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Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Holocaust Survivor Leaving U.S.

Apparently this was written in 2005, but telling, nonetheless.
Monday, May 02 2005 @ 03:02 PM PDT
Contributed by: Joey Picador
The Real NewsOne of our neighbors is moving. I've been in this neighborhood for about six years now, but didn't really know them very well at all - just waves and nods, mostly.

So I heard the moving van pull up this morning. When I got home this evening I happened to spy my neighbor (he's like 85 years old - I don't know exactly, but he's old, talks and moves very slowly) standing on the sidewalk next to the van. I walked over and shook his hand, and we started talking. I asked him where he was moving, and he said, "Back to Germany."

I had been stationed in Germany for two years while in the military, so I lit up, and commented about how beautiful the country was, and inquired if he was going back because he missed it.

"No," he answered me. "I'm going back because I've seen this before." He then commenced to explain that when he was a kid, he watched with his family in fear as Hitler's government committed atrocity after atrocity, and no one was willing to say anything. He said the news refused to question the government, and the ones who did were not in the newspaper business much longer. He said good neighbors, people he had known all his life, turned against his family and other Jews, grabbing on to the hate and superiority "as if they were starved for it" (his words).

He said he was too old to see it happen right in front of his eyes again, and too old to do anything about it, so he was taking his family back to Europe on Thursday where they would be safe from George W. Bush and his neocons. He seemed resolute, but troubled, nonetheless, as if being too young on one end and too old on the other to fight what he saw happening was wearing on him.

I gotta tell you - it was chilling. I let him talk, and the whole time, my gut was churning, like I had mutated butterflies in my stomach. When he was finished, he shook my hand, gripping it really hard, until his knuckles turned white and he was shaking. He looked me in the eyes, hard, and said, "I will pray for your family and your country." He let gohttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif of my hand and hobbled away.

I have related this event to you in the hopes it will serve as a cautionary anecdote about the state of our Union, and to illustrate the path we Americans are being led down by a group of fanatics bent on global economic and military dominion. When a man who survived the fruits of fascism decides its time to leave THIS country because he's seeing the same patterns that led to the Holocaust and other Nazi horrors beginning to form here, it is time for us to recognize the underlying evil inherent in the actions of those who claim they work for all Americans, and for all mankind. And it is incumbent upon all Americans, Red and Blue, Republican and Democrat, to stop them.
For those of us without a "Germany" to return to, I hope we're able to stand up and keep this country from going down in Fascist flames.

Remember, the U.S. has already had practice with running concentration camps, so if someone who lived through the rise of Nazi Germany is seeing the same things happen here, do we still have a chance to do something about it? And if not, in today's globality, will there be anyplace to go?

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Blogger Paida said...

Wow - scary stuff.

Glad you are on your way back!

5:54 PM  
Blogger erica said...

chilling to say the least!!

6:19 PM  
Blogger lydiafdc said...

I, myself have almost had panic attacks thinking along the same lines...especially after (for just one example) the whole Dan Rather incident.

BTW...you relayed that story well...chilling and sad!

3:43 PM  

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