Tennessee Williams depicted Stanley Kowalski in these terms.
A Streetcar Named Desire shows how much of
modern “art” is Communist agitprop.
A Jewish producer, Irene Selznick and a gay playwright, Tennessee Williams,
used theatre to subvert the family.
(from Sept 16, 2012 & June 30, 2017)
By Henry Makow Ph.D.
In my view, feminism and “homosexual rights” mask a heterophobic Illuminati (Masonic Jewish) campaign to shred the social fabric.
One of the most celebrated plays in American Literature, A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) depicts men as “subhuman”, and heterosexual marriage and family as frauds.
The play, produced by Irene Selznick, left, contributed to the “modern” sense that human life has no inherent dignity, value or purpose. The play is an early example of how homosexuals, feminists and llluminati Jews subverted society by undermining heterosexuality.
In “The New Victorians” (1996), Rene Denfeld writes that feminists regard heterosexuality as the model for all oppression and homosexuality as the remedy.
“For many of today’s feminists, lesbianism is far more than a sexual orientation, or even a preference. It is, as students in many colleges learn, an ideological, political and philosophical means of liberation of all women from heterosexual tyranny…” (45)
MALE AS “SUBHUMAN”
Long before feminists portrayed men as rapists, Tennessee Williams depicted Stanley Kowalski in these terms.
Stanley drives his sister-in-law, Blanche DuBois, insane by raping her while his wife Stella is in the hospital bearing his son. Blanche is portrayed as a tragic heroine; Stanley as the symbol of a brutish male-dominated society; and the traditional family as a fraud.
Blanche DuBois has been driven out of her hometown for her immoral ways. Sick and broke, she takes refuge with her sister’s archetypal traditional family.
Stanley, carrying the “red stained package from the butcher’s” is the male protector and provider (Signet, p. 13).
The pregnant Stella, nurturing and malleable, is the epitome of the feminine. She believes in her husband: “it’s a drive that he has” (50). The couple is madly, sensually in love.
There is a startling similarity between Tennessee Williams’ homosexual perspective and the modern feminist one. As we shall see, guilt and self-loathing motivate both.
Blanche/Williams is determined to make heterosexuality appear pathological. Immediately on arrival, Blanche refers to Stella’s home as “this horrible place.” (19)
She reproaches Stella for not saving the plantation: “Where were you? In bed with your Pollack!” as if this were wrong (27).
When Stanley and Stella exchange blows, like a counselor at a womyn’s shelter, Blanche urges Stella to leave her husband, open a shop, and become independent (67).
Stanley is genuinely repentant for hitting Stella although today this would be discounted as part of “the cycle of violence.”
In fact, Blanche has made the pregnant Stella criticize and defy her husband for the first time. Now like her feminist sisters, the envious Blanche hopes the resulting violence will shatter the family altogether.
Stella ignores Blanche’s appeals, and while cleaning says: “I’m not in anything that I want to get out of.” (65). Blanche persists: “Stop! Let go of that broom. I won’t have you cleaning up for him!” (66)
The feminist tone is again heard in Blanche’s dehumanizing of Stanley.
“There’s something downright bestial about him! … He acts like an animal, has animal’s habits! … There’s even something subhuman something not quite to the stage of humanity yet! Yes, something ape-like about him, like one of those pictures I’ve seen in anthropological studies.”(71)
Can you imagine a modern play in which a man says this of a Jew, a woman, an African American or a homosexual?
Stanley overhears this conversation, yet this supposedly ape-like creature does not react violently. He patiently tolerates Blanche although she has been living in their two-room apartment for six months.
Blanche, a demented pitiable woman, assumes the mantle of progress and civilization.
“God! Maybe we are a long way from being made in God’s image, but Stella my sister; there has been some progress since then! … In this dark march toward whatever it is we’re approaching . . . Don’t hang back with the brutes!” (72)
At the end of the play, Williams has achieved his unconscious goal: destroying the heterosexual male and family. Stella must ignore her sister’s claims of rape in order to preserve her family. “I couldn’t believe her story and go on living with Stanley,” she says (133). Nevertheless, her family is bereft of moral legitimacy. In the movie version, Stella becomes a single mother. She leaves Stanley vowing never to return.
There is more to this picture than meets the eye.
First, Tennessee Williams often said that he was Blanche DuBois.
The similarities are clear. Like Blanche Dubois, Williams was neurasthenic, lusted for Stanley, and was very promiscuous.
In the play, Blanche warns herself not to seduce the newspaper boy, “I’ve got to be good and keep my hands off children.”(84)
Second, Tennessee Williams hated himself. His friend Gore Vidal said: “He is still too much the puritan not to believe in sin. At some deep level, Tennessee believes that the homosexual is wrong and the heterosexual is right. Given this all pervading sense of guilt, he is drawn in life and work to the idea of expiation, of death.” (Ronald Hayman, “Tennessee Williams: Everyone Else is an Audience,”1993. p.xviii)
The guilt-ridden Williams/Blanche wants to be destroyed by Stanley to expiate his sins. (Blanche calls Stanley “my executioner” before she even meets him.)
But, in this psychodrama, Williams doesn’t have the integrity to confess his guilt feelings and admit his death wish. He postures as a hero by identifying Blanche’s defeat with the cause of progress and culture. Thus he transfers to Stanley and society the hatred he feels for himself.
Robert J. Stoller, an eminent psychiatrist and UCLA Professor, described this process in his book, “Perversion: The Erotic Form of Hatred”(1975).
“Homosexuals, taught self-hatred in childhood, persist in attracting punishment because in part they agree with the cruel straight society; they provoke attack in order to be humiliated . . .Revenge energizes aspects of many homosexuals’ behaviour, erotic and otherwise. In order to salvage a sense of value from the foci of despair, they must strike back at all who have qualities like old enemies of their childhood.” (201-202)
Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire is an example of how the financial elite used a homosexual playwright to negate the family and twist the way heterosexuals think about themselves and society. Many gays like some Jews are outsiders who want to force society confirm to them and their infirmities.
Since heterosexuals have derived their meaning from family roles for millennia, Williams contributed to the malaise that characterizes the modern era.
Williams’ example indicates that this destructive impulse, which feminists share, may spring from a deep sense of envy, failure, and self-loathing.
“America in Primetime” an overview of TV drama and comedy since 1950 shows that TV is social engineering, i.e. satanic possession
We’ve reached the point in TV where the hero is a deviant, misfit or weirdo. We cheer as he makes the world conform to him.
Where have we seen this before? Is it any surprise that Hollywood is dominated by Jews and homosexuals? Luciferians always push the limits of what is acceptable and make the unacceptable acceptable.
“We must introduce into their education all those principles which have so brilliantly broken up their order.” (Protocols of Zion,16 )
“We have already contrived to possess the minds of the goy communities…[they are] looking through the spectacles we are setting astride their noses.” (Protocols of Zion,12)
“All nations will be swallowed up in the pursuit of gain, and in the race for it will not take note of their common foe.” (Protocols of Zion, 4)
“Television is the Satanic family altar,” Anton LaVey, said in 1966, “Television is the major mainstream infiltration for the new satanic religion.”
Slightly revised “Television Ruined My Life” from Oct 2013 and July 30, 2019 by Henry Makow Ph.D.
When I was a child in the 1950’s,television was pretty wholesome. That’s how I got hooked.
As a youth and young man, I was naive and idealistic. I assumed I lived in a benevolent and free society that was attempting to raise everyone to a higher level, materially and spiritually. I looked to mass media and schooling for information, insight and guidance.
After watching “America in Primetime”, (2011) a four-part documentary history of TV, on Netflix, I realize that TV is not entertainment. It is social engineering. It made me dysfunctional and depressed. It has done this to millions of people.
“America in Primetime” consists of interviews with dozens of TV writers and producers, and excerpts from their shows. Although homosexuals and Jews make up perhaps 7% of the US population, they comprise about 70% of TV writers and producers. They hold up a mirror to life. If 70% were Irish Catholics, I’d feel the same way if they were degrading & subverting society.
What Jews and gays have in common is that they are outsiders, many of whom feel unjustly persecuted and think their dysfunction should the norm.
They deny there is the natural and moral order, the Creator’s instruction manual in the glove compartment (our soul) required reading for health and happiness. They pay lip service to morality but do whatever they want.
The documentary pretends contemporary TV now depicts reality more truthfully. In fact, it has created this sick reality in its own perverted Illuminati image. Television is an indoctrination. It has deliberately undermined what is healthy and inverted normal and abnormal. They actually have a show called “The New Normal.”
Then, TV convinced us that there is something redeeming, ennobling and quintessentially human about being weird, sick and miserable. I’ve been in this “humanistic” space. It’s mostly self-pity.
(Nurse Jackie, played by Edie Falco)
Nurse Jackie, who is addicted to prescription drugs, torn between family and work and infidelity, has her consolations. The heroes of Weeds and Breaking Bad, normal middle-class people who become drug dealers and mobsters, have their moments of redemption. Jack Bauer, the hero of “24” does evil to protect us all from evil but, hey, life is complicated. Tony Soprano, a mobster who lives in a New Jersey suburb, wants the same things as we all do. Dexter is a serial killer who kills serial killers but don’t judge him. When he was five, he saw his mother cut to pieces with a chainsaw! (At least, he wasn’t sexually abused.)
“Audiences are more sophisticated,” the writers tell us, “people want moral ambiguity.” Really? Do we want it or does Satan?
We’ve reached the point where amoral and violent delinquents, misfits and weirdos are the norms. They have made the world conform to them.
The documentary is quite explicit: “Whether they are oddballs, losers, or just plain weird, misfit characters have grown beyond comic stereotypes and are taking center stage with a vengeance, refusing to apologize for who they are.”
Thus in HBO’s “True Blood” the vampires demand “human rights.” They want to be treated like other minorities. One character is incensed when someone judges all vampires based on the behavior of a few. That’s prejudice!
Freaks and Geeks. Six Feet Under. Seinfeld. Glee. Arrested Development. The Office. Self-absorbed misfits, i.e. Jews and gays, are the “new normal.”
HOW WE GOT HERE
In the 1950’s, they had to rebuild, so the Illuminati gave us healthy values. “In 1950’s television, the man of the house was king of his castle. Was it an illusion to begin with?” Father Knows Best. Ozzie and Harriet. Leave it to Beaver. My Three Sons.
Was it an illusion? I don’t think so. Some things are hard-wired. Most men want to rule their own roost. That doesn’t mean we want to lord it over anyone. But every successful organization is a hierarchy and that applies to families as well. Only a monster has two heads. The division of labor made a lot of sense. If you want a man to shoulder responsibility for a family, he has to lead it. It must be his creation.
There was no moral ambiguity in the 1950’s Westerns. Good versus evil. Gunsmoke. The Lone Ranger. Have Gun Will Travel. Men were men. They put their lives on the line to build a just society. Women supported and loved them for it. Then, almost by clockwork, having set up this target, the Illuminati got to work destroying it. Birth control allowed women to be sexually independent. Why not be financially independent too?
A series of shows made women feel that being wives and mothers was “oppressive” i.e. healthy is sick. Homemaker and housewife became dirty words while fighting traffic every day to do some tedious work was invested with fairy dust.
America in Primetime: “Far removed from the model housewife of yesterday, women today on TV care less about pleasing others, and more about being true to themselves.”
Why sacrifice for love when you can be selfish? Sounds like Satan again doesn’t it? Love is sacrifice. As if devotion to husband and family wasn’t “being true to themselves?” As if career success is the path to fulfillment for most women.
TheMary Tyler Moore was the prototype of the “independent woman.” When her mother asks her father, “Did you take your pill?” Mary thinks she is talking to her.
“Yes,” both father and daughter reply. Thus, the show taught young women to go on the pill and have extramarital sex.
(Darren Starr, with Sarah Jessica Parker)
Women modelled themselves on Mary Tyler Moore, just like they imitated Sex in the City, 20 years later.
Lauren Hutton said this show depicted “women acting like gay men;” not surprising given its gay Jewish creator, Darren Starr.
In the 80’s, men started being portrayed as wimps. Someone wrote Thirty Something should be called “Whine and neuroses.” The only exception to this trend was The Bill Cosby Show where the father was the head of the family. Turns out he was a deviant too.
Like men, women are also hardwired — to want to belong to one man who returns their devotion. Most women want to put motherhood before career. Yet the freaks that control popular culture mess them up by telling them their natural biological instincts are wrong. Instead of saving themselves for their husband, they are “empowering themselves” by getting drunk and hooking up with strangers.
TV and movies initiate us into the satanic cult which is modern society. A satanic cult controls and exploits its members by making them sick. Because television and movies were my reference point, I was dysfunctional until almost 50. I was obsessed with relationships and sex as a panacea. I didn’t know how to be a man. I idealized women and called it love. There were no models of true masculinity. When dysfunctional sick people are your role models, you become dysfunctional. Arrested development. Immaturity. Three failed marriages. Confusion. Periods of depression. (I do take responsibility for being so trusting and gullible.)
Why are there so few positive role models on TV? Why so few examples of healthy, happy life?
My rehabilitation started when I started to question the messages I was getting and listened to my own instincts instead.
Liberals like to think the social trends of the last 50 years represent spontaneous social change. Rather, we were being degraded and inducted into a satanic cult. The Illuminati bankers are waging a diabolical war on us, and we don’t even know it.
The Gateway Pundit previously reported Kyle Warner, a 29-year-old mountain bike race champion, was diagnosed with pericarditis, POTS, and reactive arthritis a month after he took the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Kyle Warner says his career is over due to the diagnosis after taking the vaccine.
This is happening over and over and over again especially to young men in our society.
In this video, Kyle Warner starts crying as he describes how he is losing friends and family after he spoke about his disease from the vaccine. He is struggling.
Sorry for all the emotion but i think I finally broke today and I wanted to share this message and then take time off for a while.
It feels so weird being one of the misfit toys…
Just because this is an uncomfortable conversation doesn’t mean we should ignore it. I’ve had over a thousand people reach out to me that are fighting the same battle right now.
People that were all pro vax enough to take the shots and people that are now considered conspiracy theorists or nut jobs due to their reactions.
I’ve never tried to say anything but my own personal experience and story in hopes of informing others that this is real, and helping people in the same situation understand a few things they could troubleshoot with their doctors to try and get some treatments.
I’ve had over 20 doctor and hospital visits since July and if I could share my experience with people and save them some time, it felt worth the risk of being attacked.
I know it’s helped a ton of people so far who have reached out personally, but by being the tip of the spear I’ve just taken too much damage for right now. I’m sorry for anyone I let down but this constant assault of my character and integrity isn’t sustainable mentally or emotionally while I’m trying to heal.
Maybe if I was feeling a hundred percent I could handle it but I felt like I stepped backwards the past few days and it’s been extremely tough.
I’m hoping I can take a few months away from everything to just work on my health with my new doctor. I just want to say thank you to April, my mom, brother, sister in law and sponsors for standing with me during this whole time.
They know all I’ve ever wanted to do is help. I’m so lucky to have a support group that truly has my back, but I know others don’t have the same luxury and that breaks my heart.
I will be back, and hopefully healthy but it’s gonna take some time. I love all you good people who care for others too ❤️ thanks for your understanding and support.
Edit: also this was not meant to scare anyone in any way, I love and appreciate all of you and just wanted to share some of the real emotion of what it’s like to be caught in the crossfire of what’s going on in the world.
Fiat Banking is Behind Imperialism By 1864, the Masonic Jewishcentral banking cartelalready had concentrated the wealth of the world in their hands. Britishimperialism was a mask for Jewish banker imperialism, as is the NWO today.
“This Money Power of the Money Quarter of London is the only grand pre-eminent Imperialism existing on the earth.” The NWO in a nutshell?
Imperialism of Jewish Capitalfrom Feb, 2019 by Henry Makow PhD.
A book published in 1889 “The Red Dragon” by L.B. Woolfolk suggests to me that British (and American) imperialism originated in the need of Jewish bankers and their Masonic confederates to translate money they created out of nothing (thanks to their control of credit), into real wealth i.e. world ownership.
When these bankers finagled a credit monopoly in England in 1694, they turned into a monster that now has highjacked humanity. The London-based banking cartel literally has gobbled up the planet, and will not be content until it owns everything, and enslaves mankind, mentally and spiritually, if not physically. This, in a nutshell, is the New World Order.
The last push came from a secret society that Cecil Rhodes started in 1891 to “absorb the wealth of the world” and “to take the government of the whole world.”
A recent UN study says 2% of the world’s population own 50% of the wealth, while half own barely 1% of the wealth. Needless to say, the richest 2% are mainly the London-based bankers and their associates.
Today British, American and Zionist imperialism manifest the banker agenda for “world government” through the destruction of religion, nation, race and family. This imperialism does not express the interests or wishes of ordinary English, American or Jewish people who have themselves been colonized.
THE RED DRAGON
L.B. Woolfolk was an American Baptist preacher who traced the machinations of the banking cartel in the decades after the Civil War. He had contacts with members of this cartel during visits to London. He wrote, “the Great Red Dragon” is the symbol of the “Jew London Money Power.”
In his book, which is online, he describes how this cartel bought up the US economy through intermediaries and controlled it long before the passage of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913.
By 1864, 150 years ago, Woolfolk claims the wealth of the world already was concentrated in their hands.
“The Imperialism of Capital to which I allude is a knot of capitalists–Jews almost to a man–who make their headquarters in the Money Quarter of London, in Threadneedle Street, Lombard, and other streets in that vicinity, where bankers have their habitat.
These Jew capitalists have succeeded in centralizing in their own hands the industry and commerce of the earth. –They own almost all the debts of the world, –the debts of nations, states, counties, municipalities, corporations and individuals, –amounting in the aggregate, it is estimated, to seventy-five billion dollars, on which they are annually receiving about four billion dollars of interest. –They own the manufactories, the shipping, and the commerce of Great Britain, and most of the manufactures, shipping and commerce of the whole world. –They have attained control of the industry and trade of the whole earth; and are rapidly centralizing all business in their own hands.
They hold possession of all the great lines of trade and business of all kinds, and they regulate all prices by their own arbitrary methods. This Money Power of the Money Quarter of London is the only grand pre-eminent Imperialism existing on the earth.”
Woolfolk traces the spread of imperialism to the British East India Company in the early part of the Eighteenth Century.
“In 1764, the British East India Company was the grandest and richest corporation in the world. It was the only corporation, which ruled a territorial empire. It was enriched by traffic, by the extension of its trade through the conquest of the trading stations of its Continental rivals and by the wholesale plunder of India….it came to pass that the greater part of the stock of the East India Company, and of the other companies afterwards organized out of the dividends of that great company, fell into the hands of the Jews. The Jews became the great Money Kings of the world… History presents no career of conquest, in which fraud, deceit and rapine were so blended as in the conquest of India by the East India Company. It was the first example in the history of the world of a trading corporation becoming an imperial power; and its imperial rule was marked by the rapacity, chicane and fraud that characterize a great corporation in the soulless and conscienceless pursuit of gain.”
With the invention of the steam engine in 1775, only the capitalists of the British East India Company had the means to profit from the industrial revolution. They set up hundreds of joint stock companies–manufacturing companies of all kinds, coal and iron mining, railways and ships, real estate– which concealed their ownership.
“In commercial crises, often originated, and always manipulated by them, they managed systematically to break down rival companies, and buy them out, and to rob and plunder the minority stockholders; until, in the end, these organized capitalists got into their own hands and very cheap, all, or the greater part of the stock of the various companies, manufacturing, mercantile and shipping, that originated in steam manufactures. They thus reduced to a system and science the art of crushing rival companies, and freezing out minority stockholders.”
Woolfolk speculates that the Rothschilds did not act alone but represented a syndicate of Jewish bankers.
(Crowns of Europe beg before Lionel Rothschild)
“The rise of the house of Rothschild is memorable as the first grand combination of the Jews in a syndicate, for the transaction of a vast business in which all their capital might be combined. The Rothschilds became the head of the Jew Money Kings, and have ever since been the head of the Jews, acting as a syndicate. That house is probably at the head of the Jew Money Power of the world. The wealth of the Money Power is simply beyond calculation. It cannot amount to less than $160,000,000,000. It is probably nearer two hundred billions… The Money Power has so much money, now, that it can not find investment for it. In one more double it will about have all the property of the earth. At the beginning of its career, a double of its capital meant $100,000,000. Now a double of its capital means $400,000,000,000. And all the property of the world is less than $600,000,000,000.”
According to Woolfolk, the Rockefellers and most great American industrialist-financiers were merely agents of the London Money Power. Standard Oil is a classic example of how it established a monopoly in every enterprise. Owning the railroads needed to transport oil, the Money Power put competitors out of business by undercutting their prices.
This cartel of cartels kept the business class in line by creating the spectre of Communism:
“It is their policy to keep up a hot agitation for Communism and Socialism in the great cities; so that the businessmen, in their antagonism to those ideas, will keep on the side of the Money Power. It is a significant fact that most of the agitators for Socialism are Jews, who are most probably the agents of the Money Power to keep up this agitation for their own purposes… It is a part of the consummate craft of these Money Kings.”
“The Red Dragon” is an important reminder that even 150 years ago, wealth and power were concentrated in relatively few hands. Modern history reflects the hidden machinations of this Money Power to advance their “world government.” The whole world is being colonized.
We see evidence today that one hand directs all the great multinationals. For example, they all sing from the same songbook of diversity, homosexuality and feminism. All US Presidents are front men for this banking cartel. Their Cabinets are chosen from the ranks of the Rockefeller-controlled CFR. Presidents who defy the Money Power are eliminated. (i.e. most recently JFK and Nixon.) All the Presidential candidates support Israel which was created by the banking cartel to be their world government capital.
This lethal problem arose because the nations of the world were too feckless to do something so simple as creating their own currency. They relied on a network of Jewish bankers to create their medium of exchange in the form of debt to themselves. No nation had the power or wit to break away from this worldwide imperialist system which is tightening its grip and inevitably must enslave mankind. Unfortunately, these bankers are not just interested in power or money. They are Satanists who wish to sabotage civilization and rededicate humanity to Lucifer.
We must reject this juggernaut in all its manifestations. Common sense eventually will prevail not because it is common sense, but because continuous violation of common sense produces collapse. —
By a strange paradox, most Kennedy researchers who believe that Oswald was “just a patsy” spend an awful lot of time exploring his biography. This is about as useful as investigating Osama bin Laden for solving 9/11. Any serious quest for the real assassins of JFK should start by investigating the man who shot Oswald at pointblank in the stomach at 11:21 a.m. on November 24, 1963 in the Dallas Police station, thereby sealing the possibility that a judicial inquiry would draw attention to the inconsistencies of the charge against him, and perhaps expose the real perpetrators. One would normally expect the Dallas strip-club owner Jack Ruby to be the most investigated character by Kennedy truthers. But that is not the case.
Of course, it is perfectly normal that Chief Justice Earl Warren, when Ruby told him on June 7, 1964, “I have been used for a purpose,” failed to ask him who had used him and for what purpose. But what about independent investigators? Are only readers of the Forward (“News That Matters To American Jews”) worthy of being informed that “Lee Harvey Oswald’s Killer ‘Jack Ruby’ Came From Strong Jewish Background,” and that he told his rabbi Hillel Silverman that he “did it for the Jewish people”? Here is the relevant passage of Steve North’s 2013 article, relating Silverman’s reaction after hearing on the radio that a “Jack Rubenstein” had killed the assassin:
“I was shocked,” said Silverman. “I visited him the next day in jail, and I said, ‘Why, Jack, why?’ He said, ‘I did it for the American people.’” I interrupted Silverman, pointing out that other reports had Ruby saying he did it “to show that Jews had guts.” The rabbi sighed. “Yes, he mentioned that,” Silverman said. “But I don’t like to mention it. I think he said, ‘I did it for the Jewish people.’ But I’ve tried to wipe that statement from my mind.”
Ruby’s defense lawyer William Kunstler also claims in his memoir that Ruby told him: “I did it for the Jews,” repeating on several occasions: “I did this that they wouldn’t implicate Jews.” During Kunstler’s last visit Ruby handed him a note in which he reiterated that his motive was to “protect American Jews from a pogrom that could occur because of anger over the assassination.” There is only one possible interpretation of Ruby’s words: he must have known, and those you tasked him with killing Oswald must have known, that if Oswald was tried, the Jewish hand in JFK’s assassination would likely be made apparent.
Why is this crucial information not in any book on the Kennedy assassination, save in Michael Collins Piper’s (and now mine)? James Douglass, to take the most representative example, insists, without a shred of evidence, that Ruby, besides being a “Chicago mob functionary,” was “CIA-connected”. Not once does Douglass mention Ruby’s Jewish background, and his real name can only be found in a single endnote quoting another author. Could Douglass’s strange omission have the same motive as Ruby’s murder of Oswald, namely to “protect American Jews from a pogrom that could occur because of anger over the assassination”?
Ruby is not the only person connected to Oswald whose confused words implicating “the Jews” are carefully concealed from the public. On March 29, 1977, George DeMohrenschildt, a Russian geologist who had befriended Oswald in Dallas in 1962 at the request of CIA agent J. Walton Moore, was found dead with a bullet through his head. His death was ruled a suicide, but the Sherriff’s report mentions that in his last months he complained that “the Jews” and “the Jewish mafia” were out to get him. His wife confirmed to Jim Marrs, author of Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy (1989), that her husband thought that “the Jewish Mafia and the FBI” were out to get him. Most people mildly interested in the JFK assassination know about DeMohrenschildt’s relationship with Oswald, but how many have ever heard this intriguing—even incriminating—detail?
After DeMohrenschildt moved away from Dallas in June 1963, Oswald was chaperoned by Ruth Paine, who found him a job at the Texas School Book Depository, where he started working on October 16. It is repeated in every book that Ruth Paine looked after Oswald on behalf of the CIA, but no evidence is ever given. On the other hand, I was surprised to read in her testimonyto the Warren Commission that in the 1950s, Ruth Paine had been “a leader in the Jewish community at Indianapolis,” working with Jewish immigrants who “spoke Yiddish in conducting their business meetings.” Jack Ruby also made business deals in Yiddish, as we shall see. As a matter of fact, he sneaked into the Dallas Police Station under the pretense of translating for Yiddish reporters (what Yiddish reporters need a translator in the U.S.?).
This piece of information comes from the only useful book written about Ruby: Seth Kantor’s 1978 Who Was Jack Ruby? retitled The Ruby Cover-Upin 1980. Kantor was a reporter working for the Dallas Times Herald in 1963. He knew Ruby and was less than ten feet away from him when he shot Oswald. Kantor’s meticulous investigation is an important contribution to the search for the truth about Kennedy’s assassination. In the rest of this article, I will draw mostly from his book, as well as from Michael Collins Piper’s Final Judgment and a few other sources.
In its final report, the Warren Commission declared that it could “not establish a significant link between Ruby and organized crime,” because “Ruby has disclaimed that he was associated with organized criminal activities, and law enforcement agencies have confirmed that denial.” But there is plenty of evidence of Ruby’s association with organized crime. Robert Blakey, chief counsel for the House Select Committee on Assassinations from 1977 to 1979, said: “The most plausible explanation for the murder of Oswald by Jack Ruby was that Ruby had stalked him on behalf of organized crime, trying to reach him on at least three occasions in the forty-eight hours before he silenced him forever.” Incriminating “organized crime” in the JFK assassination and the ensuing Oswald assassination was, of course, the most harmless conclusion that the HSCA could come up with, short of ridiculing itself by confirming the Warren Commission’s story of two lone nuts. And so the Washington Post could headline: “MOBSTERS LINKED TO JFK DEATH.”
The missing word, here, is “Jewish”. Most Americans, learning that Jack Ruby was a mobster, must have thought he was Italian, like Hollywood gangsters. They were not told that his real name was Jacob Leon Rubenstein, that he was the son of Jewish Polish immigrants, that he went to the synagogue just before shooting Oswald, and that he later confessed to his rabbi that he “did it for the Jews.”
Jacob Rubenstein belonged to the Jewish mafia, also known as the Yiddish Connection. He had moved from Chicago to Dallas in 1947, on the trail of 15 other Chicago mobsters (3 Italians and 9 Jews) who had settled there to take over the prostitution business. That is when he changed his name from Rubenstein to Ruby. Ruby’s mentor and role model was Mickey Cohen, who operated in Chicago during the Prohibition but was then active in Hollywood. During his trial for shooting Oswald, Ruby’s legal team was fronted by Melvin Belli, a longtime friend and attorney of Cohen (Belli’s defense was that Ruby had suffered temporary insanity due to a bout of “psychomotor epilepsy”). In 1947, Cohen had succeeded Benjamin Siegelbaum, aka Bugsy Siegel (romanticized by Hollywood in 1991) at the head of “Murder Incorporated”. Cohen and Siegelbaum were accountable to Meyer Lansky (born Suchowljansky), the most powerful Jewish mafia boss, who had built part of his fortune with his Havana casinos and brothels, of which he was dispossessed by Castro in 1959. Lansky’s biographer Hank Messick describes him as the head of the National Crime Syndicate. “Thanks largely to Lansky, organized crime has changed from an ugly growth on the body politic capable of being removed by surgery to a cancerous part of our economic and political systems.”
Meyer Lansky in Israel, 1971
Mickey Cohen claims in his memoirs that, in the 1940s and 1950s, he was “engrossed with Israel”, and boasts about his financial and criminal contributions to the arms smuggling operations of the Haganah. Gary Wean, a detective sergeant for the Los Angeles Police Department, claims in his book There’s a Fish in the Courthouse (1987) that he saw Ruby twice in Hollywood in 1946 and 1947 in the presence of Cohen. He also writes that Cohen had frequent contacts with Menachem Begin, and that he was sharing his girlfriend, stripper Candy Barr, with Menachem Begin as well as Ruby.
Cohen was not the only mobster working for Israel. A pact had been sealed between prominent Zionists and Jewish mafia bosses around 1945, when the Haganah organized a highly effective black market of weapons and explosives from the US to Palestine. The operation was orchestrated by a group of about 40 wealthy American Jews who pledged to help David Ben-Gurion when the latter visited New York in July 1945. Headed by Rudolf Sonneborn, the group acted under the legal cover of a charity, the Sonneborn Institute, whose story is told by Leonard Slater in The Pledge (Simon & Schuster, 1970). The group operated separately from the Jewish Agency in order to shield it from direct involvement in unlawful activities. Among its active members was the future Jerusalem mayor (1965-93) Teddy Kollek, who also played a key role in forging he CIA-Mossad Alliance. Robert Rockaway has documented the contribution of the Jewish underworld to this operation, in his article “Gangsters for Zion: How Jewish mobsters helped Israel gain its independence”. He writes:
In 1945, the Jewish Agency, the pre-state Israeli government headed by David Ben-Gurion, created a vast clandestine arms-purchasing-and-smuggling network throughout the United States. The operation was placed under the aegis of the Haganah, the underground forerunner of the Israel Defense Forces, and involved hundreds of Americans from every walk of life. They included millionaires, rabbinical students, scrap-metal merchants, ex-GIs, college students, longshoremen, industrialists, chemists, engineers, Protestants and Catholics, as well as Jews. One group, who remained anonymous and rarely talked about, were men who were tough, streetwise, unafraid, and had access to ready cash: Jewish gangsters.
Sent by Ben-Gurion to the U.S. to purchase heavy armaments, Haganah operative Yehuda Arazi approached Meyer Lansky and met with members of Murder, Incorporated. Another Haganah emissary, Reuvin Dafni, who would become Israeli consul in Los Angeles and New York, also dealt with Jewish gangsters. “When I interviewed Dafni,” Rockaway writes, “he told me about his meetings with Jewish mobsters. His meetings were arranged by members of the local Jewish community. His first meeting was in Miami with Sam Kay, a leading Miami Jewish gangster.” Dafni also met with Bugsy Siegel.
As Dafni relates, “I told him my story, how the Haganah was raising money to buy weapons with which to fight. When I finished, Siegel asked, ‘You mean to tell me Jews are fighting?’ Yes, I replied. Then Siegel, who was sitting across the table, leaned forward till his nose was almost touching mine. ‘You mean fighting, as in killing?’ Yes, I answered. Siegel leaned back, looked at me for a moment and said, ‘OK, I’m with you.’” “From then on,” recalled Dafni, “Every week I got a phone call to go to the restaurant. And every week I received a suitcase filled with $5 and $10 bills. The payments continued till I left Los Angeles.” Dafni estimates that Siegel gave him a total of $50,000.
Some of those “gangsters for Zion”, writes Rockaway, “did so out of ethnic loyalties,” or “saw themselves as defenders of the Jews, almost biblical-like fighters. It was part of their self-image.”
Such was also the background and self-image of Jack Ruby. His activities in arm smuggling are well documented, although the fact that it was for the benefit of Israel is often blurred. In Coup d’État in America: The CIA and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy (1975), Allan Weberman refers to the arms-dealing activities of Ruby and other mobsters, but makes no mention of their Jewishness (unless saying that Ruby “was strongly anti-Nazi” counts as an euphemism for being Jewish), and claims that they were in fact arming Castro—while simultaneously participating in CIA plots to kill him.
Ruby knew Lewis McWillie, the manager of the Lansky brothers’ Tropicana nightclub casino in Havana. After the overthrow of Batista by Castro in January 1959, Meyer Lansky relocated to Miami, but Jake Lansky was arrested and confined to a luxury prison, the Trescornia detention camp, together with another mafia figure, Santo Trafficante, Jr. Although not Jewish, Trafficante had sworn allegiance to the Lansky brothers, and controlled substantial portions of Havana’s gambling and prostitution rackets. While in prison, Jake Lansky and Trafficante were often visited by Lewis McWillie, who was negotiating their release by Castro. Ruby told the Warren Commission on June 7, 1964 about visiting Lewis McWillie in 1959 in Havana, and also spoke of knowing McWillie’s bosses, whom, from fear of pronouncing their name, he referred to as “the Fox brothers, the greatest that have been expelled from Cuba.” (McWillie would later acknowledge to the HSCA that, “Jack Ruby could have been out there [Havana] one time with me.”) Ruby added to the Warren Commission that McWillie and one of the brothers later visited him in Dallas.
Seth Kantor quotes from a classified message that was sent from CIA headquarters to National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy, on November 28, 1963, confirming that, while Santo Trafficante was living “in relative luxury in a Cuban prison” in 1959, he was visited frequently by “an American gangster-type named Ruby.”
In September 1962, Trafficante is reported to have said to José Alman, a prominent member of the Cuban exile community in Miami, that “President Kennedy would get what was coming to him.” Aleman disagreed and argued that Kennedy would be reelected. “No, José,” said Trafficante. “He is going to be hit.” When Trafficante was asked by Richard Sprague of the HSCA, “did you ever discuss with any individuals plans to assassinate President Kennedy prior to his assassination?” Trafficante refused to answer.
As Kantor shows in great detail, Jack Ruby had repeated contacts with members of the Jewish underworld in 1963. By June 8, “a large group of Chicago racketeers began to show up at Ruby’s Carousel and at two other nearby strip-show clubs, according to a confidential report to Dallas Police Chief Jesse E. Curry written by Lieutenant Robert L. May Jr., who had been head of the vice squad.” Ruby’s underworld contact intensified during the 11 days leading up to President Kennedy’s assassination, “when Ruby abruptly signed a power of attorney, giving up certain rights to control his own money. He also suddenly bought and installed a safe for the first time in his 16 years as a Dallas nightclub operator, to store extra amounts of money.”During this period, “Ruby was getting a series of phone calls at the Carousel from an unidentified man who never would leave a message when Ruby was out.” On November 11, Ruby met in Dallas with Alexander Philip Gruber, who was known for his connections with Mickey Cohen. Gruber, who had not visited Ruby in years, told the FBI that he was in Joplin Missouri at that time, and had simply decided to drop in on Ruby “since Dallas, Texas, was about 100 miles from Joplin” (the distance is 360 miles). In the afternoon of November 22, Ruby phoned Alex Gruber in Los Angeles. “Gruber subsequently told the FBI he didn’t really know why Ruby called.” That is most probably when Ruby received an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Ruby was certainly informed about the precise moment when Oswald would be transferred from the Dallas Police Station to the County Jail. According to former British Intelligence Officer Colonel John Hughes-Wilson, it was Sam Bloom, the Jewish chairman of the “host committee” who had invited Kennedy to Dallas, who suggested to the Police “that they move the alleged assassin [Oswald] from the Dallas police station to the Dallas County Jail in order to give the newsmen a good story and pictures.” And “when the police later searched Ruby’s home, they found a slip of paper with Bloom’s name, address and telephone number on it.”
In an apparent attempt to make it impossible for him to fulfill his contract, Ruby tried to warn the Dallas Police anonymously: Lieutenant Billy Grammer, a dispatcher for the Dallas Police Department, whose statement can be heard here, received an anonymous phone call at 3 a.m. on November 24 from a man who knew Grammer’s name. The caller told Grammer that he knew of the plan to move Oswald from the basement and that unless the plans for Oswald’s transfer were changed, “we are going to kill him.” After Oswald was shot, Grammer, who knew Ruby and had found the voice familiar at the time of the call, identified Ruby as the caller.
When Ruby shot Oswald on Sunday November 24, this was not the first time he had been allowed into the Dallas Police Station. He knew about every policeman in town, and was nearly as often hanging around in the Police station as the policemen were at his Carousel strip club. “I have always been very close to the police department, I don’t know why,” he told the Warren Commission. Most plausibly, being in friendly terms with the Dallas policemen was his special mob assignment, and certainly the reason why he was chosen for silencing Oswald: few people had as much ease in making their way into the Dallas Police station.
Ruby spent a lot of time there from Friday 22 to Sunday 23, making several attempt to enter room 317 on the third floor where Oswald was interrogated. Early evening on Friday, the day Kennedy was assassinated and Oswald arrested,
shortly after 7 p.m., John Rutledge, a veteran police reporter for The Dallas Morning News, saw Jack Ruby, whom he easily recognized by sight, step from a public elevator onto the third floor. / Ruby was between two men who wore lapel credentials identifying them as out-of-town reporters. The three walked rapidly past a police officer stationed at the elevators to keep out anyone not on official business. Ruby was hunched over, writing something on a piece of paper and then showing it to one of the reporters as they walked toward Room 317, where Oswald was being interrogated by Captain Fritz and others. … A guard was posted at the bureau door to keep reporters from getting in to use the phones, but Ruby had no trouble easing in. He knew the guard. Ruby walked in and shook hands with Eberhardt, who asked him what he was doing. Ruby had note paper in his hand and said he was acting as translator for the foreign press. Eberhardt figured Ruby was talking about the Israeli press or the Yiddish-speaking reporters Eberhardt guessed he heard in the bedlam of the corridor.
Here are the exact words from Detective August M. Eberhardt’s deposition to the Warren Commission (online here):
Mr. EBERHARDT. He came in and said hello to me, shook hands with me. I asked him what he was doing. He told me he was a translator for the newspapers. Of course, I knew that he could speak Yiddish. Had a notebook in his hand…
Mr. GRIFFIN. Do you know if there were Israeli newspaper or Yiddish—
Mr. EBERHARDT. There was a bunch of them running around there talking that unknown tongue. I don’t know what they were saying.
What a shame these Yiddish-speaking reporters were not traced and identified. Victor R. Robertson Jr., a reporter for WFAA radio and TV in Dallas who knew Ruby, also testified seeing him in the Police Station, attempting to enter 317 while Oswald was in there. Despite those testimonies, the Commission denied that Ruby was ever on the third floor Friday evening.
Later that same day, after a short visit to the synagogue, Ruby bought a dozen corned beef sandwiches and “telephoned homicide detective Richard M. Sims and offered to deliver the free food right to the office. Sims thanked him but said the day’s work was about over and they wouldn’t need anything to eat. Ruby found another reason to go anyway and, at about 11:30 p.m., he stepped off the elevator on the third floor again.” At midnight, Ruby made his way to the press conference in the basement police assembly room, when Oswald was put on display. The Warren Report admits Ruby’s presence there, but portrays him as a casual bystander. “Nowhere in its 888-page report to the public did the Commission include Ruby’s admission to the FBI, a month after the crime, that he was carrying a loaded, sub-nosed revolver in his right-hand pocket during the Oswald press session in the assembly room.” Ruby couldn’t approach Oswald close enough to shoot him, as the room was packed with reporters and photographers.
On Saturday 23, Ruby brought sandwiches to reporters in the Police press room; “reliable outside witnesses reported seeing Ruby or talking with him at intervals during Saturday afternoon—witnesses such as Jeremiah A. O’Leary Jr. of The Washington Star and Thayer Waldo, a reporter to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.” Yet, Kantor notes,
the Warren Commission said it could reach “no firm conclusion as to whether or not Ruby visited the Dallas police department on Saturday” because “no police officer has reported Ruby’s presence on that day” and because “Ruby has not mentioned such a visit.” / In other words, the Warren Commission decided there had been no conspiracy between Dallas police officers and Jack Ruby because none of them reported it at the time.
On Sunday morning, arrangements were made for the transfer of Oswald to the County Jail. A little after 10:30, Kantor hypothesizes, “a call was placed to the unlisted phone in Ruby’s apartment; Ruby was told where to enter the station and that the transfer van was en route.” Ruby first went to the Western Union office in the next block, and arrived just in time to see Oswald being transferred. This narrow timing has been used as evidence that there was no premeditation and therefore no conspiracy. But Kantor theorizes that Ruby’s entrance into the Police station using the public stairway to the basement jail office area “could have triggered the go-ahead signal for Oswald to be brought down”, and he produces plausible evidence that it did. The way Ruby entered the station is still unclear, but the House committee voted in 1979 that “it was less likely that Ruby entered the police station without assistance.”
Jack Ruby after his pre-trial hearing in February 1964
Besides Ruby, we know of one person who took steps to make sure that Oswald was silenced forever. Because Ruby could only shoot one bullet to Oswald—he said he had planned to shoot three—, Oswald was still alive when he arrived at Dallas Parkland Hospital. Dr. Charles Crenshaw recalls in his book JFK, Conspiracy of Silence (1992) that, while operating on Oswald with other surgeons, he noticed that an unknown man looking like Oliver Hardy with a pistol hanging from his back pocket had entered the operation room. Minutes later, he was told about an urgent call for him and left the operating room to take it. The call was from the new sworn president Lyndon Johnson who first asked “Dr. Crenshaw, how is the accused assassin?” Crenshaw answered: “Mr. President, he’s holding his own at the moment.” Then Johnson said firmly: “Dr. Crenshaw, I want a deathbed confession from the accused assassin. There’s a man in the operating room who will take the statement. I will expect full cooperation in this matter.” Dr. Crenshaw answered “Yes, sir,” and hung up. Thirty years later, he comments: “As I stood there in a state of disbelief, my mind was racing. First, ‘deathbed confession’ implies that someone is going to die. If Oswald doesn’t die on the table, is ‘Oliver Hardy’ or someone else going to kill him?” Since Dr. Crenshaw had just told Johnson that Oswald was “holding his own,” the expression “deathbed confession” did sound like an implicit order that Oswald should not leave the operating room alive. It really sounded as if Johnson wanted Ruby’s job finished. Moments after Dr. Crenshaw went back to the operating room, Oswald’s heart beat stopped: “Oliver Hardy” disappeared, never to be seen again. “The incident,” wrote Crenshaw, “confounded logic. Why the President of the United States would get personally involved in the investigation of the assassination, or why he would take the inquest out of the hands of the Texas authorities was perplexing.”
There is plenty of evidence of Johnson’s central role in Kennedy’s assassination. And it happens that Jack Ruby directly pointed to him as the mastermind. At the end of a short filmed news conference in the Dallas County Jail in March 1965, Ruby said, “When I mentioned about Adlai Stevenson, if he was Vice-President there would never have been an assassination of our beloved President Kennedy.” Asked to explain what he meant, Ruby continued, “Well the answer is the man in office now.”
How could Ruby know of Johnson’s guilt? Former Nixon operative Roger Stone claims that, in his presence, Nixon recognized Ruby as one of “Johnson’s boys.” I doubt that story; Stone could have made it up to counter another rumor about Ruby’s connection to Nixon, sparked by a forged 1947 FBI memo stating that “one Jack Rubenstein of Chicago […] is performing information functions for the staff of Congressman Richard Nixon.”But there is one more thing linking Ruby to Johnson.
In his testimony to Chief Justice Earl Warren and other Commission members on June 7, 1964, Ruby pleaded to be given a chance to talk directly to Johnson, otherwise “you will see the most tragic thing that will ever happen,” adding that “maybe something can be saved … if our President, Lyndon Johnson, knew the truth from me.” This can be interpreted as a veiled threat addressed to Johnson. Ruby, who by this time had been sentenced to death, may have been trying to remind Johnson that his contract included a presidential pardon (he had shot Oswald out of love for the Kennedys, hadn’t he?). Even more curiously, Ruby hinted that Israel’s reputation could suffer if he spoke: “There will be a certain tragic occurrence happening if you don’t take my testimony and somehow vindicate me so my people don’t suffer because of what I have done.” He feared, he said, that his act would be used “to create some falsehood about some of the Jewish faith.” Ruby also declared to Warren, “I have been used for a purpose,” but no one in the Commission bothered to ask him who had used him and for what purpose. All Ruby got out of his confused testimony was a second pointless Warren Commission interview one month later (July 18, 1964), this time by none other than Arlen “Magic Bullet” Specter (transcript here). His frustration would explain why in March 1965, he finally accused Johnson. Shortly thereafter, he wrote a letter of sixteen pages that he managed to get smuggled out of jail, blaming Johnson for Kennedy’s murder and calling the former “a Nazi of the worst order.” By doing so, he probably hastened his own death, on January 3, 1967.
One commenter to my previous Kennedy article argued that the thesis of Israel’s motive is unconvincing because the Israeli Deep State had other options than killing Kennedy in order to go on with its Dimona project. I responded that a murderer’s motive is rarely that he has no other choice than to kill, but that he finds a crucial advantage in the killing. I also remarked that, whoever the assassins were, their purpose was obviously not just to get rid of Kennedy, but to put Johnson in charge. And that had to be done quickly, because the Kennedys were busy destroying Johnson’s reputation and would soon be announcing a change in the vice-presidency. According to Horace Busby, longtime LBJ aide and author of The Thirty-First of March (2005), Johnson had found out that, in early November 1963, Robert Kennedy had sent a team of national reporters to Texas to utterly destroy him. “We’re here to do a job on Lyndon Johnson,” said one the newsmen to an attorney whom he mistakenly believed to be a Johnson enemy. “When we get through with the sonofabitch, Kennedy won’t be able to touch him with a ten-foot pole in 1964” (quoted from this articleby Robert Morrow, who wrote more informative articles on Johnson and his “murderous psychopathy”). Richard Nixon, who happened to be in Dallas the day before Kennedy, leaked the rumor to the Dallas Morning News, who reported it on November 22nd under the headline “Nixon Predicts JFK May Drop Johnson.” Instead, Johnson became president that very day (and Nixon knew that Johnson was behind it).
So, since the assassination of Kennedy was a coup to put Johnson in power—what else can it be?—there was no time to waste: it had to be done before the new campaign started and news of a change of vice-presidential ticket was published (Nixon’s prediction was the first and the last). If we now want to know the motive of the coup, we only have to ask: What major change occurred in US policy under Johnson? The change was not visible to the American public then, but they are now well-known, at least to readers of the Jewish and Israeli press. “Lyndon Johnson: Israel Has Had No Better Friend,” headlined Haaretz on May 9, 2018.
“Historians generally regard Johnson as the president most uniformly friendly to Israel,” we are told by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Johnson was the first president to invite an Israeli prime minister, Levi Eshkol, on a state visit. They got along so well — both men were farmers — that Johnson paid Eshkol the rare compliment of inviting him to his ranch.
LBJ soon abandoned pressure on Israel to come clean about the Dimona reactor. He increased arms sales to Israel and in 1968, after Israel’s primary supplier, France, imposed an embargo as a means of cultivating ties in the Arab world, the United States became Israel’s main supplier of weapons, notably launching the talks that would lead to the sale of Phantom fighter jets to Israel.
Johnson wanted to commit more forcefully to Israel’s cause in the lead-up to the 1967 Six-Day War, but he felt constrained from a dramatic show of military might because of the failures of the war in Vietnam then dogging his presidency. Nonetheless, during the war, he ordered warships to within 50 miles of Syria’s coast as a warning to the Soviets not to interfere.
In a speech in the war’s immediate aftermath, Johnson effectively nipped in the bud any speculation that the United States would pressure Israel to unilaterally give up the lands it had captured. He laid down not only the “land for peace” formula that would inform subsequent U.N. Security Council resolutions, but made it clear that any formula had to ensure Jewish access to Jerusalem’s Old City.