Updated: Jan 28
Learn from History Episode: January 27, 2021
"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." – Elie Wiesel
Today is the 76th Anniversary of when Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. President Joe Biden is 78 years old, so within his lifetime the atrocity of the Holocaust happened. 6 million Jewish people were exterminated from 1938-1941. In a viral video Arnold Schwarzenegger compared the riot at the Capitol to Kristallnacht also known as the "Night of Broken Glass." On the night of November 9, 1938 till the next day Nazis in Germany burnt down Synagogues, Jewish homes, schools, and businesses over 100 Jewish people died. German officials had ordered firefighters and police officers not to do anything to stop the destruction (sound familiar). 30,000 Jewish men were rounded up and sent to concentration camps. Prior to this night there were oppressive anti-Semitic policies that made Jewish peoples' lives difficult but they were typically non-violent until Kristallnacht. The Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels had fed on the fear and rage of the German people to support their "Final Solution" blaming the Jews for Germany's economic struggles and not the inept governing of the controlling political party lead by Adolf Hitler. The extermination of 6 million people was possible not just by the evil of the controlling Nazi government but by German citizens who participated or stayed silent as Jews were terrorized, arrested, and sent to concentration camps.
The "Final Solution," which systematically killed 6 million European Jews was carried out by Hitler and Nazi Germany is also known as the Holocaust.
If we do not learn from our past we are bound to repeat it.
Never stay silent in times of injustice, suffering, and humiliation. Do not be okay with politicians who use historically marginalized people as a wedge issue or as political pawns for leverage. Poor people, homeless people, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, people with disabilities are not the reason we are currently in any kind of economic struggle. Capitalism is the reason every day people are struggling to get by and pay bills. Additionally, incompetent government leadership for the past four years has made our lives worse and all the while 428,000 people have died from COVID. It's ridiculous to put blame on a new Administration trying to right a sinking ship inherited from the worst President and complete narcissistic, Gaslighter in Chief, who also incited an insurrection. But, I do blame his enablers and all those who stayed silent as he stirred our country into a giant flaming liquid garbage of an ice berg.