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Monday, December 14, 2009

THE STORY OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN.

Lets see....Monday Monday. Can't trust that day.

Lets give Daniel Tibbitt a hand. Fourteen weeks a survivor in our football pool, he made the final three, until the Chicago Bears let him down this weekend. Well done
Tibbitt.!

It turns out Kim Rothstein was a Witch in highschool. We said Witch. Emphasis on the "W" Bob Norman of the Daily Pulp has written it, and that's good enough for us.

A Righteous Man Among Nations: Captain Gustav Schroder:

Seventy survivors of the M.S. St. Louis voyage from Germany to Cuba in 1939 are meeting in Miami Beach according the the Herald.

The Statue of Liberty bears an inscription stating, inter alia, (Judges, click here for a definition of "inter alia") "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."

Yup, in 1939 almost everyone got into the US, except if you're a Jew on a boat fleeing Germany. Then, despite holding a valid visa for Cuba, you get turned away. The US refuses to accept you, and so does Canada. Eventually about 223 are accepted by England, and the rest returned to Europe- mostly Belgium and France, which is fine except both countries are about to fall to a German blitzkrieg. Eventually, of the 930 Jews seeking to escape Germany, 254 were captured and taken to the camps and executed along with the other ten million humans the Germans saw fit to exterminate.

The story of the M.S. St. Louis is a story of a homeless and unwanted people, abandoned by the world, a small microcosm of a fate about to befall more than six million other Jews. It is also the heroic story of one German man- Captain Gustav Schroder, who had refused to join the nazi party; had insisted that his crew treat his passengers with respect, and who refused to return his ship to any German port until all of his passengers had been accepted by other countries and were-he thought- safely away from the maw of the holocaust.

Captain Gustav was awarded the extremely prestigious "Righteous Men Among Nations" award by Israel for his actions as Captain of the St. Louis.

And so Captain Gustav bears the title Righteous Man, while President Franklin Roosevelt among others, sat by while those poor souls criss-crossed the Atlantic fearing only their heritage and religion and the persecution it brought upon them.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

daily business review has an interesting article today

Anonymous said...

The germans did not commit the hlcst. The nazis did.

Anonymous said...

8:34

Read "Hitler's Willing Executioners" and you might have to re-think your position.

Anonymous said...

8:43 you are an idiot. To many things were done, too many people killed, to say that only the Nazis did them. The "Good Germans" are responsible also; or Abe L and my Step-Mom would not have been born in DP camps in occupied Germany.
D. Sisselman

Anonymous said...

David,

That is the type of sweeping over generalization that leads to horrible results. Its is fueled by hate. your ad hominem attack is unfortunate. this is another example that even the most generic comment, is lost and futile. your premise is preposterous, and often disproved.

Anonymous said...

Jewish Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg called "Hitler's willing executioner's", "totally wrong about everything" and "worthless ." Yehuda Bauer is a historian and scholar of the Holocaust. He is a Professor of Holocaust Studies at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was similarly condemnatory, questioning how an institute such as Harvard could award a doctorate for a work which so "slipped through the filter of critical scholarly assessment."

To attempt to erase the distinction between germans and nazis, or to group all germans as nazis, is unsupportable, unfortunate and pathetic.

Anonymous said...

It is correct to say that not all Germans committed the Holocaust. However, that does not mean that the German people as a whole were without fault.

The fact is that a huge percentage of the population was complicit. Anti-semitism was rampant in Germany (just like it was and is in France and several other European countries). Many Germans supported the Nazi's rise to power. And the Nazi's were thugs/terrorists from the get-go. If you elect a terrorist to office, you are responsible for his or her actions. It's really that simple.

As usual, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

BTDT

PS----this is not fueled by hate; it's fact. I have no lingering animosity toward today's generation (and the last) because of the Holocaust. But, cannot abide by arguments that the country and people are not responsible for their actions.

Anonymous said...

Raul Hilberg was a brilliant man.

"Documents of Destruction."

Mischling in the First Degree...and Mischling in the second Degree.

They generated Starre Decisis with respect to these "concerns."

Bastards.

Anonymous said...

Look, we invaded a country who had nothing to do with 911 and smashed it to pieces. Stop whining about the Germans and look in the mirror.

P.S. To a Palestinian, aren't the Jews the new Nazis?

Anonymous said...

9:07 p.m.

You know how to deliver a closing argument, my friend.

Well said. Seriously.

And a remarkably brave comment, due to the understandable but no less unfortunate ad hominem attacks your comment is sure to generate.

Anonymous said...

9:07..............no. In fact, no one is. No country other than Germany and no party other than the National Socialists has passed laws explicity calling for the extermination of a people, let alone engaged in genocide.

Comparing the Israelis (or anyone else) to the Nazis is historically inaccurate. Israel is not, and never has, engaged in any efforts to eliminate another people. In fact, Israel is home to a sizable Arab population, many of whom, primarily the Druze, serve in the Israeli military.

BTDT

Anonymous said...

10:02 and 9:07 must be the same person. Seriously, who would ever think it's "brave" let alone "remarkably brave" to say anything anonymously.

BTDT