National Post | 10Dec2010 | Orest Slepokura

Shameful degree for self-hating Jew

The reference to Jewish "privilege" in the title of Jenny Peto's master's thesis recalls a brief introduction Isaac Bashevis Singer wrote to his 1972 novel Enemies, a Love Story, about a chronically skittish Holocaust survivor. With mordant irony, the future Nobel laureate warned readers of a deficiency in his own life story: "I was not privileged to go through the Holocaust."

Orest Slepokura, Strathmore, Alta.

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In fairness to Jenny Peto, last year scores of movie-theatres across Ontario showed the revenge fantasy film Inglourious Basterds. It contains scenes in which Holocaust-era Jews are portrayed as clinical sadists, who seek out and destroy their Nazi foes. Indeed, the film constitutes a complete U-turn to the standard Holocaust narrative. But one heard no squawk of concerted protest from Ontario's decision-makers or demands for remedial action.

Different strokes? Well, I guess!