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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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November 14, 2016

Is Donald Trump a Nazi?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:10 am
Why would anyone think that Donald Trump is a Nazi?

Why would anyone think that Donald Trump is a Nazi?

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.newsweek.com/trump-has-unleashed-wave-anti-semitic-hatred-516656

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As a middle-class, white Ashkenazi Jew living in California in 2016, I’ve been privileged to avoid the systemic, cultural and interpersonal racism faced by many Muslims, immigrants and people of color across the U.S. today.

However, my uncle was not as fortunate. He was a Holocaust survivor who saw his entire family killed in front of him in a concentration camp. Although overt, violent anti-Semitism is largely absent from the United States and has not been part of my experience, I’ve begun to see a shift in the past six months.

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has forced me and thousands of other American Jews to face anti-Semitic threats for the first time. Throughout the election cycle, Jews have used a hashtag created by Bend the Arc Jewish Action, #WeveSeenThisBefore, as a reminder that Trump’s rhetoric and bigotry echo demagogues of the past.

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Donald Trump has a daughter who is married to a Jew, and she has converted, so she is now a Jew.  So there will be Jews in the White House. The Donald is NOT a Nazi.

The name Trump is German, so his ancestors came to America from Germany. The town of Rothenburg in Germany has a tower that is named Trump Tower.

November 12, 2016

Holocaust survivor Renee Firestone is still alive and still speaking out

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 6:36 am

Today, you can read the latest news about 92-year-old Holocaust Survivor Renee Firestone at http://elvaq.com/features/2016/11/11/holocaust-survivor-shares-her-story-of-auschwitz/

I wrote about Renee Firestone in this previous blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/renee-firestones-shoah-testimony/

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

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[Renee Firestone] was two weeks past her 20th birthday when she was hurled into the confined train to Auschwitz in April 1944. Along with her, her father, a textile businessman, her mother, a housewife and her younger sister had been taken from their home in Czechoslovakia. Her brother had already been separated from her family and placed in [several] Hungarian labor camps.

Forced over the Polish border then escorted by Germans on train, it was uncertain as to what their future held.

“This old woman who was sitting at the edge of the cattle car ripped open her coat lining, reached in and removed a gold locket and started to cry, bitterly,” Firestone said in interview with Si Frumkin.

“I thought maybe that was her wedding picture in the locket, her family or grandchildren whom she left behind. . . I thought to myself, how cruel that they wouldn’t let her keep this little memoir and then she closed the locket and through the cracks of the cattle car handed it to the Nazis.”

The trip lasted three days without food or water with only a bucket for hundreds to share for bodily waste.

Nazis banged on the walls during the night, yelling at us to give up any valuables we possessed or we would be shot, Firestone recalls. This was followed by screaming and gunshots outside the train.

After arriving at camp, she was immediately separated from her parents but managed to keep her sister by her side.

The Nazis, described as young, handsome and smiling, led the women into an underground dressing rooms where they were forced to undress and stand naked from mid-afternoon to midnight.

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