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天使與魔鬼

在 Human Smoke 中的敘述,有些會讓人讀得驚心動魄。

下面這一段可以取名「天使與魔鬼」 :

A dentist from New York, Dr. Howard Blake, talked to Rafael Trujillo, president of the Dominican Republic.  Blake was representing the American Jewish Congress.  He and Trujillo were trying to determine whether one million eastern European Jews could move to Trujillo’s country.  It was January 1937.

Blake toured the proposed area of resettlement with the president’s engineering aide and the secretary of agriculture.  The island was, Blake said, a “veritable paradise."

President Trujillo wrote a ltter to Rabbi Stephen Wise, president of the Smerican Jewish Congress.  “The Dominican people and government, over which I have the honor to preside, received the proposal with the greatest symphathy." Trujillo said, “and expect to be able to offer a hospitable reception to that immigration of Jewish agriculturalists whom you propose to bring to my country to dedicate themselves to the land and development of industrial enterprises."

紐約的牙醫 霍華德‧布雷克 ( Howard Blake)和多明尼加共和國總統拉斐‧杜希略  (Rafael Trujillo )會談。布雷克代表美國猶太人大會。他和杜希略試圖確定是否可以讓百萬東歐猶太人移居到到杜希略的國家。那時是1937年1月。

布雷克和杜希略的工程助手和農業部長參觀了提議的安置地區。布萊克說該島是一個「真正的天堂」。

杜希略總統寫了一封信給美國猶太人大會會長斯蒂‧懷斯 ( Stephen Wise ) 教士 。 「在我榮幸主持下,多米尼加人民和政府,以最大的同情接收此案。 」杜希略說, 「我們期待能夠提供給來此移民的猶太農業工作者一個友善的接待,就如你所提議的,這些人會致力於土地開發的工業發展。」

讀到這裏,你會覺得多明尼加總統杜希略是解救猶太人於大屠殺,類似辛德勒的天使。

然後 :

Trujillo wanted Jewish immigrants because they were white: Later that year,
Trujillo’s troops massacred twelve thousand Haitian peasants because
they were black.


杜希略要猶太移民,因為他們是白人:那一年的不久之後,杜希略的軍隊屠殺了一萬兩千名海地農民,因為他們是黑人。

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