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February 18, 2017

Has Germany given up “its effort to overcome past misdeeds by suppressing any vestige of nationalism?”

Filed under: Germany, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:57 am

The title of my blog post includes a quote from an article in a German newspaper. You can read the article in full at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/world/europe/germany-far-right-politics-afd.html?_r=0

The following quote is from the newspaper article, cited above:

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POTSDAM, Germany — As the far right rises across Europe, its ascent in Germany has seemed among the most alarming and puzzling.

For decades, Germany was thought to be inoculated against far-right politics by its history with Naziism and the Holocaust. But today, Germany is experiencing a resurgence of the right — driven, at least in part, by its effort to overcome past misdeeds by suppressing any vestige of nationalism.

Since World War II, trying to define the German national identity, much less celebrate it, has been taboo. Doing so was seen as a possible step toward the kind of nationalism that once enabled the Nazi regime. [German] Flags were frowned upon, as was standing for the [German] national anthem.

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I recall an incident, several years ago, when I was watching a parade of cars, down a main street, in a Germany city. Young men were sitting on top of the back seats of the cars, smiling and waving. A crowd of German people was standing on the street and waving to the men, but no one was cheering. Not the players, not the crowd of people.

I asked a German man who was standing near me: “What is going on?” He told me that these men were the players on a football team that had just won a national championship.

Finally, I understood: the German people were not allowed to have any pride. They had to forever hang their heads in shame because the Germans killed Jews many years ago.

It seems that now the Germans are taking back their pride in being German.  I am cheering for the German people.

The news article ends with this quote:

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But spurred by a sense of lost control over the country’s borders, economy and politics, many Germans are reaching for a shared identity but finding only an empty space. Into that vacuum slipped the Alternative for Germany, known by its German initials, AfD, the nation’s fastest-growing party with recent polls showing support at 12 percent, ahead of some mainstream parties.

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In his speech on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trump’s remarks constitute a form of banalization of the Holocaust

Filed under: Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 7:40 am
Donald Trump

Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump — photo credit REUTERS

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/De-Judaization-of-the-Holocaust-the-two-faces-of-Trump-481842

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“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust.
It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.”

It is with these words that Donald Trump chose to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27. This statement is alarming as it ignores the Jewish specificity of the Nazi genocide, as the Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem also pointed out in its official statement, recalling that the Holocaust, a crime perpetrated by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, saw in a relatively short period of time, 6 million Jews murdered, and that it constitutes, in this sense, an unprecedented genocide. This correction of the historical record was necessary because Donald Trump’s comments – far from being benign – are disturbing in several respects.

Following these criticisms, on January 29, Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff, justified the president’s remarks, saying in an interview on BBC, “[E]veryone’s suffering in the Holocaust including, obviously, all of the Jewish people affected….”

However, even if the phrase was taken out of context, even if elsewhere in the statement the chief of staff did refer to the genocide of Jews, the fact remains that this “inclusive form of rhetoric” to describe the Holocaust is unacceptable.

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Note that the news article mentions that 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. The official death toll is now 1.1 million, but Trump should have mention the sacred 6 million.

Where was Trump’s Jewish son-in-law when Trump was preparing this speech? Jared Kushner should have advised Trump on the numbers.  “Into the valley of death rode the 6 million” or words to that effect.

If Trump doesn’t want to get himself killed, he had better bow down to the Jews — and quickly.