What Jewish History Forgot

by Marnie Macauley October 2, 2018


johann-philipp-reis-telephone‘Pull Up in Front of My House’:

During the Yom Kippur war in 1973 a gentile named William Aiken wrote a letter to the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph that was published in 250 dailies.  He wrote (excerpted):   “Bumper stickers read   ‘Jews go home, pack your belongings and go. We do not want Jews. We want oil. But before you leave, do us a favor?! Could you leave behind the vaccine formula of Dr. Jonas Salk before you go?! Will you leave behind the capability in politics, your good literature and your tasty food? Please have pity on us. Remember it was from you that we learned the secret of how to develop great men as Einstein and Steinmetz.  We owe you for the atomic bomb, research satellites and perhaps we owe you our very existence. I’m not sure I could live a secure life in a land in which you are not found. If at any time you will have to leave, love will leave with you. Democracy will leave with you – If you pass by my house, please slow down and honk …  because I’m going with you.”

Einstein, Salk, Freud. They got there/did that, first. Then they named it, and claimed it. But what of the thousands of brainstorms that have been mis-credited – what is the real story versus the historical “record?”


When you’re talking gas, who better to check with than Jews? Experts on all kinds of natural gas – of course petroleum wasn’t discovered by an Arab or a Texan. The credit properly goes to Austrian Jew, Abraham Shreiner, an amateur scientist who found one could use petroleum to light the world!  (And no, I’m not guessing whether matches were or were not involved.)  In 1853, he built a distillation plant, a year before US-ians “discovered” it.

And while we’re on the subject …


Do you know the creative meaning behind Marcus Samuel’s (1853–1927) “Shell” Oil?   In 1878, Marcus Samuel ran his father’s London curio shop featuring … sea shells. Marcus kicked things up a notch to an import-export business, and handling consignments of kerosene. He continued “notching,” and in 1892, operated tankers to the Far East. What to name the Big Biz to honor papa’s passion for the place? “Curio?” Scary. Ah, but papa’s beloved imported shells, so, in 1897 he formed the “Shell” Transport and Trading Company! During the next decade he had worldwide contracts for petroleum supplies. In 1898, he was knighted, and later became the first Viscount Bearsted, which I guess beats the Viscount of Cockles.


In 1861, 15 years before Bell patented his “phone,” Johann Philipp Reis, a German Jew, exhibited his own to scientists in Europe. OK, true, it sounded a bit like Donald Duck with a lisp, but did it he did! Finally, in 1878, European scientists dedicated a monument to Reis, two years after Bell received his first patent. German textbooks credited Reis (until the 1930s, when the Nazis purged “Jews” from German lit.). In 1961, however, the Germans issued a postal stamp in honor of: “First telephone by Philipp Reis from 1861.”


Who and which created the first airship? Is the name correct or is it a count’s chutzpah? As I first heard the story, the zeppelin should have been called the “Schwarzian,” for Zagreb Jew, David Schwarz (1852-1897) who invented and built a prototype in 1892. When the German government finally OKed the thing, Schwarz dropped dead, some say from shock. Afterward, it’s alleged that Count Zeppelin bought the patents from Mrs. Schwarz –and took the credit. The emmes? Some accounts note Count Zeppelin’s long-held interest in rigid metal airships and once he got the rights to purchase aluminum he was off and “zeppelin-ing.”  To this day, the “truth” remains “up in the air.”


Raise your hand if you’ve heard of Charles A. Lindbergh? Now, Charles A. Levine?  The 30-year-old entrepreneur who entered the “Fly me First” competition and lost to Lindbergh (who flew solo, non-stop across the Atlantic in 1927) announced the very next day that his plane would fly faster and further! Only two weeks later, Levine’s pilot, Chamberlin, landed in a German field in 42 hours. Lindbergh’s distance and speed record was smashed by Levine’s craft!  And, along for the ride, he became the world’s first trans-Atlantic air passenger!


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