This Day In History 1/27/1945

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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This Day In History 1/21/2021

January 21st, 1924 - Vladimir Lenin Dies

 

Vladimir Lenin, the first leader of the Soviet Union died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 54.

Vladimir Lenin has marked his place in history as one of the worlds most ruthless political leaders. He was the founding father of the “Socialist Democratic Workers Party” in the Soviet Union. That may sound familiar to you as we have in our government right now members who belong to the “Democrat Socialist Party”. Some of the most prominent  Members include Bernie Sanders & Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

Lenin lead a group of militant revolutionaries who’s main goal was to over throw the existing government and install a new Marxist style of communism. They staged violent protests and forced innocent people into submission with the fear of violence or death. Their largest success was the ability to convince a large portion of the population that a socialist agenda was the only way to equality and prosperity for everyone. A dangerous movement that many in the Soviet Union would soon regret taking part in.

His death marks an important day in history because, upon his death in 1924, Lenin was succeeded by a fellow revolutionary and loyalist to the communist cause Joseph Stalin. It is estimated that Stalin Imprisoned over 40 million citizens and murdered over 20 million in his rein of terror. 

It is important to know our history and see the warning signs that are present in today’s political climate. When you see the actions of local revolutionary groups being promoted by our political leaders and going un-checked, you should take pause and know that you are in a frightening and dangerous place. We can stop the Marxist movement that is happening in our country while it is small and containable. Understand what is going on and work to educate those who do not. Work to change the hearts and minds of your fellow Americans so that we can leave better and more prosperous nation for our children. Always remember, “The goal of socialism is communism”. That is a direct quote from the man who created socialism in the modern era. 

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This Day in History 1/20/2021

January 20th, 1942 - The Wannsee Conference

 

1942 Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee Conference in Berlin to organize the “final solution”, the extermination of Europe’s Jews

Sometimes we turn away from the gut wrenching images of history. As painful as it may be it is necessary for us to know it and remember it. If not we are doomed to repeat it. The horrific “Final Solution” that was discussed on this day in 1942, brought about a new dark chapter in our worlds history. It taught us the dangers of tyranny and totalitarianism. For the first time images of genocide and disregard for human life were brought to our front doors. We saw first hand from thousands of miles away what pure evil looked like.

This all stemmed from a political ideology that was based on complete and total control over the people by their government. If you were in opposition of that view, you and anyone like you would be wiped from the face of the earth. Those who were compliant were rewarded with the privilege to live outside the walls of a prison. Those who were not were sent to a life of forced labor at best or a shallow grave at worst. Men women and children were among those who were murdered simply because of a their religion, political belief, or even having the wrong name. What we are seeing today play out in our nation is terrifying in the sense that when you compare what lead up to the holocaust is chillingly similar to what we are seeing in our schools, media, and now rhetoric from our elected officials. Let this historical even be a reminder of what unchecked power can and will do if the people allow it. 

I know its painful and heartbreaking, but we need to see it so that we don’t forget it. 

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