Norwegian Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published its controversial series of Muhammad cartoons, I selected as my Quote of the Week an extract from an editorial that the same newspaper had published in November 1938 on the subject of Kristallnacht, the extensive pogrom against Jews in Nazi Germany that had taken place just six days before.
Jyllands-Posten had commented at the time: "You have to admit Germany its clear right to rid itself of its Jews. But one must insist that it happens in a decent manner". I made that my quote of the week because I found it striking that a newspaper that in 1938 been wrong in such an ugly and spectacular way about the persecution of a demonized minority on its borders, should in 2006 manufacture a controversy designed to offend a demonized minority in its midst, as if it had learned nothing from its own past.
Anyway, in confirming the authenticity of the quote, the public relations desk at Jyllands-Posten was kind enough to offer me a copy of the entire editorial from 15 November 1938 - Jodeforfolgelserne I Tyskland/Persecution of Jews In Germany. My Norwegian is a little rusty, i.e. I don't know any, but for the benefit of any Norwegian-speakers who might be interested I have scanned the article below. (In 12 parts, to keep file size small).
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Update: Er... do me a favour and for everywhere I wrote "Norwegian" just insert "Danish". I'm working on a separate post about an article in the Norwegian (yes really) newspaper Aftenposten, and my brain was apparently still working on that when I wrote this post. Duh.