# TRANS-EUROPA MEDIAS / WHAT J.R.R. TOLKIEN SAID TO THE NAZIS WHEN THEY ASKED IF HE WAS JEWISH …

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JRR Tolkien (The Lord of the rings) :

“If I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no ancestors of that gifted people.

My great-great-grandfather came to England in the eighteenth century from Germany: the main part of my descent is therefore purely English, and I am an English subject—which should be sufficient.

I have been accustomed, nonetheless, to regard my German name with pride, and continued to do so throughout the period of the late regrettable war, in which I served in the English army.

I cannot, however, forbear to comment that if impertinent and irrelevant inquiries of this sort are to become the rule in matters of literature, then the time is not far distant when a German name will no longer be a source of pride.”

Tolkien in video on :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GFAWnEWQtyk

TEM / with Elephant journal / Dec. 27, 2013 /

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