitions began Sunday, August 2nd, with the track and field events. During this week-long competition, the 100 and 200-meter sprints were won by Jesse Owens, an American track star from Ohio State University. He set new world records in both races. Owens went on to win four gold medals in all, setting a world record in the long jump and helped set one in the 400-meter relay.

German broadcasters and journalists always referred to the African American Owens as “the Negro Owens.” The other eighteen African American athletes were referred to as “America’s Black Auxiliaries” as if they were not full-fledged team members.

Another big news controversy erupted in America when it was revealed that the only two Jews on the U.S. track team had been dumped at the last minute from the 400-meter relay race. On the morning of the race, Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller were informed by their head coach they would be replaced by Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe. Glickman later speculated that Avery Brundage might have pressured the American coaches to drop the Jews to avoid upsetting Hitler. As a result, Glickman and Stoller wound up sitting in the stands watching the race which they might have easily won themselves since they were superb relay runners

Thirty six years later, in Munich, Germany,  September 5, 1972, another awful event involving the Jewish people occurred. A group of Palestinian terrorists stormed the Olympic Village apartment of the Israeli athletes, killing two and taking nine others hostage. The terrorists, known as Black September, demanded that Israel release over 230 Arab prisoners being held in Israeli jails and two German terrorists. In an ensuing shootout at the Munich airport, the nine Israeli hostages were killed along with five terrorists and one West German policeman.

During the siege, with two Israelis already dead, Avery Brundage, president of the International Olympic Committee, ordered that the Games continue.

New York Times columnist Red Smith wrote, “Walled off in their dream world and appallingly unaware of the realities of life and death, the aging playground directors (Brundage, et al) who conduct this quadrennial muscle dance ruled that a little blood must not be permitted to interrupt play.”

The following day, competition was suspended. The 11 surviving Israeli Olympians, wearing white yarmulkes and maroon blazers, sat among 3,000 athletes, surrounded by 80,000 spectators, honoring and mourning their murdered teammates in a memorial service  at the enormous Olympic Stadium.

Although the tragedy deeply marred the games, there were numerous moments of spectacular athletic achievement, including American Jewish swimmer Mark Spitz’s seven gold medals and teenage Russian gymnast Olga Korbut’s two dramatic gold-medal victories.

In the aftermath of the murders at the ’72  Olympics, Jews, no longer defenseless in the world as the result of the rebirth of the State of Israel in 1948, avenged these deaths – as much as such a heinous act could ever be avenged.  The Israeli government, headed by Golda Meir, ordered a group of Mossad agents to track down and kill the Palestinian Black September assassins.

The Israeli assassination teams were deployed with a list of eleven PLO terrorists. The teams succeeded in terminating  eight of the original eleven and one replacement PLO leader outside the list. The collateral damage assessment included: one KGB officer, four PLO security men, one free lance assassin, and two team members.

Jerome S. Kaufman, Editor 












A Beautiful Story – for a change

How a German company quietly saved their Jewish employees.

by George Gilbert

The Leica Freedom Train

published in 2009

A Beautiful Story – for a change

The Leica is the pioneer 35mm camera. It is a German product — precise, minimalist, and utterly efficient. Behind its worldwide acceptance as a creative tool was a family-owned, socially oriented firm that during the Nazi era acted with uncommon grace, generosity and modesty. E. Leitz, Inc., designer and manufacturer of Germany’s most famous photographic product, saved the company’s Jews.

And Ernst Leitz II, the steely-eyed Protestant patriarch who headed the closely held firm as the Holocaust loomed across Europe, acted in such a way as to earn the title, “The Photography Industry’s Schindler.”

As soon as Adolf Hitler was named chancellor of Germany in 1933, Ernst Leitz II began receiving frantic calls from Jewish associates, asking for his help in getting them and their families out of the country. As Christians, Leitz and his family were, of course, immune to Nazi Germany’s Nuremberg laws, which restricted the movement of Jews and limited their professional activities.

To help his Jewish workers and colleagues, Leitz quietly established what has become known among historians of the Holocaust as “The Leica Freedom Train,” a covert means of allowing Jews to leave Germany in the guise of Leitz employees being assigned overseas.

Employees, retailers, family members, and friends of family members were “assigned” to Leitz sales offices in France, Britain, Hong Kong and the United States.

Leitz’s activities intensified after the Kristallnacht of November 1938, during which synagogues and Jewish shops were burned throughout Germany. Before long, German “employees” were disembarking from the ocean liner Bremen at a New York pier and making their way to the Manhattan office of Leitz, Inc., where executives quickly found them jobs in the photographic industry. Each new arrival had around his or her neck the symbol of freedom — a new Leica.

The refugees were paid a stipend until they could find work. Out of this migration came designers, repair technicians, salespeople, marketers, and writers for the photographic press.

The “Leica Freedom Train” was at its height in 1938 and early 1939, delivering groups of refugees to New York every few weeks.

Then, with the invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, Germany closed its borders. By that time, hundreds of endangered Jews had escaped to America, thanks to the Leitzes’ efforts.

How did Ernst Leitz II and his staff get away with it?

Leitz’s daughter was imprisoned by the Gestapo after she was caught helping Jewish women cross into Switzerland.

Leitz Inc. was an internationally recognized brand that reflected credit on the newly resurgent Reich. The company produced range-finders and other optical systems for the German military. Also, the Nazi government desperately needed hard currency from abroad, and Leitz’s single biggest market for optical goods was the United States.

Even so, members of the Leitz family and firm suffered for their good works. A top executive, Alfred Turk, was jailed for working to help Jews, and was freed only after the payment of a large bribe.

Leitz’s daughter, Elsie Kuhn-Leitz, was imprisoned by the Gestapo after she was caught at the border, helping Jewish women cross into Switzerland. She was eventually freed, but had endured rough treatment in the course of being questioned. She also fell under suspicion when she attempted to improve the living conditions of more than 700 Ukrainian slave laborers, all of them women, who had been assigned to work in the plant during the 1940s. After the war, Kuhn-Leitz received numerous honors for her humanitarian efforts, among them the Officier d’honneur des Palms Academic from France in 1965 and the Aristide Briand Medal from the European Academy in the 1970s.

Why has no one told this story until now?

According to the late Norman Lipton, a freelance writer and editor, the Leitz family wanted no publicity for its heroic efforts. Only after the last member of the Leitz family was dead did “The Leica Freedom Train” come to light. It became the subject of a book, “The Greatest Invention of the Leitz Family: The Leica Freedom Train,” by Frank Dabba Smith.