A 1938 Irish report, condemning the "undesirables in the Jewish race," will go on display for the first time on Monday in Berlin.
Ambassador Charles Bewley's 13-page report on Kristallnacht, a series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and Austria on November 9,1938 has been described as "disgraceful and unfathomable" by the Jewish director of the exhibition, being held in a synagogue destroyed 75 years ago during the "Night of Broken Glass."
“That a diplomat let fly like this is singular, I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve read a lot of reports,” Dr Christian Dirks, curator of the exhibition of diplomatic dispatches on the 1938 pogrom, told the Irish Times.
The state-sanctioned violence against Jews, their businesses, homes and places of worship on November 9-10, 1938 is seen as the start of the rapid road downhill to the Holocaust and was widely condemned by nations around the world.
However, Bewley, who described the events as "obviously organised," began his report in the tone of a dispassionate diplomatic observer and identified with Germany's claims that Jews dominated in areas of finance and entertainment and used their influence to promote "anti-Christian, anti-patriotic and communistic" thinking.
He went on to say their corrupting moral influence helped explain the "elimination of the Jewish element from public life."
Bewley condemned the Irish media for following the “British press, itself in Jewish hands”, and “Anglo-Jewish telegraph agencies” by prominently displaying news of oppression against Jews but suppressing news of crimes perpetrated by Jews and anti-fascists.
He refrained from advising Dublin on how to correct what he believed was Ireland’s one-sided view of what he called the “Jewish problem”, but left no doubt that he viewed Jews themselves as the key issue.
“The report bowled us over,” said curator Dirks. “It proffers an educated anti-Semitism which doesn’t just blame the Jews for everything but provides alleged reasons for anti-Jewish feeling. In many passages it recalls arguments you hear today from neo-far right thinkers like David Irving. ”