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LTL: Locating the Landsman


Simeon Solomon, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego," 1863

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Jews are always hyper-aware that they are Jews—and that you and I are not. They never lose sight, even for a moment, of the radical difference between our two races. It is imperative that whites learn to recognize the Jew, become sensitive to the presence of the Jew, see the Jew, as clearly as they see us.

Whenever Jews read a newspaper, Reform rabbi Albert Vorspan explains in his humorous book My Rabbi Doesn’t Make House Calls: A Guide to Games Jews Play [2] (1969), an “internal computer” “automatically flags Jewish-sounding names.” Pride is felt when the names belong to Nobel Prize winners or local honors students. In a tragedy, Jews look for Jewish names and sigh involuntarily for their “ill-fated co-religionists.” When a scandal erupts, “any Jewish names are recorded in the mind’s eye of the Jewish reader” with “a subliminal and anxious flash.”

“Jews can usually identify each other,” Vorspan declares. “There is a strange subliminal alchemy of intuition, guesswork and sensitivity which leads Jews to be able to locate the landsman (fellow Jew).”

Through a magical intelligence system, “Jews know that Jerry Lewis, Danny Kaye, Jack Benny, Allie Sherman, Milton Berle, Bess Myerson, Sandy Koufax, and Saul Bellow are members of the mishpachah (family).”

Vorspan suggests an effective exercise anyone can use to refine their consciousness of who’s Jewish and who’s not. He calls it “Locating the Landsman,” or LTL.

My Rabbi Doesn’t Make House Calls supplies the following (1969-vintage) list for readers to test their LTL ability. Who on the list is Jewish and who’s not? (Answers at end of article.)

Simon and Garfunkel
Kirk Douglas
Tony Curtis
Arthur Goldberg
Arthur Burns
Henry Kissinger
Sarah Bernhardt
Groucho Marx
Bernard Malamud
Jonas Salk
Abe Fortas
Abba Eban
Jacob Javits
Walter Lippmann
Sigmund Freud
Dore Schary
Lorne Greene
Heinrich Heine
Alan Arkin
Albert Einstein
Tom Okker
Pierre Mendès-France
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Nicholas Katzenbach
John Wayne
Harlow Shapely
General Mark Clark
Juan Bosch
Charlton Heston

In Vorspan’s judgment, a quiz score for Jews taking the test of 90%-100% correct (no more than three wrong answers) is excellent; 80%-89% correct (no more than six wrong) is good; 70%-79% (maximum of nine wrong) is “embarrassing”; and less than 70% (more than nine wrong) constitutes failure.

The Question of Accuracy

Rabbi Vorspan avers that some “imperialistic Jews” impermissibly attempt to claim non-Jews as landsmen: e.g., entertainer Danny Thomas (“if he’s not Jewish, he ought to be”).

My own experience is that Jews are conservative in this regard. It is rare for them to classify non-Jews as Jews. Mistakes, of course, inevitably happen.

Markedly unsavory Jews are another matter. Such Jews are ignored, if possible. Vorspan proposes Dropping the Landsman (DTL) as a way of dealing with them. He lists the following examples of who should be dropped: Jack Ruby, Ralph Ginzberg, Walter Winchell, Bernard Goldfine, Ilya Ehrenburg, Roy Cohn, and Mickey Cohen.

Vorspan suggests lying about Jewish status in the following manner (of course, he doesn’t call it lying): “Karl Marx was born Jewish, yes, but he was baptized in childhood, grew up as a Christian, and became an anti-Semite. Besides, he was the prophet of communism, and don’t you see how bad the communists are treating three million Jews in Russia?”

This is a familiar feint. A well-known variant is: “How could Jews be both the leading capitalists and the leading Communists?”

Strangely, whites are easily tricked by such simpleminded deviousness.

From an opposite perspective it is necessary to guard against racialists who too frequently classify individuals they don’t like as Jews, such as Franklin Roosevelt or Soviet NKVD head Lavrentiy Beria (a Mingrelian Georgian).

Racialist publications should generally be avoided as authority for identifying Jews. Too often they are untrustworthy. There are exceptions: William Pierce, Wilmot Robertson, or Henry Ford’s The International Jew are highly reliable.

Whether someone is Jewish or non-Jewish is purely an empirical matter. Let the chips fall where they may. There are plenty of whites who are as bad as the worst Jews.

Who’s a Jew?

Of course, whites must ultimately define for themselves who’s Jewish, rather than blindly rely upon Jewish definitions. Germany’s Nuremberg Laws are a good model. Germany defined Jewishness with the needs and interests of Germans uppermost in mind. Each race must establish its own parameters.

Is a half-Jew Jewish? A quarter Jew? A person who’s one-eighth Jewish? How about someone with even more remote Jewish ancestry?

There are no right or wrong answers. It’s a matter of drawing lines. As far as I’m concerned, a half-Jew is a Jew, whether the Jewish parent is the mother or the father. I don’t care what the Jews say.

Thus, actress Jane Seymour (Jewish father, white mother) is a Jew, as was comedian Peter Sellers (white father, Jewish mother).

A quarter Jew (one Jewish grandparent) like Donald Graham, the publisher of the Washington Post, is also Jewish.

Someone who’s one-eighth (one great-grandparent) or one-sixteenth Jewish (one great-great-grandparent: e.g, Elvis Presley) I classify as non-Jewish. Nevertheless, I note any Jewish ancestry, regardless how remote.

How about converts to Judaism? Are they “Jewish”? For example, Negro entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., or Marilyn Monroe.

Converts are not Jewish. But the fact that they convert is significant. Converts often end up with Jewish spouses, in-laws, and children. In doing so they effectively remove themselves from the white race and entwine themselves genetically, psychologically, socially, and culturally with Jews.

Those who marry without converting also set themselves apart. Their spouses are Jewish and any children are biologically half-Jewish. They tend to identify with Jews to the detriment of their own race. An example is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.), who has children by his Jewish wife. (Both Reid and his wife converted to Mormonism).

Genetically intertwining with the host population’s elites through intermarriage is a method Jews use to extend their power over non-Jews. It is notable that behind the Iron Curtain many leading Communist officials had Jewish wives.


Playing LTL even in a casual way increases one’s awareness and intuitive grasp of the Jewish problem enormously. However, maximum value is extracted by adopting LTL as a serious hobby.

This is impossible to do in your head. The amount of data is so great that the limitations of human memory cannot cope with it. It is therefore necessary to take notes, either alphabetically by hand on 3″ x 5″ index cards, or on your computer. Record all citations to source(s).

This provides a much better feel for Jews and their enormous power historically and today. The inductive scientific method, building understanding through the notation of hundreds or thousands of random, unanticipated particular instances, is a potent learning tool even for someone who knows a lot about the subject.  Locating the landsman really opens one’s eyes to the vast extent and depth of Jewish influence.

Through conscious effort whites can develop the same uncanny ability to identify Jews that Jews themselves possess. Indeed, it is easy to surpass most Jews.

A C-C commenter summed up well [3] the consequences of systematically and conscientiously cultivating the LTL habit:

This is probably the most critical step: just getting people to make the distinction between Jews and Whites. To pay attention to who is Jewish and who is not, and consider it an important and relevant thing to know. If you can get people to do that, eventually they will start noticing things on their own, and will then seek out more information about Jews and be receptive to it.

Answer to quiz: All except the last seven are or were Jewish.