By Tabitha Korol
The other night I watched a PBS special on Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), a series of coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on November 9-10, 1938. These were carried out by Hitler’s forces and non-Jewish civilians and resulted in the death of hundreds of Jews who were incarcerated and sent to concentration camps. A vast number of Jewish homes, hospitals and schools were destroyed and more than 7,000 Jewish businesses were devastated. Over 1,000 synagogues were burned to the ground. I was able to find a transcript to further review the two infamous Nuremberg Laws that Hitler initiated during his rise to power. From those, more than 2,000 antisemitic laws were ratified at all levels of government, thereby sealing the fate of the Jews of the Third Reich.
To my utter horror, however, I realized that these laws survived the Nazi regime and are now being implemented against Jews and Christians here and throughout the world. In the U.S., our students are coming under state control through the Common Core “standards” adopted in the 45 states that succumbed to multimillions in government Race-to-the-Top dollars. When challenged by parents, teachers and administrators who are clearly trained in the community-organizer mode are refuting, bullying, and intimidating these critics. I’ve selected a handful of the 2,000 laws to cite and compare.
April 1, 1933: A week after Hitler came to power, he ordered all Jewish shops, banks, offices and department store closed. Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels defended this draconian move as a legitimate response to the anti-German "atrocity propaganda" being spread by "international Jewry." Signs were posted – "Germans, defend yourselves, buy only at German shops!" The Arab League, founded in 1944, began boycotting Jewish goods, and later rejected all who conducted business with the state of Israel.
Today we have BDS – boycott-divestment-sanctions – which are advocated by Muslim students on college and university campuses, and supported by school staff and professors. Rallies are held with Islamist videos and guest speakers who target companies that conduct business with Israel. The groups submit Israel boycott resolutions to The National Council of the American Studies Association, in journals and academic associations worldwide. The director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney is being sued in the Federal Court of Australia because he refused to sponsor a fellowship application from an Israeli academic. France’s Left Party announced its support for BDS. Britain’s plans to issue Islamic Bonds would de facto discriminate against Israel. Ireland’s BDS activists affix yellow boycott stickers on Israeli products in stores. The Methodist Church of Britain consistently targets Israel with criticism while ignoring the sins of her foes. The methods are different; the results are virtually identical.
President Obama uses the same tactics (also described as Chicago-style brass knuckles) to marginalize and demonize his adversaries, such as with the Republican party, Wall Street executives, Fox News, news commentator Rush Limbaugh, and others perceived as obstacles to his radical agenda.
May, 1933: One hundred years after German poet Heinrich Heine said, “Where one burns books, one will soon burn people,” members of the right-wing student organization of Wilhelm-Humboldt University in Berlin tossed tens of thousands of books from their library and other sources into a roaring bonfire at the adjacent Franz Joseph Platz. Denouncing the authors, mostly Jewish – such as Albert Einstein, but also Thomas Mann, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway and others – they purged their country of ideas, philosophies, and advancement.