Memories in the Living Room

Nothing should shock us anymore, the myths, lies and crazy stories coming from PA propaganda and #Pallywood fill volumes and gives Dave endless material to post. A tweet of Holocaust Denial on Holocaust Remembrance Day – another to add to long list.

Hitler started his antisemitic poison with German schoolchildren. Tour Yad Vashem, and after book burning, see the children’s games that are displayed next.

Hilter sponsored children's game on exhibit in Yad Vashem

Poison the minds of German youth that Jews were bad.

In school, students would learn about racism, as Aryan purity was a priority.

Nazi racism chart used in German schools

This is an example of chart showing race education used in the Nazi curriculum.

In the 1930’s as Jewish youth were forced out of schools, the German children would go home from school and put on their uniforms.

Uniforms Hitler Youth wore after school

In school they would learn about racism, and later after school in Hitler Youth, they grew up hearing about boycotting Jewish doctors, academics, lawyers and stores.

Wolfgang Billig was born in Karlsruhe, Weimar Republic, Deutsches Reich, or simply in English – Germany in 1924. He lived through the rise of antisemitism with Hitler’s coming to power in Germany.

“False Holocaust?” Ask Wolfgang, who shared this ditty popular in his youth:

Song from Nazi Germany calling for stabbing Jews and sending them back to Jerusalem

When the stormtrooper enters the fire, he keeps his courage high, And when Jewish blood squirts under knives Then all goes doubly well  throw ’em out, the whole bunch of Jews throw ’em out of the Fatherland send them to Jerusalem again and cut their throats or they might return.”

Nazi knife to kill Jews

This is one of those knives from his Nazi souvenir collection.

Except for the return to Jerusalem part, this refrain strikes too close to home.

Zikaron BaSalon – “Memories in the living room” aims to connect younger generations, in a more personal setting, with Holocaust survivors to hear their stories. The Rivlins have hosted neighbors in Beit Hanasi for these Holocaust Remembrance Day parlor meetings. Thousands of people have participated in the growing initiative over the last few years.

Media Central location of Zikaron BaSalon talk by Walter Bingham on Nazi Germany

Wolfgang, was on a 1939 Kindertransport which took him to safety in England. Today he is now known as Walter Bingham. The Nuremberg Laws “were the beginning of the end,” said Walter who witnessed Kristalnacht as a boy.

When asked why Jews did not leave Germany as the situation grew more severe, before the extermination began? Bingham replied no one would take them.

We are witnessing a rise in antisemitism, stabbings, boycotts, blood libels and terror.  But the big difference, now, there is a place to go. Israel is not defenseless.

Remember the fallen on Yom HaZikaron, the lives lost serving their country and through acts of terror.



Real Jstreets

I lived in the United States, Canada and Australia before moving to Israel in the midst of the Second Lebanon War. For the last ten years, walking the streets of Jerusalem, the scenes I saw every day did not resemble the ones familiar in the Western media. Now I try to share those positive images with the world, what is really happening in Jerusalem, Israel, The Real Jerusalem Streets

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