Lessons from the Warsaw Ghetto for Americans Today

I watched a documentary the other day about the Warsaw ghetto in World War II. It was original footage of the real Warsaw ghetto after the Germans arrived but before the Germans cleared it out and sent all of the Jews to concentration camps. One of the things that struck me right away was the desperate, unbelievable poverty that I saw. You see, I have never seen the real Warsaw ghetto, I've only seen (like most of you I would imagine) the movie version. In the movies things were not wonderful but not horrible either. In the movies they can't really show the utter devastation and hopelessness. But, in this real footage it showed how desperately impoverished the Jews were. People died on the streets daily from starvation. The living conditions were every bit as bad as the actual concentration camps except there were no gas chambers. No, slow starvation was the Third Reich's method of genocide up until they created the concentration camps. It was effective and cost efficient.


So, why am I writing about this? Well, I noticed that once a person gets to a certain point, once they have been fired from their jobs, their wealth confiscated, stripped of their homes, deprived of food, quarantined and then left to die it becomes too late to fight back. It's like the frog in the warm water. If an oppressor does things little by little most will try to adjust and not fight back, like most of the Jews did in World War II. The problem with this is that after awhile you become too weak to fight back and then they have you. There is nothing you CAN do any longer except hope and pray that someone else will rescue you.


The lesson learned is that you cannot let them push you to this point. One must fight back BEFORE one gets too weak. Right now we as Americans are being pushed, we have had our jobs taken from us, we have had our bill of rights regulated away in the name of security and many have lost their homes and are becoming quite desperate. We must all fight back!


How can we fight back? Well, we can fight back financially. We can quit paying usurious amounts to banksters that have already stolen trillions of dollars. We can refuse to let them take our homes through fraudulent banking practices. We can (for God's sake) quit voting for the same old tired lying politicians that tell us what we want to hear and then turn around and do exactly what the banksters want them to do. We can fight through non-compliance. We can get angry and protest, we can show our solidarity because even if you are not a frog boiling in the water, you had better believe that you are still that frog in the warm water and your turn is coming.


A pastor in Nazi Germany named Martin Neimoller once wrote:



They came first for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

Don't wait until it's your job, your home, your kids or your rights. It's time to get angry Americans, it's time to fight!




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Vanguard 5 years ago

Very poignant! Thank you.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thank you Vanguard


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Well done. Voted up and awesome.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thank you Breakfastpop!


Frank 5 years ago

People who are angry but don't know what to do about it might first try refering to the Constitution. Comparing life as defined by this guiding document to life as we are living it, leaves one with the realization that the inmates are in charge of the asylum or the criminals are firmly in charge. To make a long story short, my inquiry has led to constitutionalist, libertarian (liberty), Ron Paul. His devoted support of the Constitution and reliance on an economy based upon the principles of the Austrian School of Economics encourages one to further investigate. To each his own but, this approach is very attractive to me. Having said all that, I think we must all grow up and take responsibility for ourselves.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

I am a big fan of Dr. Ron Paul and of the Constitution, thanks for writing Frank.


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bgamall 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Hi Brie, I hope that we can educate the people. I don't expect them to take up arms but we can starve the beast by refusing their credit offers.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

I'm in absolute and enthusiastic agreement. I wrote a hub about that too. This one: http://hubpages.com/money/Advice-for-those-who-Can...

and this one: http://hubpages.com/money/Read-this-BEFORE-filing-...

among others.


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RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA

I consider this a wake up call. Good job.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thank you RunAbstract


john in colorado 5 years ago

personally, i'd like to see each and every lamppost between wall street and D.C. occupied with the swingin corpse of a lobbyist, lawyer, banker or politician. and i'm NOT a violent man. i've simply had enough of them selling us down the river for personal gain. if the 1st marine division would actually act on its oath to defend our constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic, i could muster an ARMY of un-employed carpenters who would gladly build a hundred man gallows on pennsylvania avenue!


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

LOL, I'm with you john!


WHITE IS RIGHT 5 years ago

GUN CONTRO WAS THE CAUSE


jeff 5 years ago

We would be much better off if paid political advertising was banned. Politicians these days are bought and paid for by special interests and big business so said politicians can go forth and spread the agenda of the groups that paid for them to get elected. There should also be national elections on POLICY, so that the government actually could see what the people want. There would have been no bank bailout had there been a national election on that issue.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

true...


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

When I saw the title I almost already knew who the author was. Great job!


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nflagator 5 years ago from North Florida

Hi Brie, Thanks for the Hub. Such horrible tragedies so many endured.

I was just watching the movie Defience (for the 8th or 9th time), about the Bielski brothers who formed a Jewish resistance settlement in Naliboki forest (Poland) during World War II. Awesome movie.

Speaking of lobbyist, watch the movie Casino Jack.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Is Casino Jack a new movie?


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nflagator 5 years ago from North Florida

Yes, recently released Dec 2010.

Casino Jack is a movie about the Washington lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, who was arrested in 2005. Playing in select theaters.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Ok, I'll look for it, thanks.


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sir slave 5 years ago from Trinity county CA.

As I sit here early in the morning thinking about a ron paul presidency, I ask myself.......will he deliver??

Obama's campaign rhetoric was beautiful and soaring!!

his policy are less than soaring. Listening to ron paul at a debate in 08', I was turned off by his normal domestic republican rhetoric(as I am left of the dems)

However I really like two major points that he's separated himself out from the crowd with.......Actually regulating the "banksters"....and scaling down our empire... As I dont really need one!!

That is trillions right there!!!!

social security need MORE money, not less, education needs more money, not less and medicare needs more money not less!! we should not forget the country is falling apart by the seems both socially and physically!

its time to stop rebuilding iraq and start rebuild new york and New England! Ron paul brought that debate I was watching to pin drop silence, when he compared Iraq and Afghanistan to Vietnam! your not supposed to bring up history at a republican debate!! Fred thomson then quickly chimed in to "renormalize" that particular foreign policy debate!


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

I wonder too, but so far he is the only one that stands up against the other political hacks! Thanks for commenting Sir Slave.


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York

People pride themselves on not being any trouble to anybody. When things get hard they find a way to deal. They brag to others when those others complain, "Oh that doesn't bother me." and then it becomes a contest to see who can survive the best. People are resilient. But try to instill in folks that they sometimes DO have to fight and it's a different story. They will say, "Oh I can't start trouble. Christians don't fight." There are reasons people will fight. What Satan has managed to do is to make it more and more distateful to fight. He has broadened the feeling "I don't want to have any trouble."


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

I think it's more cowardice and complacency.

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