comparison of the Confederate flag or symbol to the swastika is
highly offensive, especially to those of us who are Jewish, and
shows he knows little about either the Confederacy or the Nazis.
to 5,000 Jews fought honorably and loyally for the Confederacy,
including its Secretary of War and later State, Judah Benjamin.
My great grandfather also served, as did his four brothers, their
uncle, his three sons, and some two dozen other members of my
Mother's extended family (the Moses’ of South Carolina and Georgia).
Half a dozen of them fell in battle, largely teenagers, including
the first and last Confederate Jews to die in battle.
We know first
hand, from their letters, diaries, and memoirs, that they were
not fighting for slavery or bigotry, but rather to defend themselves
and their comrades, their families, homes, and country from an
invading army that was trying to kill them, burn their homes and
cities, and destroy everything they had.
It was a
Union General, Ulysses S. Grant, who issued the infamous General
Order # 11 expelling all Jews "as a class" from his conquered
territories. It was this same Union Army (led by many of the same
Civil War generals) that engaged in virtual genocide against the
Native Americans in what we euphemistically call "the Indian Wars,"
often massacring harmless, defenseless old men, women, and children
in their villages.
It was not
the South but rather our enemies that engaged in genocide. While
our ancestors may have lost the War, they never lost their honor,
or engaged in anything that could justify their being compared
to Nazis. It was the other side that did that.