So a Jewish (?) camp full of Nazis and they want me to clean up the garbage. I am free. I do not have to do it. I'm free. They can torture me and I still don't have to do it. I'm free! If I want to live I might clean up the garbage.
An Ides of April rant from someone whose Jewish grandmother was killed by the Nazis and who is surrounded by friends working day and night to bring same sex Marriage Equality to our benighted part of the USA:
The Nazi run concentration camps were the culminating point of a long process of breaking people. The trip by train to the camps
was part of the breaking process and needs to be examined.
To Byron Katie and any of her devotees, helpers (paid or unpaid)who happen themselves to be from Jewish backgrounds and thus, to be amongst the mispocha
These were NOT 'Jewish camps', HONEY. To call something 'Jewish' implies that it is identified with or owned by Jews, which the concentration camps, most certainly, were not
They were Nazi designed and run, KZ camps HONEY.
'I am free'.
This ignores how thought and reflection are shut down and compromised by bodily exhaustion and trauma.
* You were often pounded down and degraded by years of living under Nazi prejudice. If you'd been in a ghetto, you might already have been suffering malnutrition due to starvation rationing imposed by Nazi food regulation, and may well have seen many of your friends and loved ones dying from lack of medical care and diseases such as typhus.
*You were crammed onto train cars. (In some cases, earlier in the Nazi years, people were allowed to travel in luxury thinking they were being taken to a holiday resort, not knowing it was an extermination camp. Lack of disclosure--and with a vengeance)
Note the Nazis calculated just how many human beings could be smashed into a single train care. If you would like to lose sleep and have your heart broken view Landzmanns Shoah, part one, which quotes Nazi documents quoting all this.
It took days, in ghastly conditons on those death trains (but people often didnot know this). You couldnt take a shower, your neighbors might be going insane and screaming. You couldnt drink or eat enough to stay sane.
((I have seen dehydrated people during athletic events and can assure readers that dehydration alone can make someone go nuts. On those death trains, many were dehydrated))
You were also in a state of shame and degradation because you'd pissed on each other and women may have had their periods.
So you'd have been CRAVING to take a shower by the time you all staggered off those trains. And people were disoriented
Free choice in such a context is impossible.
Then, if you even survive the selection process, you are separated from your family, gender and age segregated. Much of our identity comes from family and friendships and wham, you lost all those in the camps.
Two...given a number instead of a name and a uniform.
Finally, remember the KZ camps were on a scale no one had ever experienced before.
There was no previous example of this. Nothing like this had ever happened
.Even today, the denialists dont want to believe it.
And....if anyone rebelled they were usually caught and executed, and the inmates compelled to watch.
Starvation, terror, psychic numbing. You lose your ability to chose because the welfare of your mind depends on your body.
(Note: Captain Phillips, of the Maersk owned Alabama
was very smart in trying to escape early
in his captivity---which, terrifying as it was, lasted 5 days, not the months and years of being under the boot of Nazism. When you are still well fed, only just been captured, still have your baseline health, and have not been in custody too long, you can more easily make choices to escape. Stockholm syndrome where you bond with your captor, is much more likely if one remains longer in captivity, gets worn down by fear, fatigue and the captors become familiar presences. )
Three, among those persons singled out for the worst treatment were Jews, homosexuals, Gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses.
However, before I continue the analysis, Jews were first and foremost on Hitler's hate list, and in his writings, long before he attained power. And anti Semitism was an ugly thread in Europe, but especially Germany and Eastern Europe, providing a 'docking point' to which Hitler could attach his poisonous pedagogy.
Two, even in the United, States, in the 1920s and 1930s, many good hotels, even in places big cities had signs -- 'No Jews and dogs allowed.'
So, did Jews make this happen to us, eh?
My father told me this. He looked obviously Jewish and would have borne the brunt.
This same matter of the anti semitic hotel signs is described by Theodor Reik, a psychanalyst in one of his books, I think, 'Listening With the Third Ear
.' That same book is full of references that relate to Reik's own experiences grow up Jewish in pre-World War I Vienna.
A bit more history, in case any of BK's devotees do not identify as Jews but do identify as gay or lesbian:
The pink triangle, associated with the gay liberation movement, was a conscious reclaiming, by that community of what had been a symbol of stigmatization and horror.
Along with Jews, homosexuals were at especially grave risk of being selected for Nazi medical torture, euphemized as 'experiments'.
It was not until just a few years ago that a memorial to homosexual victims
of Nazism was designed and unveiled.
The Nazi hatred of homosexuals was all the more ironic because Rohm, one of Hitlers earliest buddies and supporters, was homosexual, as were many in his contingent.
Hitler arranged to have Rohm murdered when the two of them disagreed.
(AL Rowse, Homosexuality in History)
In the darkest years of the AIDS pandemic, the pink triangle was part of the ACT-UP
logo, with the words, Silence = Death
And, at Yad Vashem
Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, there are the words, in bronze,People be Vigilent
And, the words from the Zen story that does not include use of any stick:'I would rather be ground to pieces than darken the mind of a single student'
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