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75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Far Too Many Have Forgotten; Doomed for Repeat?

By Debbie Schlussel

Can’t let the weekend go by without remembering that this is the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht – the “Night” of the Broken Glass” – and the official start of the Holocaust. It took place on November 9-10 of 1938.

On that night, Nazis raided, vandalized, burned down, or otherwise destroyed German Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues, while non-Jewish residents and police and fireman watched and did nothing. More than 90 Jewish people were murdered, and about 30,000 Jewish men were sent to concentration camps where they, too, would mostly face death.

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Photos from Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938: Jews Arrested and Sent to Concentration Camps, Synagogues and Jewish Businesses Destroyed . . .
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Anti-Semitism always dominated Europe, which is why my paternal grandfather’s immediate family left for America at the turn of the century and my paternal grandmother left not long after. But the night of November 9, 1938 marked the stark notice that this European anti-Semitism had escalated to a level of even more unspeakable horrors against Jews than previously imagined.

It was a loud disruption to the cocooned view of German Jews that they were cultured and mostly assimilated and, many of them, wealthy, and that their fellow Germans would never harm them. To date, many Jews refer to German Jews as “Yeccas,” or “Jackets,” because they were so high-cultured, so formal, and so much a part of German high society. And, yet, on that night, they learned it all meant nothing. On Kristallnacht, they finally realized that, in fact, they were not the equals in society they’d believed for centuries that they were.










Many descendants of those German Jews and their contemporaries in America are liberal Jews who voted for Barack Obama and the party dominated by anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment, the Democrats. They are the same Jews who constantly do “outreach” to Muslims who openly hate them and praise Hezbollah and HAMAS and homicide bombings. They are also the same Jews who love to mindlessly utter the tired “Never Again” phrase, but gladly associate with those who will ensure that in a generation or two it very likely could happen again. They are the same Jews who lament what happened to those Jews now dead and completely decayed, but look the other way or do worse when it comes to the living Jews today in Israel and elsewhere around the world who face unprecedented anti-Semitism not faced since the Holocaust–most of it perpetrated by Muslims and their allies.

I’ve written about these Jews on my site frequently over the years. They are Jews like Detroit Jewish News owner Arthur Horwitz who endorsed Obama in his left-wing rag the first time and sponsored his own anti-Semitic exhibit in which he marked the then-150th anniversary of Jews in the Detroit area by insisting that the Purple Gang was THE most prominent part of Detroit Jewish history. This week, his liberal self-hating rag commemorated the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. And, at the same time, he is engaged in a commercial partnership with Hezbollah agent, Osama Siblani, owner of the Arab American News–who openly praises Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic hate and HAMAS and Hezbollah terrorist attacks on Jews, prints vile anti-Semitic editorials against Detroit-area Jews, and whose brother is an executive of Al-Manar (Hezbollah’s TV station). Horwitz has publicly bragged about trying to promote Siblani’s paper and make it more effective and lucrative.

Yes, the “comfortable” German Jews have been reborn (with apologies to the German Jews of those days who even themselves didn’t behave like the Arthur Horwitzes of today). Or, more accurately, they never really went away. Theirs is a state of mind that has unfortunately plagued a sizable part of the Jewish community throughout history. As I’ve repeatedly noted on this site over the years, only 20% of the Jews left slavery in Egypt. The rest stayed behind, content to remain enslaved and oppressed by the Egyptians. And, similarly, their counterparts today, the liberal Jews who deign to speak for me though I never chose or elected them to do so, have forgotten the sounds of the breaking glass, of the 20 Jewish suicides of that night 75 years ago, of the screams of 30,000 people arrested and sent to the camps, just because they were Jewish.

While there are no Kristallnachts here right now, and Americans from the center to the right–who are not of the Pat Buchanan bent–are largely philo-Semitic, we continue to see increasing incidents of anti-Semitism all over America and violent brutal attacks against Jews all over Europe. Again, most of these attacks are perpetrated by the group that is at once the old Nazis and the new Nazis: Muslims. Plots to infiltrate and blow up synagogues in New York: Muslims. Attacks on rabbis waiting for trains in the New York subway: Muslims. And so on.

As I’ve noted repeatedly over the years, the FBI annual statistics on hate crimes since 9/11 show a steady increase in hate crimes against Jews. But, as I’ve also repeatedly noted, the FBI refuses to identify the perpetrators of those hate crimes by religion and ethnicity. If they did, guess who would populate the majority of the perpetrators of these hate crimes against Jews? MUSLIMS.

I, myself, have endured the death, rape, and torture threats from four American residents–ALL of them Muslim. Today’s Nazis don’t wear the swastika, they wear the crescent. And they find their most vocal supporters on the left and in the party of the left and its current two-term Prez. And I would be intellectually dishonest if I did not also point out that they–the Muslims–have far too many PC-types who are also yes-men–though to a much lesser extent–in the Republican Party. Take the man the mainstream media and establishment Republicans are pimping for President in 2016: Chris Christie, or as we call him here, Chris ChrispieCreme. He’s an apologist for Islam and its most hateful factions, which is why he appointed a HAMASnik to a judgeship. Expect the same in a Halal ChrispieCreme White House.

Seventy-five years and many have forgotten. They repeat the same things over again with their Islamo-pandering.

I haven’t forgotten. I have the photos of my late maternal grandmother, Adela, and her friends in their Nazi-imposed Gold Jude star patch. And I have the memories of the many stories my late maternal grandfather, Isaac, told me over the years of his struggle to survive in the death camps and his many close calls with it as he subsisted as a bag of bones working in many camps, including Dora.

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My Grandmother Adela (2nd Row, Third From Left) & Her Fellow Yellow Star Wearing Seamstress Friends

Far too many of us have forgotten. Fortunately, a few of us remember.

There are many famous pictures of what Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jews on that particularly night 75 years ago in Germany and for years to come all over Europe, while Muslims–including Haj Amin Al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem–begged them to speed up the Final Solution and export it to include the Middle East and North Africa.

My late father, H.L. Schlussel, MD, used to point to the picture of a Nazi SS soldier pulling a rabbi by his beard. He would juxtapose it with his favorite photo by Allan Tannenbaum, of bearded religious Jews in Israel’s Judah and Shomron–the so-called “West Bank”–protecting their homes and lives with M-16s. “That Was Then, This is Now,” was the slogan my father would put on the makeshift copies of the two photos he put together.

Sadly, as my dad lamented, even the “now” may soon be the “then” because my fellow co-religionists, both in Israel and here in America, do not learn from history. They ignore it.

Today, there are different architects of the Final Solution, but the plan is the same. Unfortunately, our current President wants to hang out with them–the Rouhanis and Abbases (of the PLO) of the world–and they happily send him their congratulations and entreaties. We’ve reportedly already dropped our sanctions against Iran months ago, and are on the verge of making peace with these enemies of America who are not just the enemies of the Jews but the financiers of Hezbollah, which murdered hundreds of Americans in cold blood. This is the same Rouhani who recently hosted renowned racist and Jew-hater Louis Farrakhan in New York after Rouhani spoke to the U.N. That is the guy with whom we are making nice just like Neville Chamberlain did with the Nazis. And how did that turn out?

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75 years ago, but that’s in the past. It could never happen now . . . . Right?

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
—Sir Edmund Burke

This Is Now, But it Could Soon Be “Then” . . .

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My Dad’s Favorite Photo: Allan Tannenbaum Photo of Religious Jewish Settler with M-16, Elon Moreh, Israel, 1988 – Copyright, Allan Tannenbaum.

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Obama wanted to rush into a deal with Iran and leave Israel out to hang to dry.

It was stopped temporarily because the French doublecrossed Obama in exactly the same way he doublecrossed them on Syria earlier in the summer.

And this followed Kerry’s lashing out at Israel for not committing national suicide fast enough and openly endorsing the Arab Nazi demand to redline Jews from Judea and Samaria.

Has the world learned the lessons of Kristallnacht? In a word, no – there is a violent assault in our time upon living Jews as intense and relentless as those the Nazis launched against German Jews over 75 years ago.

History moves in the blink of an eye and despite the passage of time, the one thing that’s never really changed is the world’s attitude towards the Jews. Which is why in the end no one will really insist that Iran give up the means to produce a nuclear bomb.

Jews are still expendable and it would be a grave mistake to dismiss Kristallnacht as simply ancient history.

NormanF on November 11, 2013 at 12:51 am

    History repeats….only the names change. We have an administration who refuses to recognize the true capital of Israel, Supports Hamas, the Brotherhood, etc. with money and arms, undercuts Netanyahu at every opportunity, has a cretin like Kerry be the spokesman (Sec/state)for our country, puts the anti-American, anti-Semitic to represent us at the (Useless) UN, etc. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck……..I am asked many times why so many Jews supported and voted for Obama. The answer is simple. They are not Jews, their religion is liberalism. Remember Roosevelt? Many Jews in that time would repeat the mantra of, “FDR is OUR “Friend.” They “Forgot,” and today totally forget the ship ST. LOUIS. Unfortunately, what I call Warrior Jews are few and far between here in our country. There are no Davids, Moses, Joshuas, etc. The thinking of the emasculated Jews of today, subconsciously, is, “If I’m nice to the tiger, maybe he’ll eat me last. After all, it can’t happen here.” ……and when they came for me, there was no one left to speak for me. Jews here, and especially the JINO’s need to wake up and smell the coffee. Check out Jews for the Preservation of Firearms. (JFPO)

    Victoryman on November 11, 2013 at 8:53 am

Norman, Debbie, et al: 2 important things come to mind…

1) People just want to “feel good” nowadays. Kristallnacht is baaad – let’s forget that it existed. The pogroms that happened during the Crusades onward? Forget about it! Inquisition – what? People only want the feel-good parts of history, or at least parts to which they can relate. Since the end of the Second World War, western (read: Euro-American) societies were gradually cocooning themselves with notions of a new “peace in our time”, even when the Cold War was raging. Only Israel and the Jews were holding ground – at least until recently – and for a damn good reason. Right now, leadership, discipline and resolve appear to be things of the past. It’s all about optics, and they have to have that “feel-good” quality to them. We have reduced ourselves to “militant cowards”: we’re willing to piss on our friends and ourselves yet bow down and fellate the enemy at the same time. It’s just insane, and shameful.

2) Since Roman times, the Jews have always been scapegoated for one bad thing or another. But the proverbial “fear of God” has kept them united through all these years. As an atheist, I don’t really fear any god, but I can understand why Jews have managed to survive as a religious community, an ethnicity and a nation. The problem is that right now, they need to be more united and depend less on the supposed goodwill of others and “righteous among nations”. Most contemporary Jews not only forget Sho’ah but also the 1948 war, the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War – all defining moments in Jewish history, IMO. The only people who can destroy the Jews are the Jews themselves. The only people who should save the Jews are the Jews themselves. Only by setting the example and displaying discipline, resolve and leadership can the Jews earn more respect from both friend and foe. It may not be a realistic expectation in this current climate, but it’s never to late to bring back and use these qualities.

If we don’t recognize our shortcomings and work on regaining our self respect and pride, we will have failed our ancestors miserably.

End rant. (I hope I’ve made some sense.)

The Reverend Jacques on November 11, 2013 at 2:44 am

Kristallnacht is something that has faded from the consciousness of many. It signaled the beginning of the end for German Jews and the commencement of the Final Solution, which encompassed Jews far outside of Germany. As Debbie has noted, antisemitism has not died. Its most effectual practitioners are now Muslim.

Worry01 on November 11, 2013 at 6:33 am

Why is this “forgetting” surprising?!… When some people need reminding that freedom doesn’t come free… When some people are too dumb to realize that freedom doesn’t come free even when you try to hammer it into them…

When the Department of Veterans Affairs (a.k.a. VA) has turned into a dysfunctional bureaucratic swamp… When more than one third of new GI mental health care patients have to wait more than the standard of 14 days to receive an appointment and, in some instances, veterans have to wait more than a month to receive care… When hundreds of thousands of veterans have to wait well over a year to receive an answer on the decision of their enrollment eligibility for a first time claim… And follow-on claims or disputed claims can take years to receive an answer…

When disability benefits checks would not go out during the partial government shutdown… When death benefits were initially denied to grieving families of those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice…

When unemployment for post 9/11 veterans has consistently been significantly higher then the average…

Hans on November 11, 2013 at 6:58 am

Very interesting – and sobering – article, Debbie.

DS_ROCKS! on November 11, 2013 at 8:00 am

Debbie,

The U.S. may not be so far removed from your headline:

75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Far Too Many Have Forgotten; Doomed for Repeat?

By Debbie Schlussel

It is just hidden away in the minds of many and will be re-born when the Fascist Regime now controlling our government wishes to bring it to life again for their purposes.

I still think the following suggestions should be considered:

1. Familiarize all Jews and Non-Jews to http://www.jpfo.org

2. Cut a deal with Mexico and buy the Baja Peninsula to become a sovereign Jewish state and relocate EVERYTHING from Israel to the Baja. G*D is everywhere and LIFE is his gift. Protect the lives of the Jewish people in a new homeland in the new world.

3. Do Not participate in the U.N. nor allow them to control your country.

Crazy ideas?

Dennis

Dennis on November 11, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Not a fan of #2.

    skzion on November 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Excellent article Debbie. One point that people overlook these days is that it wasn’t the NAZI party that did this (like the brownshirts), no this was done by the German GOVERNMENT backed up by laws passed in the Reichstag by their version of Congress.

The Final Solution started by a campaign against the infirm (MRDD, insane, sick) saying that caring for them cost too much and that you could pay 3 teachers for the cost of caring for an infirm person (sound familiar). Then they started saying that the Jews couldn’t swim in the same pool as non-Jews (the so called hygiene laws).

This evil is insidious and everyone must always be on guard because it most certainly will crop up again. Whenever you use a group of people as a scapegoat, when people lose empathy for others and people think that they are better then other groups of people, this witch’s brew of evil will arise.

jimmyPx on November 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

The Burke quotation is one of two favorite quotations of an Israeli friend of mine. The other is “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” Sir Winston Churchill

PaulaMalka on November 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

I have always wondered if you could ask the 6 million Jews that were marched off to the death camps what they would say to the liberal Jews of today in regards to their disdain of the private ownership/possession of firearms? Every Jew of age should own a firearm even if he/she never fires it, but as a token to the millions that were disarmed and marched defenseless to the death camps.

Dave on November 11, 2013 at 10:59 am

I and Israel’s Prime Minister seldom see eye to eye on most things but he’s right on Iran that the Jewish people must stand up! And his other point is that Iran is not simply a Jewish/Israeli problem as so many people blithely assume.

This is not off topic at all. I remind every one that sure, Kristallnacht did begin with the Jews – but millions of non-Jews died too, over 50 million of them. My friends, the virus of anti-Semitism cannot be antiseptically contained to the Jews alone.

Which brings us back in the present day to Iran. The Prime Minister mentioned Iran is building ICBMs and is acquiring the capability to hit both Europe and America. The West may think it doesn’t matter what happens to the canary in the mine, Israel – if Iran kills it one day. But it should matter such a fanatical and violent regime can kill every one else one day. Therefore, demanding Iran disarm, is not just in the Jews/Israel’s interests, as has been commonly suggested in many quarters. Its in mankind’s interests.

For you see – in the end why it always begins with the Jews, it seldom ends with them. History, particularly Kristallnacht, has repeatedly given us advance warning on that score. And if the Jewish people should ever die, they will not die alone. That is the thought I want to leave you as you contemplate those today eager to rush to make a deal with Iran at any price. Again, its not just a Jewish/Israeli concern. Let’s keep that in mind for the future.

NormanF on November 11, 2013 at 10:59 am

Debbie, a timely and well written articvle on Kristallnacht.

The Army Code of Conduct. A meaningful Veterans Day to you all from a former Army soldier.

I

I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

II

I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.

III

If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.

IV

If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

V

When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.

VI

I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

Panhandle on November 11, 2013 at 11:07 am

Unlike in Germany, the JINOS (Jews in Name Only) of Hollywood are producing anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli movies where the Jews are villians or perverts and the Muslims are the good guys. They are some of the principal financiers of Adolph Obama. In the news media, scum like Bob Simon of 60 Minutes (a Jew married to a French Catholic) run blatantly false stories against Israel, just like his hero, Mike Wallace did.

Organizations like ADL are too busy defending American Muslims to do anything effective about anti-Semitism.

Michael Bloomberg is busy encouraging guns laws similar to those used by Hitler to disarm Jews so that they could not defend themselves.

J Street are a bunch of Jews supported by Saudi money and by the Nazi loving Jew George Soros, whose sole purpose is to see Israel wiped out by the Arabs. They are Jews are embarrassed to have been born Jewish.

These people are our modern day Josephus’s, our modern day Labans. These people are the same that worked with the Greek Assyrians against the Nation of Israel, and against whom the Maccabeans rose up. These people are the same people that sided with Romans, the same people that made up the Judenrat and the core of the capos.

Our biggest problems in America, Debbie, are the rats nibbling at the foundation of Judaism. As we learn from the Hagaddah at Passover, the enemy from within is more dangerous than the enemy from without.

Yet, American Christians are not without their own modern day Judas. Their religious leaders have more outreach programs to Muslims than to their own congregants. They lead their religious organizations to call for boycotts against Israel, even though Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that respects Christianity. They push for amnesty for illegal Muslim aliens, the same sort of people who brought us 9/11.

The liberal churches support our Muslim President who denigrates the Christian religions when he states disparagingly that “these people only have their guns and religion.” These churches support a man who disparages every religion except Islam when he states that “Islam is the religion of peace.”

These churches forget that the Muslims have spent 1400 years destroying churches and slaughtering Christians and that this gangsterism continues to this very day.

We Jews and Christians and others are being led by dangerous fools, down a path of our own destruction. We are headed back to the future, back into a future of the dark ages.

Jonathan E. Grant on November 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

Thanks to the muzzies, it’s become fashionable to become Judeophobic again (I prefer this term to anti-Semitic to avoid the strawman of ‘Arabs are Semites too’). Not just for Muslims, but Western Nazis as well.

One just wonders – if Germany had oil like the muzzies do, and Nazism had been recognized as a religion, what might they have pulled off – particularly in today’s climate? Of course, the muzzies have the added advantage of being non-White so that PCMC types glorify them, even though the Arabs love to think that they are Whites.

Infidel on November 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Yesterday was ,for us in Australia, remembrance day,the 11th day of the 11th month at 11AM most activity stops for a few minutes to remember the fallen in foreign wars… There has never been a war on our soil but we tend to remember with the utmost clarity the barbarism of the nazi controlled German government of the 30′s and 40′s. Even Germans of today have forgotten what happened and it is of the utmost importance that people with a spine,such as Debbie continue to prick at the conscience of those who find a certain attraction in the muslem cult.

Aron B on November 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Back when Mr. Vance “served” as Sec. Of State, he made Arik Sharon extremely tired…with his rethorics, Sharon uttered in Hebrew:” let him visit the Kotel & talk to the Wall”. We in Israel “love” Sec. Of State who are very tall…it reminds us of the British Red Barrett soldier back in the 1940′s who while serving in Palestine inquired what we the “Natives” are doing with the piece of skin cut during circumcision…he was told by a Tel-Aviv resident:” we collect those pieces all year then we ship it to the U.K. Where it grows & reaches 6 feet and more, then re-shipped to Palestine to serve in the Red Barrettes”… Most Israelis view Kerry as a modern piece of skin….he too, can talk to the Kotel.

Simon on November 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Okay, the article is goodn’nough, . . . except in the larger context of weak-a-peedia—while there were several of these nights called “Kristallnacht” in which a lot of glass was broken, and so forth in mayhem and death—for the massive amounts of glass—especially, the breaking of Jewish glass—any such was called a “kristallnacht”, but relatedly, what has been overlooked is “The Night of the Long Knives—”Operation Hummingbird”—or, more commonly used in Germany “Röhm-Putsch”, a so-called purge which was effected between June 30 and July 2, 1934, when the Nazis worked many executions—kind of comical because weak-a-peedia has it that, “Most of those killed were members of the Sturmabteilung (SA), the paramilitary Brownshirts . . . . At least 85 people died during the purge, although the final death toll may have been into the hundreds.”—what a laugh, because, those who were in power having at least instinctive awareness of the fact that, because it is only in terms of language in which we are facile that, we are able to think, and this, coupled with the fact that, ppl learn to think by listening to preaching and study of The Word of G0D, Hitler and his associates thus feeling themselves to be in face-to-face competition with the nation’s pastors, during those few nights, they had say, 3,500 of the nation’s pastors to be murdered, . . .

Phillip Galey on November 11, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Thank you for the reminder. I pray for the Jews & support them.

Judy Finney on November 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

If I could, I would make a reading requirement in public schools, several books on survivors of the death camps. There are many and it’s amazing how some people came out alive. You might also read on how the Japs treated our soldiers while prisoners. Geneva convention be damned.

Jesse on November 12, 2013 at 8:02 am

Funny

I look at the bearded guy in the white turban and i look at the bearded guy in that funny hat

Those desert people and their fashion sense.

steveba on November 12, 2013 at 8:14 am

Did you miss the ugly antics of the National Socialist Movement rallyers in Kansas City, MO (a city where I used to live)? Note the tallis-ripping.

http://www.tlvfaces.com/kristallnacht-anniversary-draws-neo-nazi-protestors-missouri-video/

Parpar1836 on November 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm

This is only going to rear it’s ugly head only once more. The sealed prophecies are being loosed. I see hundreds of passages that describe these days CLEARLY, and I haven’t really looked at much of the New Testament…
“My people perish for lack of knowledge”, and “When they say peace and safety, sudden destruction shall come.” I am trying to teach Americans and Christians (and hopefully Jews) that the next “Kristallnacht” will be all through western civilization VERY soon. Many of the American politicians and bureaucrats are in the “socialist camp”, and they are all so excited, because it looks like their “takedown” will be initiated very soon, but they remain ignorant of the REAL endgame. Anyone with a capacity for critical-thinking knows that the federal gov’t is preparing for an uprising. DHS and many other ‘entities’ are preparing for it, and fundamental Christians are literally in the number 1 position of “Identified potential terrorists”. Blood will flow in time. Not sure how the soc/commie group will fare against Patriots, but what we all need to understand is that those people are walking in agreement with another group with socialistic tendencies: The Nation of Islam…
At whatever time it seems that both Patriots and traitors will be most occupied with destroying the other, the Moslems will jump in. What they don’t seem to understand is that whatever agreements they made with Islamists, will be broken at some point. Islam doesn’t share, because their god doesn’t want to share his glory.
That simple… The Bible clearly identifies Islam as the Beast. That is being revealed to MANY Christians right now, and we are trying to increase the awareness of of it. Obviously we are running into resistance from the usual parties, but are quite surprised at one of these groups: The American Christian… I get ridiculed out of the room before I get the chance to show even some of these verses and passages. They don’t want it to be true, so they don’t believe it…

John Stone on November 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

Debbie your analysis and points are spot on. It’s ironic that currently it’s acceptable to denigrate both Jews and seperately the Roma in our otherwise touchy politicaly correct world now. Worse still mainstream non fundementalist Christian traditions that provided the mainstream society with a back drop of reasonable rational morality is getting eradicated as well. We are reaching a dangerous potential where fundamentalist forms of Islam are able to infiltrate and steer directions to their agendas.When society has the permission to paint the Jews, Israel and Roma as a form of other deserving of being maligned and harmed it’s surprising how suddenly it’s acceptable to destroy them, then followed by other social groups and sectors.It seemed incredible how suddenly what couldn’t be imaged before Kristel Nacht and further occured. Worse still aided and facilitated by local populations. Ironically those who’d presume to be in the safest spots by status , education and power are the ones who too become targets for eradication.It’s unbelievable how the fundamentalist Muslim sector has been infiltrating and dominating so much of the world. In fact the USA seems to be facilitating more of late than seriously countering it. It’s in my late middle age I took to exploring these events you mentioned deciding to explore the barely acknowledged part Jewish and yes even bit of Roma background of supposedly Latvian parents. I was stunned how something like that Krisel Nacht and more occured, so rapidly and horrifickly. I also grasped why my parents had been so nervous of those aspects of origins.Especially as they ,looked more like the locals of that ancestry and really not like local Latvians while scrapping by on that identity and why they ended up leaving Latvia in a hurry in various ways nor daring to go back after the war as no more popular with the Soviets. Such a horror , so seemingly unforseable le ought to be unforgotten and known properly by all. Yet it’s not grasped by most so is a risk again.
The fact is I now understand what via my parents had even impacted on my life in some ways.I’m glad that in recent times I’ve explored more the other commemarative events that some Jewish folk reflect on as there are further lessons to note.
I view my Christianity to be more complete in understanding more of the Jewish traditions that Christianty eminated from and therefore respecting Judaism. Plus I’m finding added wisdom from that too.
Seperately I can’t get over how for a supposedly Catholic Largalian/Latvian my mother completly fitted the bill of the stereotype Jewish mother, from chicken soup , use of Jewish terms, even Jewish words of insults when mad at me and even impacting on her perception of G-d. Hence even my styles of thought etc..A great grandma seems to have had to runaway after an affair with a local Latgalian causing the Jewish exit.The dot of Jewish on my fathers paternal side left him keen on reading many novels by Jews, their cabarets, music, bits of culture despite more Roma in him from mother.
It hence makes me wonder about the Jews you Debbie mention playing away from their heritage coming from such a strong culture. Why aren’t they wanting to protect it, or even themselves?.

kay peterson on November 21, 2013 at 8:30 am

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