This past Friday night marked the 80th anniversary of the 1938 Kristallnacht pogrom, when so-called demonstrators murdered 100 German Jews. burned 200 synagogues to the ground, and rounded up 30,000 Jewish men to slave in concentration camps.
Immediately, the 566,000 Jews living in Germany and the millions in Poland, Romania and Russia, fearing future war and oppression, began planning to leave their endangered nations and emigrate to the United States.
But the Johnson-Reed Act of 1924 had reduced the immigrant quota for Germany significantly, from 51,227 to 25,957. Other countries fared worse: Poland – with a prewar Jewish population of 3.5 million – had a quota of 6,524, and Romania, with a Jewish population of nearly a million, had a quota of 377.
No matter what the Nazis did between 1933 and 1945, the United States refused to increase these quotas.
Worst of all, our State Department viewed these as limits, not goals, and didn’t try to fill them. Between 1933 and 1941, some 118,000 German quota slots – that could have been used – went unfilled.
The only major effort to pass a law to aid refugees came in 1939, when Senator Robert Wagner (D-NY) and Congresswoman Edith Rogers (R-MA) introduced a bill in both houses of Congress to allow 20,000 German refugee children under 14 into the country over the next two years, outside of the quotas. The proposal died in committee.
Fearful of antisemitic backlash, even some American Jewish leaders hesitated to help refugees. Rafael Medoff, director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, explained:
When FDR asked his closest Jewish adviser, Samuel Rosenman – of the American Jewish Committee – if more Jewish refugees should be allowed to enter the U.S. because of Kristallnacht, Rosenman opposed the move because ‘it would create a Jewish problem in the US.”
The American Jewish Committee wrote in a position paper after Kristallnacht:
(Refugee resettlement) is helping to intensify the Jewish problem here. Giving work to Jewish refugees, while so many Americans are out of work, has naturally made bad feelings. As heartless as it may seem, future efforts should be directed toward sending Jewish refugees to other countries, instead of bringing them here.
Even when atrocities of the Holocaust were reported by American newspapers, Rosenman told FDR not to meet with what Rosenman referred to as “the medieval horde” of 400 rabbis gathered outside the White House.
In the final phase of the Holocaust, Rosenman tried to prevent the creation of the War Refugee Board, which was intended to save Jewish refugees from genocide.
Ironically, Rosenman coined the term: New Deal. He was the first White House Counsel and later wrote Harry Truman’s Democratic Convention acceptance speech in 1948.
Another group, the General Jewish Council, insisted on maintaining radio silence following Kristallnacht. Comprised of leaders from the so-called “defense” organizations, the council issued these instructions in the pogrom’s aftermath:
There should be no parades, public demonstrations, or protests by Jews.
The council also told American Jews not to advocate for admitting more Jewish refugees into the country.
Medoff summed up the weakness of American opposition and acceptance of doom for the Jews before the war:
There were many verbal condemnations, but no economic sanctions against Nazi Germany, no severing of diplomatic relations, no easing of immigration quotas, not even a complete opening of the gates to the Jews’ own ancient homeland.
The Free World’s muted reaction to the Kristallnacht pogrom foreshadowed the terrible silence with which it would greet the Nazis’ Final Solution.
Few American leaders — Jewish or otherwise — were willing to fight for increased refugee resettlement. There were, however, thousands of Americans willing to take in another kind of refugee from Europe: those who walked on four legs.
“Ironically, when ‘Pets’ magazine launched a campaign to have Americans take in purebred British puppies so they would not be harmed by German bombing raids, the magazine was flooded with several thousand offers of haven for the dogs,” wrote Medoff.
For years I thought that what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa. The difference did not exist. Our company is too big. It goes with the welfare of the country. Our contribution to the nation is considerable.
– Charles E. Wilson, 1953
As president of General Motors, Wilson led the firm through World War II, then became Secretary of Defense under Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower in 1953.
Eisenhower later decried the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC), not mentioning Wilson, but the public got the message – huge firms were getting rich from Defense spending.
Nearly 70 years later, little has changed for the fortunes of giant automakers, except now they have exported much of their manufacturing to Canada and Mexico, cutting American workers. The new slogan is: What’s good for General Motors is very good for America’s neighbors. Continue reading →
Does Pentagon want gene-altering insects to spread viruses in our farms, or to overthrow other nations?
If the atomic bomb wasn’t enough to possibly end the world, a new military-agricultural-complex program threatens to destroy humanity – not with a big bang, but with tiny bugs.
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) began genetically modifying insects last year. The goal – alter the bugs to carry gene-altering viruses. This was allegedly a method for farmers to fight climate change and disease. The infected bugs would fly over farms, land on crops and infect the plants with viruses that created new “resilient genes.” Continue reading →
Poison snake venom vial – $12 in India, $20,000 U.S. – and there’s even cheap vaccine for dogs, not people
Matt McMillan was bit by a copperhead snake, while he was camping in July at Fall River Lake, Kansas, and was flown to Via Christi Hospital in Wichita. He recalls “that was $47,600 for that 30-minute ride. To me that’s a lot of money.”
“The snake antivenom is the costly part. I guess that’s $20,000 to $30,000 a vial and I had four,” Matt explained.
Dr. Li Jia, at Via Christi Hospital said they used CroFab. “I don’t know the exact price but it’s very expensive,” he admitted.
McMillan’s insurance covered most of the bills. Otherwise, he would have owed $150,000 to $200,000 for care of one snakebite. Continue reading →
Gosnell – America’s worst serial killer exposed in movie kept in wraps for years to hide it from you
Five years and five months ago a West Philadelphia doctor was convicted of murder, and only avoided lethal injection through a plea deal. The press ignored the case – a hot potato – because it focused on a monster, who performed hundreds of illegal late-term abortions, covered up his crimes, and also killed many living babies who briefly survived his sloppy and unsanitary procedures.
This Friday night, the movie describing his crimes, “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer“, will debut on 600-750 screens nationwide. The media, for the most part, will ignore the film.
Some may picket it, but anyone who goes to see it, will be horrified.
The film, produced in 2014, was blocked after Jeffrey Minehart, a judge on the case, sued the filmmakers. Minehart claimed that the movie (and a book) portrayed him as part of “Philadelphia’s liberal corrupt government.” Continue reading →
Privatized healthcare for Americans costs too much, plus our lifespan is shorter than in 25 other nations
America’s dirty little secret – as a nation, we pay more for healthcare and the results are far from worth it.
All of the top 50 major nations have far lower per capita healthcare costs. More than half enjoy much longer life expectancy. None of them, except Switzerland, are privatized, and their per capita medical costs are often a tiny fraction of what America pays.
There are not just a few isolated cases of countries paying less and their citizens living longer than us.
It occurs where you might expect: United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, France, Canada, New Zealand, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Taiwan, Australia, Japan, Israel, South Korea, Italy and Spain. The difference between them and us – no profit motive there by pigs in boardrooms, or media bull from Wall Street. Continue reading →
250 colleges take tens of millions from globalists, and you wonder why their “studies” make no sense
Hurricane Maria killed 64, 247 or 2,975 persons last year, depending on what source you believe – FEMA, the Puerto Rico government or the Koch-backed GWU’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.
As recently as Sept. 5, Puerto Rico officials had complete details on only 64 individuals, who died in the hurricane and its aftermath. At the same time. those same officials told CNN the actual total should be 247 – the number of families whose deaths FEMA confirmed to be storm-related.
These 247 families received a total of $565,882 in assistance from FEMA to cover some funeral and burial expenses, according to Dasha Castillo, an agency spokeswoman. To compound matters FEMA said there were another 2,350 cases that were still under review for FEMA burial aid.
What happened to the agreed official death toll of 247? Continue reading →
The complete Russian Dossier is made public here, and it has all the trappings of a very bad spy novel
The White House had decided to release unredacted FISA documents this week that would reference the so-called Russian Dossier, submitted by Christopher Steele, and its impact on the independent counsel investigation into foreign meddling and collusion with the 2016 Donald Trump election campaign.
What is the dossier? Is it real or a pack of lies?
This blog first examined the actual dossier in April, 2017, and decided it was a fake.
Read the following from our archives and decide for yourself.
Someone was watching an old spy movie … when they created a “Russian Dossier” (RUDO) on then candidate President Donald Trump. Continue reading →
Glendale, known as “Arizona’s Antique Capital” and home to the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL, has a problem.
The city doesn’t like paying its elementary public school teachers a decent wage.
With a Master’s degree annual teacher’s base pay is only $41,007. Ph.Ds earn just $1,000 more!
Boasting a median family income of $51,162, Glendale is no inner city ghetto facing falling taxes and urban rot, but its Pendergast Elementary School District in 2014 decided to pay its teachers about $10,000 a year less than the national average, despite the high local cost of living. Continue reading →