Jonathan's Letter to A "Jewish Leader"
November 4, 1997
Jonathan Pollard sent the following letter to a Jewish leader. We have deleted the man's name, but the truth is, we could have addressed this letter to any one of hundreds of "machers", since it encapsulates our experience with many of them.
Dear "Jewish Leader",
Authentic Jewish sources teach us that often a man's rise to a position
of influence or power is not so much a reward as it is a test.
Consider then how it is that a man who presents himself as an ethicist,
and an expert on the Holocaust, could display such a pitiful lack of
moral conscience and such a striking lack of memory in dealing with a
man whose situation has been defined as a case of "pidyan shhvuyim". (See the
Urgent Appeal From The Great Rabbis.)
My ultimate redemption does not rest in the hands of false friends such as yourself. In truth, in spite of the commitments you made to me which you did not keep, and in spite of the lies you told me straight-faced, there is nothing you can do for me.
Rather, in my reaching out to you to ask you to make a small gesture of
participation in the mitzvah of pidyan shvuyim, all that you could do in
fact is to build your own legacy. It has taken us nearly a year of phone
calls and discussions and now your legacy is complete.
I pity you. It is far easier to live a life of truth behind bars than it
is to live a life of lies in a palace of smoke and mirrors.
I bear you no malice in spite of the lies and the cowardice.
If our brief contact these last few months can do nothing for me, at least it
may perhaps encourage you to look into your own soul and start you on
the process of redeeming yourself. Until then, it seems that the only
legacy you have is falsehood disguised by the smoke and mirrors of
"Shoah Business". In any event that is how the historical record of the
Pollard case will remember you.