Monday, November 22, 2010

We Are All German Jews Now

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.


  1. When I see pictures of airline customers holding their arms over their heads in front of a group of uniformed officers I think of prisoner of war camps.

  2. Comparing inconvenienced and oh-so-slightly humiliated airline passengers to German Jews reflects an abonimable lack of sensitivity in your writing. The Holocaust was no laughing matter; neither was Nazis' treatment of German Jews before the death camps opened. Shame on you!

  3. Leaving out the relentless efforts under way to erradicate personal possession of firearms in this country - Germany did this early on too, in the same ways, for the same reasons, using the same arguments. And airline travelers are treated like German Jews only if they are not privileged members of 'our' government, who are excluded from all these measures and can just walk around the security checks - ??! Can no one see what is going on? Or are we just too apathetic to care, or too worried to let our voices be heard?

  4. Like the dollar (decline of 95% since 1913- Federal Reserve), freedom is taken away chip by chip. It is tough to know where to draw the line, but for those that can see the trend, there is their line.

  5. These people got aboard a train without help from a TSA agent. They didn't need it then, and we sure as hell don't need these porno scanners now.

  6. Very thought provoking article. In America we have developed a culture, or at least strong elements within our culture, always on the lookout for "discrimination" against some group. However, if you do something dehumanizing and/or oppressive to "everyone" it's okay, just as long as you don't discriminate. So the road to totalitarianism in America will be by gradually taking away more and more rights from "everyone". Of course, it's not really everyone who suffers, but those who can escape the oppression, because they have money (they fly on private aircraft)or position (do you think Harry Reid gets frisked?)are able to stay out of the public view. So in fact there is discrimination going on, but it's hidden out of sight.

    The whole premise of the TSA was flawed from the very start, guarding against a repeat of the 911 attacks, which could never succeed again (in fact the 4th one that day did not succeed) because they depended on the crew and passengers being unprepared. Nevertheless, we created a huge government entity to prevent it happening again. Meawhile how much has been done to protect us from more likely terrorist scenarios? I wonder.

    In the days of the communist terrorist movements, one of their main objectives was to cause the government to become more reppressive in reaction to the threat, thereby causing the people to turn against the government. I do not know if the Islamist terrorists have this as a goal, but it will likely be a result, intended or not.

  7. BTW, Mark Andrews, it seems to me you missed the central point of the article. I recommend you read it again and restrain your emotions this time.

  8. We are perpetually on guard to prevent discrimination against some group, but you can do whatever you like, it seems, as long as you do it "everyone". Where has the ACLU been these past 9 years while our right to protection against unreasonable search and seizure has been taken away?

  9. I agree that Mark Andrews misses the point-period. Had the IDEA of conditioning citizens gradually to accept the unacceptable been met with a backlash in Germany, loud disapproval and resistance, there would have been no Holocaust and maybe even no WWII.

    We have now embraced terrorism as a full employment service. We will always have an enemy in order to keep TSA employed. We have created a lobby with a vested interest in having enemies.

    I am guessing that as soon as someone releases something toxic on a commuter rail, daily commuters will be getting their daily full body X-ray as well. Tim McVeigh used a truck and the Interstate highway system to kill 168 of his own countrymen, so expect that to eventually become more "evidence" for random road checks and searches. After all, "think of the children."

    As far as the ACLU, they openly advocate for stripping selected rights from the Bill of Rights. They interpret the second amendment as "It means the government has the right to have an army, and f--- self-defense rights for individuals" an interpretation any nickel-plated despot in a banana republic would love to have in their own constitutions.

    We only get to keep the freedoms that we have the courage to raise hell about losing whenever the freedom is threatened. Right now, Americans are being conditioned to be herded like cattle, probed like animals, and inspected like meat by government authorities. I'm proud to be among those who are raising hell about the dangers this poses. Good article, Robert.

  10. Frightening and accurate comparison.