Benjamin Harrison Freedman

Benjamin H. Freedman at the age of 82, center ...

Benjamin H. Freedman at the age of 82, center (third from left) with bow tie, receiving the Service award from the Anti-Communist Federation of Polish Freedom Fighters in Salem, Massachusetts, 1972. Freedman’s wife, Rose Schoendorf, depicted at the far left. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Benjamin Harrison Freedman (1890 – May 1984) was an American antisemitic and anti-Zionist activist.Freedman was a partner in a dermatological institute and in small business. He converted from Judaism to Roman Catholicism.

Freedman was, from 1925 to 1937, a partner with

English:

English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Samuel D. Leidesdorf and the John H. Woodbury Laboratories, a dermatological institute and a derivative company of the old Woodbury Soap Company. Benjamin H Freedman was listed on the letterhead of the Institute for Arab American Affairs and around 1946, along with his wife, listed as „R M Schoendorf“ (Rose M. Schoendorf Freedman), „sponsored a series of advertisements under the imprint of ‚The League for Peace with Justice in Palestine'“. In 1946 he sued the American Jewish Committee for libel and the case was thrown out in less than a month.
In 1988, the Institute for Historical Review published Robert John’s Behind the Balfour Declaration, including a single acknowledgment, to Freedman. John wrote that Freedman „gave me copies of materials on the Balfour Declaration which I might never have found on my own and (he) encouraged my own research.“

Activities

George A. Freedman

George A. Freedman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He was a financial backer of the author Conde McGinley, publisher of the periodical Common Sense. In the 1955 libel trial by Rabbi Joachim Prinz against McGinley, Freedman testified that „he [Freedman] had given Mr. McGinley financial support of ‚more than $10,000 but less than $100,000′“. Prinz had sued McGinley for calling him a „red rabbi.“

At the Henry George School, Benjamin Freedman spoke on „The Genesis of Middle East Tensions“. Long John Nebel reported on WNBC that Freedman would discuss anti-Semitism. Freedman was politically active until the mid-1970s when he was well over 85 years old. He died in May 1984 at the age of 94.

Freedman opposed the nomination of Anna M. Rosenberg to be Assistant Secretary of Defense in 1950. An article in the ADL Bulletin entitled The Plot Against Ann Rosenberg attributed the attacks on Rosenberg’s loyalty to „professional anti-Semites and lunatic nationalists,“ including the „Jew-baiting cabal of John Rankin, Benjamin Freedman, and Gerald Smith.“

English: Monroe Freedman

English: Monroe Freedman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Freedman, an apostate Jew, was well known to the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee as an active supporter of the Arab cause in the Middle East. (fn 33) In the course of his erratic and often contradictory testimony before the Senate committee, Freedman revealed the roles played by anti-Semitic agitators and right-wing anticommunists — including Gerald L.K. Smith, Conde McGinley, the „Reverend“ Wesley Swift, Congressman John Rankin, Senator Joseph McCarthy, and J.B. Matthews — in the campaign against the Rosenberg appointment. (fn 34)

He is mentioned in a report by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Works

League for Peace With Justice in Palestine. Freedman published his own broadsheets under the aegis of the League for Peace With Justice in Palestine, which he founded in 1946.

The Freed Man

The Freed Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

„Palestine,“ Destiny: The Magazine of National Life (Jan. 1948): 26–28 (originally appeared in the National Economic Council’s Letter, no. 177, Oct. 15, 1947). Haverhill, Mass.
Facts are Facts, Noontide Press (Softcover), ISBN 0-317-53273-1. A pamphlet purporting to be the text of a 1954 letter from Freedman to David Goldstein, proponent of the idea that Christianity fulfilled Judaism. The text expounds the notion that most people now identified as Jews are descendants of Khazars, a Turkic people of Central Asia who converted to Judaism. Freedman does not refer to Jews but to „so-called or ’self-styled Jews‘.
Why Congress is Crooked or Crazy or Both, Founder, 1946, League for Peace with Justice in Palestine (New York, 1975)

Notes

^ House Committee on un-American activities, pg 17, calling him „Benjamin Harrison Freedman … of 960 Park Avenue“
^ Social Security Death Index: „born Oct 4 1890, died May 1984 Benjamin Freeman [sic] Garden City, NY“
^ „In the meantime, however, a vicious campaign against Mrs. Rosenberg’s nomination had been launched by a group of professional anti-Semites. The leaders of the group were Benjamin H. Freedman, a retired New York businessman… and Gerald L. K. Smith, the notorious leader of the ‚Christian Nationalist Crusade.'“ Robert K. Griffith, The Politics of Fear, p. 136.
^ „[Fulton Lewis Jr.] went on the air to denounce Freedman as a ‚violent anti-semite‘.“ Robert K. Griffith, The Politics of Fear, p. 138.
^ a b c Stuart Svonkin, Jews Against Prejudice, p. 120.
^ New York Times, May 8, 1948: Anti-Zionist Tells of Dinner in Capital
^ New York Times, May 9, 1948: ANTI-ZIONIST LISTS POLICY ‚DICTATORS‘; Lehman, Baruch and Warburg Named as Among Those Who Influence U.S. on Palestine
^ New York Times, May 5, 1948, p. 35 :“Mr Freedman who was born in the Jewish faith, but now practices Catholicism….“
^ Scribner’s Magazine
^ Nomination of Anna M. Rosenberg to be Assistant Secretary of Defense, Freedman’s testimony starts on page 145
^ Social Security Death Index: „born Oct 4 1890, died May 1984 Benjamin Freeman [sic] Garden City, NY“
^ „In the meantime, however, a vicious campaign against Mrs. Rosenberg’s nomination had been launched by a group of professional anti-Semites. The leaders of the group were Benjamin H. Freedman, a retired New York businessman… and Gerald L. K. Smith, the notorious leader of the ‚Christian Nationalist Crusade.'“ Robert K. Griffith, The Politics of Fear, p. 136.
^ „[Fulton Lewis Jr.] went on the air to denounce Freedman as a ‚violent anti-semite‘.“ Robert K. Griffith, The Politics of Fear, p. 138.
^ a b c Stuart Svonkin, Jews Against Prejudice, p. 120.
^ New York Times, May 8, 1948: Anti-Zionist Tells of Dinner in Capital
^ New York Times, May 9, 1948: ANTI-ZIONIST LISTS POLICY ‚DICTATORS‘; Lehman, Baruch and Warburg Named as Among Those Who Influence U.S. on Palestine
^ New York Times, May 5, 1948, p. 35 :“Mr Freedman who was born in the Jewish faith, but now practices Catholicism….“
^ Scribner’s Magazine
^ Nomination of Anna M. Rosenberg to be Assistant Secretary of Defense, Freedman’s testimony starts on page 145
^ Cairo to Damascus by John Roy Carlson. Knopf 1951 (PDF 4.5M)
^ New York Times, Jul 8, 1946
^ New York Times, May 27, 1948, pg 23
^ Introduction Behind the Balfour Declaration: the hidden origins of today’s Mideast crisis ISBN 0-939484-29-3 OCLC: 20481166;
^ Preliminary Report on Neo-fascist and Hate Groups pg 18
^ New York Times, Apr 1, 1955, pg 9
^ New York Times, Feb 14, 1964
^ New York Times, Sep 2, 1965
^ Social Security Death Index: „born Oct 4 1890, died May 1984 Benjamin Freeman [sic] Garden City, NY“
^ New York Passenger Lists, online at http://www.ancestry.com : Arriving on the Queen of Bermuda, 24 Feb 1936, from Hamilton, Bermuda, Sheet 126 „Benjamin Freedman 46 born 1890 New York City, residence 2138 Edwin Ave, West Hill, NY“. Next entry is „Rose Margaret Freedman 30 born 1905 New York City, residence 2138 Edwin Ave, West Hill, NY
^ Nomination of Anna M. Rosenberg to be Assistant Secretary of Defense
^ House Un-American Activities Committee, pg 17
^ Yearbook of the United Nations 1946/7
Resources
Hall, Gordon D., The Hate Campaign Against the UN. Beacon Press, 1952. OCLC 4028401
Nomination of Anna M. Rosenberg to be Assistant Secretary of Defense OCLC 9714984
Griffith, Robert K. The Politics of Fear: Joseph R. McCarthy and the Senate, University of Massachusetts Press, 1987, ISBN 0-87023-555-9
Svonkin, Stuart. Jews Against Prejudice:American Jews and the Fight for Civil Liberties, Columbia University Press 1997. ISBN 0-231-10638-6
House Committee on un-American Activities, 1954 (PDF 3 Meg) (from the Eugene Debs collection)

External links

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Freedman Fellow Kelly McMann

Freedman Fellow Kelly McMann (Photo credit: Virtual Farm Boy)

Benjamin Harrison[1] Freedman, auch Friedman (* 5. Oktober 1890 in Manhattan, New York City; † April/Mai 1984[2]) war ein amerikanischer, antisemitischer[3][4][5][6] und antizionistischer[7][8] Aktivist.

Als Sohn seiner jüdischen Eltern Maurice Friedman und Annie Kaufmann ursprünglich in die jüdische Gemeinde New Yorks eingebunden, überwarf sich Freedman mit der aschkenasischen Mehrheit und warf dieser Missbrauch des Judentums vor.

Freedman war von 1925 bis 1937 ein Geschäftspartner von Samuel D. Leidesdorf und den John H. Woodbury Laboratories, einem dermatologischen Institut[9] und Nachfolgeunternehmen der alten Woodbury Soap Company.[10] Freedman war auf der Briefkopf des Institute for Arab American Affairs aufgeführt und trat zusammen mit seiner Frau Rose M. Schoendorf Freedman, die als „R M Schoendorf“ genannt war, um 1946 als Sponsor einer Reihe von Anzeigen im Imprint der Organisation The League for Peace with Justice in Palestine auf. („sponsored a series of advertisements under the imprint of ‚The League for Peace with Justice in Palestine’“).[11] 1946 verklagte er das American Jewish Committee wegen Verleumdung und der Fall wurde in weniger als einem Monat abgewiesen.

Ronald Freedman

Ronald Freedman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Er unterstellte einem Großteil der New Yorker Juden, keine echten Juden zu sein, sondern von den Khasaren abzustammen und behauptete, diese hätten einen zersetzenden Einfluß auf die amerikanische Gesellschaft. Der Streit eskalierte und Freedman konvertierte zum Christentum.

Auf eine von Freedman 1961 im Washingtoner Willard Hotel gehaltene Rede wird auf zahlreichen antisemitischen und verschwörungstheoretischen Internetseiten Bezug genommen.

Aktivitäten

Er war ein Finanzier des Autors Conde McGinley, Herausgeber der Zeitschrift Common Sense. In der Verhandlung der Verleumdungsklage von Rabbi Joachim Prinz gegen McGinley im Jahr 1955, sagte Freedman aus, dass er McGinley finanzielle Unterstützung von mehr als 10.000, jedoch weniger als 100.000 US-Dollar habe zukommen lassen.(„he [Freedman] had given Mr. McGinley financial support of ‚more than $10,000 but less than $100,000’“.) Prinz hatte McGinley verklagt, weil er ihn als „roten Rabbi“ („red rabbi“) bezeichnet hatte.

Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself

Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An der Henry-George-School sprach Benjamin Freedman über „Die Entstehung der Spannungen im Nahen Osten“ („The Genesis of Middle East Tensions“). Long John Nebel berichtete im WNBC, dass Freedman antisemitische Töne anschlug. Freedman war bis in Mitte der 1970er Jahre politisch aktiv. Er starb im Mai 1984 im Alter von 94 Jahren.

Freedman wandte sich gegen die Nominierung von Anna M. Rosenberg als Assistant Secretary of Defense im Jahr 1950. Ein Artikel im ADL Bulletin mit dem Titel The Plot Against Ann Rosenberg schrieb die Angriffe auf Rosenbergs Loyalität „professionellen Antisemiten und verrückten Nationalisten“ („professional anti-Semites and lunatic nationalists“), wie der judenhetzerischen Intrige von John Rankin, Benjamin Freedman und Gerald Smith („Jew-baiting cabal of John Rankin, Benjamin Freedman, and Gerald Smith“), zu.

Released in the UK as Little Cloud by Tim Freedman

Released in the UK as Little Cloud by Tim Freedman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Freedman, ein vom Glauben abgefallener Jude, war der Anti-Defamation League und dem American Jewish Committee als aktiver Unterstützer arabischer Interessen im Nahen Osten wohlbekannt. Im Verlauf seiner unberechenbaren und oft widersprüchlichen Zeugenaussage vor dem Komitee des Senates enthüllte Freedman die Rollen, die die antisemitschen Agitoren und Antikommunisten des rechten Flügels, wie Gerald L.K. Smith, Conde McGinley, der „Reverend“ Wesley Swift, der Kongressabgeordneten John Rankin, Senator Joseph McCarthy, und J.B. Matthews, in der Kampagne gegen die Berufung Rosenbergs spielten.

(Freedman, an apostate Jew, was well known to the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee as an active supporter of the Arab cause in the Middle East. (fn 33) In the course of his erratic and often contradictory testimony before the Senate committee, Freedman revealed the roles played by anti-Semitic agitators and right-wing anticommunists — including Gerald L.K. Smith, Conde McGinley, the „Reverend“ Wesley Swift, Congressman John Rankin, Senator Joseph McCarthy, and J.B. Matthews — in the campaign against the Rosenberg appointment. (fn 34))

Freedman's Cemetery, Dallas, Texas Historical ...

Freedman’s Cemetery, Dallas, Texas Historical Marker (Photo credit: fables98)

Benjamin Freedman wird in einem Bericht des Komitees für unamerikanische Umtriebe erwähnt.

Werke

League for Peace With Justice in Palestine. Freedman veröffentlichte seine Broschüren unter der Ägide der League for Peace With Justice in Palestine, die er 1946 gründete.

Palestine in: Destiny: The Magazine of National Life (Jan. 1948): 26–28 (originally appeared in the National Economic Council’s Letter, no. 177, Oct. 15, 1947). Haverhill, Mass.

Chuck Freedman

Chuck Freedman (Photo credit: superfluity)

Facts are Facts. Noontide Pr (Softcover), ISBN 0-317-53273-1
Why Congress is Crooked or Crazy or Both. Founder, 1946, League for Peace with Justice in Palestine (self-published, New York, 1975)

Weblinks

Benjamin Freedman beim Nizkor Project
Vortrag von Benjamin Freedman im Willard Hotel, Washington D.C., 1961
Rede von 1961 in der revisionistischen,[23][24] holocaustleugnenden Zeitschrift The Barnes Review, Juli/August 1999

Einzelnachweise

↑ House Committee on un-American activities, pg 17, calling him „Benjamin Harrison Freedman … of 960 Park Avenue“
↑ Social Security Death Index: „born Oct 4 1890, died May 1984 Benjamin Freeman [sic] Garden City, NY“
↑ „In the meantime, however, a vicious campaign against Mrs. Rosenberg’s nomination had been launched by a group of professional anti-Semites. The leaders of the group were Benjamin H. Freedman, a retired New York businessman… and Gerald L. K. Smith, the notorious leader of the ‚Christian Nationalist Crusade.'“ Robert K. Griffith, The Politics of Fear, p. 136.
↑ „[Fulton Lewis Jr.] went on the air to denounce Freedman as a ‚violent anti-semite‘.“ Robert K. Griffith, The Politics of Fear, p. 138.
↑ a b c d Stuart Svonkin, Jews Against Prejudice, p. 120.
↑ New York Times, May 8, 1948: Anti-Zionist Tells of Dinner in Capital
↑ The New York Times am 5. Mai 1948: „Benjamin H. Freedman, who says he has spent more than $100,000 of his own money fighting Zionism, charged yesterday that outstanding Americans of the Jewish faith were the „dictators“ of our policy on Palestine.“ Abgerufen am 17. Dezember 2011.
↑ The New York Times am 8. Mai 1948: „Benjamin Freedman, anti-Zionist founder of the League for Peace With Justice in Palestine, testified yesterday in Mid-Manhattan Magistrates‘ Court that last winter he discussed partition at a dinner of fifty-two members of Congress and that he gave to each Representative literature and advertisements opposing partition and political Zionism.“ Abgerufen am 17. Dezember 2011.
↑ Scribner’s Magazine
↑ Nomination of Anna M. Rosenberg to be Assistant Secretary of Defense, Freedman’s testimony beginnt auf S. 145
↑ Cairo to Damascus by John Roy Carlson. Knopf 1951 (PDF 4.5M)
↑ New York Times, Jul 8, 1946
↑ New York Times, May 27, 1948, S. 23
↑ Preliminary Report on Neo-fascist and Hate Groups pg 18
↑ New York Times, Apr 1, 1955, pg 9
↑ New York Times, Feb 14, 1964
↑ New York Times, Sep 2, 1965

Donna Freedman

Donna Freedman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

↑ Social Security Death Index: “born Oct 4 1890, died May 1984 Benjamin Freeman [sic] Garden City, NY“
↑ New York Passenger Lists, online at http://www.ancestry.com : Arriving on the Queen of Bermuda, 24 Feb 1936, from Hamilton, Bermuda, Sheet 126 „Benjamin Freedman 46 born 1890 New York City, residence 2138 Edwin Ave, West Hill, NY“. Der nachste Eintrag ist „Rose Margaret Freedman 30 born 1905 New York City, residence 2138 Edwin Ave, West Hill, NY
↑ Nomination of Anna M. Rosenberg to be Assistant Secretary of Defense
↑ House Un-American Activities Committee, pg 17
↑ Yearbook of the United Nations 1946/7
↑ Brigitte Bailer-Galanda,Wilhelm Lasek,Herbert Schiedel: „Revisionismus“ und das Konzentrationslager Mauthausen. Zur Genese und Aktualität des „Revisionismus“. in: Dokumentationsarchiv des österreichischen Widerstandes. Jahrbuch 2004, Wien 2004, S. 141. Abgerufen am 17. Dezember 2011.

Freedman Children In Culp, Arkansas

Freedman Children In Culp, Arkansas (Photo credit: Mennonite Church USA Archives)

↑ Teile der „Barnes Review“ wurden 2008 in Deutschland von der Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien „aufgrund von Verherrlichung oder Verharmlosung des Nationalsozialismus und/oder aufgrund von Verherrlichung oder Verharmlosung des Krieges und/oder aufgrund rassistischer Inhalte“ indiziert. Deutscher Bundestag am 6. Februar 2009: Drucksache 16/11845. Abgerufen am 17. Dezember 2011.

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