Yoko Ono: If Only Hitler Had Sex With Jewish Women
12/06/2010 - 14:52
Jonathan Mark

Like Billy Crystal's "Fernando" character, who marvelously said "It's more important to look good than to feel good," the advice to Jews and Israel from Peace Now-types and pacifists is that it's more important to make every "gesture" that's asked of you because it's more important to look good than to live. As the peace movement's idol, Mahatma Gandhi, advised Jews in the 1940s, it was important that Jews demonstrate their moral superiority to the Nazis by passive resistance, rather than the violent uprisings in the Warsaw Ghetto, Auschwitz and elsewhere that -- to some strange minds -- made us just like them. Said Gandhi. "The Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher's knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs."

Oh, OK.

Then there was the time Gandhi suggested, "If I were a Jew and were born in Germany... I would claim Germany as my home even as the tallest gentile German may, and challenge him to shoot me or cast me in the dungeon..."

Go ahead, Nazis, I dare you.

Now, the Boston Globe unearthed this gem from Yoko Ono, delivered during her 1969 "Bed-In" with John Lennon. Yoko goes Gandhi one better, suggesting that that Jews not only look good but make Hitler feel good.

As the Globe reports, Al Capp, the cartoonist, asked Yoko, “Tell me how you would stop [Hitler]?”

“If I was a Jewish girl in Hitler’s day,” Yoko replied, “I would approach him and become his girlfriend. After 10 days in bed, he would come to my way of thinking. This world needs communication. And making love is a great way of communicating.”

Capp told Yoko that was "stark raving madness.”

Snapped Lennon, "What’s mad about it?” 

Far be it for me to suggest that ten days with the right Jewish girlfriend could be anything other than sensational, even medicinal. And you'll notice that most of us who have indeed spent at least ten romantic days with a Jewish woman have, in fact, not invaded Poland, and, for the most part, do not go around wearing black leather with skull-and-crossbone jewlery on our collars.

Nevertheless, while both Hitler and I are both Aries and are both obsessed with Jews, each in our way, it is doubtful that after ten days the Fuhrer would have been as easily charmed as I would be at a convention of Emunah or Amit women.

On the other hand, it is known that Josef Goebbels' wife, Magda (who was raised by a Jewish step-father), prior to marrying Goebbels (with Hitler as Best Man), had dated the Berlin-born Zionist leader Chaim Arlosoroff (who was murdered on a Tel Aviv beach in 1933, just days -- coincidentally? -- after returning to Tel Aviv from his attempt to connect to the very married Mrs. Goebbels in Berlin, hoping to persuade her to advocate with Hitler and Goebbels on behalf of German Jews). Magda Goebbels proves that same woman could be attracted to -- and could arouse the romantic desire -- of remarkably different men. Chaim's (more than) ten days with her didn't do much.

Dear Jewish woman, think of some of the men you've dated and the man you're seeing now.

And pity the man who doesn't remember ten days that shook his world. 


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I am brand-new to your site. It would be helpful and appreciated if Mr. Jonathan Mark was profiled or otherwise identified so that a new viewer would have a better idea of who he is as well as where he is coming from.
Yoko Ono is rich and famous and mentioning her name and thoughts certainly got your attention. She is an artist. Knowing that she doesn't discriminate is inspiring. She deserves praise, not degradation. J M, the piece resonates as you hoped it might. Well done.
If Hitler had listened to Ono's singing, even once, he would undoubtedly have blown his head off much sooner. A true 'meeskite'.
To bolster Mr. Mark's point about the lunacy of Ms. Yoko's point, see this recent article about more famous very real anti-Semites despite (famously) having had Jewish lovers. http://www.jdate.com/jmag/2010/11/anti-semites-and-the-jews-who-shared-their-beds/
I once learned a good piece of advice about evaluating statements from some people. I was given a rash and harsh personal assessment by a young woman, and when I explained to a friend that her statements were the source of my discontent at the time, he said, "consider the source." The girl was foolish and not respected. So is Yoko Ono, especially in that day when she was the attention-grabber that she was. I'll wager Lady Gaga has more brains and purpose, which isn't saying much. Yoko Ono has no real power, no "truck" with average folk. Most of us would laugh at what she'd advise us to eat for breakfast. Why spill anymore ink about her? It only encourages her.
Mark sets up Gandhi up as an "idol" and then proves he is not. He could have done this in his head and not waste valuable print space. Stated differently, citing a stupid/mistaken quote from a great civil rights leader like the Muhatma or from a well-known artist like Yoko Ono does little to diminish the importance of Gandhis' leadership against colonialism or the value of Ono's art. What exactly is such a quote supposed to prove, that these people lack omniscence? Mazel tov, they do.