Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicPolls & Surveys · 3 years ago

Do you place the word "the" in front of some nouns when it does not belong there?


One example is the word "holocaust." How did Jewish people monopolize a general word like "holocaust" to make it synonymous with the 20 century genocide?

Update 2:

The word "holocaust" is a general term, dating back to the Middle Ages. There is no "The" Holocaust. Most (if not all) authoritative dictionaries first define the word "holocaust" generally. Example: holocaust: "a great or complete devastation or destruction, especially by fire." (1) Jewish people used good marketing and access to media to somewhat commandeer the term.

Update 3:

This was done in the same way as brand Kleenex used good marketing to make its name synonymous with the word "tissue." Band-Aid used good branding to make its name synonymous with the word "bandage." Jews calling WW II genocide "The Holocaust" is like New Orleans residents calling Katrina "The Hurricane."

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago
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    A Jewish celebrity journalist named Joel Stein wrote an article called "Who runs Hollywood? C'mon" The subject is so taboo that Stein (Jewish himself) had to couch it in humor. The article is probably long for this forum, but definitely worth the read.

    Who runs Hollywood? C'mon

    December 19, 2008|JOEL STEIN

    I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe "the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews," down from nearly 50% in 1964. The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood.

    How deeply Jewish is Hollywood? When the studio chiefs took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times a few weeks ago to demand that the Screen Actors Guild settle its contract, the open letter was signed by: News Corp. President Peter Chernin (Jewish), Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey (Jewish), Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger (Jewish), Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton (surprise, Dutch Jew), Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer (Jewish), CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves (so Jewish his great uncle was the first prime minister of Israel), MGM Chairman Harry Sloan (Jewish) and NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker (mega-Jewish). If either of the Weinstein brothers had signed, this group would have not only the power to shut down all film production but to form a minyan with enough Fiji water on hand to fill a mikvah.

    The person they were yelling at in that ad was SAG President Alan Rosenberg (take a guess). The scathing rebuttal to the ad was written by entertainment super-agent Ari Emanuel (Jew with Israeli parents) on the Huffington Post, which is owned by Arianna Huffington (not Jewish and has never worked in Hollywood.)

    The Jews are so dominant, I had to scour the trades to come up with six Gentiles in high positions at entertainment companies. When I called them to talk about their incredible advancement, five of them refused to talk to me, apparently out of fear of insulting Jews. The sixth, AMC President Charlie Collier, turned out to be Jewish.

    As a proud Jew, I want America to know about our accomplishment. Yes, we control Hollywood. Without us, you'd be flipping between "The 700 Club" and "Davey and Goliath" on TV all day.

    So I've taken it upon myself to re-convince America that Jews run Hollywood by launching a public relations campaign, because that's what we do best. I'm weighing several slogans, including: "Hollywood: More Jewish than ever!"; "Hollywood: From the people who brought you the Bible"; and "Hollywood: If you enjoy TV and movies, then you probably like Jews after all."

    I called ADL Chairman Abe Foxman, who was in Santiago, Chile, where, he told me to my dismay, he was not hunting Nazis. He dismissed my whole proposition, saying that the number of people who think Jews run Hollywood is still too high. The ADL poll, he pointed out, showed that 59% of Americans think Hollywood execs "do not share the religious and moral values of most Americans," and 43% think the entertainment industry is waging an organized campaign to "weaken the influence of religious values in this country."

    That's a sinister canard, Foxman said. "It means they think Jews meet at Canter's Deli on Friday mornings to decide what's best for the Jews." Foxman's argument made me rethink: I have to eat at Canter's more often.

    "That's a very dangerous phrase, 'Jews control Hollywood.' What is true is that there are a lot of Jews in Hollywood," he said. Instead of "control," Foxman would prefer people say that many executives in the industry "happen to be Jewish," as in "all eight major film studios are run by men who happen to be Jewish."

    But Foxman said he is proud of the accomplishments of American Jews. "I think Jews are disproportionately represented in the creative industry. They're disproportionate as lawyers and probably medicine here as well," he said. He argues that this does not mean that Jews make pro-Jewish movies any more than they do pro-Jewish surgery. Though other countries, I've noticed, aren't so big on circumcision.

    I appreciate Foxman's concerns. And maybe my life spent in a New Jersey-New York/Bay Area-L.A. pro-Semitic cocoon has left me naive. But I don't care if Americans think we're running the news media, Hollywood, Wall Street or the government. I just care that we get to keep running them.

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    No. We do refer to The Holocaust to describe a particular event, so it is not inappropriate to use a definite article. It is a euphemism, meaning burnt offering or total immolation, for genocide. It is far older than the Middle Ages and is Greek for total burning, the term used in Greek translations of the Hebrew Bible.

    The Shoah - literally 'catastrophe' - is used for the attempted destruction of European Jewry, but The Holocaust covers the mass murder of all victims at the hands of the Nazis, and that encompasses many races. An event without precedent in the modern era needs a word of its own, and 60 years ago historians assigned this particular word, following its usage by British journalists and was term used in the UK parliament when the matter was debated. The Library of Congress accepted the term as part of its classification system at the time.

    The Cultural Revolution is used to distinguish it from any other cultural revolutions that may have happened and specifically refers to Mao's killing of 70 million of his own people. The idea that holocaust has lost its meaning is absurd, there was plenty of discussion after the war about the potential for a nuclear holocaust.

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