February 21, 2007, - 12:38 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
There were two important passings of note, last week.
Maurice Papon, a former French cabinet minister who helped the Nazis perpetrate the Holocaust, died at 96 on Saturday.
Unfortunately, for his complicity in deporting 1,690 Jews from France to their torturous deaths in the Nazi concentration camps, he barely did any time. Although he was the highest-ranking Frenchman convicted for crimes against humanity. Though Papon played a starring role in the Nazi Vichy regime, he was only found guilty in 1998 and sentenced to only 10 years in prison.
He fled France to avoid prison, and when he finally went to prison, he was released in 2002 becaue of “poor health.” He was allowed to live out his final 4 years and most of his life before in peace and tranquility, unlike the suffering and murder he put 1,690 of his fellow Frenchman through, merely because they were Jews.
Then, there is Robert Adler, a Jew who was born and raised in Austria. He was fortunate enough to leave Europe for a job in the U.S. working for Zenith. He co-invented the Zenith Space Command in 1956. Today, we know it as the remote control.
Attention, Muslims: yet another invention you constantly use, invented by an “evil Zionist.”
Adler also contributed tremendously to our war efforts in World War II. From The Money Times:
Adler, during World War II, worked on high-frequency oscillators and electromechanical filters in aircraft radios. He is known for his work in surface acoustic wave technology used in color televisions and touch screens. During his lifetime, Adler was granted 180 patents for electronic devices.
During World War II, Adler specialized in military communications equipment. He later helped develop sensitive amplifiers for ultra high frequency signals used by radio astronomers and by the U.S. Air Force for long-range missile detection.
Adler also was considered a pioneer in SAW technology, or surface acoustic waves, in color television sets and touch screens. The technology has also been used in cellular telephones.
Incredibly, Adler was attacked for inventing the remote, but I like his response:
He downplayed his role when asked if he felt his invention helped raise a new generation of couch potatoes.
“People ask me all the time ‘Don’t you feel guilty for it?’ And I say that’s ridiculous,” he said. “It seems reasonable and rational to control the TV from where you normally sit and watch television.”
Robert Adler, a great American, died Thursday at age 93. Blessed Be His Memory (Z”L).
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