Norman Rockwell and Anti-Semitic Hunting Knives
A friend recently eMailed me a collection of Norman Rockwell paintings, most of which initially appeared as Saturday Evening Post covers. Rockwell’s detailed and often sentimental realism captured the essence of what America was all about more than half a century ago. This was part of my life, and now, it is part of history. It is an America etched into our memories, but probably not recognizable by most of those under age 50 today.
There is an American story behind each of these covers. My favorite is the “Freedom from Want” poster, featuring a grandmotherly woman putting a roast turkey on the table. Another favorite is “The Runaway,” which shows an understanding police officer and diner counterman befriending a boy whose efforts to leave home they have obviously thwarted. Could this happen today? View the full collection at
Well, an uncle or older brother of one of our gang came up to us one afternoon after school, and said that Jewish boys should not be selling subscriptions to the Post, and to reward us for not doing so, he was going to give each of us one of those same hunting knives they were offering as prizes. (In retrospect, it very well might have been that he was connected to one of the Jewish "mafia" groups such as that run by Longie Zwillman at the time which had gone after local pro-Nazi clubs in the Newark area with baseball bats.) I got one of the knives which my parents confiscated as soon as they saw it as something far too dangerous for a ten year old to have. Those Norman Rockwell paintings reminded me of this sideline on history.
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