The Hoax Begins: poignant scene from "Schindler's List" as grateful survivors of "The Holocaust" present Oskar Schindler with a brass ring containing a phony Talmud inscription.
By Michael Hoffman
We found the latest installment of this perennial media hoax (see here [NY Times again] and here [Yad Vashem Holocaust museum official] for past instances, among a profusion), published on the website of the New York Times, despite the fact that it is marked "International Herald Tribune" (which is owned by the New York Times Company):
This hoax was first fueled by Steven Spielberg in his movie "Schindler’s List," where it was given credibility, both as dialogue in the movie itself and as the film’s motto, reproduced on countless posters that probably still adorn schoolrooms to this day.
As readers of Judaism Discovered (pp. 526-528) know, this is supposed to be a quote from Talmud tractate Sanhedrin 37a, but the Talmud contains no such humanistic, universalist statement. The uncensored Babylonian Talmud is concerned only with the welfare of fully human beings, i.e. those described in its text as “Jews.” The actual Talmud text reads: “Whoever saves a single life in Israel, Scripture regards him as if he had saved the entire world” (emphasis supplied).
What is most instructive about this hoax is the extent to which the corporate media are sublimely indifferent to correcting the fraud they peddle. This writer has sent numerous letters of correction to editors, including of the New York Times, alerting them to the truth. But since the falsified quotation fosters the propaganda image which the corporate media seek to propagate concerning Orthodox Judaism’s holiest book, they obstinately refuse to let something as insignificant as mere facts get in the way of their Talmudic PR campaign.
Another contributing factor: no influential person has stood up to offer a challenge to this hoax. I think it’s safe to say that any reasonably literate person who reads the section in Judaism Discovered debunking this deception and then performs a corroborative search in the Steinsaltz Talmud (Random House), can fail to appreciate that the phrase ascribed to the Talmud in this letter reproduced above (and a thousand other regurgitations published and showcased in media around the world since 1993), is a big lie which functions as an effective advertising gimmick for the Talmud -- depicting it as a warm, fuzzy book of universal love and concern for all. What a joke.
Will anything ever be done about this? Or will the macabre joke continue to roll merrily along in the media, unchallenged, as it has for eighteen years, since “Schindler’s List” premiered?
What kind of comment is it on human nature, worthy of the bitterest satire of Mark Twain, that people mindlessly believe and endlessly parrot a statement from a Hollywood movie without any form of corroboration, and do so with the kind of insufferable self-righteousness that is the mark of this brand of "Holocaust" hype?
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"Gold-plated brass ring with Hebrew inscription from Schindler’s List, presented to Liam Neeson as 'Oskar Schindler' (Universal, 1993) Brass ring with Hebrew inscription in the inside edge, taken from the Talmud, which translated reads 'He who saves one life, saves the whole world.' This ring was presented to Liam Neeson’s character at the end of the film by all of the grateful Jewish workers he had saved from certain death at the hands of the Nazis. Fashioned from gold taken from one of his worker’s teeth, it’s after Schindler receives this ring that he breaks down, remorseful that he did not sell every one of his worldly possessions to save more Jews. An important and highly symbolic piece from the most poignant moment of the film. From the personal collection of Batia Grafka, the film’s prop master...”