Who Is a Jew? – Eleanor Roosevelt, Oswald Spengler, and Stephen Jay Gould

(This article was originally written on October 11, 2020.) 

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is eleanor-roosevelt.jpgEleanor Roosevelt

Roosevelt is internationally known as a promoter of women’s rights. She happens to have been born on this day. As a Roosevelt, she was a member of one of the richest and most prominent families in America. President Theodore Roosevelt was Eleanor’s paternal uncle. She was a Roosevelt by blood, and not only through her marriage by Franklin Roosevelt, who was her fifth cousin once removed and the 32nd president of the United States. I am almost certain the Roosevelt family is Jewish. I have the Roosevelts mentioned in my Jewish Presidents page.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is oswald-spengler.jpgOswald Spengler

Spengler wrote the widely discussed book The Decline of the West (1918-1922) (German: “Der Untergang des Abendlandes”). Though Spengler is admitted to have been at least partly Jewish (one great-grandparent, Bräunchen Moses), his Jewishness is almost never mentioned, and he and his work are still popularly viewed as “German”, when his Jewish ancestry would make such a claim unjustifiable. His work is said to have had an influence on the Nazi Party. Spengler regarded the decline and death of civilization to be inevitable, similar to the life cycle of an organism. The idea of a “Law of Civilization and Decay” was discredited by Lothrop Stoddard in his far less known but likely much more praiseworthy book The Revolt Against Civilization: The Menace of the Under-Man (1922), which I reviewed here, though the work makes no mention of Spengler.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is stephen-jay-gould.jpgStephen Jay Gould

Gould was a popular biologist and author on the history of science. He taught at Harvard University and worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He is admitted to have had Jewish ancestry by his mother Eleanor. One often finds his name in contemporary studies of race and in popular publications which criticize the idea of racial differences.

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