Monday, January 29, 2007

Jimmy "Too Many Jews" Carter

Last week I reported on the story circulating about how Jimmy Carter decided he needed a quota against holocaust surviving Jews on the Holocaust Memorial Council.

This week, the NYSun provides more detail on the story. First Professor Freedman confirmed all the details of the story that had appeared in WND last week, except that it was Elie Wiesel who had picked the members of the committee, not himself. He then added:
Mr. Freedman told us that Carter saw the idea of a Holocaust Memorial "principally as a political gimmick." He "in effect politicized the idea" and saw it as a means of getting "political support from Jews" but at the same time he didn't want to "alienate other potential constituencies," and so wanted more Polish Americans, and other ethnic groups, who claimed to be equally affected by the Holocaust.

Mr. Freedman did stress that Carter's domestic policy adviser, Stuart Eisenstadt, who came up with the idea of the Holocaust Memorial Council, did support the memorial "on the merits" -- not like Carter who did it for political reasons. Freedman said, "I think Carter's motivations were very different."

Professor Freedman also stated that he had told this story privately for years, but this was the first time word had reached a reporter interested enough to follow up with him.

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