By Murray Sabrin
My parents were the only members of their respective families who survived the Holocaust. Dad was a partisan commander in his native Poland, where he and more than 230 heroic fighters killed untold German soldiers, laid mines and attacked convoys. In 1949, my parents decided to immigrate to America so they and their children (including yours truly) would live in their new homeland — the beacon for all oppressed peoples for two hundred years — in peace and freedom.
Mom and Dad had one overriding wish in choosing to come to America; they would never have to fight Nazism ever again, especially in a land that values individual liberty. Unfortunately, despite all the constitutional protections the American people are supposed to have, the Nazification of the United States, a nation I swore to defend against all enemies foreign and domestic, when I became a citizen in 1959, is occurring because the political elites keep telling us the federal government has to use all the means at its disposal to keep our homeland safe and wage a global war against terrorism.
A brief history is in order. After taking power in 1933, Hitler's regime quickly declared Jews "sub-human." Then, economic warfare against the Jews began. In 1934, the Star of David was painted on Jewish shops with the word "Juden" written on front windows. In short, to be a German Jew in the early years of Nazi Germany meant essentially you were an "enemy of the state," because Hitler asserted as early as 1920: "None but members of the nation may be citizens of the State. None but those of German blood may be members of the nation. No Jew, therefore, may be a member of the nation."
By law, Jews were forced to sit in designated areas on buses, trains, and park benches. The 1935 Nuremberg Laws abolished the Jews' German citizenship and prohibited marriage between Jews and non-Jews. Soon thereafter violence against Jews spread. Jews who could pay an exit fee were able to flee Germany. The Jews who remained in their homeland faced incredible economic hardship until the Final Solution.
In Nazi Germany and then occupied Europe, Jews became the object of one of the most virulent hate campaigns in the history of the world, and victims of a systematic attempt to wipe them off the face of the Earth.
In sum, when the Hitler regime demonized, dehumanized and demeaned one of the most productive groups in German society because of a collectivist ideology — Antisemitism, all the social, political, and psychological ingredients fell in place paving the way for the Holocaust.
The introduction of so-called porno scanners at America's airports and the egregious pat downs of airline travelers have turned every American into a German Jew. Instead of dehumanizing and demeaning one segment of the population in order to pave the way for the Holocaust, all airline travelers are being treated like German Jews by our government for our own good — to keep us safe from terrorists on airplanes.
The TSA now considers every American a potential "enemy of the state," because any one of us may be carrying a bomb aboard an airplane, despite the fact that young men from the Middle East perpetrated the 9/11 attacks.
Hold on say TSA officials and their lackeys in Congress and in the media. Our federal government is not out to harm us let alone kill us like the Nazis did to the Jews; our government needs to conduct "aggressive measures" to "protect" us on all commercial flights from potential terrorists. That is the party line.
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Murray Sabrin is professor of finance at Ramapo College. He was the Libertarian Party nominee for governor in 1997 and a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2000 and 2008.