Germany – Then, And Now?

Thanks to someone on our yishuv, who published this link on our email list, I was able to access very old video clips. One of the clips is of Germany in the 1930’s. The audio goes in and out, but the important thing, I think, is to look at the faces in the crowds. They look pretty happy with Hitler, if you ask me.

This reminded me of an article I read a few weeks ago, about other crowds in Germany – in 2008. This crowd, in contrast, was patiently waiting, for hours in some cases, to see an exhibit about the Holocaust victims, which toured Germany by train.

It is hard to get a handle on the level of anti-Semitism in various places. We like to make sweeping generalizations (the Holocaust could NEVER happen in America, for example), but we really don’t know what is going on under the surface. Jewish children who go to public school are not afraid to get beaten up by non-Jews, as they were in places in Europe – but at the same time the anti-Semitism (in the guise of anti-Zionism) on campuses in America is very worrying.

In any case, I am very happy that I live in a country where the guys who are armed and wearing uniforms – are ours.

 

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ilanadavita
    Apr 29, 2008 @ 12:05:34

    As I live in the North of France I have been to both Germany and Austria and have very different feelings about these two countries.

    In fact I have the impression that Germany accepts its past and its responsibilities in the Shoah much more than Austria does. When you walk the streets of Berlin, you are constantly reminded that Jewish families lived there and that they were exterminated by the Nazi regime.

    Nothing like that in Austria where the people seem to forget that they cheered when the Germans invaded their country, that they never batted an eyelid when the Jews were deported and that a number of Austrians ranked high in the Nazi party and administration.

  2. NH mom
    Apr 30, 2008 @ 21:08:36

    It is all so very sad ! What I don’t understand is why so many Jewish Americans are registered with the democratic party here. When the republicans and conservatives are so pro-Israel. My children have been taught about the horror of Hitler where the liberal public schools gloss over it.

  3. Ahuva
    Apr 30, 2008 @ 22:51:09

    I can’t understand why anyone would vote Republican, NH mom. I feel pretty strongly about the separation of church and state– since that is what is making life safe(r) for Jews in the U.S.

    West Bank Mama, why do you think the Holocaust could never happen in America? Or were you implying that is a generalization that you aren’t sure about?

    “Jewish children who go to public school are not afraid to get beaten up by non-Jews” — that depends on where the public school is located.

  4. NH mom
    May 01, 2008 @ 02:02:08

    Ahuva,
    I didn’t mean to offend, I have just been surprised by some public schools (in my part of the country) not teaching about the Holocaust. I also completely agree with you about the separation of church and state.

  5. Ahuva
    May 07, 2008 @ 21:49:04

    NH mom, you didn’t offend. I was just explaining why many Jews are Democrats. The Republicans don’t seem to feel that the separation of church and state is all that important– at least not where it concerns the Christian faith, anyway.

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