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October 19, 2014

Germany then and now — like night and day

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:42 am
German Reichstag building in Berlin

German Reichstag building in Berlin (Click to enlarge)

The photo above was used to illustrate a news article about Jews leaving Israel and coming to Germany to live.  The photo below was taken in 2002 when I visited Berlin.

My 2002 photo of Reichstag building in Berlin

My 2002 photo of Reichstag building in Berlin

The headline of the article is

German Jews Start Campaign Flaunting European Life and Calling for Israelis to Return

There were, at most, 585,000 Jews in Nazi Germany. Only a few managed to escape the Holocaust and wound up in the new Jewish state of Israel in 1948. Now, their descendants in Israeli want to “return” to Germany, their homeland.

I previously blogged about the German Jews who were killed in the Holocaust at

This quote is from the Associated Press news story, cited above:

MOSCOW, Ocotber 16 (RIA Novosti) – A new online campaign started by young German Jews has their Israeli brethren up in arms, as they have been using social media to boast about their safety and their lower cost of living in the former Nazi state, reports AP.

The protest started a few weeks ago when a 25-year-old former Israeli soldier posted a picture on Instagram of a chocolate bar receipt purchased in Berlin. The price was one-third of the cost in Israel and he also bragged about his safety in the German capital. His picture went viral, spawning a Facebook page garnering over 17,000 “likes”, reports the AP.

Many of the youth involved in the campaign wish they could live in Israel, yet the fear of constant attack and extremely high living costs prevent them from moving there. One protestor said to the AP, “My aim is to educate the Israeli government. They need to make Israel a more attractive place for young people.”

However, in the 59 years since the end of World War II, Germany has changed dramatically; where once Nazi eagles flew high above and the government sought to cleanse the population of Jews and other undesirable races, Germany is now the model representative of the European community, a place diverse in its nature and the driving force of Europe.

Many Jews have left war-torn Israel for a better life in Europe, returning to their pre-war roots in search of peace, higher wages and other social benefits, such as unemployment stipends and free university education. According to the AP, there are between 3,000 and 30,000 Jews living in Berlin. “I like how people in Berlin are so non-judgmental and take me as I am,” said Levy to the AP.

My 2002 photo below shows what looks like a bike rack in front of the Reichstag building, but I was informed that these slabs of black marble in front of the Reichstag have the names of the 96 members of the Reichstag who were murdered by the Nazis; it was dedicated in September 1992.

Slabs of black marble in front of the Reichstag building in Germany

Slabs of black marble were put up in front of the Reichstag building in Germany in 1992

When the Jews return to Germany, you can expect more Jewish art, like the black slabs shown in the photo above.

The Reichstag building on fire on Feb. 27, 1933

The Reichstag building on fire on Feb. 27, 1933

This quote from Wikipedia is about the Reichstag fire:

The Reichstag fire (German: Der Reichstagsbrand) was an arson attack on the Reichstag building in Berlin on 27 February 1933. Marinus van der Lubbe, a young Dutch council communist and unemployed bricklayer who had recently arrived in Germany to fulfill his dream and to engage in political activities, was caught at the scene and after admitting starting the fire was sentenced to death. The fire was used as evidence by the Nazis that the Communists were plotting against the German government and the event is seen as pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany.

Reconstruction of the Reichstag building was still going on in 2002

Reconstruction of the Reichstag building was still going on in 2002

Construction was still going on in front of the Reichstag building, where new landscaping was being installed, when I visited in May 2002. The Berlin wall formerly ran behind the Reichstag which was located on the West side of the divided city of Berlin.



  1. Judas H Preist! The little shits don’t wanna stay in Israel,because of the high cost of living. They fear for their safety. Walmart sells balls. Go buy a pair. Stop leeching off the rest of the world. We fought to make America ours and keep her. Tell the little bastards if you want something bad enough,fight for it. It cost to much to live there? Get up off your dead arse and do something about it. wishful thinking. These lazy bastards just wanna leech off the rest of the world

    Comment by Tim — May 5, 2015 @ 2:31 am

  2. This was written by a German doctor in 1963. Apparently, not everything has changed: “The extermination of the Jews was not murder in the legal sense. Hitler and the National Socialist state had virtually declared war on the Jews, and so to eradicate this enemy solely emanated from that. The killings were carried out by soldiers in uniforms of a nation that was at war.”

    Comment by Bill Streifer — October 19, 2014 @ 9:01 am

    • I pulled your comment out of the “spam” folder and put it in the right place. Your comment was classified as spam because of the link on your name.

      Could you give us the name of the German doctor, and a quote from what he wrote in 1963 about the extermination of the Jews not being murder in the legal sense. Did he use the German word “ausrotten” or the English word extermination?

      Comment by furtherglory — October 19, 2014 @ 9:30 am

      • The German word “ausrotten” means “uprooting”, no more than that.

        Comment by Gasan — October 19, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

        • Can this word be used to mean uprooting people and transferring them to another location?

          Comment by furtherglory — October 20, 2014 @ 8:05 am

          • Yes, it can, or at least it could at that time.


            The news [the German businessman Eduard] Schulte learned shed new and ghastly light on the true fate of the Jews. He had listened, like everyone else, to the speeches in which Hitler had promised that he would eliminate European Jewry. But the term “elimination” could be interpreted in various ways. It could mean, for instance, resettling them in Madagascar, as some had proposed. Almost no one, not even a committed anti-Nazi like Schulte, believed that “elimination” should be understood literally”(p.15).

            Schulte “found out”, but was not present himself when said decision was made. The authors do not inform us as to who told him and what he was told. According to this the decision to murder the Jews was made in Summer 1942, contradicting historians who give a variety of dates but none as late as that (It is alleged that Himmler witnesses a gassing of Jews on that visit, but that would of course not fit into the Laqueur/Breitman tale since according to them the decision to murder the Jews had just been made). What we do know about this visit is that Himmler ordered the camp to be expanded to eventually hold 200 000 inmates. Thus indeed, a decision had been made. The last part is interesting, however. This is plainly about the word “ausrotten”, translated as “elimination”. Schulte admits that the word had different meanings, “it could mean, for instance, resettling…”. Which is absolutely true.

            [end quote]

            Source: part 2 of the article below

   (part 1)
   (part 2)

            Comment by hermie — October 20, 2014 @ 8:39 pm

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