The BBC reports that that Mein Kampf is being published by the German state of Bavaria, for the first time since WWII. It brought to mind the piece below (written in 2009), which used the Jews in pre-war Germany as an example of a larger human tendency, and of a looming global unease. LK
Following World War I, there were millions of Jews living in Germany, Austria, Poland, and myriad other Western and Eastern European countries. During the 1920’s and early 30’s the seeds of Nazism were planted and Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 sealed the evil deal.
During this Rosemary’s Baby-like gestation period there were Jews who felt the change coming and emigrated, despite having to leave careers and wealth behind, and despite having to deal with starting anew in foreign lands.
There were others who also felt the rumbles, but did the equivalent of sticking their heads in the sand, acting as if perhaps they were exempt from the oncoming tsunami, or deferring to their ultimately deadly sense of inertia, which caused them to stay put.
There were also those who were impervious to the odor of the foul winds, whose antennae weren’t sensitive enough, and who didn’t have the ability to process what they were able to feel, and went about their business as usual. They too fell hard.
The second group, the group that, with effort, ignored the impressions received by their senses and souls, could rightly be called the true “victim class”, as they were the ones who, for lack of a gentler way to put it, chose to become victims.
I submit that there’s something brewing in America, and in the world, that will result in changes as substantial as those that led to the World Wars, the Great Depression, the Civil War, the Crusades, and countless other historic tipping points. It hasn’t yet solidified enough to have a name or recognizable shape, but vapors will turn into clouds, and clouds into icebergs, and those icebergs will cause our Titanic world to undergo yet another tectonic shift.
While I’ve used the Jews in the period prior to WWII as an example of the types of choices we humans make in the face of foundational fissures, my point applies to all of us now living in the Western World.
The question is, will we, as groups and/or as individuals, choose to heed the early warning signs as they steadily become more apparent, or will we simply hope that by going about our daily work and daily play we can avoid the inevitable? And will those of us with eyes to see and ears to hear make the extra effort to assist the third group, those without the ability to perceive or avoid the dangers ahead?
There is much to ponder, and much to do.