Forgetting history and being doomed and all

Ben Carson is under attack for his comments about gun control and the Holocaust.  Of all the groups condemning him, the one that has truly gotten under my skin in the Anti-Defamation League.  I have no love for the ADL.  I have participated in a few Appleseed Shoots and have found the atmosphere to be nothing but inviting and patriotic.  The ADL, unsurprisingly, is not a fan of Project Appleseed.  I have ranted about anti-gun Jews before, so this time around I’m going to let the Nobel Laureate, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, have the last word.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

9 Replies to “Forgetting history and being doomed and all”

  1. My grandfather was the only one of his family to make it out of Germany – ironically, because he was not religious enough. His 9 brothers, not so lucky.

    Despite this history, I’m viewed as a whacko by my family for carrying when I go to synagogue and for having enough rifles to make a minyan. On those days, I carry my G30.

    To the Judenrats at the ADL andelsewhere, how do you say fuck you in hebrew?

    Further irony,,, I married a German national whose French grandmother got knocked up by a German soldier (they later married). When we let her know I was Jewish, she laughed and told us of the Jewish butcher she dated before the War. She got a serious look on her face, and then said he survived.




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