Donald Trump met with President Obama at the White House on Thursday, signaling the beginning of the transition from one president to the next. On this day in 1938, another historical beginning was taking place: the Nazis started rounding up Jews.
Nov. 9 and 10 are the anniversaries of “Kristallnacht.” Also known as “the Night of Broken Glass,” the “Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools, and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews.” In the wake of this horrific night, more than 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and hauled off to Nazi concentration camps.
Now, 78 years later, many people throughout the world fear that they are watching as history repeats itself with Trump being elected President of the United States. Trump, who has admitted to admiring and studying Adolf Hitler, has echoed much of the Third Reich’s rhetoric. He has called for all Muslims to be banned from the U.S. and suggested that all Muslims in the country should be required to carry special identification. Every aspect of Trump’s campaign was steeped in anti-Semitism and racist dog-whistles became the gold standard.
According to the old saying, those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Hitler became chancellor of Germany in 1933. Up until that fateful night in 1938, the Nazis’ policies toward Jews had been repressive but were nonviolent for the most part. But after the Night of Broken Glass, things got ever more dire for the Jews.
The “Final Solution” was implemented by the Nazis to deal with the “Jewish problem.” More than 6 million European Jews were murdered in the Holocaust.
You would think something like that would be a powerful lesson to the generations that came after, and yet, here we are. Trump won the presidential election on Tuesday night. He garnered the necessary electoral college votes even though he didn’t win the popular vote. When you look at the calendar, it’s more than a little ironic, isn’t it? Excuse me while I vomit.
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