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So Nazis once asked Tolkien if he was Jewish


Jan 8, 2:17pm

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So Nazis once asked Tolkien if he was Jewish Can't Post


Hard to fathom, isn't it? But Tolkien's response is the BEST! First by explaining the true origin of "Aryan," and secondly by informing them that no, he has "no ancestors of that gifted people." It's a great read, and I thought other TORners would like to read this.


Jan 8, 3:13pm

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This had come up before, but it's good to see it again [In reply to] Can't Post

And for context, there were many people at the time who had no sympathy for Jews even if they weren't Nazis, so Tolkien was showing moral courage by taking a stand and not being politically correct to fit in.

N.E. Brigand

Jan 9, 6:30am

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Well, sort of. [In reply to] Can't Post

Tolkien wrote two letters and let his British publisher pick which one to send. This is believed to be the harsher of the two letters, and the one that was not sent. The other one that was actually sent to the German publishers is believed to be a shorter note in which Tolkien declines to make any statement at all about his ancestry.

Also, not everyone in Nazi Germany was a Nazi, so I'm not sure we can label these publishers that way, even if they were going along with one of the Nazis' many evil laws in this case.

Treachery, treachery I fear; treachery of that miserable creature.

But so it must be. Let us remember that a traitor may betray himself and do good that he does not intend.

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Jan 9, 8:00pm

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True [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm sure not everyone was a Nazi, as there were Germans that helped Jews escape. But it must have been a very scary time & place to live. I can understand why a lot of German citizens either went along or turned a blind eye to everything. It would take extraordinary guts to stand up to that sort of thing, and I can't honestly say I would in those circumstances. Not meaning to get political, but the way things are going in the USA I wonder sometimes if I MIGHT be faced with such a thingShocked


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