Belafonte changes tune on Jews in Third Reich

Famed entertainer and political activist Harry Belafonte told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday that he was retracting his recent statement that Jews had served “high up” in the Third Reich, a comment which angered several Jewish organizations. He continued, however, to maintain that Jews had contributed to Hitler’s cause and that the Bush administration resembled the period leading up to the Nazi regime.
Earlier this week, in an interview with Cybercast News Service, Belafonte used a Nazi analogy to attack black officials in the Bush administration. “Hitler had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich,” he said.
“I do regret the sentence was not structured more accurately,” Belafonte told the ‘Post’ in a telephone interview from the United States. “I, too, agree that Jews weren’t ‘high up’.”
He added, however, that “Jews did have a role, some did, in the demise and brutal treatment of the Jewish people.” He pointed to the book Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers as just one example supporting his statement. The book, recently profiled in the ‘Post’, tells of part-Jewish soldiers who fought for the Wehrmacht.
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