Trump’s election has a lot of people very worried, with good reason. History repeats itself for those who will not learn from it.

Hitler’s actions up were not all that alarming, until he got the majority of the German electorate behind his policies. After all, he got there legitimately. Only in hindsight seemed his actions to have unavoidably lead to the mass extinction of the victims of this white supremacist, xenophobic dictator and the devastating extermination of the Jewish in concentration camps and the gas chambers. (Sean Spicer: not called holocaust centres).

Except to his targets–the Jewish Germans–who knew very well by the day that his chancellorship started in February 1933 that their lives were in danger.
Many couldn’t believe that he would do what he had said he’d do; only the smart ones left the country then, which wasn’t all that easy to do.
In those days of economic depression and political turmoil, an exit permit and immigration approvals from other nations were hard to come by. Borders were not as permeable as they currently are in the modern European Community. Many European countries closed their borders for refugees.
The composer Kurt Weil left the country early, and Hannah Arendt, the strong feminist philosopher of fame (who wrote her controversial book about the trial of Albert Eichmann in Jerusalem)—examples of those who saw the writing on the wall.

Hitler promised his supporters economic prosperity, reminding the Germans of their history, when the once-great German Emporium under the Habsburg dynasty ruled the Western world. He was going to make Germany great again, making sure that all Germans would get a share in the wealth. He was a nationalist: Germany first–then the rest of the world. He was a socialist–all Germans would share in the nation’s wealth.

The socialist varnish soon disappeared when he started blaming the communists and the Jews for the troubles in Germany, calling them disloyal and a danger to the unity of the nation, thus marking the targets for his followers’ distrust and anger. The disappointment with the disastrous results of the previous, lost war, only fifteen years prior, and its humiliating defeat fresh in everybody’s mind, they were sensitive to future losses. The Germans in 1933 desperately needed a win.

Like the new USA president-elect Trump said he would do, Hitler started a massive infrastructure program. With shared private-public funding of mass projects, Hitler indeed managed to give the economy a jolt. Things improved economically for the Germans, and poverty disappeared.

Hitler appointed a master of indoctrination and propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, who further administered the poison pill to the German Volk, to great effect as we all know.
Hitler collected loyal followers around him to govern who would blindly follow his orders and instated the laws, needed to advance Hitler’s agenda.

The masses were no problem. They were already inspired by Hitler’s pride-inciting speeches, delivered in rambled rants and raves that just hit the spot with listeners to raise their blind admiration.
When he was sure he could get away with it, Hitler disbanded the German parliament, effectively making his Germany a dictatorship.

One would think that citizens would protest, and that indeed happened to an extent, but only coming from the intelligentsia on the left of the political spectrum, i.e. communists, socialists, and artists, and from Jewish circles, the latter often fitting more than one category.

Many outside of Europe might not know how the Jewish in Europe got their special position of outliers in the community. During the advance of Christianity all over Europe, Christian religious leadership pointed to the Jewish religion and its adherents in their communities as the original murderers of Christ.
As we all know, people seem to be more easily ‘managed’ by their leadership when provided with a target to distract them from the real issues that their leadership don’t want to be scrutinized.
Adherents of the Jewish religion were officially banned from all official trades and unions in the cities of Europe, could not attend universities, were not eligible for charity, and so on. They were officially at the bottom of European society with the general population’s agreement.

The Jewish Diaspora in Europe successfully survived by reinventing themselves, specializing in trades outside of trade unions (diamond cutters and commerce), forming their own organizations and charities. Their successes for instance in banking and the arts have irked many. Antisemitism among the non-Jewish has continued over the centuries to this day.

After World War 2, the parties in power decided to allocate the former Palestine as the Jewish ‘homeland’ under British protectorate. The Jewish Europeans who had survived the extermination camps still held Palestine in their memory as their original homeland and had started to settle in Palestine.
Israel’s battle for legitimacy as a nation started.
The Allied had conveniently disregarded Palestine’s population, a tribe, related to those that had left the territory centuries earlier, but who had become Muslims like the other tribes of the Middle East, when the Europeans turned to Christianity. Many of the Judean-Jewish left at that time.

(We all know the story of Christ, a Jewish pacifist who exposed the religious leadership of being in cahoots with the Roman oppressors, who had occupied the Palestinian lands.
Christ paid for it with his life–after being turned over by his religious leadership. He became the martyr for the Christian rebel movement that later got established as the main religion in the European, Rome-occupied territory.)

Back to 1934 when Hitler came to power in Germany. The non-Jewish intellectuals in Germany also read the writing on the wall, and soon withdrew from criticism on the Hitler government; most had abandoned their Jewish friends and colleagues already by 1934.

Hitler made all kinds of laws with the help of his gang of administrators. He started early on excluding certain segments with approval of the general population. He pushed the buttons of fear and loathing for some Germans amongst them in his speeches: criminals, anti-German elements, those that only misuse the national resources and have no right to the benefits.

Trump calls them Mexicans, criminals, terrorists, and Muslims. Reports said that Trump also used coded words for Jewish, raising the acceptance of anti-Semitism in the USA.

Trump figured about 3 million criminal Mexicans are in the US. What was their crime? Being Mexican and working for decades, paying taxes and having children cannot be a crime. How come the problem was not addressed earlier when it was known of their criminal offence, and where they live without a permit to stay?
They were already paying taxes to the tune of billions of dollars that the US government didn’t want to miss out on—that’s why. The Mexicans and others from Central and South America took the jobs that the local Americans didn’t want to do, just like the European Jewish took the niche markets and made a success of themselves. The industries and agriculture wouldn’t survive without them.

Envy is the green eyed monster that destroys.

Hitler’s National-Socialists (NAZIS) were nationalist first. As the national anthem states: Germany above the World (Deutschland uber Alles in der Welt).

Trump defies any category; he is under the Republican banner, but what is he really? He found a good banner to fly under, but Republican he is not. He certainly is a nationalist, “making America great again, the greatest country in the world”.

Hitler’s ‘socialist’ identity only pertained to the white supremacists themselves, who shared in the wealth–for a while at least, as long as the economic miracle lasted, but those already rich profited most by Hitler’s rape and pillage of parts of the German population and occupied nations’ coffers.
He first annexed various German speaking territories to his Reich. Hitler started his march through eastern Europe in 1939 with the invasion of Poland, six years after his appointment as Chancellor (Prime Minister equivalent), followed by the invasion of many other nations, with disastrous results for all of Europe and the world. Twelve years after his appointment at the end in 1945, all of Europe was in shambles.

Will the world have to look forward to a similar fate with Trump as president of the USA?

About BABYBOOMER johanna van zanten

My name is Johanna van Zanten. I am a baby boomer, interested in writing and connecting with other writers and readers to engage in discussions and information sharing, to share a point of view about current global issues, writing, and publishing, diversity, immigration, travel, music, life, specific baby boomer issues, and dating/relationship issues. I have written a novella, ON THIN ICE about baby-boomer Adrienne and will link this blog with the information website for this novella. Right now, I am trying out the blog.
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