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PERSPECTIVES
The Michigan Daily Thursday, November 3, 1988 Page 5

When
BY STEVE BLONDER gested
Next week marks the 50th to take
anniversary of Kristallnacht, the - kno
Night of Broken Glass. On this Elders
night of Nov. 9, 1938, organized timate
members of Hitler's secret police and in that
the Hitler Youth Movement control
launched what was supposed to and oth
resemble spontaneous uprisings ultimat
against the Jews of Germany. This se
By the morning of Nov. 10, seen as
nearly every Jewish synagogue had warfare
been burned to the ground. Jewish ONE
shops had been attacked, looted and had lea
destroyed, and over 30,000 Jews had and su
been sent to concentration camps. would
Hitler's anti-Jewish ravings had to 1980s.1
be recognized and dealt with. They prove t
could no longer be seen merely as a Stev
peculiarity. Chicag
We keep saying, "Never again!" charge(
But have we really changed during involve
the past 50 years so that "Never spiracy
again!" is an accepted part of reality, "the A
or does the racial thinking which doctors
existed in Nazi Germany and other inject A
places still hold true today? Mor
The notion of a pure Aryan anniver
nation was central to Hitler's charged
thinking. Unfortunately, groups con- vandali
tinue to exist today whose sole inesses,
purpose involves the creation of an to evoke
Aryan nation. Last month, 13 neo-Na
members of one such group were have
acquitted on murder charges, despite vandali
overwhelming evidence implicating Rev.
the members. heads t
The conspiratorial notions which Relation
were accepted by a large section of is "a fi
the German people remain rampant marks
today. A document was forged in the conspir
'beginning of the 20th century by the Rev.
Russian Secret Police, which sug- the Nat

wil

a Jewish conspiracy was out
over the world. The forgery
wn as the Protocols of the
of Zion - serves as the ul-
expression of anti-Semitism
it delineates a Jewish plot to
all political parties, banks,
her institutions, holding the
e aim to take over the world.
cret conspiracy of Jews was
s being engaged in racial
against the Aryan society.
E WOULD think people
)red a lesson the first time,
ich conspiratorial notions
have disappeared by the
Unfortunately, that does not
o be the case.
e Cokely, a former aide to
o Mayor Eugene Sawyer,
d last spring that Jews are
ed in an international con-
"to rule the world" and that
IDS epidemic is a result of
,primarily Jewish ones, who
SIDS into Blacks."
cover, last year on the 49th
sary of Kristallnacht, Cokely
d that Jewish merchants had
zed their own shops, bus-
and synagogues in an effort
ke sympathy. Members of a
zi group called Skinheads
been charged with the
sm.
B. Herbert Martin, who
he Commission on Human
ns, recently commented, there
ng of truth" in Cokely's re-
about a worldwide Jewish
acy.
Louis Farrakhan, leader of
ion of Islam, noted Cokely's

L glass
remarks had offended Jewish leaders volvement le
only "because the truth hurts." Jews for Ger
Sawyer only fired Cokely after ships during
"the Jewish dominance of the news '30s.
media" resulted in a call for Cokely's The same
firing. areas of the
NO MATTER how wild the Mike Ryan,
accusations against the Jews be- anti-Semitic
come, public reaction has been at a been travel
minimum. Anti-Semites such as claiming "a c
Farrakhan and Cokely have been able is working1
to spew their rhetoric - which re- cripple the
flects a new level of hatred - which is wt
without people even batting an being called d
eyelash. The only outcry in Chicago R E A LIS
came from State's Attorney for jority of bank
Cook County Richard Daley, on the farmer
columnists and editorial writers, and owned. But
a small group of Jews. and other le
Have we forgotten the horrors were at one1
which befell over 6 million people assumptioni
less than a half century ago? Do we bankers are J
not care? Or maybe we have accepted Neo-Nazi
the argument espoused by some that was quoted 1
the Holocaust never existed at all. Tribune as
Currently, over 120 books or treat-
ises reflecting this "Holocaust
revisionism" are available on the A FF(
market.
This conspiratorial thinking is /V E E
furthered by Jewish stereotypes. For
example, Jews did not play a major
role in 20th century German
banking, but previous Jewish in-

break next?

d to the blaming of the
many's economic hard-
the 1920s and early
holds true in several
United States today.
a Kansas leader in the
Posse Comitatus, has
ling the Farm Belt
cabal of Jewish bankers
behind the scenes to
American economy,"
hy farmers' loans are
due.
TICALLY, the ma-
ks which are foreclosing
rs' loans are not Jewish-
since the Rothschilds
ading Jewish families
point large bankers, the
is often made that all
ews.
expert Samuel Van Pelt
ast year in the Chicago
saying, "What we are
ORDABLE
KEND FUN

seeing in the Farm Belt is not unlike
what happened in Germany when
Hitler got his start."
Many neo-Nazi groups have gone
underground with their activities.
Many of these groups have set up
training facilities, and carry out
professional hits to "rid the world of
Jewish dominance." One example of
this is the 1984 murder of Denver
radio personality Alan Berg.
Later this week, the United States
will become the 100th country to
sign the genocide treaty, which the
Senate approved last week. This
treaty was created 40 years ago after
the exposure of the conditions
existing in the German Death
Camps. The treaty, generally
speaking, bars the mass killing of a
population on the basis of race,
color, or creed.
IT HAS TAKEN the United
States forty years to ratify this

treaty. Why so long? Was Senate
infighting a legitimate reason to
hold up such an important, at least
symbolically, treaty?
The mass killings of distinct
populations still continues today,
and nobody bats an eyelash.
Where was the public outcry
when Cambodians were being wiped
out? Or when Iraq used nerve gas on
Iranian citizens? Tens of thousands
of Iranians were massacred, with
clear evidence showing nerve gas had
been used.
Do we need a reincarnation of
Adolph Hitler to remind us of the
evils of racial thinking? Do we need
to witness the cold-blooded murder
of an entire population at the hands
of a "racially superior" group of
people?
It has been fifty years since
Kristallnacht. What glass will be
broken next is anyone's guess.

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