June 4, 2009, - 2:08 pm

OUTRAGE: Chrysler Dealer Compares Closing of Dealership to “Kristallnacht”

By Debbie Schlussel
I feel for the Chrysler dealers who were told by Chrysler that they can no longer be in business as Chrysler dealers. It doesn’t make sense, as the dealers cost Chrysler no money. And Chrysler’s claim that there’s “too much competition” and that they don’t have enough inventory, smacks of unfair restraint of trade. Competition is good for the consumer, and less of it means higher prices.
Still, that’s business in America. It happens all the time. Businesses go bankrupt and their bankruptcies cancel all prior agreements and contractual obligations. That’s life. And business is business. Any business knows that, with a bankruptcy filing by another business upon which it depends, that business will die. It’s happened over the years to many other business owners who didn’t diversify and take measures to survive if their symbiotic relationship with another business ends. Chrysler dealers aren’t the first, and they won’t be the last.
Attention, Marvin Tamaroff:

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This . . .

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. . . Is Not the Same As This:

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Photos from Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938: Jews Arrested and Sent to Concentration Camps, Synagogues and Jewish Businesses Destroyed . . .

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But the biggest outrage in all of this is an absurd letter by Chrysler dealer Marvin Tamaroff, whose suburban Detroit dealership was ordered closed. Tamaroff compares the closing of his dealership under bankruptcy proceedings to “Kristallnacht,” November 9-10, 1938.

It is like “Crystal Night” in Nazi Germany in 1938, but instead of the Nazis seizing “private property” without due process of law and compensation, Chrysler and President Obama are using the
power of a Federal Bankruptcy Judge to trample and run roughshod over the rights of 789 Dodge/Chrysler Dealers.

That’s nauseating. On Kristallnacht (or in English, “Crystal Night”), tens of thousands of Jews were hauled off to death camps, gassed, and never heard from again. The businesses that were vandalized and destroyed by the Nazis–their glass windows broken, their merchandise plundered, and contents set on fire–had this done for the sole reason that the businesses were owned by Jews. Kristallnacht was the official beginning of the Holocaust, during which Six Million Jews were murdered and many others tortured and hobbled for life.
Most of my family–on both sides–was wiped out in the Holocaust, sent to their deaths in the camps or shot on sight. But I doubt a single person will cook in the ovens or be thrown into a mass grave over the closing of several hundred Chrysler dealerships.
A very wealthy dealer losing his dealership–NOT because he is Jewish–is hardly the same thing. Not even close. Moreover, while Tamaroff whines in his letter that he is losing his business, his federal campaign contributions list his occupation as “retired.” Did he lie then? Or is he lying now? Tamaroff also doesn’t note in his letter that he’s a multi-millionaire with many foreign and other domestic brand dealerships all over the greater suburban Detroit area. I shed no tears for him.
And he doesn’t tell you in his letter that he regularly donates free cars for auction to the anti-American, anti-Israel, pan-terrorist Detroit Public Television so it can stay on the air.
Full disclosure: Tamaroff’s sleazy failed former trial lawyer, pro-choice liberal Democrat Marc Shulman, was my opponent when he ran for the Michigan House of Representatives (and pretended to be a conservative Republican) in 1998. But Shulman’s election proved only to highlight the greediness of Tamaroff and other dealerships. They got Shulman to introduce and pimp legislation requiring a fee of $200 plus to all car dealers when a prospective car purchaser fills out applications. The legislation only failed after I and some friends anonymously got a dimwitted Detroit Free Press columnist to write about it and expose Shulman’s relationship with Tamaroff.
When you get greedy like that, what goes around comes around. And karma’s a bitch.
So, I feel no tears for Marvin Tamaroff, this multi-millionaire whiner with no sense of dignity. Anyone who has the chutzpah to compare the predictable results of a voluntary bankruptcy in the 2009 United States of America to the Nazis, in 1938, seizing hundreds of thousands of Jews and sending them to their deaths, deserves to go out of business.
Buh-bye. And good riddance.
It’s beyond sad that Marvin Tamaroff–who in his 80s has lived a full, good life, and at the end of the day, goes home to his great life and gazillions and lives in freedom–cannot distinguish between that and someone who was dragged to the ovens of Auschwitz at age 12 to be completely snuffed out because he or she was a Jew.
Even more sad: that no one in the Jewish Community has the guts to denounce Tamaroff’s ludicrous and perverse comparison. But the Tamaroffs are liberals and big donors to Jewish causes. And the “principled” activists in my community know on which side their matzoh is buttered.

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9 Responses

Debbie–
Good post. One correction, though..
The correct rendering of the expression is:
“What goes around comes around,” the implication being that it finally came around and got YOU.
[RR: YOU ARE CORRECT. FIXED. DS]

Red Ryder on June 4, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Rush Limbaugh had the facts on the Gm and Chrysler dealer closings yesterday from somebody high up in management in both companies. It was on the first hour.
The corporations are not closing the dealers the order came from the white house. Barry Soetoro is implementing his socialistic vision of America.
These dealers having their franchises stolen from them are nothing but grand theft from the US Government.
There is no way the bankruptcy courts would terminate the dealerships, as you say they cost them nothing and produce sales for the corporations.
[SD: ARE EITHER YOU OR RUSH A BANKRUPTCY LAWYER? THE FACT IS THERE IS NO TELLING WHAT A BANKRUPTCY JUDGE WILL DO. THEY BASICALLY DO WHATEVER THE BANKRUPTCY TRUSTEE TELLS THEM TO DO, ESPECIALLY IF THE DEBTOR AND CREDITORS AGREE. SORRY, BUT THE FACT IS THAT ANY BANKRUPTCY NULLS AND VOIDS ALL PRIOR AGREEMENTS, INCLUDING FRANCHISE AND DEALERSHIP AGREEMENTS. IT’S THAT SIMPLE. BUT, REGARDLESS, THAT’S NOT THE POINT OF THIS POST. ARE YOU SAYING YOU AGREE THAT THIS IS LIKE THE HOLOCAUST? I SURE HOPE NOT. DS]

ScottyDog on June 4, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Debbie you’re absolutely right about the ridiculous comparison. The “Crystal night” didn’t take place with the forced closings of these businesses.
However, It’s possibly just a heartbeat up the road if Hussein and Henchmen aren’t stopped soon and they start rounding up we “right wing extremists” when the next abortionist is harmed of worse killed.

Chicagoray on June 4, 2009 at 3:27 pm

It’s amazing that so few people know that GM could have easily been let to fend for itself. They were already down from 1/2 million workers at their peak 15 years ago to only 92,000 right up to the bankruptsy. Not that I don’t feel bad for 92,000, but it’s not as so many felt it would be. I think that all the slack for all the related distributors would be eventually be taken by the remainder namely Ford, Toyota, Honda and all the other imports. And left to fend for itself, GM could have sold off the crap, instead of the diamonds like Hummer and Saab. If you’ve seen the new “GM” commercial, it’s obvious who created it. All it talks about is small, green and hybrid. And making a big deal of less being more.
Also I have no sympathy for any dealerships, because I doubt if there is any owners left who don’t carry many different names. As for the salesman, if they wait awhile, they will all be rehired through attrition. Anyway I doubt that anyone other than Greenies will buy GM.

adorabl on June 4, 2009 at 4:10 pm

It’s about perspective people

mindy1 on June 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm

The Coming Communist-American Auto Industry
Get ready America. The Corvette, Chevy Camaro, Dodge Viper, Dodge Challenger R/T, Mustang, Cadillac CTS and the Hummer are all on the Obama chopping block ñ even though thatís what Americans want to buy. It doesnít matter anymore. We now have government-controlled industry dictated by those who do everything through political agenda. They have a vision and it looks a lot like the Yugo…….
http://www.newswithviews.com/DeWeese/tom140.htm
by Tom DeWeese

Johnny V on June 4, 2009 at 6:25 pm

RE YOU SAYING YOU AGREE THAT THIS IS LIKE THE HOLOCAUST? I SURE HOPE NOT. DS]
Of course not Debbie I just happen to know about the Dealerships because we used to own one. Since the Dealerships are privately owned franchises just why would a Bankruptcy judge order them closed. I do not think there is any precedent of a franchise being forced to close where a company is not going through chapter 7 but being reorganized.
(our Franchise cost us 1.5 million not including inventory in cars and parts)
The dealerships cost the corporations nothing and only generate sales to the company.
They cannot be liquidated for cash so the only reason is the order from the white house car Czar as Rush Limbaugh has confirmed with his sources.
It is just plain Grand Theft by the US Government.
How would you like the Government coming into your office and closing it for no other reason then they said so.
Welcome to the USA, home of the mafia.
[SD: WRONG. NO-ONE ORDERED THEM TO CLOSE THEIR DEALERSHIPS. THEY JUST ORDERED THEM TO STOP BEING CHRYSLER DEALERSHIPS. THE DEALERS DO NOT OWN THE CHRYSLER NAME OR THE RIGHT TO SELL CHRYSLER CARS, ONCE AGREEMENTS ARE NULL AND VOID, AS THEY ARE IN BANKRUPTCY. YOU DON’T NEED TO BE RUSH LIMBAUGH OR A FORMER DEALERSHIP OWNER AS YOU SAY YOU ARE TO GET THAT. BANKRUPTCIES HAPPEN EVERY DAY. JUST BECAUSE THIS ONE HAPPENED UNDER OBAMA DOESN’T MEAN IT SHOULD EVER BE COMPARED TO THE HOLOCAUST. ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE NEEDS TO LEARN A LITTLE HISTORY . . . AND A LOT OF PERSPECTIVE. DS]

ScottyDog on June 6, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Its an outrage to read such an attack on such a fine man as Marv Tamaroff from idiots like you. You are a despicable vengful liberal whos true colors were shown over your loss to Marv Tamaroffs nephew Marc Shulman, who did you expect him to support, you. No wonder you lost. I agree with his letter and the fact the US govt is deciding whos business lives and whos dont under the guise of bankruptcy, not the free market. We are all in trouble with this new govt of change. The saddest part of all is that my fellow jews are leading the change to socialism in the Obama administration.

jt on June 7, 2009 at 1:31 pm

JUST BECAUSE THIS ONE HAPPENED UNDER OBAMA DOESN’T MEAN IT SHOULD EVER BE COMPARED TO THE HOLOCAUST. ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE NEEDS TO LEARN A LITTLE HISTORY . . . AND A LOT OF PERSPECTIVE. DS
As I said in my remarks, I did not compare this with the Holocaust and I did not say otherwise in my comments.I in no way supported Marvin Tamaroff and his letter comparing Obama’s takeover of the these corporations to the Holocaust
(Maybe I should have posted this in a different topic)
We will have to disagree about the dealers being selectively terminated by the car czar since you do not like the term closed the end result is the same.
This is nothing but nationalization of the car business and represents criminal behavior by the Obama administration. IMHO

ScottyDog on June 8, 2009 at 3:20 pm

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