/ The movie Defiance is a big lie (heroes that saved Poland suppored communism)
A country doesn't need only students but also farmers and miners or laborers or industrial workers etc...
The host countries provided that all so that the Jews could follow their nice "traditions".
You should give some credit not only to the jewish achievements but also to the gentiles hard toiling who made that possible!
If you've got an opportunity to become a lawyer, you will not go to a mine to work, right? A kid from neither Jewish nor gentile intelligentsia will go to a factory. The difference is that the 'intelligentsia' values are, in general, more prevailing in Jewish communities (at least in the diaspora).
Or maybe Jews should take part more in the real work keeping their host countries up and running?
That is much harder...
I didn't read much of Jews toiling in factories....who is the lazy one here?
Well, if instead of studying hard, you f*ck around because you don't want your mates to think you're a brain, when you grow up, you find yourself in need to toil in a factory. Then, you've got no choice. I today's realities, you don't go to a factory because you feel a vocation to support your country's industry. You go there because you haven't taken advantage of your educational opportunities.
That is why growing up in a community that values intelligence gives you more chances to achieve higher social position. Watching the products of Western pop-culture, I can see a lot of anti-intellectual attitudes promoted. You don't have it in Jewish culture - there, it's OK to be smart and witty, so more people work on developing their brains and end up as Hollywood producers, in the government or in other influential positions.