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April 28, 2017

“Social democrats were, like the Jews, the first victims of the Holocaust”

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 1:32 pm

On my blog today, I am quoting from this news article:

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Outrage-over-German-FMs-belittling-of-Holocaust-489280

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“Social democrats were, like the Jews, the first victims of the Holocaust.”

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The Social Democrats? Who remembers them?

I wrote about the Social Democrats on one of my very first blog posts: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/social-democrats/

The following quote is from the blog post cited above:

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[Reverend] Niemöller was a German citizen and a Protestant minister in a country that was predominantly Protestant.  The quotation is repeated today to show that innocent people were sent to concentration camps by the Nazis for no reason at all, but good people did nothing, and this resulted in a good person (Niemöller) being wrongly imprisoned.  But is this the whole story?

The National Socialist (Nazi) political party was democratically elected in Germany in 1932 and on January 30, 1933, Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany because he was the leader of the National Socialist party.  There were more than two political parties in Germany, so a party did not have to get 51% of the votes to be elected.

The Communists and Social democrats were accustomed to gaining power through revolution, not a democratic vote. The German state of Bavaria was taken over by Communist revolutionaries on November 7, 1918, just four days before the Armistice which ended World War I was signed on November 11, 1918.  In the “November Revolution,” the Social Democrats overthrew the imperial government of Germany and proclaimed a Republic on November 9, 1918.

The Nazis knew that, if they wanted to stay in power, they would have to do something to eliminate the Communists and Social Democrats.  That’s why these two parties were banned after the Nazis were elected; political dissidents were locked up and that put an end to bomb throwing and revolutionary fighting in the streets.

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Dr. Elvira Grozinger, the head of the German chapter of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), told the Post: “Our Minister of Foreign Affairs seems to have no idea of what the Holocaust meant for the Jews. The Social Democrats were political opponents and therefore -like in any other dictatorship – unwanted and imprisoned but never systematically gassed. Six million dead Jewish victims including over 1 Million children.”

She said, “The comparison of these Jewish victims who were murdered just because they were born as Jews and Social Democrats as political opponents in the ‘3rd Reich’ is therefore not acceptable. It is a symptom of lack of historical
and social differentiation which disqualifies such a member of government as a minister.”

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