Raised as a Jew, the Holocaust permeated and tainted EVERYTHING in our family, our Synagogue, and indeed our entire lives, with fear, hatred and a perverse desire for vengeance. Every Gentile (a word of reproach) was regarded with fear and a measure of loathing. That is the truth.
Yes! We lost relatives in WWII, yet OUR suffering was somehow more important than the MILLIONS of non-Jews who had died to defeat Hitler. I heard very little appreciation and admiration for the Gentile families in our world who had also lost loved ones. To be an American Jew meant to be separate, unconnected and suspicious.
When Israel was born, all we heard was how we "deserved" the land of Palestine. There was absolutely NO discussion about the suffering and genocide against the Palestinians. Even when the word Palestine was mentioned, it was in the mindset and the description of the sub-human beings who stood in our way of conquest.
Because of those pathological, vengeful and wicked acts, many thousands of children raised Jewish decided that Judaism was not salvageable.....that it was not worth the hatreds and fears that if fed on. And so we threw it off, like one discards a soiled and tattered garment, infested with fleas.
If the highest manifestation and highest achievement of Judaism is a fear ridden, genocidal. racist Police State that is every bit as evil as Nazi Germany, it is NOT for People of Faith, Justice, Equality and Mercy. One does not have to be a Jew. It is a choice, not a destiny.