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July 21, 2016

Donald Trump’s son-in-law tells about his father’s grandmother who hid, from the Nazis, in a hole in the ground for 3 years

Filed under: Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:53 am
Donald Trump's Jewish son-in-law

Donald Trump’s Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner

As we all know, the Nazis killed 6 million Jews during World War II, but there were a few survivors like the relative  of Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. His father’s grandmother survived by living in a hole in the ground for 3 years.

I am sure that we will be hearing a lot more about the Jews who survived the Holocaust, now that we will have a Jew living in the White House, or visiting on a regular basis.

You can read this remarkable story at

The following quote is from the news story:

Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner wrote that Trump “is not an anti-Semite” in an op-ed published Wednesday afternoon in the New York Observer — the newspaper Kushner owns.
Kushner’s piece — titled “The Donald Trump I know” — comes after an arts and entertainment writer at the paper published an open letter to Kushner asking for him to publicly condemn the campaign’s use of “blatant anti-Semitic imagery.”
The article, titled “An Open Letter to Jared Kushner, From One of Your Jewish Employees,” was written by Dana Schwartz and posted on the Observer website Tuesday afternoon.
Kushner responded Wednesday, writing that “there are thoughtful points but journalists, even those who work for me at the Observer, are not always right.”
 Finally, we will have a Jew in the White House, and he will be Donald Trump’s advisor. I expect that Trump will spend most of his time in “Jew York” if he becomes President. When that happens, you will be wishing that “crooked Hillary” were in the White House.
Donald Trump's son-in-law with his dauthter

Donald Trump’s son-in-law with his daughter Ivanka

March 26, 2016

Why some people are comparing Donald Trump to Hitler

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:20 am
Adolf Hitler gives a Nazi salute in 1927

Adolf Hitler gives a Nazi salute in the city of Nuremberg in 1927

What is the worst possible thing that you can say about a person? The worst possible insult is to compare someone to Hitler.

I am writing today about a news article entitled “Donald Trump, Adolf Hitler,  and what we talk about when we talk about Godwin’s Law”

Donald Trump

Trump raises his hand in what looks like a Nazi salute

The following quote is from the news article:

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There’s something about the Trump 2016 run that makes people cry Hitler at unprecedented levels, even for the Internet age.

In other words, Godwin’s Law is being invoked like never before. Don’t know what Godwin’s Law is? Coined by attorney Mike Godwin in 1990, it states, “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” In other words, Godwin’s Law means that as long as you exist as a person with an opinion not miraculously agreed upon by every single person in the world, the collective psychic cesspool that is the Internet will eventually call you Hitler.

Godwin’s Law is normally a pretty straightforward thing, in terms of whether it is being applied for (melo)dramatic effect or not. But as Trump’s campaign marches on and his base grows wider, their violence and nationalism grows louder — and Godwin’s Law loses a degree of rhetorical clarity. It’s meant for people wildly grasping at Hitler or the Nazis or the Holocaust as hyperbole, without actual factual relation. What happens when the similarities between the person being compared to Hitler and, well, Hitler are more eerily present than you’d expect?

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Does Trump have any similarity to Hitler?  Does he want to kill Jews? As far as I know, Trump only wants to get rid of Mexicans who are in America illegally and he is against Muslims, who tend to be terrorists.

This quote is also from the news article:

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It may be helpful here to note that some of the similarities between Trump and Hitler that people are quick to point out should bother and disturb us more than others. When Trump asked supporters at a rally to pledge their loyalty by raising their right hand, it was surreal — but it didn’t necessarily mean anything. It might have been an attempt to dog-whistle white supremacists in his base, but it might also have been an act of mind-boggling ignorance. (I actually feel the same way about the Megyn Kelly “blood coming out of here wherever” remarks — not that it in any way lessens the bread-and-butter misogyny of The Donald, but I believe there’s at least a possibility he was just babbling.)

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This photo is included in the news article

This photo is included in the news article

The photo above shows Trump supporters raising their hands in what looks like a Nazi salute.

The following quote is from the last paragraph in the news article:

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The ethics of the whole phenomenon are murky at best. Does Trump, whose personal #brand of racism will *probably* not lead him to exterminate millions in gas chambers, deserve to be indiscriminately called Hitler? No. But is it enormously important that people be educated about the disturbing ways the two leaders created their paths to power? Absolutely. There is a world of difference between contextualizing Trump’s racist policy proposals in terms of documented history and some egg-avatared MRA dude hissing rape threats at “feminazis” on Twitter.

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March 19, 2016

Donald Trump is using a line from a famous Holocaust movie

I wrote about the movie entitled “The boy in the striped pajamas” on a previous blog post:

Today, I am commenting on a recent news article which I am quoting:

Throughout this election season, Donald Trump has been drawing comparisons to Adolf Hitler from his detractors. There have been quite a few of these comparisons, in fact. One comparison, however, was inadvertently made years before Trump bursted onto the campaign scene with his “Make America great again!” slogan.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a movie from 2008 that explored what the Jewish extermination camps of Hitler’s Germany looked like by framing events from the perspective of a young interned boy and the young son of one of the camp’s head officers.

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Words similar to Trump’s words were used in the fictional movie entitled “The Boy in the Striped pajamas.”

I wrote a review of the movie, on my website, when the movie first came out:

This quote is from the news article, cited above.

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a movie from 2008 that explored what the Jewish extermination camps of Hitler’s Germany looked like by framing events from the perspective of a young interned boy and the young son of one of the camp’s head officers.

There is a poignant scene during which the son of the commandant talks to his sister about what their father really does after he discovers the true nature of the nearby camp. After he calls the camp a “horrible place,” his sister tells him this:

It’s only horrible for them, Bruno. We should be proud of Dad, now more than ever before. He’s making the country great again.

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March 6, 2016

Glen Beck compares Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 9:00 am

What is the worst possible thing that you can say about a person?  Most people would say that any comparison to Adolf Hitler is the worst possible insult that can be made.  It is not surprising that Glen Beck is now in deep doo doo for comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, even if it was actually George Stephanopoulos who put these words into Glen’s mouth.

You can read about it, and see the video that shows what actually happened, at

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler

The following quote is from the news article cited above:

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Beck argued, “The GOP has one last chance to listen to the people. And the people that, and I understand it, they’re very, very angry because the GOP did not listen the first time around. They didn’t listen to the Ron Paul people who are way ahead of the curve. Then the Tea Party people and they rubbed our nose in it. And they are tired. And they have created Donald Trump.”

“The people are speaking clearly. And there’s two ways to go: anger and nationalism, which has been done before in history,” Beck said. “And you can go for nationalism, you can go for anger–” has been done before in history.”

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The photo below shows Hitler at the start of his career as a nationalist.


The following quote is from my website:

Because of the Nazi program of nationalism, the German people had regained their self respect after the humiliating Treaty of Versailles, which Germany was forced to sign at the end of World War I. They now had great pride in their ethnicity and their country. No people in the world were more patriotic than the Germans in 1936 and no other world leader had the total dedication to his country that Adolph Hitler had.

The ordinary Germans were satisfied with their lives and had no reason to fear the concentration camps or the Gestapo. Hitler was a hero to the 127 million ethnic Germans throughout Europe, whom he wanted to unite into the Greater German Empire, a dream that had been discussed in his native Austria for over 50 years. In less than four years, this dream would be accomplished when Austria, parts of Poland that had formerly been German territory, Luxembourg, the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, and the Sudetenland were combined with Germany to form the Greater German Reich.

In 1936, Hitler was more loved and admired than all the other world leaders put together. He was also the only world leader who was actively helping the Zionists with their plan to reclaim Palestine as their country.

While America and the rest of Europe were still in the depths of the depression caused by the stock market crash in October 1929, Germany had stabilized its economy and had virtually eliminated unemployment. Unlike the other countries in Europe in 1936, Nazi Germany was doing well, thanks in part to American investment capital. Many American businessmen, led by auto maker Henry Ford, supported Hitler and his Fascist form of government. Other prominent Americans who supported Hitler included Joseph P. Kennedy (the father of President John F. Kennedy), and Prescott Bush (the grandfather of President George W. Bush) and Charles Lindbergh.

Meanwhile, the American government was drifting to the liberal left; Communist refugees like playwright Bertold Brecht and Jewish refugees like Albert Einstein were flocking to America and their influence was strong in American politics. In the 1936 presidential election in America, Al Smith, who had run as the Democratic candidate in 1928 against Herbert Hoover, accused fellow Democrat President Roosevelt of being a Communist.

Hitler had thumbed his nose at the Versailles Treaty by stopping the payment of reparations to France and Great Britain, and a massive program of industrialization had restored the country to full employment, compared to the 20% unemployment in America in 1936. Roosevelt had copied many of the social welfare programs in Germany, including Social Security, but America was still struggling to recover from the depression.

The workers in Nazi Germany enjoyed unprecedented social benefits such as paid vacations under the Strength Through Joy program (Kraft durch Freude). Factory workers listened to classical music as they worked, and took showers before going home. In order to demonstrate their importance to the country, workers were allowed to march in Nazi parades, carrying shovels on their shoulders just like the soldiers who marched with their rifles.

Everything in Nazi Germany was clean and orderly; there were no slums; the trains ran on time. By 1938, the crime rate was at an all-time low because repeat offenders were being sent to a concentration camp after they had completed their second sentence. Anyone who did not have a permanent address and some visible means of support was hauled off to the Dachau concentration camp and put to work.

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November 30, 2015

John Kasich paraphrases the Rev. Martin Niemöller in an attack on Donald Trump

I wrote a previous blog post about the Rev. Martin Niemöller and his famous saying which goes like this, as quoted in the news article:

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”

The following quote is from the news article written by Marc A. Thiessen:

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Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Nov. 28 campaign rally in Sarasota, Fla. (Steve Nesius/Associated Press)
By Marc A. Thiessen November 30 at 11:17 AM

Remember how Hillary Clinton compared her GOP opponents to the Nazis, declaring that Republicans wanted to “go and literally pull [illegal immigrants] out of their homes and their workplaces” and “round them up” and put them in “boxcars”? Her comment was outrageous, but it was par for the course. After all, Clinton had earlier compared GOP presidential candidates to terrorists .

It’s terrible for a Democrat to compare Republicans to the Nazis. But for a sitting GOP governor seeking his party’s nomination to do it is beyond the pale.

Yet that is precisely what John Kasich has done in a new Web ad attacking Donald Trump. The Kasich ad (ironically titled “Trump’s Dangerous Rhetoric”) declares: “You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims must register with their government because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says he’s going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says it’s okay to rough up black protesters, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump wants to suppress journalists, because you’re not one. But think about this: If he keeps going, and he actually becomes president, he might just get around to you. And you better hope there’s someone left to help you.”

If that language sounds familiar, it is intentionally paraphrasing German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller’s famous poem following World War II: “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Keep in mind that Niemöller — a survivor of the Dachau concentration camp — was talking about the German people’s responsibility for the Holocaust. When Niemöller said “they came for the Jews,” he meant to take them to the gas chamber. As the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum explains on its Web site, “his point was that Germans . . . had been complicit through their silence in the Nazi imprisonment, persecution, and murder of millions of people.”

John Kasich ‘Trump’s Dangerous Rhetoric’ | Campaign 2016
The presidential campaign for Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) put out a new ad lashing out directly at fellow Republican candidate Donald Trump with a harsher tone than any other candidate has taken thus far. (John Kasich)

And Kasich thought it was appropriate to use that analogy to describe Donald Trump?

Kasich’s ad is not only offensive, it is misleading. It states Trump is going to “round up all the Hispanic immigrants.” No, he isn’t. Trump says he’s going to deport illegal immigrants. You may agree or disagree with what Trump proposes, but there’s a big difference between deporting people who are here illegally and “rounding up” everyone of a particular ethnicity. And let’s not forget: Trump says he’s going to let them all back in. As Trump put it in an interview , “I would get people out and then have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so they can be legal. . . . A lot of these people are helping us . . . I want to move ’em out, and we’re going to move ’em back in and let them be legal.”

That’s hardly the Final Solution.

The Kasich ad also falsely declared that Trump wants to “suppress journalists” while showing video of his security guards removing Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from a press conference. Ramos was removed for disrupting the press conference, and Trump later invited him back and answered his questions once he agreed to wait his turn to speak. That hardly counts as “suppression.”

The ad also backfires. It is intended to highlight the troubling things that Trump has been saying, but it is so over the top, so outrageous, that even people who might not particularly support Trump will recoil from it. Trump should be called out for his recent comment that a Black Lives Matter protester who disrupted one of his events “should have been roughed up.’ In the United States, no one deserves to get “roughed up” for exercising their First Amendment Rights. And his answer when asked by a reporter if we should keep a “database” of Muslims in America — “I would certainly implement that, absolutely” — was repulsive.

Yet when Kasich compares Trump to Hitler — and uses misleading statements to do so — what Trump says is overshadowed. Kasich calls Trump “divisive and insulting,” yet he manages to be even more divisive and more insulting than Trump himself. That’s quite an achievement.

Kasich’s ad achieves a political trifecta: It is offensive, inaccurate and ineffective. Here’s a little advice for Kasich, Hillary Clinton and any other candidate who wants to follow them down into the fever swamp of Nazi analogies: Don’t.

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My photo below shows the protestant church at Dachau.

My  photo of the Protestant Church at Dachau

My photo of the Protestant Church at Dachau

The Church, which is shown in the photo above, was dedicated on April 30, 1967 at a ceremony at which a speech was made by the Rev. Martin Niemöller, one of the most famous prisoners in the Dachau camp.

In his capacity as the leader of Germany, Hitler had issued an order that German Jewish converts to the Christian faith were forbidden to be ordained as priests or ministers.

Hitler had united all Protestant denominations into one church with himself as the head of the Church.

The Rev. Niemöller was one of the founders of the Confessional Church which defied Hitler’s orders. He was put on trial and convicted of treason.

After being sentenced to time served while he was awaiting trial, the Rev. Niemöller was sent first to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and later to Dachau because he continued to defy Hitler’s orders.

The Church of Reconciliation, which is shown in the photo above, was designed by Helmut Striffler, a German architect from Mannheim, after he won a competition among seven architects for the best proposed plan.

According to Striffler, his design is intended to make a statement against the Nazi obsession with order and tradition. Striffler specified that his church should be surrounded by gravel and built of unfinished concrete. In other words, he designed an ugly church which was the exact opposite of what Hitler admired.

Another view of the modern church at Dachau

Another view of the modern church at Dachau

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