November 9, 2008, - 12:59 pm

70th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Too Many of My People Have Forgotten

By Debbie Schlussel
Today is the 70th Anniversary of Kristallnacht–the “Night of Broken Glass”.
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.
On November 9-10, 1938, 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.
Anti-Semitism always dominated Europe, which is why my paternal grandfather’s 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 official start of the Holocaust–the official symbol that this European anti-Semitism had escalated to a level of even more unspeakable horrors against Jews than previously imagined.


Photos from Kristallnacht, November 9-10, 1938: Jews Arrested and Sent to Concentration Camps, Synagogues and Jewish Businesses Destroyed . . .




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. On that night, they finally realized that, in fact, they were not the equals in society they’d believed for centuries that they were. As many of my readers and friends have noted this week, these German Jews have their contemporaries in the 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 Jews like Jewish News owner Arthur Horwitz who, last week, endorsed Obama in his left-wing rag and this week commemorates the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Through all of this, 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 is 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). And they have forgotten the sounds of the breaking glass, of the 20 Jewish suicides of that night seventy 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 also saw, just two weeks ago, “Hit a Jew Day” at a St. Louis public school and have seen increasing incidents of anti-Semitism all over America and violent brutal attacks against Jews all over Europe, particularly in France.
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 new President-elect. And, yes, they have far too many PC-types who are also yes-men–though to a much lesser extent–in the Republican Party.
Seventy years and many have forgotten. 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.


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 70 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 impending President wants to hang out with them–the Ahmadinejads and Khaled Meshaals (of HAMAS) of the world–and they happily send him their congratulations and entreaties.

70 years, 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” . . .


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

26 Responses

I will never forget Nov 9-10 1938, or Sept 11 2001. Ever! And the Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Secularists better believe that their Holocaust is planned right after the Jews.

KrazyKafir on November 9, 2008 at 2:28 pm

It is disgraceful that, if recent articles are correct, 77% of American Jews voted for BHO. Now these Jewish sycophants are praising Obama and expressing optomism becasue Obama has appointed a Jewish Chief of Staff, and, according to leaks, may appoint a number more to Cabinet and other high-level positions.
He might do that. The analogy to the 1930s, unfortunately, stil holds. FDR, during the New Deal in the 1930s, also facilitated the entrance of large numbers of Jews, for the first time, to the Federal Government, two Jews on the Supreme Court, Jewish confidants, and speech writers, etc. etc.
This did not stop the United States from basically barring entrance in the late 30s and early 40s to Germans fleeing from Kristallnacht, thus bearing at least indirect responsibility for their deaths a few years later. It did not stop the US from failing to arm itself and fight Hitler early enough so that these deaths, and the deaths of numerous American troops could have been avoided. It did not stop the US from playing a reactive role to German and Japanese agression until a frontal attack was made at Pearl Harbor. All too similar, as stated in your blog, to what is happening today.

c f on November 9, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Condi is in Jenin today. Certainly she and her pals want to prevent another Shoah. Right?
My country (Israel) has been under a continuous siege by the Bush-Clinton-Bush administrations for 20 years, and now we get Obama. “The more things change..)

Miluimnik on November 9, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Me thinks the United States is more vulnerable than ever. If you are not a Muslim, you are an Infidel and there is a death warrant on your head. It’s really that simple.
The United States depends on the the Department of Homeland Stupidity and the intelligence agencies that failed us prior to 911 to protect us from terrorism. Does that make you feel secure? January 20, 2009 will be upon us soon. I hope and pray that the millions in Washington D.C. that day will be protected. Personally, I would rather take my changes in East St. Louis or North Little Rock that day.

ParaLyzer on November 9, 2008 at 4:31 pm

I have not forgotten-I voted mccain just so you know. May peace reign one day

mindy1 on November 9, 2008 at 4:50 pm

1938, of course, came after 1936. And 1936 was the year of the German incursion into the Rhineland, the last chance that France and Britain had to stop Hitler at relatively low human cost. If they had taken action–which certainly would have been successful given the then-existing balance of forces–it is likely that the Nazi regime would have fallen and there would have been no Kristallnacht and no Holocaust.
Once Nazi Germany was allowed to succeed with the Rhineland grab and to fortify the Rhine, any action against the Nazis became much more expensive in terms of casualties. There is a clear analogy with allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.
It is interesting to read some of the reasons given by French and British politicians for nonintervention in 1936. One such reason was that the neutrals–especially the United States–would not approve, and might accuse them of “imperialism.” Very similar to the arguments offered by today’s appeasers. on November 9, 2008 at 7:26 pm

It is a terrible time that our country voted to embrace the Iranian dictator by voting for COBRAMA. For him to suggest that the Holocaust never happened and COBRAMA wants to meet with this man unconditionally shows he has no foreign policy expertise or couldn’t care a lick about the security of one our most trusted ally in Israel. This country has taken a hard left turn like Europe and really believes the threat Muslim Fascism doesn’t exist. “We are to blame” is their mindset. Unfortunately this country has emasculated itself and COBRAMA will allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons and use terrorists to deliver upon their threats. Our election has basically told Israel they are on their own.
On a personal note, I was in South Florida and met two survivors of the Holocaust. It was something I will never forget because I met a couple of older gentlemen who had been stamped on their wrists while in the concentration camps. It was something I wasnt prepared for and just shook me up because all the film I had seen in school was right my face.

californiascreaming on November 9, 2008 at 8:39 pm

[Anti-Semitism always dominated Europe, which is why my paternal grandfather’s family left for America at the turn of the century and my paternal grandmother left not long after.]
Thank God they weren’t Black.
[these German Jews have their contemporaries in the liberal Jews who voted for Barack Obama and the party dominated by anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment, the Democrats.]
You’re going to be eating those words in 4 years.

Norman Blitzer on November 9, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Pardon my quibble, but I dare say that the image above of young Jewish men and women being led away by German soldiers depicts the crushing of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, April 19 – May 16, 1943.
Never mind my taking issue with the attribution of that image, it holds that I’m quite alarmed at the prospect of a Second Holocaust. I expect Israel to be the likely target, with European–especially French–Jews being attacked; also Jews anywhere within reach of Iran and Hizballah’s world terror network.

John C on November 9, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Just so no one forgets, here’s one of the biggest Nazi rallies ever to take place. Germany? Nope. It was America:

Norman Blitzer on November 9, 2008 at 9:36 pm

NB (or anyone else who believes the President elect will be good for Jews):
Just why do you think the next President will be good for Jews? He does not have much of a record. However, judging by whom he has chosen to associate with, those he allows to have influence over him and the activities of liberal Jews in general, I believe it would be trivial to make a case the next four years will be awful for Jews.
By the way, the Republicans are not totally innocent. Chuck Hagel might become Secretary of Defense, and if so it will be Casper Weinberger all over again.

I_am_me on November 9, 2008 at 9:41 pm

[Just why do you think the next President will be good for Jews?]
Who cares? It’s like saying is he going to be good for Catholics? Obama only has to be good for America. Obama is going to be good for Jews and Israel cuz he’s already got a bunch of Jews advising him.

Norman Blitzer on November 9, 2008 at 9:53 pm

[Who cares?]
I do. I was also trying to engage you in a serious discussion. I believe I am correct and I would like to convince those who believe as you do. I am also willing to learn and change, so you actually have a shot at convincing me.
[It’s like saying is he going to be good for Catholics?]
No its not. You made a comment regarding something Debbie said about Jews.
[Obama only has to be good for America.]
Agreed. However, most (if not all) of the arguments that can be factually made regarding why he will be awful for Jews also apply to why he will be awful for America.
[Obama is going to be good for Jews and Israel cuz he’s already got a bunch of Jews advising him.]
Were you trying to be silly?

I_am_me on November 9, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Deb, you’re right to point to Arab-Nazi collaboration, too often forgotten today by the Politically Correct who are Mainly Ignorant.
This blog linked to below shows a lot of documentation of Arab collaboration with the Nazis and in the Holocaust, docs in both English and French.
On the other hand, Deb, the German Jews did not believe for centuries that they were equal citizens, as you write:
“they were not the equals in society they’d believed for centuries that they were.”
The German Jews first got emancipation in the 19th century, not from the various German states but from Napoleon. When Napoleon was brought down, the Jews lost their rights in most or all of the states into which Germany was then divided. It was not till the second half of the 19th century that they were emancipated again, as far as I know. Even so, even after Germany was united [about 1868?], they Jews did not have full equality. However, by 1930, most believed that they were safe there, as you say.

Eliyahu on November 10, 2008 at 6:37 am

Looking at the total picture as Russia arms Iran and the EU wanting to talk “Reason” and now Obama surronding himself with the secular Jews, that hate Israel and Religious Jews, and others from the Carter admnistration it appears another night is coming, not only for the Jews but for the Evangelical Christians that support Israel.

Fearless on November 10, 2008 at 7:32 am

One can almost see ‘Jewish traitors in training’ these days. Read the fascinating book ‘Stella’ about the beautiful young Jewish woman who worked for the Nazis in 1940’s Berlin helping round up hidden Jews. One of the most exciting and moving books I ever read (it would make a marvelous mini-series) is The Last Jews of Berlin – first hand accounts of being a hidden Jew in the capitol of Hitler’s Germany. It might give my fellow Jews some useful pointers on survival.

poetcomic1 on November 10, 2008 at 9:41 am

Idiot Norman Blitzer misses the point. The Jews advising Obama are self-hating Jews.
Everyone should read Martin Gilbert’s “Kristallnacht”. It is a harrowing account. In the defense of German Jews, they had been allowed to flourish in Germany for centuries–it’s easy to understand that they might be in denial about the danger. There’s no excuse for the self-hating “Court Jews” of today. The Holocaust happened only 70 years ago. Israel has been under attack since its birth. We were bombed on 9-11, only 7 years ago. These leftwing Jews are truly useful idiots. Self hatred didn’t protect Nick Berg from being beheaded, did it?
And it won’t protect Blitzer and his ilk.

lexi on November 10, 2008 at 9:51 am

I have decided to quarantine myself from many former Jewish friends for their blind support of Obama-and his bevy of Israel/Jewish hating associates.
One must say that the Jews really are a “Stiff necked people.” How can any Jew have voted for Obama when he gobbled up Wright’s anti-semitic/Anti American views for 20 years, dined and laughed with Khalidi and chose McPeak and Samatha Powers as advisors? I can answer myself….these are the same smug Jews who had their businesses and lives crushed by the German authorities.
Debbie, you are doing admirable work…it’s just too bad that only 20 percent of American Jews get it.

PeaceAtAllCosts on November 10, 2008 at 9:58 am

[Idiot Norman Blitzer misses the point. The Jews advising Obama are self-hating Jews.]
Posted by: lexi at November 10, 2008 09:51 AM
Thank God Obama and those “self-hating’ Jews won. Stupid children like you, lexi, will no longer be influencing our domestic and foreign policy.
I think Deb wrote some negative stuff on Rahm Emanuel, but here’s another view:,25197,24625673-2703,00.html
“…Mr Emanuel had been an effective leader and ‘his voting record and leadership in support of the US-Israel relationship are outstanding’.”
“Mr Emanuel’s deep Jewish roots come with his own personal commitment to the Jewish state, which he served as a civilian volunteer on an Israeli military base during the first Gulf War in 1991. His father Benjamin told an Israeli newspaper: “Of course he will influence the president to be pro-Israeli.”

Norman Blitzer on November 10, 2008 at 10:58 am

poetcomic1: I don’t think we need any more “marvelous” mini-series about the Holocaust. I’m sick of Hollywood using the Holocaust for their propaganda purposes. The thought of the Meryl Streep types emoting about something they care nothing about is enough to make me sick.

lexi on November 10, 2008 at 10:59 am

Thank you for taking the time to follow the advice of Sir Edmund Burke. Your story and the picture of your grandmother (and her friends) serves as both an important remainder and wake-up call. It reminds me of those words from Anne Frank:
ìI hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.î The Diary of Anne Frank, unknown date, 1944.

Jimmy Lewis on November 10, 2008 at 11:11 am

Your grandmother looks beautiful.
I used to read about the Holocaust and wonder about those Jews who denied what was happening to them. I never thought I would live to see that kind of thing happen again – but we are almost there!
Sadly, I work with people who have little knowledge of the Holocaust and they don’t care to learn about it either. BUT, they are devoted to praising Islam as the religion of peace.
The left is so wrong and seems more Fascist every day.

crazycatkids on November 10, 2008 at 12:20 pm

As we also learned in the Holocaust, that evil just doesn’t stop with one group. 12 million total perished in the Holocaust. All people whether gentile or Jew need to pay attention. We can’t afford to ignore what’s going on just because it doesn’t pertain to us, by us I mean me as a Christian. What is the famous quote in the Holocaust museum? Something about they came for the criminals and I did nothing, they came for…fill in the blank and I did nothing, then they came for me and there was no one left. I am definately paraphrasing but it still holds true today. People seem to think that if Israel just went away, the conflict in the Middle East would end. Chamberlain lives in the “sheeples” of today.
Iran and Syria along with the rest of the Middle East are very happy that Obama has been elected, doesn’t that tell you something? I am truely afraid for Israel. I hope their people can withstand the next few years. I will always support Israel.

Minnie Mouse on November 10, 2008 at 7:05 pm

I will always remember the family in the movie, The Piano. As the Nazis cornered them an inch more each day into a living prison, they didn’t resist. “Nothing will happen here, we are civilized!” the mother cried. Of course, they were all dead within a year.
When will we learn?

PJ on November 10, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Mormon churches and Mormons have been attacked since the time of John Smith. Your column blaming Gay Marriage proponents does not seem to be based on fact.
I had some trepidation on the choice of BHO mainly because of his relationships to black hate leaders but that was more than countered by the present administrations’ disastrous “democratizing” of Iraq by giving power to the Ayatollahs. A shiite in power in Iraq backed by American troops funded by hundreds of billions of American dollars? There was just cause to overthrow Saddam but none to completely destroy the Bathist government and society and hand it on a platter to Iran.

luee on November 12, 2008 at 5:40 pm

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