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Oswald Mosley in 1968. Photo: Ignoto / Wikimedia commons

Oxford University professor Lawrence Goldman, along with Sir Lloyd Dorfman and other influential alumni, have suggested the UK government should step in because they believe Oxford University has lost its moral compass in accepting money from contaminated sources.

In this case, the twelve million pounds comes from the legacy left by Max Mosley’s father, Oswald Mosley, the leader of the British Union of Fascists, Hitler’s friend and supporter and rabid anti-Semite who led the marches of his blackshirt thugs against Jews across Whitechapel in London’s East End in the 1930s. His son Max Mosley, who died that year, was a supporter of his father’s post-war labor movement. In 1962 he was arrested after a scuffle with anti-fascists in east London as his father was once again cycling his anti-Semitism. Max was best known for helping transform Formula 1 racing. But he never denied his father’s fascism. Professor Lawrence Goldman, emeritus scholar in history at St Peter’s College, said Mosley never apologized for supporting his father’s movement, which had donated “dirty and corrupt money”.

Goldman said Oxford lost its moral compass by accepting the trust money. In this respect, Oxford is probably no different from most other great institutions of higher education of the past or modern times. The fact that the London School of Economics, University College London and Imperial College all accepted money from pro-Nazi sources suggested that this was a much larger problem, he said. he declares. “If the Mosley family trust wants to atone, if they want to do good in the world, surely they should build civic centers or retirement homes for the elderly Jews who were beaten in Golders Green and the North West. from London.

Oxford University has long accepted money from donors linked to the Hitler regime. He was happy to accept millions from an heir to Friedrich Flick. The war criminal was sentenced to seven years in prison by a US court in Nuremberg for using slave labor under the Nazis. And the Alfred Toepfer Foundation. Toepfer used to promote international subversion by the Hitler regime and help major Nazis and extremist intellectuals in post-war Europe. West Germany’s most prominent banker, Deutsche Bank chairman Hermann Josef Abs, helped fund Oxford. Abs explained that he had been the wartime Deutsche Bank board member primarily responsible for the firm’s foreign transactions at a time when one of his most significant investments had been in IG Farben, the private German chemical company allied with the Nazis that manufactured the Zyklon B gas used to commit genocide against millions of European Jews during the Holocaust.

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Professor Goldman said: “My main concerns are that Oxford’s record of accepting donations or grants arguably linked to the Nazis is indirectly serving to give a measure of respectability to heinous and dangerous doctrines. Also, even though academics with such money may object, then I think it becomes more difficult to research and teach the history of the Holocaust.

In the United States, the current moralizing climate of public opinion has, in my opinion, shifted too much in the other direction. Yet, in some cases, I completely agree. According to the Associated Press, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is removing the Sackler name from seven exhibition spaces amid growing outrage over the role family may have played in the opioid crisis. In September, the Sacklers agreed to pay $ 4.5 billion and divest the ownership of Purdue Pharma, which would be reorganized. They in turn would benefit from immunity from future prosecution. Families of the victims and a group of states criticized the deal. Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to criminal charges in late 2020. The museum and the Sackler family jointly announced Thursday that the institution and their once-deep-pocketed benefactors would go their separate ways, removing the Sackler name from the iconic building, including the wing that houses the Temple of Dendur. The wing is named after brothers Arthur, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler, who donated $ 3.5 million to it in the 1970s.

If only Jewish charities took a more moral stance on giving. In the Orthodox world in particular, the opposite is true. Large donations regularly launder many crimes. I can understand that Hasidic rabbis and mystical gurus welcome rich sinners into the fold and view their charitable giving as atonement. But making them heroes is a question of moral failure that sends the wrong message to their followers. I can also understand why such religious leaders welcome penitents who come to visit them. What I don’t understand is why aspiring and current leaders go on a fundraising visit to disbelievers or people with a history of unacceptable behavior.

Recently, an outstanding Hasidic leader came to New York where he was celebrated on a hugely successful visit. I was impressed both by him and by the way he campaigned to reverse the trend of excessive severity and rigidity within a specific Hasidic dynasty. Even at the cost of being ostracized. But I was very disappointed with the kind of men he went to visit in their offices rather than having them come to see him. Once again it’s the optics that bothers me. Feeling like all the money is all that matters. Judaism as a religion does not believe that money is the root of all evil. But that doesn’t mean all money is the same and all rich people are the same, but some are definitely tainted. It is reminiscent of the well-known biblical phrase of Ecclesiastes that “money covers everything”. This is as true now as it was then. But of course, the source of this quote, King Solomon, also didn’t set such a good example.

The author is a rabbi and writer, currently based in New York City.

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