Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

  • The Stupidest Thing Said So Far About Von Brunn

    Via Andrew comes this stunning statement from Debbie Schlussel:

    "Make no mistake. Muslims created this atmosphere where hatred of the Jews is okay and must be "tolerated" as a legitimate point of view. The shooting today is just yet another manifestation emanating from that viewpoint-another manifestation of the welcome mat that Muslims rolled out for fellow anti-Semites of all stripes to no longer be afraid to come out of the closet."

    Maybe this was meant to be a parody, I don't know. I've never read Debbie Schlussel before. But if it's meant seriously, then it's ridiculous. White Christians have done an excellent job being anti-Semitic for several hundred years -- almost a couple of thousand, actually --  without any help whatsoever from Muslims. In fact, it is Muslim Jew-haters who rely on the publications of European and white American anti-Semites -- most notably the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and the International Jew -- for inspiration. I hope Schlussel retracts this absurd piece of "analysis." Does she have any idea what this country was like in the 1930s? I don't think Muslims dominated the German Bund.

  • The Hobby Horses Come Riding In

    Today shouldn't be about the gun-control debate or any of the other usual debates. Today should be about two things: Remembering a victim of terrorism, and thinking about what in this world would make someone commit an act of intolerance and violence against a museum built to remind people of the dangers of intolerance and violence. Also, perhaps, the timelessness of the mental illness known as anti-Semitism.

  • A Black Man Dying in Defense of the Holocaust Museum

    Ta-Nehisi writes:

    Perhaps this means nothing but I feel that I should acknowledge that a black man was killed on guard duty at the Holocaust museum. That may mean nothing. But I think it should be said.

    No, it means something. More than something, in fact.  The great tragedy of the rift between blacks and Jews is that while we waste time arguing with each other, our common enemy -- racialist fascism -- goes unfought. Add Stephen Tyrone Johns to the group that includes Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman. All were victims of the same sick ideology.

  • The Unique Threat Against Jewish Institutions

    From Rabbi David Saperstein:

    "This represents something else that is perhaps distinct to Jews in America compared to other groups. Other religious targets may be subject to vandalism or even discriminatory acts but there are few other religious institutions that day in and day out must be concerned about acts of terrorism in the form of bombs, gun attacks, etc. On many levels Jews have been and remain the quintessential victims of religious intolerance and hatred in western civilization."

  • Leading Far-Right Holocaust Denier Says: It Ain't Us

    I just called Mark Weber, the director of the Institute for Historical Review, the leading Holocaust denial organization in America, to ask him if he knew James Von Brunn, and to find out what he thought of the shooting at the Holocaust Museum. Weber said that the shooting is a "terrible and stupid and criminal thing, and any reasonable person would condemn it." He said he knew of Von Brunn because "people have sent me things from him, but that's all I know about it."

    I asked him if his far-right organization, which sponsors conferences and magazines that deny key aspects of the Holocaust, has created an atmosphere in which white supremacists feel compelled to attack Jewish targets. He got angry and said "every movement and organization has insane people in it. What was this guy's point? I can't even figure that out."

    I suggested that one point might be to drive away tourists who hope to learn about the Holocaust but who don't want to endanger their families while doing so. Weber said he was opposed to the creation and maintenance of the Holocaust Museum, because "obviously this museum doesn't exist as an expression of altruistic concern for humanity but as an expression of the enormous power of the Jewish community." But he said he would never countenance violence against it. He did say, however, that it does not depict history accurately; for instance, he said, gas chambers never existed.

    You get the idea.

  • A Fascinating E-Mail About Holocaust Denial

    The Anti-Defamation League found this in its archives:

    ----- Original Message -----
    Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2004 4:08 AM
    Subject: From a Friend in Germany

     Time to FLUSH all "Holocaust" Memorials.



    This morning I visited Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp near  Berlin.  Its about my 12th visit.  Why do I keep returning there?   Because I learn something new every time.   The first thing I noticed this visit was that the whole camp is a building site, with workmen swarming all over the camp area.  The country's economy is going South at full speed but they still seem to have millions to invest in renovating the concentration camps. 

    The next obvious thing I noticed was, the new design plays down the very significant role of the suffering endured after the war  by the thousands of Germans who were imprisoned and murdered by the Soviet occupiers, (who are now known as 'Liberators' because they liberated millions of Germans from most of which they owned or loved ).  The German victims are mentioned on signs and documents but in such a way that the uninitiated are led to believe that these people too were victims of Nazi terror and not Soviet victims after the war had ended.

    Because of the 'renovation work' being done much of the camp was cordoned off today,  but other parts I had previously not been able to get close to,  were open. The last time I was in the camp I asked the Museum curator where exactly the camp brothel was situated, at first she pretended that there never was such a building in the camp,  but I pressured her into admitting it was 'approx' around the Hospital barracks 'somewhere'.   

    Today I could get up close to the Hospital barracks, so I started looking into all the windows hoping to discover something hinderance is,  many of the windows are actually glazed with milchglas, (milk glass)

      However a museum staff member noticed my staring through all the windows, and asked me what I was looking for ?    I told her I was looking for the Brothel,  she looked at me in surprise and said 'I don't know where the Brothel was, but it might have been in the Underground rooms below us'   THIS was news for me, the  Area below the two Hospital Barracks had underground rooms?

    If you look at this area on the photo below there is no clue that anything like underground rooms exist between the two rows of hospital barracks.

    There are no air vents or similar to give clues, and nothing about underground facilities is mentioned in the camp tour broschures.   

    I started to quiz this lady as to what else was in these underground rooms, she shrugged her shoulders and said  ' Mitunter, eine Kegelbahn' (Amongst other things they had a bowling alley) I questioned her whether I had heard her correctly, she said  "Ja, aber ich muss weiter"  "Yes but I have to go now" ,  and she went  inside the barracks.    Hey!  A BOWLING ALLEY ??.... I had learnt something new.

    Is there anyone receiving this letter that can verify what this woman told me?

    Conversation Two:

    While I was walking on from this last conversation I was approached by a middle aged couple who spoke no German,  and English only with a strong accent I didn't recognise.   

     He approached me and started asking me questions about where were the 'gas chambers' ?     I told him there were no gas chambers in Sachsenhausen, he became agitated and he actually frothed at the mouth, his voice went up an octave, saying I should not lie , his Grandparents had been in Auschwitz and they had told him that gassings occurred in all camps  (I then realised I had just met Mr and Mrs Victimnumber from Israel)

    Mr and Mrs Victimnumber told me they had just come from Dachau and he had seen the 'gas-chambers there, where the sign says in 5 languages ........QUOTE: 'never used as a Gas chamber'

    But, he told me seriously 'THEY ALL LIE' he had been in the Dachau gas chambers and SEEN the shower nozzles in the roof (shower heads are there, the whole place was dandied up by US forces after the war). 

       There is a law in Germany forbidding people telling the facts,  so I chose to shut-up and ask him to tell me what HE thought it was all about.  According to him, this is how the Nazis did it,  .....

    'The Nazis had a was a solid gas'  Solid Gas???? I asked.     'Yes it was like a soapy substance and dey trowd it true roof holes down true the shower heads and the peoples are dying witin a few seconds.

    OH I said, is that right ?     Yes!  he asked me angrily,   " VY do you tink dey had shower heads in these rooms ?"        "Ah! To take showers with", I answered.

    VY VOOD ZEY VANT to shower ?  he foamed at me....

    I looked at him and said   "Don't they have showers in Israel?"

    End of conversation two. 

    I almost expected to get back to the Camp Entrance and find the 'thought-police' waiting for me.  Nope it was OK.

    What I did notice however was the large library of Holocaust-anti-German-hatenazi- Literature on sale in the Entrance Hall. One could get the feeling that every survivor has written at least three books.


    The propaganda is enormous, on the photo only one half of the books being offered can be seen.  


    are NOT keeping up with this flood.
  • "Time to Flush All Holocaust Memorials"

    This just received from the Anti-Defamation League, on the shooting suspect:

    The suspect, identified as James Wennecke Brunn, is a long time white supremacist and anti-Semite who often uses the name James von Brunn.  Born in 1920, Brunn is a veteran of World War II and retired Naval Reserve officer.  Brunn worked in advertising and other professions until he retired.  He now  lives in Maryland and describes himself as an "artist" and "writer;" however, his magnum opus is a self-published anti-Semitic book, Tob Shebbe Goyim Harog ("Kill the Best Gentiles").   He has written many anti-Semitic essays as well.  In recent years, he also created an anti-Semitic Web site, which he called "The Holy Western Empire." The museum shooting is not the first time Brunn has exhibited a willingness to use violence with regard to targets he considered connected to Jews.

    In 1981, Brunn, then living in New Hampshire, was arrested at the headquarters of the Federal Reserve Board after he tried to use a sawed-off shotgun to take board members hostage.  Like many anti-Semites, Brunn believed that Jews control the nation's banking system.  He was convicted of attempted armed kidnapping, second-degree burglary, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a pistol without a license and two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon.  He was sentenced to four to eleven years in prison in 1983 and served over six. In 2004 Von Brunn posted on Fredrick Toben's Holocaust denial "Adelaide Institute" email group, "Time to FLUSH all "Holocaust" Memorials."


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