January 27th, 1945 - Soviet Forces Liberate Auschwitz

 

On January 27th, 1945, soviet forces opened the gates of the Nazi death camp “Auschwitz”. A camp that hosted the largest portion of the Jewish genocide known as “The Final Solution”

It is estimated that somewhere between 1-1.5 million people were murdered at Auschwitz in its short existence of 5 years. That was upwards of 800 lives lost per day. Auschwitz was operational under German control from 1940-1945 when it was liberated by Soviet forces. Shown in the picture above, Soviet troops are opening the gates to the roughly 7000 remaining survivors of the notorious death camp. 

What is rarely taught in schools today is that, though they were the vast majority in the camps, not all who perished in those camps were those of Jewish Faith. 100’s of thousands of people that were political prisoners or those in opposition of the Nazi agenda were put to hard labor and eventually death. In fact, it is hardly mentioned that the Jewish community was not even the original target of the SS or the Nazi Party. The original target was the political opposition. As long as they were still in existence, they were a threat to the ideology that was pushed by the extremist Nazi party. 

This is an important day because it serves as a reminder to us about how unchecked power and ideology can quickly spiral out of control. Germany was a very free country up until Adolf Hitler took power in 1933. From 1933 to the start of World War II in 1939, a once prosperous and free nation quickly fell into a downward spiral into a dictatorship.

Because of global prosperity in the 1920’s, Germany was in an economic boom. manufacturing was at an all time high and unemployment was low. But when the markets crashed in 1929, the rest of the world felt the pain. The economic state started to decline and many people found themselves bankrupt. Once again the new party on the rise was a socialist party know as the “National Socialist”, or the Nazi Party. The economic hardship continued for 3 more years before Hitler took power. He gained that power as chancellor by enacting emergency powers from the parliament.  One he did, the changes were swift and brutal. He laid siege to policies that promoted economic security and freedom.

On May 10th, of 1933, a little over a month after gaining his power, Hitlers Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, oversaw one of the largest engagement of mass censorship the world had ever seen. He gleefully watched as supporters of the National Socialists Party burned some 20,000 books with historical facts and documents that were in opposition of the National Socialist Parties narrative. In his attempt to change and erase history, the world lost knowledge and personal accounts that we will never get back. 

From that point on, in Germany, all books, films, radio broadcast, and even theater were subject to censorship by the state. Jews were banned from being members of the stock exchange. Schools and universities were purged of professors who did not teach the narrative  of the National Socialists. 

He used private corporations to cripple and in many cases destroy the livelihoods of everyday citizens. He soon turned his personal army on those private corporations, seizing assets to fund his war machine. A war that started out as an ideological battle and quickly turned into a totalitarian state that plagued much of Europe. 

On August 19th, 1944, shortly after the death of President Hindenburg, Adolf Hitler was now the President. A title which he held only for only a brief moment. His own cabinet passed a law with the emergency powers that were enacted to declare the office of the presidency dormant. His new title was Fuhrer. He was now the Supreme leader of Germany with no one to stop him from the terror that he would impose on millions of innocent men women & children.

Think about this and what is going on in our world today. We are in a similar time. Every socialist movement ends the same way. Be it, the Soviet Union with Lenin & Stalin, the German Nazi’s With Hitler, or Mussolini and the National Fascist Party. We cannot change history. But if we understand it and recognize the warning signs we can prevent it from repeating itself. We have the power to stand up for what is right. People who have lived it or have been close to it, know and recognize it. For example, Angela Merkel the German Chancellor, recently spoke out about the mass censorship that is happening on social media. Her country has a painful history with this sort of thing and she knows how it started. 

Be brave and stand up against the socialist left. if you don’t, there will be no one left to stand up to them when they finally come for you. You can be sure that they eventually will…

“First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Communist.
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.”

~Martin Niemoller

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