I Wonder About November 9, 2016: 78 Years after Kristallnacht

30 Oct

I wonder.

I wonder if there is some cosmic meaning to the date of this year’s election in the USA. November 8, 2016, is one day before the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass when Nazis in Germany burned synagogues and destroyed the businesses owned by Jewish families. The Nazis killed, burned, destroyed and vandalized.

I wonder if Kristallnacht would be re-enacted or reinvented in the USA as the Republican nominee has stirred up the bottom of the pond and brought forth, not a new nation, but a new uprising of hatred against the other.

I wonder what will happen on November 9, 2016?

I wonder what the Jews in Germany felt as citizens of a country where the people turned against them. It scares me as I see the citizens of the USA and the European Union turn against Jews through out the world. And I see, here, in the one country where Jews have always felt a feeling of saftely, an uprising of hatred.

I wonder about the famous poem by Pastor Martin Niemoller:

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

I wonder what he would be thinking now if he still lived.

But it is not just for the Jews that I fear for in this somewhat uncertain world. I fear for all those considered the Other determined by Race or Religion or Nationality.

I wonder if the USA will ever be the same after this nasty, tasteless, hate-filled election.

I wonder, I hope and I pray that when it is over on November 9, 2016, the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, that we will have learned from the past.

I wonder, I hope and I pray that peace will return. And the hatred that was stirred up can somehow be mitigated and returned the the bottom of the pond. Never to be disturbed again.

 

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4 Responses to “I Wonder About November 9, 2016: 78 Years after Kristallnacht”

  1. Amy October 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    Wow, I hadn’t thought about the fact that the election occurs on the anniversary of Kristallnacht. I have, however, often seen the parallels between Trumpism and the rise of Hitler. Let’s hope that the American people have learned enough from history not to repeat it.

    • zicharon October 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

      I am praying. But there has been much ugliness, which is more obvious in the Midwest I think than the coasts.

      • Amy October 30, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

        I am sure that’s right. Around here I rarely see a Trump bumper sticker. But still more than you’d think for Massachusetts.

      • zicharon October 30, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

        It does worry me.

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