A little known fact that both the detractors and the champions of the Confederacy seem to forget is that Jews were prevalent in the Confederacy, and some of its staunches supporters.
Most Americans are familiar with Judah Benjamin who served first as the Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, and then, after resigning due to accusations of incompetence, became its Secretary of State. Later, after the fall of the Confederacy, he is alleged to have absconded with its treasury chest of roughly $2 million. However, prior to that, he was regarded as the “Brains of the Confederacy” who had a tireless intellect and which caused Jefferson Davis to rely heavily on him. In fact, Benjamin had proposed that the Confederacy offer freedom to all slaves who fought for the Southern cause. The South fell before this was ever enacted.
However, Judah Benjamin was not the only Jewish actor on behalf of the Confederacy. Over 3,000 Jews fought for the Confederate side, with many fighting and dying heroically.
The Jewish author Robert Rosen wrote an encyclopedic overview of the Jewish community in the South, and its role in the Confederacy. Called, ‘The Jewish Confederates’, this is required reading for any student of that period.
None of this really should be surprising to any who study the relationship of the Jews with slavery. Some of the biggest slave traders were Jews. Here are just a few: The ship named Four Sisters, owned by the Jew Moses Levy. The ship named Betsy, owned by the Jew William De Woolf. And the ship Expedition, owned by the Jews John and Jacob Rosevelt. The list goes on.
Of course, every race, at one time or another, practiced slavery. That doesn’t make it any less abhorrent, it is just a historical fact. In the Cimbrian war, between the Germans and the Romans, the German women stayed behind their men, who were chained together so they wouldn’t break ranks. When the Romans broke through, the women killed themselves and their children rather than be taken as slaves. Such was the way of the world back then, such was the repugnance of slavery then, as it is now.
Many people view the struggle between the South and the North as a heroic struggle, and it was; just as some people view the Second World War as a heroic struggle, and it too was such. Brave men and women died on both sides. That is the sad reality of war. But reliving those wars, or the wars that preceded them, serves no purpose but as a distraction as to the struggle before us: the struggle for White survival. v