Monday, October 21, 2013

Nazi Extermination of Jews: They Didn't Know?

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                             

People in Europe say they didn't know what was going on.  Really?  How could that be.  Everyone knew that on September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland.  The USA entered WWII on December 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was bombed by the Japanese.  Then we were involved in two fronts; Europe and Japan.

Jews in Europe knew before 1939 that they were scapegoats once again for the Germans.  Starting in 1933, laws were being passed and carried out against the Jews.  For starters, Jewish doctors could be involved in the city's charity services.  Jews couldn't serve in government service.  There were no more Jews allowed to the bar to be lawyers.  There was a limit put on how many Jewish students could attend public school.  Citizenship was revoked of Naturalized Jews.  Jews couldn't be editors.

By 1935 Jewish officers in the army were expelled and the Nazis announced the Nuremberg Laws.
 Jewish teachers could not work in public schools.  Jews couldn't sit on benches in the park.  "The Nuremberg Laws classified people with four German grandparents as "German or kindred blood", while people were classified as Jews if they descended from three or four Jewish grandparents. A person with one or two Jewish grandparents was a Mischling, a crossbreed, of "mixed blood". These laws deprived Jews of German citizenship and prohibited racially mixed marriages between Jews and other Germans.

1936 added that Jews could not be tax-consultants.    Jewish veterinarians could not work.

1937 passed the law that Jewish children were not allowed in public schools.

 In 1938 Jews could not change their names or the names of their businesses.  The final straw was that all Jewish woman had to add "Sara" and men had to add "Israel" to their names.    Auctioneers that were Jewish had to end that profession.  Jewish gun merchants were excluded from this profession.  If you were Jewish, you had to report all your property in excess of 5,000 reichsmarks.  Jews couldn't go to health spas.  Then on October 3rd, Jewish property was confiscated and it had to be transferred from Jews to non-Jewish Germans.  Passports held became invalidated and they had to surrender their old ones which were valid only with a big J stamped on them. From November 9th to 10th Kristalnacht happened. Jewish businesses were attacked and Jews were attacked and killed who were on the streets.   November 12th brought the end to all Jewish-owned businesses.  All Jewish children were expelled from public schools.  Jews couldn't  move freely in their cities and could not even have carrier pigeons.  Of course, all state contracts with Jewish firms  were cancelled.  Midwives could not work that were Jewish.

1939 forced Jews to surrender their gold and gems, any precious metals.  Lottery tickets couldn't be sold to Jews.  My uncle was one of the last German Jews to get out and come to the USA.  It cost the family all the money they had in order to do this.  He came over on the last ship allowed to leave.

Then Hitler proceeded with his evil work of slaughtering all the Jews he could until at least 6 million had died before the Allies entered and put and end to it all, documenting the scene that they saw.  Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Dachau, Majdanek, Belzee, Ravensbruck, Sobibar, Treblinka; these were the killing centers.  Still, no one knew what was going on?  There were over 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe built from 1933 to 1945 when the war was over.  Europe had 30,000 slave labor camps; 1,150 Jewish ghettos; 980 concentration camps where Jews were gassed and burned, 1,000 prisoner of war camps; 500 brothels where they used sex slaves and thousands of other camps for killing the elderly and infirm and where they performed forced abortions.  They had holding cells for killing centers.

From April 19, 1943 to May 16, 1943 was the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in Poland by the Jews who made a last stand and lost against the Nazi war machine.  They had been herded into this ghetto and then starved and slaughtered.  All of Poland's Jews were herded into such ghettos then, and in Warsaw were 300,000 to 400,000 who died there.

Knowledge is coming out with numbers higher than previously thought.  This continent of Europe held 42,000 ghettos and concentration camps where one could smell the condition of people being cremated.  People swore, "We had no idea what was happening."  Obviously they never bothered to learn about Hitler's motives and how far he would go, or the background of such well known people such as Mengele and Eichman.  Decent people just turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to the political condition of their state and the condition of other places and especially what was happening to the Jews in their midst.  The Nurenburg Laws were not a secret.

How close is this scenario to what is happening today to Jews?  The world has turned against us in  our struggle to live apart from them and  have our own state once again.  They blame us for daring to do so and can't understand why we needed our own again.  Do they even realize the miracle of our being alive after such a well planned event such as the Holocaust took place where 6 million people were killed simply for being Jewish and not Christian?  There were about 9.5 million Jews in Europe in 1933, and with 6 million killed, that left 3.3 million who escaped.  The situation had been so bad that it was nearly impossible for Jews to get out.  Every sort of red tape prevented them including the highest of prices  that people just didn't have.

We just reached 6 million Jews in the population count of Israel.  The Jews who could have benefited from having their own country were kept away from it by the British.  After the war many did manage to get to Israel which was finally created May 14, 1945.

Are Jews safe today in a non-Jewish homeland?  German Jews had lived in Germany since 1,000 CE if not earlier and had served in WWI along with the rest.  That was about 1500 years of thinking they were safe, living easily through the Spanish Inquisition that affected the rest of the Jews of the world at that time in 1492 and thereafter.  England had accepted Jews in their midst only to throw them out as the political scene changed from right to left or left to right, whatever the power felt like.  So had eastern European countries.  Catherine II caused all Jews in the 1700's to be kept in the Pale of Settlement that wasn't lifted until the end of WWI.  Jews weren't allowed in Russia proper.

Human nature being what it is, we find that only leaders attend to the social mores of their country and only care about their own, or what extending themselves can reap that is rewarding;  a more tribal attitude .  The rest just go about their business as long as they are not personally involved.  The only group that can raise cane usually are the church officials who remind people of their morality if they want to stay out of hell, and what is happening today is that churches and religions are no longer in the positions they used to be, a force to keep people from killing each other.  There are more atheists than ever and less attendance in churches.

 The sad state of affairs is that those churches that have good attendance have turned against Israel, the state created for Jewish survivors of this world.  To top it off, our Arab adversaries have taken over the role of the Nazis in wanting to destroy Israel and Jews as well.

So I don't want to hear about exterminating Israel or Jews.  We've been forged in steel now and are warriors standing up for our rights to live and exist.  We still have our morality intact handed to us from Moses even though the rest of the world sees it as old stuff.  The change we have gone through makes us stronger and more determined than ever never to be in such a position again. Iran can deny our truth all they want that there was even a Holocaust.  It's in the records, in the history book of mankind and G-d above.  Wait?  Take no action?  Sit back and be picked off like doves in a tree?  Not us. Never again.

 We're 14 million which is 0.02% of the world population and we don't intend to be snuffed out. We are defending ourselves and not out to take other people's lands, just  holding onto our own, what is rightfully ours.  Propagandists claim that we are out to take the world and create an empire.  That's because that's just what they've always done and expect us to do likewise.  Little do they realize we've been answering to a higher power all along who is above such thinking.  People can either be with us and be the sons of Light or sit back and claim they know nothing like before  and be a part of the sons of darkness.  They're making their own choices.

updated: 4:41pm

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