It is Purim today in most of the Jewish world except for Jerusalem and Safed. These cities celebrate "Shushan Purim" which takes place tonight and tomorrow. Among other things Purim is a holiday which celebrates the event that the plans of Haman to destroy and kill all Jews did not come to fruition.
So for the moment let us talk about a recent modern day Haman and his ilk. Little difference between the two except for the fact that the Swastika bearers almost succeeded in their plans. Let us talk about something that it seems those who would protect and defend the right of the swastika bearers practice with great cynical ease.
Let us talk about Language, symbols and the various constructs within. About how opinions are formulated and stated and how one can, with no understanding or historical vision, pervert words and symbols.
One of the most prevalent and indeed most explored venues of the Nazi "Final Solution" is their use of language. For the "Final Solution of the Jewish Problem" was not a haphazard gang-bang upon innocents. It was not a voice here and there screaming that Jews must be destroyed. It was rather a concentrated and well-thought out attempt within all the facets that would lead to the end of Jewry and actually Humanity as it was viewed until the Swastika rose up in its hatred.
The Nazis were if anything, experts at words. They not only wanted to destroy they wanted to rob their victims of any sense of knowledge that they were going to be destroyed. Thus they created a whole new lexicon of meanings to mundane words. A whole new world where objects no longer held meaning in their traditional sense.
For instance: A "shower" was no longer a "water shower". When women and children and the elderly were led off to be gassed (leaving only those who could be used as slave labor until they died behind) they were told they were "going to the showers" to be de-liced. A shower in a concentration camp did not have any cleansing connotations.
"Work Brings Freedom" ("Arbeit Macht Frei") the sign still hanging at Auschwitz and Buchenwald and others. Yes it meant freedom from living. For the only end was death.
"Preferential Treatment" - meant that you were going on a list to be deported to a concentration camp imminently. But you were told you would be going to a labor camp. By the way, when Jews emerged from the cattle cars they were transported in, and yet another great word the "selection" word began, there was often an orchestra and even sometimes a table with candies to greet them.
Oh the list of language bastardization is endless. The Nazis were expert at it. It further kept the "cattle" subdued and meek and ready for the slaughter. They not only robbed words of their "normative" meaning they robbed their victims of the knowledge of what was going to be done to them. That is simply not going to happen again. Not in my world. You will not rob others of a real understanding of what exactly did happen or what is truly going on.
And all this was represented by the Swastika, carried out by the SS, and certainly helped along by the infamous Einstatzgruppen.
From the day our modern Haman, and his nation of Swastika bearers emerged upon the parchment of Human history, the world was not changed for just 20 years. It was profoundly and completely changed forever. Words and symbols no longer were simply innocent terms any longer. The Nazis taught us that communication is indeed a "double edged sword" of very lethal capabilities.
And so it is with an eye on such history that I can only view the rise of this bastardization of language once again. Einstatzgruppen emerge telling us that the Swastika is a symbol of peace and love. "Let us purify the symbol" these people say. As a member of Absolute Write wrote me in an email said:
They live in a hell of their own making. Can you imagine living inside a head that thinks that way? Makes my skin crawl.There are some things that no matter how much purifying water is poured over them, no matter how much they are held to the light, no matter how many times they are thrown to the fire of purity to regain some lost meaning - they remain evil and sinister and horrible. They drip with blood of the innocents and will never, not in an eternity of screams of people being gassed in "showers" - they will never ever - not for a moment - be seen again except as symbols of evil and pure hate.
Such is the swastika. For no matter what this symbol was taken from, no matter how it was perverted, no matter how much you want it to be "returned" - some things once so turned and twisted - as the swastika was - can never be untwisted.
It was a particularly educational experience watching those who pride themselves on language use, watching those who supposedly are considered "educated", curse, vilify, lie and become in essence - the Storm Troopers - the Einstatzgruppen - defending their notions of right and wrong by such actions.
And thus the following comment left in the previous post, The Banality Of Evil, becomes so dangerous. I quote segments of it simply because I just do not have the time to deal with all its banal evil nor lies. (Bold and Italics are mine.)
The swastika has been around for thousands of years. That's a certainty, too. The shame of it is, is that the Nazis latched onto it. However, that doesn't mean that the Buddhists, Navajos and others who've used it prior to them should quit using it. That makes no sense whatsoever. It belongs to them.Buddhists, if you bother reading and studying and speaking to them, do not EVER, let me repeat this, do not EVER, show the symbol in public unless it is among themselves in their own places of worship. The farthest thing from the mind of a modern Buddhist, a true real Buddhist would be to place that symbol upon a public forum board knowing that others would see it and react to it with negative connotations. Real Buddhists are well aware what the Nazis did to their symbol. They are well aware that once the Nazis did it - for eternity and then some - that symbol will be associated in the minds of many with pure evil. A Buddhist does NOT go around prancing and dancing the symbol around. (I would actually venture a guess here, that I know many more Buddhists, true practicing Buddhists than 99% of the people who are commenting here. And I have yet to hear one say that what was done on this forum that is being extolled here, is within the "spirit and symbolization" of Buddhism.)
If one wants to proclaim one's new found Buddhism, then one studies and learns. One does everything NOT to seek attention.
But that is not the point is it? The point is that symbol was placed on a forum board by an attention grabbing person and then adopted by another child. They are both Buddhists now? Suddenly we have a Buddhist revolution by children in AW?
"They live in a hell of their own making. Can you imagine living inside a head that thinks that way? Makes my skin crawl. And now here is a shame. The Nazis latched on to it. Such a shame. Poor symbol. And they murdered, gassed and otherwise killed 18 million people under the guise of such a symbol. That is a shame. Tsk! Tsk! Such a shame. It is a shame that when survivors see this symbol, right-side up or upside down, they just get all hot under the collar because they remember whole families murdered by Swastika bearers. Such a shame. I mean they should get over their sensitivities, don't you think? Forgive and forget.
This issue affects me, personally, on several levels. My grandfather was Jewish--my father's dad. He married a Catholic woman and they raised both their sons, Catholic. Therefore, I'm, Irish, German and Jewish. My uncle's daughter and husband are both practicing Buddhists. A dear friend of mine is a pure-blood Navajo living on a reservation in Gallup, New Mexico. And, Mac is also a dear friend of mine.And here we go again. I have no words for this. I do not understand truly, why people think that if they can point to some Jewish ancestor hidden deep within the annals of their family that gives them the right to defend the Swastika bearers. I just don't understand what any of the above has to do with the the FACT - that the Swastika represents every aspect of evil, every nuance of evil that modern man can devise. It is evil. Whether you are Jewish, Catholic, Navajo or Buddhist.
It effects you? Why? Do you say Kaddish over millions that were killed? Do you have a neat blue number tattooed on your arm? Do you waken in the dead of night with a silent scream in your throat from dreams of Black Booted Swastika Wearing Animals coming to arrest and kill your family? What the hell here effects you personally, besides the fact that you are defending the indefensible? What here effects your life? What here effects your childhood, your adult years your children? What Nazi do you have in your past? You seem to know so many people. Do you know any second and third generation children of Holocaust survivors? Do you know anyone personally, who lived through the Swastika? Did you grow up with the small number of people that managed to escape hell wrought on earth by the Swastika bearers? Did you ever seriously in your educated mind, (for we are uneducated) study the Holocaust? Do you take a shower today and look up at the shower head and for a moment wait for the gas to come out? Do you look at a bar of soap and wonder how much human fat is needed to make it? Just what the hell effects you here?
This is part of the Bastardization Of Language. An attempt to say how something effects you - clearly leaving out just why it is seen as the root of all evil to modern man.
So, am I not to talk to all of them since what some of them believe in offends your uneducated sensibilities? Actually, my dad and grandfather are both deceased, so that leaves them out of the equation.Once again the name calling. I am uneducated and all of course Renee is uneducated and ignorant because our sensibilities have been attacked. We refuse to forgive, forget and let bygones be bygones. We will not allow evil to rear its ugly head without speaking up. No matter how warped it seems.
There is more to this comment to be sure. But it serves the point. It too, is within the parameters of the new language-speak. It too, simply does not face the central focal point. The writer of said comment points out family and friends. Calls names. But never once does the writer of this comment come out and say, "At least 18 million people were murdered by the swastika bearers."
Anne Frank and her diary have become symbols in the modern world for what was done to the individual by the swastika bearers. She was found hiding in a house, actually, this was not her house, but an attic, or 'Secret Annexe' as it is officially known, where Anne Frank, had hidden from the Nazis during World War Two. She kindly left us a diary of her thoughts while she hid in that attic, scared out of her mind, that any day, men who had somehow made the metamorphosis into animals would come and take her away. A couple of weeks before this 15 year old girl and those hiding with her were found and shipped off to the devil's playground, on July 15, 1944, she wrote in her diary:
"It's utterly impossible for me to build my life on a foundation of chaos, suffering and death. I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more."They found Anne Frank one day, the Nazis did, and they took her away to die in a concentration camp. That was her last time. I wonder if she woke up that last day knowing somehow, even for a fleeting second, that this was her last day in the attic?
When the world decided to return to some semblance of sanity, Anne Frank became famous. Posthumously, of course. Anne Frank's wish written in her diary on April 6, 1944:
"I want to go on living even after my death."Here is an interesting historical footnote for you. Karl Silberbauer was caught in 1963 as the Gestapo sergeant who found and arrested Anne Frank and those with her in the Attic, on August 4, 1944. Know what his defense was, which on the by-and-by got him acquitted? "I was just following orders." Guess what dear old Karl was doing at the time of his arrest? He was a police inspector. Know why? Because it was easier to forget the evil than to deal with it.
Then in January, 1966, the Nazi police chief in the Netherlands, S.S. lieutenant general Wilhelm Harster was arrested in Munich. (It took that long to find him?) He was directly responsible for the deportation of 100,000 Dutch Jews to Auschwitz, including Anne Frank. He and two others were tried, and at their trial former S.S. Major, Wilhelm Zopf, testified that the person who betrayed the eight people who lived together (if 'living' is what you could call spending two years hiding from your fellow man) in the Secret Annexe, received five gulden a head as payment for his wondrous information. That is about $1.40 for each person. Imagine that. A grand total of $11.20! Must have been his lucky day!
And yes, Anne Frank was granted her wish. She still lives in our hearts along with six million others. And no, we will not forgive. We will not forget. We will not be silent. We, the uneducated, will not allow language and symbols to be changed and purified. We will not allow ignorance and silence to be used as an excuse ever again. We will not allow ourselves to be sold for $1.40 so that someone else can feel good about the purity of their symbols while using that symbol in a matter that would be offensive to even the religion he claims to belong to. A true Buddhist would shrink from this. This symbol was used, and then "defended" by sick minds who for some reason believe that the tactics of the Einstatzgruppen can be repeated. Not for one $1.40 and not for $140 Million will the uneducated keep silent in the face of such warped thinking.
Amalek and the Haman's of this world, the swastika bearers and protectors, breed their filth and death calls on our silence.
"And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more."Cruelty will end only when we do not allow ourselves to forget. Peace & tranquility can come when we face reality and face the evil that was allowed to propagate and run rampant upon human kind.
We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will not be silent. In the name of Anne Frank and six million plus like her, we will not be silent.
Silence is just not an option here. Period.
Posts In This Series:
- Depravity, Disgust and Stupidity - Passing Ignorance Around Like A Venereal Disease.
- Never Again
- Doctrine Of The Lie
- The Banality Of Evil
- On The Bastardization Of Language
- Who Let The Dogs Out?
- The Day Hitler Became A "Funky Dude"