Friday, November 8, 2013

Kristallnacht tutorial for Jews (and anyone else) with a short memory!

Goebbels and Hitler the day after Kristallnacht!
'Never Again' is a catchy phrase but of course it is only a phrase!

If you are of the opinion that there is absolutely no chance that something like the Holocaust could ever happen again, that no man possessing the evil of an Adolf Hitler could ever rise to power again or that Islamic extremists could never fly airplanes into skyscrapers in the U.S. again just remember that time and time again history has always tended to repeat itself!

And as if the plague of history wasn't bad enough we have the Obama administration, aka 'The Gang Who Couldn't Shoot Straight', apparently loosening sanctions on an Iran that has pledged to destroy Israel and the West and who will stop at nothing to get the nuclear weapons to try and accomplish it.

So when sitting back in the relative calm that we in the United States find ourselves living under today, remember the following phrase:

First they came for the communists,
 and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, 
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, 
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
 and I didn't speak out because I was Protestant.
Then they came for me, 
and there was no one left to speak out...

November 9 into November 10, 1938 was the night in Germany and Austria that became known as Kristallnacht or 'Night of Broken Glass'.

A day that marked the true beginning of the overt violent and deadly persecution of the Jews as opposed the persecution of the legislative kind that came before it.

Kristallnacht was violence that was justified by Goebbels and Hitler in the following way:

'It is an intolerable state of affairs that within our borders and for all these years hundreds of thousands of Jews still control whole streets of shops, populate our recreation spots and, as foreign apartment owners, pocket the money of German tenants, while their racial comrades abroad agitate for war against Germany and gun down German officials.'

Shoes of death - Danube
Fast forward to the present when Jews continue to face both overt and covert anti-Semitism around the world that is sometimes couched in the cloak of anti-Zionism.

It is particularly stark in Europe and together with the rise of Islamic extremism poses a huge threat not only to Jews but to anyone who is non-Muslim as evidenced by the slaughter of Christians in many Middle Eastern and African countries.

Here are recent global examples of the hatefulness that persists...

At Michigan State back in August 2012:

'At Michigan State University a student is beaten unconscious by a group of men who asked if he was Jewish, flashed the Nazi salute and cried out "Heil Hitler"!'

In Scotland December 2012?

'...Members of Scottish Jewish Student Chaplaincy and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities told the university bosses that Jewish students had felt it necessary to “hide their Jewish identity due to the hostile atmosphere at Edinburgh” and were now seeking “secure and safe” space on campus.'

The naysayers will say that these are just isolated incidents and that there is no actual proof of a building trend of anti-Jewish sentiment or of a pattern of hatred of the West by Islamic extremists.

To those who make this claim I point to the increasing numbers of terror attacks occurring around the world including the mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya in September 2013 during which those who could prove they were followers of the Muslim faith were released while those who could not were brutally murdered.

My friends there is evil and hatred in this world no different than that which existed before, during and after Kristallnacht in 1938.

For those who may have forgotten, who may simply need a reminder or who may actually believe that such people do not still exist in the world here is a tutorial on Kristallnacht.

'On November 9–10, 1938, the Nazis staged violent pogroms—state sanctioned, anti-Jewish riots—against the Jewish communities of Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland. These events came to be known as Kristallnacht (commonly translated as “Night of Broken Glass”), a reference to the broken windows of synagogues, Jewish-owned stores, community centers, and homes plundered and destroyed that night. Instigated by the Nazi regime, rioters burned or destroyed 267 synagogues, vandalized or looted 7,500 Jewish businesses, and killed at least 91 Jewish people. They also damaged many Jewish cemeteries, hospitals, schools, and homes as police and fire brigades stood aside.

Kristallnacht was a turning point in Nazi anti-Jewish policy that would culminate in the Holocaust—the systematic, state-sponsored mass murder of the European Jews.'

“There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns. 
If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself. 
What we call chaos is just patterns we haven't recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher. what we can't understand we call nonsense. What we can't read we call gibberish.
There is no free will. 
There are no variables.” 
― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor (Source)

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