Do Not Stand Idly By While Your Neighbor Bleeds~ Vayikra (Levitucus) 19:16
Kristallnacht also known as Night of Broken Glass was an anti-Jewish pogrom in Nazi Germany on November 9th-10th 1938. Kristallnacht was the day Hitler’s final solution “came out of the closet” It is viewed by many historians as the beginning of the final solution, leading to the genocide of the Holocaust.
In a coordinated attack on Jewish people and their property, 99 Jews were murdered and 25,000 to 30,000 were arrested and placed in concentration camps. 267 synagogues were destroyed and thousands of homes and businesses were ransacked. This was done by the Hitler Youth, Gestapo,and the SS. Kristallnacht also served as a pretext and a means for the wholesale confiscation of firearms from German Jews. Kristallnacht was part of a broader Nazi policy of antisemitism and persecution of the Jews. Kristallnacht was followed by further economic political persecutions and horrible genocide.
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Throughout the world we remember Kristallnach, the night the Nazi’s began the Holocaust in earnest. Its amazing how little has changed in almost seven decades. In Arab countries children textbooks are filled with anti Jewish hatred while others call them Moderates. Islamic Clerics throughout the world call for the death of Jews. In Venezuela and Iran leaders are whipping the population into Anti-Semitic fervor.
At my dinner table on Friday night, a holocaust survivor admits that she is trying to persuade her son to take his family out of Europe to America, Canada, Australia, Canada, Australia, Israel…’They say they can’t leave me, but I tell them: “Go, get out. My parents left my grandparents behind in Berlin and brought me to safety in England. Now I want you to leave so that my grandchildren will be safe.”’ There is an unbearable desperation in her plea. But she has a point.
As tens of thousands of demonstrators march through the streets of Europe, the chants are modified but the message remains substantially intact: ‘Hamas, Hamas, Hamas — Jews to the Gas’. Or, more simply: ‘Death to the Jews’. Many European Jews, even well-established, affluent Jews, have been checking the suitcase they keep packed under the bed. They have been here before and many are (albeit reluctantly) reading the writing on the wall.
To some extent I thought I was inured. I grew up in postwar apartheid South Africa where a subtle undercurrent of anti-Semitism was a fact of everyday life. So while I was disturbed by manifestations of mob anti-Semitism, I was also less vulnerable to shock. That’s just how people are. Living in genteel, leafy Hampstead Garden Suburb provides an additional layer of protection from such crass outbursts.
But my sanguine state ends abruptly when I am out walking on Saturday. A hundred yards from my front door, I encounter the slogan, freshly painted in yellow, across the pavement: ‘Kill the Filthy Jews’. I am shocked. And shocked that I am shocked. The message is too close for comfort. The leafy gentility is, after all, an illusion.
Sadly Davis’ tale is not unique, mainstream politicians the United States rail against the “Jewish influence on foreign policy” a meme take from Anti-Semitic texts, TV commentators complain about the number of Jews on the Supreme Court. College campus’ have become a safe haven for anti-Semitic professors.
Despite its rampant Antisemitism, Occupy Wall Street protests, supported by the major labor unions, the Democratic Party Leadership in Congress and even the President of the United States.
Today when Israel is attacked by terror, the rest of the world turns their head away just as they did during Hitler’s final solution. FDR refused to allow Jews to escape to American shores, the British not only refused them entry into England but also closed down their access to the holy land, they could have saved millions but wouldn’t. They were only Jews. Today the president of France calls the Israeli Prime Minister a liar and the President of the United States complains about having to deal with Binyamin Netanyahu for the same reason. They are trying to make the Israeli leader and his country a little less than human, their reason is the same as it was for FDR and Churchill, they are only Jews.
They even got help from the Jews. The Jewish-owned NY Times ignored the Holocaust while it was happening, just as today they extol a bias against the Jewish State today. The AJC discouraged open talk of the Holocaust while it was happening, fearing that activism would create an anti-Semitic backlash. This was documented in Naomi Wiener Cohen’s book Not Free to Desist: The American Jewish Committee, 1906-1966, published in 1972. Just as today they work with the ADL to prevent Jews from speaking out against an Anti-Israel President of the United States. Jewish politicians walk blindly behind their party’s Anti-Israel President and damn the Jewish people with their silence just to be able to move up the political ladder will not be able to silence us either. We will speak out against your lies and appeasement.
Because as Brutus told Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar,
You have done that you should be sorry for.There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats,For I am armed so strong in honestyThat they pass by me as the idle wind,
Which I respect not.
Sorry AJC, Sorry Abe Foxman and NY Times, sorry all of you American Jews who are willing o support a party and a President who will take your campaign donations with one hand and stab you in the back with the other. I will continue to speak out, I will not be silenced. The Jewish People will not be silenced again, Am Yisroael Chai! The Nation and People of Israel, the Children of Jacob live! And will continue to live as long as we speak out against those who will silence us within and outside our ranks.
May the memory of what started 73 years ago today be a reminder of what happens when the world is silent. And may the memories of the victims of the Shoah always be for a blessing.