JBlog Carnival Updates, HH, KCC & JPIX

Monday, May 19, 2008

Haunting

These pictures have been haunting me.

I live here in Shiloh, in relative (bli eyin haraa--don't tempt the evil eye) safety. We're far from the kassams and other rockets the Arab terrorists are launching at southern Israel, and we're far from the missiles launched by the Hezbollah, the Arab terrorists of the north. But I'm finding my nights filled with nightmares just the same.




Bush claims to be anti-terrorist. He gave a rousing speech in the Knesset (of which I'm still trying to find out who wrote it--maybe Eli Wiesel?) Olmert, as Israel's Prime Minister, is supposed to have Israel's defense/survival as his main priority. But at the same time Israel's south is suffering Arab terrorist bombardments, innocent Jews are being killed and injured, the two of them are having a grand time.


My generation, the post World War II baby boomers, of which both Bush and Olmert are members, was raised to mock the excuses of our elders that they "didn't know that there was a Holocaust going on."

In the pre-satellite, pre-Internet, pre-digital, pre-cellphone, pre-cheap phone calls, etc. era it was much easier to hide the cruel anti-Jewish actions of the Nazis.

Today the news is out, the pictures are instantly published, there are no secrets, but we see that nobody cares.

In the 1930's when the democratically elected Nazis began the anti-Jewish laws culminating in the Extermination Camps and the murder of six million Jews, the official Jewish leadership tried to work with the Nazis, rather than broadcast emergency calls for help, condemnation and cessation of the Nazi Regime.

Yes, I do see similarities in the Nazi period with today. The Nazis aimed for a judenrein (an empty of Jews) Germany, later all of Europe, and the Arabs, with the full support of the entire world, including the United States, the United Nations, the world's media and the Israeli Left, want a judenrein Judea, Samaria (Biblical Heartland) and most of the Middle-East.

I'm horrified at myself for continuing my everyday life when our very existence is in danger!

11 comments:

Kirk said...

You made a mistake. You used the word judenrein, which means 'purely Jewish'. You should have used judenfrei, which means 'Jew free'.

Batya said...

Thanks, I'll check it out.
I remember learning that JFK misspronounced what he thought was "I am a Berlinner" and actually said something about being a "cream cake."

Uri DeYoung said...

Shalom! The following is a quote from Wikipedia

"Judenrein and Judenfrei (German: free of Jews) were Nazi terms to designate an area free of Jewish presence.[1] The words bear slightly different connotations; while Judenfrei merely refers to "freeing" an area of all of its Jewish citizens, Judenrein (literally "clean of Jews") demands that any trace of Jewish blood be removed as an impurity.[2]"

Hadassa

Batya said...

Hadassa, thank you for the clarification.
I just can't keep up with my emails and comments.

Kirk said...

batya:
I remember learning that JFK misspronounced what he thought was "I am a Berlinner" and actually said something about being a "cream cake."

Kirk:
JFK deliberately made that "Berliner" pun. It means a resident of Berlin, and it is also a sweet breakfast pastry.

Kirk said...

Uri DeYoung:
Shalom! The following is a quote from Wikipedia
(snip)
Judenrein (literally "clean of Jews") demands that any trace of Jewish blood be removed as an impurity.[2]"

Kirk:
Ouch! Forgot the doppellganger effect in German. Rein means pure or purely. Pure means having the impurities removed. So while it can mean "purely Jewish", it can also mean "Jewish impurities removed"... which, of course, is the meaning the Nazis used.
My mistake. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

With Obama, we Americans are experiencing first-hand how Hitler was able to rise to power in Germany.
You combine a charismatic jerk with a population of selfish malcontents.


I learned from my parents' generation, both Americans and the European refugees who were the parents of my boyhood friends, that:
- Many German-Jews first welcomed Hitler whose new and special brand of socialism would be good for business and good for Germany (Jews have loved socialism since the 1880s .. a "god ye have not known").
- Most American Jews did not want any involvement in foreign affairs, up through 1940, not even to help the Jews of Europe, because it would endanger the elections of Democrats and Roosevelt. This changed only with the German invasion of their beloved Soviet Union.

Those who want to sit down and talk with evil should remember not only Hitler-Chamberlain but also Molotov-Ribbentropp.


As for George W. Bush, while he has lost his mind he still has chutzpah.
He said he wants America to be less-dependent on foreign oil (since the 1950s, U.S. dependence on foreign oil has grown several-fold).
Last week, in one day, Bush:
- issued an executive order prohibiting our drilling for oil in certain Alaska coastal waters for "ecological reasons";
- asked Saudi Arabia to increase its oil output (Saudi said "no").

Anonymous said...

Speaking of all these JFK'isms..I hope to see a terrible and consuming brain tumour in his nephew Ted!! IY'H

Batya said...

Thanks for all the clarifications.

ps a, Ted's JFK's little brother.

Uri DeYoung said...

Kirk, Shalom!
Mistakes always happen for a reason. This one brought us an interesting clarification. I was also hoping for additional sources to back-up Wikipedia. (My sister learned basic German - difficult language it is!)
Hadassa

Batya said...

A number of friends of mine who are experts in that era all confirmed that judenrein means, cleansed/empty of Jews.