Wednesday

The Grooming of America

People often think that when the Holocaust happened it was overnight. They may not consciously realize they think that but many of us tend to think that Germany went from perfectly normal to killing Jews in a matter of days.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Have you ever heard of grooming a victim? By definition, Grooming is, “The predatory act of maneuvering another individual into a position that makes them more isolated, dependent, likely to trust, and more vulnerable to abusive behavior.”

We are being groomed. Much as Germany was groomed.

The Jews began seeing wide-spread persecution almost immediately after Hitler took office as Chancellor of Germany in January 1933. However, the mass extinction of Jews didn’t begin until after Kristallnacht (aka Night of the Broken Glass) in November 1938.

That’s a 5 year span of time.

During that 5 years, the German people were being groomed.

Many were outraged at how their Jewish friends, neighbors, and co-workers were being treated. Until they weren’t. Many remained outraged but kept silent. Many helped families escape; risking their lives to do so.

But many? Agreed with the actions of the German government. They had reasons to justify the actions; cruel though they may have been. The soldiers carrying out the progressively more heinous actions? Just doing their jobs. Not to be blamed. No accountability.

He who knows not his history...

God help us.

"First they came for the Socialists Mexicans, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialists Mexican.

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."  -Niemöller

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