This letter, which my father sent me, has nothing to do with geneology,
but is well worth remembering, especially at this time.
David Edelman, San Francisco.
This wonderful article was written in 1899, when anti-Semitism was
widespread in the US. Large companies did not hire Jewish people. People
like Ford and Edison expressed their feelings openly.
Written By: Mark Twain - Harper's,
"If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the
human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the
blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly be heard of; but he
is heard of, has always been heard of.
He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial
importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his
bulk. His contributions to the world's list of great names in literature,
science, art, music, finance, medicine, and obtuse learning are also way
out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers.
He has made a marvelous fight in this world in all the ages, and has done
it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself and be
excused for it. The Egyptians, the Babylonians, and the Persians rose,
filled the planet with sound and splendor, and faded to dream stuff and
passed away. The Greeks and the Romans followed and made a vast noise and
they are gone. Other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for
a time. But it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished.
The Jew saw them all. Beat them all, and is now what he always was,
exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts,
no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind.
All things are mortal but the Jew. All other forces pass, but he
What is the secret of his immortality?..."