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I see a strange and frightning similarity between This concept, the historical lesson summarized on this page, and some of the Propaganda that resides on this site (what I read there made me feel… oily.)

I’m starting to make my brain run in circles. Yes, I am afraid of all this. Sometimes I don’t think this planet is big enough… I don’t know where I could run to if I had to. I don’t want to lay claim to a place like this anymore… I want to be able to say I’m not from these parts… except that I’m here. And it all just makes me feel helpless.

On a somewhat unrelated note (okay, not really), it’s just completely mind-boggling some of the things that were used in German propaganda… Like this entire paragraph:

(from http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/aufkla01.htm)

There is enough room on the earth for the Jews. A number of possibilities have already been mentioned: Kenya in the British Empire is two and a half times the size of England, and only 18,000 whites, some Indians and Arabs and 3.1 million blacks live there. Rhodesia is three times as large as England, but only 10,000 Europeans and one and a half million Blacks live there. British Guyana is a large and fruitful land of the size of Yugoslavia. It is still almost entirely unsettled. Large parts of Australia are still uninhabited. French Madagascar is another possibility, and there are others as well. Without going into all the details, it is clear that the question of finding a suitable place for the Jews depends only on their own desire and that of their protectors. That desire is lacking. The future of World Jewry depends on its bowing one day to the pressures of the situation.

Enough room?? We’ll give them Kenya, there’s only a few million blacks there??? We’ll just happily relocate them all to some out of the way place where they won’t bother us anymore like the australian outback, because they’re so intent on disturbing our way of life?? And of course, since the jews are so against our way of life, even if they’ve been living in the country for their entire lives, they deserve to have all their rights taken away from them based on suspicion…

But the Stürmer soon succeeded in making the first breach, and both inside and outside the National Socialist movement succeeded in spreading popular anti-Semitic thinking. Because the knowledge of the Jews spread more and more throughout every circle of the German people, becoming today forever known, the National Socialist state could implement laws that could put limits on the privileges stolen by the Jews in ways that corresponded to the current domestic and international situation.

One piece at a time. Chipping away at it over years and years. World War II didn’t happen overnight. Choose your enemy, any enemy, then start planning, and planning, and acting on those plans so slowly that no one will notice, until it looks like everything just exploded in an instant of uncertainty.

This is how my mind runs in circles when I give it the opportunity. This is what happens when you spend all your time listening, reading, paying attention even when you wish you could shut it off and block it out.

I may not say much sometimes, but I’m almost always paying closer attention than I think I am.

3 Comments

  • Anonymous

    July 20, 2002 at 5:17 am

    you didn’t notice me taking your purse while you wrote that.
    -J

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      July 20, 2002 at 8:02 am

      I don’t have a purse, silly. 😛

      • Anonymous

        July 20, 2002 at 10:23 am

        well then Adam has some ‘splainin to do!
        -j