Columbia University Redux

In a powerful essay, Dr. Rafael Medoff offers a very sobering assessment of the Columbia incident with The Tehran Torturer. Columbia invited Hitler’s Ambassador to the US to speak…

Columbia “Invites Hitler to Campus” –As it Did in 1933 by Dr. Rafael Medoff

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Columbia University has invited a representative of the world’s most antisemitic regime to speak on its campus. This week’s news? Try 1933.

Seventy years before this week’s invitation to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Columbia rolled out the red carpet for a senior official of Adolf Hitler’s regime. The invitation to Iran’s leader may seem less surprising, but no less disturbing, when one recalls that in 1933, Columbia president Nicholas Murray Butler invited Nazi Germany’s ambassador to the United States, Hans Luther, to speak on campus, and also hosted a reception for him. Luther represented “the government of a friendly people,” Butler insisted. He was “entitled to be received … with the greatest courtesy and respect.” Ambassador Luther’s speech focused on what he characterized as Hitler’s peaceful intentions. Students who criticized the Luther invitation were derided as “ill-mannered children” by the director of Columbia’s Institute of Arts and Sciences.

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You will see there too how the spirit of activism on our college campuses has been snuffed out compared with generations ago…

Students held a “Mock Heidelberg Festival” on campus, complete with a bonfire and mock book burning. “Butler Diddles While the Books Burn,” their signs proclaimed.

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Posted on October 7, 2007, in Anti-Semitism, Campus Life, Israel and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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