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I receive an enormous volume of emails covering every social and political issue you can imagine. Most of the people who send information to me send things that are very often worth reading.
And sometimes, I receive information that is exceptional.
Last night (Sunday March 30, 2014), at around eleven o’clock, one of the regular readers and supporters of Galganov.com sent an email dealing with the Song made famous by Judy Garland, in the epic movie Wizard of Oz.
The contributor to this editorial is Steve Dubin from Toronto Canada, who as it turns out ONLY by coincidence, came from the same very humble beginnings as me, from a very low income street in Montreal (Hutchinson), where on one side were the wealthy, and the other side were the poor like us. We never met.
On one side of the block lived the Secular Orthodox Jews like us, and just down the street were the ultra Orthodox. A block away, were the Greeks. And a block and a half further, were the French. DREAMS were what kept us going.
And not until last night, did I ever really understand anything more about the song other than it is beautiful to hear.
Every major Hollywood Studio from MGM, to Warner Brothers, to Columbia Pictures, to Universal Studios and on and on and on, were founded by Eastern European Jews, just about all of whom had fled the Pogroms from the Communists, the Fascists and the religious zealots who hated Jews just because they were Jews.
As MILLIONS of European Jews prayed for FREEDOM from persecution, while the greatest GENOCIDE was being planned by the Nazis and their European ACCOMPLICES, Jews from all over Europe DREAMT of leaving the nightmare behind by going to another land.
On January 1, 1939 . . . Hollywood presented the Wizard of Oz to the world just months after KRISTALLNACHT, the night of the broken glass, where every Jew in Germany, Austria and Sudetenland feared for his and her life from roving gangs, the police, the paramilitary – even from neighbors and acquaintances.
The Lyrics . . . to Over The Rainbow were written by Isidore Hochberg (AKA Yip Harburg) of New York City, the son of Observant Jewish Immigrants from Russia, who came to America in search of FREEDOM from anti-Semitism.
The music was created by Hyman Arluk (AKA Harold Arlen), the son of Jewish Lithuanian parents, who also fled the anti-Semitism that poisoned a continent, whose father was a Cantor, who sang the prayers at his Synagogue.
Together . . . Harburg and Arlen, two Jewish boys from immigrant Orthodox parents from different parts of Europe, produced one of the greatest songs ever performed.
The Jewish Hollywood Moguls understood . . . that the words of Yip Harburg were far more than just words in a movie. They were the embodiment of the deepest possible dream every Jew in Europe had of finding LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS that could ONLY be found OVER THE RAINBOW IN AMERICA.
These incredible words in the Wizard of Oz represented the DREAMS of every European Jew hungering for FREEDOM, on a continent in a world where FREEDOM was nothing more than a dream.
By 11:30 . . . I had done much research on the era, looking at it as if it was for the FIRST TIME. I read the LYRICS several times, and watched Judy Garland sing this anthem on YouTube over and over again while wiping away tears.
But after reading about the genesis of Over The Rainbow, and listening to the song, I realized that the REAL sickness would be in NOT disliking the LEFT as much as I do.
It also reaffirmed my exceptional animosity to Jewish Leftists, who have either forgotten our history, or never knew it, who’ve abandoned the principles, the suffering and the sacrifice paid for in the MILLIONS so their parents and grandparents could realize the DREAMS that brought them OVER THE RAINBOW to the land of the FREE.
I am saddened by how the LEFT and corrupt vote buying Republicans have done so much damage to the SHINING CITY ON THE HILL, and how Hollywood, the CREATION of Eastern European Jews have abandoned the RAINBOW for all that it was worth.
I guess . . . that even someone like me, who is comfortable in his or her beliefs about the cost and value of FREEDOM, needs a stark reminder from time to time, that our fight is not simply JUST . . . but NOBLE as well.
I don’t know where the RAINBOW is today, but I’m certainly never going to give up trying to find it. And neither should you.