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November 6, 2013

“notorious anti-British Jewish activist” will speak at the 75th commemoration of Kristallnacht at the Jewish Museum in Berlin

November 9th will mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, aka the “Night of Broken Glass” when Jewish businesses, homes and Synagogues were destroyed throughout Nazi Germany.  Jewish men were arrested and sent to concentration camps, while their families tried to find a country to which Jews could emigrate.

Jewish men were arrested after Kristallnacht and sent to Dachau and other camps

Jewish men were arrested after Kristallnacht and sent to Dachau and other camps

On November 8, 2013, in commemoration of this historic event, Brian Klug, a notorious anti-Israel British Jewish activist, will speak at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. Klug, who denies there is a new anti-Semitism, will speak on the topic “What do we mean when we say ‘antisemitism’?”

This quote is from a news article which you can read in full here:

At its Kristallnacht commemoration on Friday evening, Nov. 8, the Jewish Museum Berlin – which many consider to be Europe’s leading Jewish museum – will feature as its keynote speaker Brian Klug, a notorious anti-Israel British Jewish activist. Klug, who denies there is a new anti-Semitism, will speak on the topic “What do we mean when we say ‘antisemitism’?”

Chancellor Angela Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel

In response, Shimon Samuels wrote the following open letter to German’s Chancellor Angela Merkel. Samuels is director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He has served as deputy director of the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, European director of the Anti-Defamation League, and Israel Director of the American Jewish Committee. He was born in the UK and studied in UK, Israel, U.S. and Japan.

Madam Federal Chancellor, we are about to mark the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht Reichspogrom – the Night of Broken Glass State Pogrom – which is considered the prelude to the Nazi Holocaust.

The photo below shows the Jewish Museum in Berlin, where Brian Klug will speak.

Jewish Museum in Berlin

Jewish Museum in Berlin

This quote is from the news article:

Madam Chancellor, the Berlin Jewish Museum has been architecturally described as “a warped Star of David” due to its zigzag structure. The museum’s management is indeed warping the Jewish Star. One of its display halls is called “The Void,” which holds the Israeli artist Kadishman’s stamped metallic faces, dramatically redolent of the gas chambers. That vacuum is becoming pervaded by the noxious fumes of a new Jew-hatred.

The photos below show “The Void” in the Jewish Museum.  The faces are supposed to be “redolent of the gas chamber.”  Who knew?

The "Memory Void" tower in the Jewish Museum

The “Memory Void” tower in the Jewish Museum

The "Fallen Leaves" in the Memory Void Tower

The “Fallen Leaves” in the Memory Void Tower in the Jewish Museum

"Faces" in the "Fallen Leaves" in the Memory Void tower

“Faces” in the “Fallen Leaves” in the Memory Void tower

When I visited the Jewish Museum in 2001, the year that it opened, I thought that the “faces” were supposed to represent the faces of the Jews who were killed in the Holocaust.  I didn’t know that the faces were supposed to be “redolent” of the gas chambers.  This just goes to show you how difficult it is for the goyim to understand the minds of Jews.

I hope that Angela Merkel can understand what the Jews are saying.  This quote is from the news article:

Was the Berlin Jewish Museum created, at the cost of Germany’s taxpayers and international donations, to demonize Israel, serve as a fig leaf for antisemitism and to commit memoricide – the murder of the memory of those murdered?

Madam Chancellor, we are deeply aware that the Museum’s actions contravene your personal position and over sixty years of your own and your predecessors’ efforts for German reconciliation with the Jewish people and a commitment to the security of the State of Israel.

Our Centre thus urges your Chancellery to condemn the Museum’s distortion of its role, launch an enquiry into its behavior and suspend public funding until a new management is appointed.

At this point in the story, a little history of the city of Berlin might be helpful.

When Adolf Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany in 1933, there were 585,000 Jews living in Germany. The largest Jewish community was in Berlin, which had 160,000 Jewish residents. Only 7,000 Jews returned to Berlin after the war.

The Jews had been expelled from Berlin in 1573 and had not been allowed back into the city for 100 years. When the Jews were finally allowed back into Berlin, they were never forced to live in a ghetto, although the Eastern European Orthodox Jews lived in the Jewish quarter called the Scheunenviertel, northwest of the Alexanderplatz.

When the separate German states were finally united into a country by Otto von Bismarck in 1871, the German Jews were granted full rights of citizenship, which was unusual for that time when the Russian Jews were still being forced to live on a reservation called the Pale of Settlement. The only other European country with a large population of Jews, in which they had been granted full rights, was Austria.

Bismarck was a friend of the Jews and in 1866, he was present when Berlin’s grand Neue Synagogue was opened at Number 30 Oranienburger Strasse.

The Berlin Synagogue was restored after it was destroyed on Kristallnacht

The Berlin Synagogue was restored after it was destroyed on Kristallnacht

The  Berlin Synagogue, shown in the photo above, was burned during Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938, but the blaze was put out before much damage was done. The Nazis occupied the building in 1940 and desecrated the Synagogue by using it for storage.

The Nazis also destroyed the Jewish cemetery in Berlin.

The Synagogue sustained severe damage by Allied bombs during the war and for years it was left as an empty shell. Restoration began in 1988 and the Synagogue was reopened on May 7, 1995, the 50ieth anniversary of the German surrender in World War II.

Berlin was the residence of Karl Marx, the son and grandson of Jewish rabbis, the man who introduced Communism to the world when he published his Communist Manifesto in 1848. This prompted a revolution in Germany, which failed, and resulted in the emigration of a number of German liberals to America where they became known as the “Forty-Eighters.”  My German relatives were not “48ers.” They came to American in 1852.

Berlin also became the center of the social democratic movement, the worker’s movement and the trade union movement in Germany. Berlin was the headquarters of the Social Democratic Workers Party, founded by Karl Liebknecht and August Bebel.

During World War I, a new militant leftist group, formed by Jewish leaders, Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, agitated for the overthrow of the Kaiser and the end of the war. The war effort was hampered when 300,000 workers went on strike in January 1918. In November 1918, there was a naval mutiny and a strike of the dock workers.

Finally, on November 9, 1918, Philipp Scheidemann, the Jewish leader of the Social Democrats, proclaimed the first German Republic from a window of the Reichstag building in Berlin.

Twenty years later, the Nazis, who always blamed the Jews for Germany’s defeat in World War I, perpetrated the pogrom which became known as Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938. Thirty thousand Jewish men, many of them from Berlin, were rounded up and sent to the concentration camps at Dachau, Sachsenhausen and Buchenwald. They were held for at least two weeks and then released if they promised to leave Germany within six months.

The German Kaiser was forced to abdicate in November 1918 and the German government was taken over by the SPD (Social Democrats). The Jewish leader Friedrich Ebert was subsequently installed as the first president of the new Republic.

The Armistice, which ended World War I, was signed by Matthias Erzberger, a representative of the Ebert government, on November 11, 1918.

The Nazis would later call the Social Democrats “the November criminals” and characterize the signing of the Armistice as a “stab in the back” for the German people. For the next 20 years, a controversy would rage between the liberal left and the right wing Nazis over whether or not the German army had been defeated on the battlefield, a claim which Hitler called the “Big Lie.”

After the Armistice in 1918, Berlin was in total chaos; the city resembled a war zone with revolutionaries fighting in the streets. Before a new democratic constitution could be written, a militant group of leftists, called the Spartacus League, attempted to set up a soviet government, along the lines of the Communist revolution in Russia in October 1917. Their leader, Karl Liebknecht, proclaimed another Republic from the balcony of the imperial palace in Berlin.  After World War II ended, the Soviets tore down the palace, but preserved the section where the hero Liebknecht had proclaimed the Communist Republic.

The Spartacus League renamed itself the German Communist Party (KPD) and called for a general strike of the workers in January 1919.  A volunteer group of 3,000 former soldiers, called the Freicorps, was called in to restore order. They fought against the Red Front (Communist) soldiers in hand to hand combat on the streets of Berlin.

The leaders of the Communists, Liebknecht and Luxemburg, were dragged from their hiding place and murdered in the Tiergarten park in the center of Berlin. Luxemburg’s body was thrown into the Landwehr Canal. A monument to Rosa Luxemburg now stands in the Tiergarten.

Many of the Nazi leaders, including Reinhard Heydrich and Heinrich Himmler, came from the soldiers, who fought with the Freicorps to put down the Communist Revolution, and the soldiers who fought in World War I, including Adolf Hitler who had been a lance corporal in the German Army. Their memories of the street fighting and the paralyzing workers’ strikes was the source of their later persecution of the Communists, Social Democrats and trade unionists after the Nazis gained power in January 1933.

At the beginning of August 1945, three months after the German surrender, which ended World War II, American President Harry Truman was on his way to Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin, for a conference with Allied leaders Churchill and Stalin, when he took a victory lap around Berlin in an Army Jeep to see the devastation wrought by the Allied bombing.

There was not much left of Berlin to see. The capital city of Germany had been bombed 24 times between November 18, 1943 and March 1944, and sporadic hits continued until the city was captured by the Russian army in April, 1945. By that time, the city had been reduced to 98 million cubic yards of rubble.

Mounds of rubble in Berlin were covered over

Mounds of rubble in Berlin were covered over

Each of the bomb attacks on Berlin involved over 1,000 planes and the dropping of up to 2,000 tons of bombs. Half of the city’s bridges were destroyed and the underground railway tunnels were flooded. There was no gas, electricity or water in the central portion of the city. The pre-war population of 4.3 million had been reduced to 2.8 million, as people were forced to flee the city; some 1.5 million people became homeless when their homes were bombed.

One out of 7, of the buildings destroyed in Germany by the Allied bombing, were in Berlin. Out of a total of 245,000 buildings in Berlin, 50,000 had been completely destroyed and 23,000 had been severely damaged; 80,000 residents of the city had been killed. Even the trees in the Tiergarten, a large park in the center of the city, had been killed in the Battle of Berlin. There were so many historic buildings destroyed that Berliners jokingly referred to the American and British air raids as Baedecker Bombing. Baedecker travel guide books were used by tourists to locate famous and historic buildings.

Is there a Museum in Berlin in honor of the suffering of the goyim in World War II?  No, of course not!  It would be offensive to the Jews to say anything about how non-Jews suffered in World War II, not to mention that this would amount to “Holocaust distortion.”

Three years ago, I wrote another November blog post, which you can read here.