Holocaust: Seems we still haven’t learned

November 13, 2021
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We all, or we should, know the importance of the date of November 11th that appears each year on our calendars.

Initially Armistice Day marking the end of World War I, it was rightfully changed to Veteran’s Day, honoring all veterans in 1954 when President Eisenhower signed into law the bill introduced by fellow Kansan U.S. Representative Edward Reece.

What we don’t remember though are the two dates precluding it, November 9 and 10, 1938, that that set the world at that time on an historical path that over eight decades later is still defining our own.

From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

“On the night of November 9, 1938, violent anti-Jewish demonstrations broke out across Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia. Nazi officials depicted the riots as justified reactions to the assassination of German foreign official Ernst vom Rath, who had been shot two days earlier by Herschel Grynszpan, a 17-year old Polish Jew distraught over the deportation of his family from Germany.

Over the next 48 hours, violent mobs, spurred by antisemitic exhortations from Nazi officials, destroyed hundreds of synagogues, burning, or desecrating Jewish religious artifacts along the way. Acting on orders from Gestapo headquarters, police officers and firefighters did nothing to prevent the destruction. All told, approximately 7,500 Jewish-owned businesses, homes, and schools were plundered, and 91 Jews were murdered. An additional 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to concentration camps.”

Those 48 hours would lead to the largest conflagration of horror the world had ever known:  World War II.  It would end with some 75 million military and civilians, dead.  Six million of them European Jews consumed by what we know as the Holocaust.

But it could not have happened without first, the years of depression forced upon the German people by the Treaty of Versailles and second, the Western governments meeting every provocation from Adolf Hitler with a new appeasement and a “thank you sir, may we have another” attitude.

The Holocaust was an atrocity so evil that it and the words “Never Forget” are forever linked.

Two words that should have been taken seriously by every Western nation since, but that instead have been inconvenient truths easily ignored when it came time to act.

Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur, and Isis on its rampage across Syria and Iraq, just a sampling of the evil that has been committed since those two words became synonymous with wholesale inhumanity.  Every one occurring in the shadow of “Never Forget”.

And as I write this column there is another genocide happening in broad daylight that once again not one nation has the will to fight.  Let alone the America that saved the world in ’45.

And it could be stopped without firing a shot.  All we have to do is close our wallets.

As of this writing an estimated more than a million Uyghurs are currently being held in internment camps by the Communist China regime.  Sure, you can assuage your guilt with “there’s no gas chambers or mass murder” but that doesn’t erase that these people have been arbitrarily detained without legal process, subjected to forced abortion and sterilization, unable to practice their religion, being used for forced labor and being fed continual political indoctrination against their will.

Rationalize it as you will, but that’s no justification for contributing to its cause.

Only a “Shape up or stop shipping because we’re done buying” message will get the attention of the Communist regime.

As the world led up to WWII at least it wasn’t American consumerism that was financing Hitler’s madness.  Yet that’s exactly what we’re doing with every purchase of every item labeled “made in China”.

Every I-phone, every Nike sneaker, every piece of consumerism that is getting shipped over is nothing more than another dollar funding the Chinese war machine.

A machine that has already broken the Hong Kong treaty, installed forward bases on man-made islands in the South China Sea, is threatening Taiwan more aggressively than ever and that just two months ago successfully tested a nuclear capable hypersonic missile that at this moment we couldn’t stop if we wanted to.

If we don’t want future generations having to mourn God knows how many more hundreds of thousands dead, then at least we should have the foresight not to finance the regime that has made it no secret its desire to overtake us as the world’s economic and military superpower.

It took corporal Hitler of WWI only two decades to become the Fuhrer of WWII.

Communist China was admitted into the World Trade Organization in 2001.  Do the math.

Either stop financing them now or face the carnage tomorrow.  Yes, the answer is that simple.

The question is, will we?  Our veterans are owed at least that.

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