When a power hungry politician enters office on the cloud of popular reform and “change”, begins to sway political thought, influence media, erode freedoms, tie up liberties, suppress any opposition, expand bureaucracy, and generally corral populations towards “one-size-fits-all” solutions, then the world is in trouble whether we are speaking about today or the past.

75 years ago that same thing happened in Germany and gained huge momentum on this date in the form of “Kristallnacht” or “Night of Broken Glass”. You see, Hitler had risen to power and assumed grip upon German political infrastructure. One of his tactics for the many hurts of Germany (economy in depression, humiliation from WWI defeat) was to seek out scapegoats. While there were many — gypsies, handicapped, non-Aryans — his favorite and most successful were the Jewish people. And on this night in Germany and Austria 75 years ago, he was able to kick start an engine of evil that decimated Jews for years to come. I’ll end my history lesson here and instead point you to a much better penned blog post over at this blog — http://politicsandfinance.blogspot.com/2013/11/kristallnacht-tutorial-for-jews-and.html

The lesson is:

  1. History repeats itself
  2. We MUST remain vigilant

…..Dan at aslowerpace dot net


  1. LakeMom says:

    Comparing anything other than actual genocide to Kristallnacht feels inappropriate and insensitive. You are an excellent writer. I am sure you have many other creative ways to express your views that do not diminish the experience of an entire population of people.

  2. Dan says:

    Hi LakeMom…..

    Thanks for reading and the interesting perspective. While you are welcome to your interpretation of my post, my intent was to merely remind anyone reading to stay vigilant. And the bricks being laid today resemble similar patterns of previous historical events. Our job should be to stay vigilant and recognize patterns so that actions can be taken to PREVENT future Kristallnacht events – thereby starving bloggers like myself of any possible parallel inferences.