Ron Kampeas Reports: Why on earth, considering what we know about Gertrude Stein and her dalliances with Nazis, would the White House cite her in a presidential proclamation marking Jewish American Heritage Month?
From the proclamation:
From Aaron Copland to Albert Einstein, Gertrude Stein to Justice Louis Brandeis, generations of Jewish Americans have brought to bear some of our country’s greatest achievements and forever enriched our national life.
The timing is particularly ironic given the current controversy over the Gertrude Stein-related exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. In response to complaints that the exhibit ignored the writer’s relationship with fascism, the museum is now changing its exhibit.
I looked up Wikipidia, and they have this quote from stein: “I say that Hitler ought to have the peace prize, because he is removing all the elements of contest and of struggle from Germany. By driving out the Jews and the democratic and Left element, he is driving out everything that conduces to activity. That means peace … By suppressing Jews … he was ending struggle in Germany,” (New York Times Magazine, May 6, 1934).[