The People’s Car

As I was waiting for the bus this morning, a spectacularly beautiful car passed by. I immediately wished I was driving it, only envisioning the performance and luxury. Alas, more than just the fact that I can’t afford a car like that was stopping me. You see, the car was a BMW 6 Series Convertible. A German car. And as many Jews do, I harbor a lingering negativity towards German automobiles (and other German products, presumably) that prevents me from buying one.

Why?

Really, why?

I was thinking about this. Is it simply because of the Holocaust? I am not trying to make light of the Holocaust at all, heaven forbid, just wondering why it has such an impact on our consumption habits. Certainly, we don’t think that modern Germans are responsible. Are we holding a 60-year grudge? That seems unfair. Is it because of the association that Mercedes and BMW have to the German Army and Luftwaffe? (And Volkswagen, too, being given the name in the title by Hitler?) Does that mean that Porsche and Audi are OK, because they are companies formed after WWII? The Japanese allied with the Germans in WWII, yet I still drive a Honda. The revulsion just isn’t the same.

Given the complexities of the world economy, does that mean I shouldn’t drive a Jeep or a Chrysler either, since the merger with DaimlerBenz? What about products made in America for German companies? What about products made in Germany for domestic companies? Should I throw away my J.A. Henckels knives because they are made with German Steel?

How long are we supposed to carry this grudge? At what point do we say, the current ownership of BMW and Mercedes has nothing to do with the holocaust. Driving the new E500 does not make me a bad Jew, not will it make me forget the Holocaust, nor will I be financing, heaven forbid, the next Holocaust by buying German products.

I agree, we should never forget what happened in Europe in the 1930’s and 1940’s (and more importantly, what happened in the 1920’s, that led up to it. It’s more important, imho, to recognize the signs that something is coming.) But why does that necessarily include German cars?

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17 responses to “The People’s Car

  1. I don’t drive a BMW, Audi or Porsche because I can’t freakin afford one.

  2. It’s interesting b/c while buying a German car used to be taboo among American Jews, this has changed a lot in the past few years. Some of it has to do with the passage of time (a natural phenomena) and some of it has to do with the reality of our glogal economy – specifically the Chrysler/Diamler merger/takeover (ask BZR for clarification on this one). My dad, for as long as I can remember has said, towards the end of his car lease, that he was going to lease a German car. Every time he said it, he came home with another Volvo telling me that he just couldn’t pull the trigger (no pun intended). A year ago, however, he promised he was getting a German car and I yawned and expected another Volvo. He got an Audi A4 and will never go back. Great ride and unbelievable handling. This change can be seen throughout our community. Many people now have Audis, BMWs and Mercedes. It’s an interesting sociological change.

    Rob

  3. Israel has no problem using Mercedes buses and cabs… Then again the reduced price they are paying probably softens the blow.

  4. I say you don’t buy German cars until the last person who ever knew a Holocaust victim has died. Basically, our grandchildren. Then it’s somewhat OK again.

  5. That seems extraoridinarily arbitrary. Once there’s nobody alive who remembers, then it’s OK to start forgetting?

    Why is it a problem to begin with? Is it just a mental aversion to all things German (I think it is) which makes it highly personal, and up to the individual, or is there some sort of communal responsibility?

  6. wherever the problem of a Jew buying a German car (or any product) stems from, the fact is that it remains a very sore spot for Jews of variyng generations and the most visibly obvious “offensive purchases” are mercedes VW and bmw, simply becuase they are so easily identified as German.

    I personally don’t take offense when I see a Jew driving a Mercedes or BMW but every time I see a black one, I look for the red flags with swastikas.

  7. Audi’s history is one of the most many-faceted stories ever told in the history of the automobile in general. The Audi emblem with its four rings identifies one of Germany’s oldest-established automobile manufacturers. It symbolises the amalgamation in 1932 of four previously independent motor-vehicle manufacturers: Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer. These companies form the roots of what is today AUDI AG.

    From: http://www.audi.com/audi/com/en1/company/history.html

  8. There is a good reason why EVERYONE, and not just JEWS, should avoid buying cars from Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and Volkswagon. That also goes for anything made by Siemens.

    They made $billions using forced Jewish slave labor during WWII, and were steadfastly unapologetic for it. They refused to compensate the victims of the slave labor camps while they were still alive.

    However, not one to miss a PR opportunity, Volkswagon and Siemens decided that they would perform a “humanitarian gesture” by offering a measly $12 million to the relatives of those who died in Nazi labor camps.

    The rub, though, is that these same companies forced relatives to produce death certificates verifying that their kin actually died as a result — knowing FULL WELL that the Nazis never kept death certificates.

    Screw the German automobil industry. But American, Japanese, or Korean!!!!

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  10. Freedom. It’s a wonderful thing.I will not spend my money on any Mercedes, BMW, VW nor Porsche An Audi is okay, because Audi built a false floor in their assembly plant in Germany and risked it all, and saved 100 Jewish people.I will also never buy Braun, Siemans, and Krups.
    VW & Krups designed & tested the gas chambers, for those who did not know.
    Mercedes Benz ran the transportation for Hitler, supplying tanks, trucks, cars, and BMW did planes and produced all of the hate literature, that was dropped from those planes to encite riot amongst youthfull Germans to hurt, kill & torture Jews.
    I will never buy their product. It has NOTHING to do with forgetting or forgiving. It has everything to do with remembering the memories of my departed “brothers” at the wicked hands of the prior generation who built these products.
    Forgive. But do not ever forget. To forget … is opening the door for a repeat. Hello Iran ?!

    I am very happy & satisfied with my Cadillac Sixty Special and my new Lincoln Town Car.

    Freedom. It’s a wonderful thing! You want to buy a German car, or product? You are free to do so & I will NOT verbally be your critic & in turn, you shall not be MY critic for having my opinion(s).

  11. SO, I GUESS BLACKS SHOULDN’T BUY ANYTHING MADE BY A WHITE COMPANY…? AND THE NATIVE AMERICANS.WHAT SHOULD THEY DO?

    I HAVE A BIMMER, AND IT’S GREAT!! NOTHING WRONG WITH “HITLER HARDWARE”

  12. HOW ABOUT HENRY FORS, the popularizer of THE PROTOCALL OF THE ELDERS OF ZION…BY THE MERCEDES HATERS LOGIC, WE SHOULDN’T BUY A FORD——–HENRY FORD WAS A HUGE ANTISEMITE—OH YEAH! AND CHARLES LINDBURGH, A JEW HATER IF THERE EVER WAS ONE…

  13. I will not wear anything made out of COTTON.

  14. You’re a jerk, Weiss!
    Get your facts right!

    FoMoCo has annually given loads of financial support to the UJA (United jewish Appeal. Ford grants dealerships
    to Jewish investors, as well as Latino, Italian, and Blacks. Find me any Mercedes or BMW or Porsche dealership owned by a Jew, a Black or a Latino.
    Save your time, there aren’t any.

    Ford Motor Company is the first – the ONLY to have
    a Jewish President of Ford of America. His name is
    Mark Fields, and he IS THE President of Ford.
    (Same guy the put Mazda on the map, prior).

    Neither Chrysler, American Motors, Studebaker, General Motors or Packard / Hudson ever had a Jewish person in ANY high office. (They’ll tell that none were qualified, or some other such crap.) I guess they were too busy curing Polio ! 🙂

    Last year the Ford Motor Company gave $100,000 to the Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C. for the care & preservation of the museum. It’s a new decade at Ford, actually a new couple of decades. Henry I is looong dead.

  15. By the way audi also produced for the nazis they were around quite a while…check thier website…

  16. Jews who drive German cars are like blacks who fly the confederate flag.

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