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Midnight repost: American Kristallnacht

The tenth anniversary retrospective of Behind the Black continues: Though this essay was only first posted less than two months ago, it bears repeating, over and over and over again, whenever power-hungry thugs use violence to achieve their ends.

American Kristallnacht

It might have been an accident, or maybe it was because of the events of the past three months, but earlier this year I decided to finally read William Shirer’s masterpiece, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Previously I had only read the first few chapters in order to learn something about Hitler’s background. Now it was time to read the whole book.

I am only halfway through it but no matter. Every page has sent terror through my soul, as it appears to not be a history of the 1930s foolishness and madness that allowed a megalomaniac to become the leader of a powerful nation, intent on conquering the world while committing genocide against millions, but a news report of modern America.

What we have seen for the past three months — accelerated to madness with riots this week — has been nothing more than a return to the Nazi tactics of the 1930s, with the only difference being that the targets have not been just Jews, but all private businesses as well as anyone who dares to oppose their wanton destruction. In fact, the use of rocks to break windows and loot businesses and attack and even kill their owners this week was so reminiscent of Kristallnacht that I find it more than horrifying. From the link:

In the fall of 1938, Herschel Grynszpan (1921-45), a 17-year-old ethnically Polish Jew who had been living in France for several years, learned that the Nazis had exiled his parents to Poland from Hanover, Germany, where Herschel had been born and his family had lived for years. As retaliation, on November 7, 1938, the agitated teenager shot Ernst vom Rath (1909-38), a German diplomat in Paris. Rath died two days later from his wounds, and Hitler attended his funeral. Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945), the Nazi minister for public enlightenment and propaganda, immediately seized on the assassination to rile Hitler’s supporters into an anti-Semitic frenzy.

Kristallnacht was the result of that rage. Starting in the late hours of November 9 and continuing into the next day, Nazi mobs torched or otherwise vandalized hundreds of synagogues throughout Germany and damaged, if not completely destroyed, thousands of Jewish homes, schools, businesses, hospitals and cemeteries. Nearly 100 Jews were murdered during the violence. Nazi officials ordered German police officers and firemen to do nothing as the riots raged and buildings burned, although firefighters were allowed to extinguish blazes that threatened Aryan-owned property.

In the immediate aftermath of Kristallnacht, the streets of Jewish communities were littered with broken glass from vandalized buildings, giving rise to the name Night of Broken Glass.

Sound familiar? The act of a single person was used as an excuse to violently destroy the lives of many innocent people. The result was a pogrom, pushed by mobs of young jack-booted thugs in the employ of the Nazi Party.

This past week has been much the same. The unfortunate manhandling by police that led to the death of George Floyd has been used as an excuse now to violently destroy the lives of many innocent people. Except for the lack of pitchforks and torches the rioters and looters in cities across the United States have been no different than the mobs in Germany who attacked Jews and anyone they feared out of blind hate and ignorance.

And like Nazi Germany, this violence has been wielded as a tool by those in power in the Democratic Party to further their ends. Democratic elected officials in city after city have refused to take action, letting the rioting continue, while using that rioting as a weapon to attack their political opponents. To quote Joe Biden, that party’s candidate for President (at this moment),

The president of the United States must be part of the solution, not part of the problem,” the former vice president said Tuesday morning. “But this president today is part of the problem and accelerates it.”

Or consider the words of this Democratic Party high official:

The chairwoman of the Michigan Democratic Party dismissed every Trump supporter as “racist” and called them the “reason” black people are murdered in the United States. “If you support Donald Trump, you are a racist,” Lavora Barnes said in a statement posted to the group’s website. “Here is where it gets tricky and uncomfortable. Donald Trump is a racist, and if being a racist is not a dealbreaker for you, you are the reason Black people are being murdered for being Black.”

Rather than call for calm, Biden and Barnes both instead use the riots to slander Trump, while inciting race hatred that can only throw fuel on the fire. One might even think they are glad the riots are occurring, as it gives them this opportunity to blame Trump for them.

Yet, it doesn’t take much research to find that these rioters, many of whom have clearly claimed allegiance with the leftist terror-group Antifa, are closely tied with the Democratic Party. In fact, if you take a close look you can’t help wonder if this group of thugs is no more than the Democratic Party’s SS wing.

Yet, while this week has been in many ways a replay of Kristallnacht, not all things are the same. As Mark Twain noted, “History doesn’t repeat, it rhymes.” The differences from 1938 Nazi Germany are worth noting, as they suggest there still remains a window of hope that the decent people in America — Republican and Democrat and black and white — might still climb through in order to return to a free and just and lawful society.

First, unlike the Nazis, the Democratic Party does not now have a charismatic leader like Hitler. In fact, the entire leadership of the Democratic Party is bankrupt, made up of very old and weak incompetents who are incredibly unimpressive. This lack of a strong and coherent leader makes it difficult for them to harness the energy of their thuggish army to control events.

Second, the U.S., at least at this moment, is still a nation of laws. When Kristallnacht occurred in 1938, Germany was no longer a nation of laws. The Nazi Party was in full totalitarian control, with Hitler having sole power to unilaterally write, rewrite, and nullify any laws he wished. Thus, the looters and rioters who attacked Jewish businesses and killed Jews knew they would face no legal consequences for their violence. Hitler and the Nazi Party would protect them.

Today in the U.S. however the legal framework still exists to punish these thugs. We can still do it, and we had better do it, hard, or that legal framework will quickly fall like a house of cards.

Third, we are also still a democracy, for at least a little while. The election in 2020 will be a referendum on the events of the past three months, where Democratic leaders worked hard to oppress ordinary citizens while strongly supporting rioters, murderers, criminals, and looters. Will the voters take the proper action, and fire them all? They better, or this nation of laws will quickly fall to these fascist thugs, as it did in Germany in the early 1930s.

The responsibility for fixing this terrible situation now rests with the citizens of the United States. Will they demand a real change in government in 2020, firing the politicians who eagerly created the disaster of the past three months, or will they once again look the other way, and leave them in power?

If the former, we have a real chance for a renewal, using one of the most fundamental tools of modern civilization, the secret ballot, to reject such hateful violence. If the latter, we are now a nation that supports riots, looting, violence, oppression, and hate.

And it is that latter possibility that fills me with terror and despair. For consider the consequences of Kristallnacht in Germany:

The Nazis held the German-Jewish community responsible for the damage and imposed a collective fine of $400 million (in 1938 rates), according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Additionally, more than 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to the Dachau, Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen concentration camps in Germany–camps that were specifically constructed to hold Jews, political prisoners and other perceived enemies of the Nazi state.

The distance between justice and genocide is never more than a short step, and needs only for people to do nothing in the face of evil.


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  • janyuary

    Reading (and re-reading) history by its contemporaries as it unfolds, like Shirer’s Third Reich (Berlin Diaries is another to read), for specifics that satisfy the scientific mind regarding politics, is always a good idea. I wish America with the less scientific mind would re-read Hunt for Red October and reflect on just how it was the Soviets were gotten off that boat so its captain and officers could successfully defect with it to the U.S.A. They did it by scaring the crew with an imaginary radiation leak.

    When will Americans and world citizens wake up to the fact that they are being frightened by an imaginary “ravaging panemic!!” into abandoning their freedom? Again … I wish every single person would stop and reflect: personal knowledge, how many people in their circles, personal knowledge, are or have been sick from C 19 during during this “pandemic,” compared to how many folks they know at any given time battling illness, during any REAL flu “pandemic.”

    The best way to swindle and bamboozle people is to do it right in the open, under their noses. Appealing to their psychological vanity helps, and the masks do that in spades.

  • janyuary

    One other thing, Robert, the death of George Floyd as a form of Kristallnacht (spot on, I think) … we media consumers have really no idea how many similar events happen yet remain only locally reported, hence off the national radar — such outrages are probably fairly regular across the USA; malevolent journalism retrieves them and fans them at will. The timing is so very suspect, that the Floyd incident happened right about the time many Americans would have been gathering to protest the C 19 restrictions. It looks a lot to me like an orchestrated means to always overshadow, obfuscate, and frustrate legitimate protests against this blatant abuse of power.
    And truly, the BLM protests in the small rural towns around me are flat comical, it is so obvious that they are theatre.

  • Kevin R.

    It is quite frightening, the criminal insanity that is the Left. They are the very worst of criminals operating under cover of political posing. But all they really are is criminals reveling in crime. They are criminally insane.

  • LocalFluff

    I can see this BLM thing turning on the jews, literally.
    German persecution of the jews came from nowhere. Adolf made up a scapegoat, and everyone loves a scapegoat! Because then it’s not my fault. Was it your fault? Or yours? Ole dole doff, let’s blame the jews!

    Russia and France had big problems with antisemitism before the first world war, while it was an unknown thing in Germany since the time of Napoleon. Germans with jewish heritage were most proud patriotic fighters in the Great war. Even during ww2 there were several generals in German dienst who had jewish heritage. Himmler quarreled with Göring about a particular one in Luftwaffe towards the end of the war, but Göring thought such prosecution just a silly game, let’s be practical, he’s a very good man. A most patriotic warrior for the German cause. Had no clue as to what was going on.

    Even then and there it was the most natural thing that someone has some jewish ancestors, who cares? The reason for the slow reaction to Hitler’s hate was that German jews could not imagine that their own government could ever turn against them. Even as it happened, it was unbelievable. As if today a political movement would rush their hired gangsters down the streets to kill jews in New York. Can’t happen, eh?

  • Edward_2

    The people who don’t like


    are the problem

    NOT us.

  • LocalFluff

    Be careful with your word, or you will become a racist nazist fascist and be shot to death! All lives do NOT matter…

  • Edward_2

    AntiFa, or as I call them, NaziFa, are DNC protected Domestic Terrorists which need to be stopped by any Lawful Means Necessary.

  • Edward

    janyuary wrote: “When will Americans and world citizens wake up to the fact that they are being frightened by an imaginary ‘ravaging panemic!!’ into abandoning their freedom? … The timing is so very suspect, that the Floyd incident happened right about the time many Americans would have been gathering to protest the C 19 restrictions. It looks a lot to me like an orchestrated means to always overshadow, obfuscate, and frustrate legitimate protests against this blatant abuse of power.

    Ianto Watt has a similar thought, but here he names a freedom-thieving culprit: globalists.

    Defeating Donald is not the ultimate goal. Enslaving us is.

    Watt goes back to the French Revolution as examples of the underlying forces driving the anti-freedom effort around the world.

    There’s way too much nationalistic sentiment swirling around the globe, and another win by Donald could spell a huge setback. Just like what occurred when Napoleon hijacked the French Revolution. It took the Revolution another 120 years to recover before they could finally annihilate the monarchies of Europe, and finally ‘free the people’. We know where that has led.

    It certainly explains why the Great Oppression is worldwide rather than residing only in the U.S. in order to defeat Trump.

  • pzatchok

    I do not see this as turning on the Jewish people.

    Though I can easily see it turning on registered republicans.
    What happens if Antifa gets hold of voting records and starts to move on party headquarters and then private homes?

    Change your party affiliation or watch your home burn.

  • Andrew M. Winter

    This is uplifting. I am usually a “Doom and Gloom”, or worse, kind of guy. But this bears thinking about.

    Could it be that the volume and vitriol we see broadcast from The Oppressors on The Left are actually an indication of the effectiveness of The Freedom Fighters on The Right? I think this entirely possible.

  • pzatchok

    The left is at maximum influence.
    If they can’t win the next election and in some way outlaw their opponents they will be reduced to simple violence.

    When they started to court big business they started to lose the unions.

    In order to support both the failing Social Security system and their loss of union membership they started to force the importation of under-educated peoples from around the world. South of the boarder mainly.

    If that doesn’t win them full power they will go violent.

    They have no viable great cause like they had in the 60’s and 70’s. Even though the race and sex equality cause was stolen from the Republicans. We are now taking it all back.
    All they have left is Global warming, illegal Aliens and micro-minority LBGT+ “rights”. That and just blindly fighting the right.

    We conservatives have time and proof that the Mothering of America was a mistake and we need fathers back. Fathers have their place, a balance to the mothers. We have allowed America to be politically and socially Mothered to a virtual death.

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