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From this perspective the reference to Jesus reinforced the notion of a Judeo-Christian civilization and provided a glue that would bind Christian and Jewish members of the movement. Christians identified with the Jewish trauma of the Holocaust, while Jews recognized the universal greatness of Jesus, albeit in a secular and not a theological context. But the reference to Jesus had another purpose. Here is an exchange between Kunstler and Judge Hoffman, which so impressed Kunstler that he quoted it in his autobiography: Judge Hoffman.
How do these hyphenated identities, mixing Native American attributes and attributes of other cultures— African, Anglo-Saxon, Asian, Indian, Irish, Italian, Jewish—play out in the law? From this perspective, this essay is a case study of the struggle between the politics of ethnic identity and national identity in the arena of the courtroom. Here are, in a nutshell, the particularly interesting aspects of the Chicago conspiracy trial from the perspective of American-Jewish identity. The trial has a judge (Julius Hoffman), three lawyers (prosecutor Richard Schultz14 and defense counsels William Kunstler and Leonard Weinglass), and three defendants (Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Lee Weiner) representing different strands of AmericanJewish identity.
How does all this relate to the fact that so many of the participants in the Chicago conspiracy trial were Jewish? ”27 However, despite the compelling universalistic allure of this thesis, it is not persuasive. Enough commentators have referred to the Jewish presence in the trial to indicate that below the surface the Jewish factor had significance and meaning. Helene E. ”29 Hayden did not mention the Jewishness of the defendants or the defense counsels. 30 He was probably expressing the conservative stereotype that rabble-rousers and leftists (people like Marx, Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg, Emma Goldman, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg) were Jewish.