For those who have had an, alas, typical American education and are unfamiliar with Kristallnacht (“Crystal Night”), when Hitler’s paramilitary “Sturmabteilung” (SA)—literally Storm Detachment—broke a lot more than windows on Nov. 9-10, 1938, here’s just a few words of description from Wikipedia:
“Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked as attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers. Rioters destroyed 267 synagogues throughout Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland. Over 7,000 Jewish businesses were damaged or destroyed, and 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps.”
Though lasting but two days, what happened was horrifying. Then, as we know, it got worse. Unchecked, these things tend to.
America has been in its own version of Crystal Night for many months now, from broken windows to looting to destruction of myriad stores and other places of business, police stations, and government edifices, not to mention considerable physical harm to persons.
Although not yet of Nazi (i.e., National Socialist) proportions, it’s pretty bad and doesn’t seem to be getting better.
For the most part, nothing is being done about it, especially on the state and municipal levels. As in Nazi Germany, it’s unchecked.
Furthermore, the U.S. populace, as it did in 1930s Germany, is becoming inured to the violence. A video from Aug. 14 of remarkably passive Seattle citizens looking on as Antifa wreaks havoc to their city says it all. (It’s worth watching also for the confident bravura of the Antifa thugs and, it goes without saying, the absence of police.)
In other recent news reminiscent of Kristallnacht, the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago, where parents of hospitalized children stay, had its door smashed and windows broken by looters (if that’s what they were) on Aug. 9, preventing a 2-year old with stage four cancer from leaving for his birthday.
It’s hard to know how anyone would want to live in Chicago anymore.
Of course, these events and many others like them are barely being covered by our mainstream media. They don’t fit their narrative. Omertà must rule before the election.
Reading this article, the MSM would be appalled (and therefore dismissive) to find their work compared to that of their peers in Berlin in those times. (Suggested reading: William Shirer’s “Berlin Diary.”) But, although history may not repeat exactly, it does, as they say, rhyme.
Our media friends should look up the “Nach Hitler, uns”—after Hitler, us—appeasement movement of the German communist party at that time. I’ll wager most of them have never heard of it. If they click on the link, they’ll get an idea of what the result was.
These German people, too, thought of themselves as “progressive,” just as Antifa and Black Lives Matter claim to be. More exactly, they claim to be Marxists, at least the BLM leadership does. Antifa answers to anarchist… or something.
In reality, they are the two most reactionary groups to have appeared in this country in some time, what Orwell would have called “objectively pro-fascist.” They do nothing for the working class (ironically, that’s the police; they’re the real working class) or black people.
They ruin the lives of both, aided and abetted by the media and “progressive” elected officials who are among the most cowardly men and women in our country, refusing to support the basic safety of their citizens.
The nonstop character of this American Kristallnacht is gradually destroying our cities and, therefore, our country as we know it. Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to bring the rich back to New York—good luck with that—while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti watches people flee the Hollywood Hills and even Beverly Hills for safer outlying districts.
And those are the problems of the affluent. What about those who can’t afford to move? They are stuck dealing with perpetual violence, living among homeless junkies, and braindead political fanatics.
As I said, history can rhyme. It’s up to us to stop it.
UPDATE: I have received an email from a representative of Ronald McDonald House, who informs me that their camera footage shows only one individual “swinging a hammer one time and breaking one window” at their facility. I apologize for the exaggeration that was based on reporting I had read. Needless to say, however, this is only the tip of an ugly iceberg for what has been going on in Chicago. On Aug. 14, 17 police officers were injured and 24 protesters arrested in protests that turned violent, including bashing policemen with skateboards.
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, and co-founder of PJ Media. He is now a columnist for The Epoch Times.
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