I’m looking at the situation with Ken Livingston.
He’s been suspected from the Labour Party, recently: after allegations of anti-Semitism.
I do know the allegations came in, after an interview Ken did, last year — one on Radio 4’s Today programme — where he pointed out Hitler had tried working with German Zionist groups, in order to get Jews out of Germany.
I don’t know if Ken Livingston is or isn’t.
But am fairly certain, based on my own, fairly limited knowledge of history*, he has a point: that senior Nazi figures were trying to work with Zionist groups, especially in later years of the war. Not because the Nazis were pro Jewish — anyone who thinks that, really wants to write history based quiz questions! — but because the Nazis wanted Jews out of Germany.
I’ll apologise, now, if that’s offensive to anyone.
But must ask: does that make me anti-Semitic?
I’ve known too many good, nice, wonderful, Jewish people to give anti-Semitism — indeed, ANY form of racism — any time.
But the situation gets me thinking: that people should maybe check the evidence, first.
Let’s move on, shall we?
Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga† and Debbi‡ putting in their answers: with both scoring five out of five.
Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?
Q1) The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge opened in Japan: on 5th April, 1998. At the time, the Bridge was the world’s largest bridge. Of which type: Suspension, cable or Pigtail?
Q2) The Prime Minister resigned of the UK: on 5th April, 1955. Which Prime Minister?
Q3) Count Karl von Spreti was shot on 5th April, 1970: on the streets of the country he was West German ambassador to. Which Central American country was that?
Q4) John Rolfe got married: on 5th April, 1614. Who to?
Q5) Finally … Lothair 1st was crowned, on 5th April, 822. As king of what’s now where?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 4th April, 1984, saw protestors evicted from Greenham Common. The protestors were protesting the placing of what, at RAF Green Common: Trident missiles, Cruise missiles or Sarin Gas?
Q2) The US Congress formally adopted the US flag: on 4th April, 1818. How many stars did that version of the flag have: 18, 20 or 22?A2) 20: one for each state of the then union.
Q3) Nazi paramilitary group, the Schutzstaffel, were founded: on 4th April, 1925. They were more commonly known as what?A3) The SS.
Q4) In the US, the week commencing 4th April, 1964, saw the top five places of the Billboard Hot 100 occupied by one band. Which band?A4) Who else? The Beatles.
Q5) Finally … Netscape was founded: on 4th April, 1994. Its best known product was a what: media player, web-browser or word processor?A5) Web-browser.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“May each of my grandsons know, at an early age, what his life’s ambition is — and may he be successful in his pursuit of that goal.”Bette Davis, April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989.
And a song …
Have a good day … !
* I believe the Haavara Treaty shows that such deals were done: although that was heavily criticised by Nazi supporters, AND Jewish organisations: something much criticised by both Nazi supporters and Jewish groups. I also believe other deals were done in some of the areas the Nazis controlled. Again, that’s based on my own limited understand of the facts before me: AND of my own, limited abilities as a researcher.
† Oh, you’re right there, Olga^. But I’m thinking change is a’coming! We find out Christmas, who the new Doctor is. I hope she’s good!
‡ Hang on, Debbi^, a Doctor … with a US accent … ? Good lord!!!!! :D (Personally, I’m just keen to see if someone can get John Barrowman back on board: be interest to see a Captain Jack/River Song match up. I doubt it’d happen … but … )
^ On a more serious note? I notice the BBC hasn’t yet announced a new actor: as I recall, Pete Capaldi’s hiring was all over the place. I’m just wondering when — and what — we’ll find out …