Kristallnacht and Veterans Day

11 Nov

kristallnacht-bannerSaturday commemorated 75 years ago that the Nazis started the pogroms throughout Germany and Austria. This night in 1938 witnessed a strategic attack on Jews.  Kristallnacht — the Night of Broken Glass — marks the event where Jewish store fronts,  homes, and synagogues had their windows knocked out and smashed.  Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps.  The world learned on this night that the Holocaust had now started.  The Nazis were putting into play their “Final Solution.” 

This part of history is exceedingly ugly and painful.  We witnessed mortal racism and homophobia as Nazis assigned yellow stars and pink triangles to those they deemed unfit to live — people like Gad Beck. Sadly, we are currently seeing a rise in anti-Semitism in Germany and Russia.  We are also seeing a rise in homophobia around the world, including Russia, which is hosting the 2014 Olympics.

Thank goodness for all of the veterans and all those that helped to end World War II.  I do believe these veterans are heroes; they fought to ensure that regardless of our differing opinions and beliefs, the one thing that should unite us all is our shared humanity. That bond values those differences and does not try to limit them or take away people’s rights.

Call to action: I charge all people around the world to look for the humanity we all share and to interrupt oppression when we witness it. When we hear anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, homophobic, sexist slurs, we must interrupt that oppression or we dishonor those who fought to protect and cherish our common humanity and strove to create a level playing field.  We also strip ourselves of human dignity when we practice any form of hate against people who are different from us or collude in our silence with the oppression practiced by others.

For young kids, I would recommend reading Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars.

17 Responses to “Kristallnacht and Veterans Day”

  1. dykewriter November 11, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Reblogged this on dyke writer and commented:
    people ask

    how does this happen?

    well. not in a vacuum

    centuries of blame, exclusion and scapegoating

    we are seeing this happpening now in the USA over queers

    at least 5 christian pastors have called for the genocide of queers, concentration camps and goverment registration lists

    other christitan groups are calling for atheists to be expelled

    first they come for the artists, the intellectuals, the sexual minorities and whoever the fave scapegoats are

    all for a fictional story written by nomads

    different groups of them, 200 sects i nthe first century alone

    I wonder what the world would be like if Constantine had picked Mithra instead


    if people think there’s a god

    be interested in the creation

    nature and people

    not text & words some asshat wrote

    to get money for nothing and his altar boys for free

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 11, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      Nina, sadly you have it spot on. Yes, why have we not learned from the atrocities we have committed throughout history? Thank you for reblogging this and let us hope people we still to learn from history.

      • dykewriter November 12, 2013 at 8:18 am #

        My super power is the ability to reduce anything to it;s most painful and essential essence.

  2. Dr. Rex November 11, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Excellent!! Reblog!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 11, 2013 at 11:11 am #

      Thank you, Dr. Rex. Thank you also for reblogging this article.

      • Dr. Rex November 11, 2013 at 11:17 am #

        It’s a great post!! Brings back memories in history. Never forget!!

  3. Dr. Rex November 11, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    75 years since Kristallnack ….. The Night of the Broken Glass … sad time in history!! The beginning of a sad period!!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 11, 2013 at 11:15 am #

      Let us hope each of us will dedicate our lives to repairing the world.

      • Dr. Rex November 11, 2013 at 11:18 am #

        Agree!! There’s a lot of repairing to do!!

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 11, 2013 at 11:25 am #

        I hope we can all join together to do this repair work. Many thanks to you, Dr. Rex for your voice.

      • Dr. Rex November 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

        Anytime …🙂

  4. Goldie Lowry November 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Reblogged this on Conversations with Sugar Puppy and commented:
    This was written by my friend, Michael Hulshof-Schmidt. It begs the questions…how did this happen and could it happen again? It didn’t happen in a vacuum. To me, it speaks to the homphobic cries we are hearing across the world. Yes, it could happen again.

  5. Goldie Lowry November 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Michael, I reblogged this. An excellent reminder that all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 11, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      Goldie, thank you for reblogging this article and for your lovely voice for social justice.

  6. Central Oregon Coast NOW November 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

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