Thursday, January 28, 2016

"the ugly political environment in 2016 has an ominous precedent in Weimar Germany" Footnote To My Morning Post

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is always a somber time for Auschwitz survivor Irene Weiss. But this year's observance had an additional layer of grief: For the first time, Weiss is worried about her adopted homeland.

"I am exceptionally concerned about demagogues," the 85-year-old Weiss told me at Wednesday's commemoration at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. "They touch me in a place that I remember. I know their influence and, unfortunately, I know how receptive audiences are to demagogues and what it leads to."


Now, when she hears about plans to register Muslims and to ban Muslims from entering the United States, "I'm worried about the tone of this country," she said.

To Weiss, the ugly political environment in 2016 has an ominous precedent in Weimar Germany. "It has echoes, and maybe more so to me than to native-born Americans," she said after lighting a candle for Hitler's victims. "I'm scared. I don't like the trend. I don't like how many people are applauding when they hear these demagogues. It can turn."

Just read about this at Media Matters.


  1. Amazing she didn't mention Darwin.

    1. She didn't have to, the scientists Hitler read as he was writing Mein Kampf did, as did such other Nazis as Rudolph Hess. That is the historical fact of the matter.

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