Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945), dressed in military attire and giving the Nazi salute, early twentieth century. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945), dressed in military attire and giving the Nazi salute, early twentieth century. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

I’ve already touched on a couple of other examples of Internet bullying in previous blogs which I’ll review here. One of these is the 2014 novel For Such a Time.

This is a historical romance by Kate Breslin, who says on her website that she tries to write “inspirational” books. Before being attacked, her novel had been shortlisted for a RITA prize in the Romance Writers of America’s annual awards. See Newsweek article here.

The book is reportedly based on the Book of Esther with New Testament Christian overtones. In the novel, Jewess Hadassah Benjamin is blonde and blue-eyed, so able to hide behind an Aryan identity during World War II. She is pressed into secretarial service by SS Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. She is horrified by what’s going on, but needs to protect herself. To make matters worse, Hadassah finds herself attracted to von Schmidt. She makes an effort to save prisoners and converts to Christianity as the novel progresses. It’s a complex set-up, and, of course, turned out to be offensive in some quarters.

The book was denounced as anti-Semitic after a letter of complaint from Sarah Wendell to the RITA awards committee. This resulted in an apology from Breslin, but the issue didn’t stop there. A controversy about anti-Semitism erupted within the Romance Writers of America. Vox Day printed Wendell’s comments on his blog, which resulted in a backlash and attacks on her as an anti-Christian SJW. Wendell denied that her motivation was to censor the book.

Note: This should not be taken as support for Nazism or anti-Semitism in any way on my part. I just support Breslin’s right to freedom of expression.

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