Kristallnacht / Sweden

Commemoration or Celebration? | Swedes Exclude Jewish Community from Kristallnacht Remembrance

KristallnachtNewspaper Jews fined for nazi riotsHow unfortunate for the good people of Umea, Sweden that some Jews managed to survive the Holocaust, forcing them now to have to exclude them from their “anti-Nazi” event.

If only they had all perished… than none of this unpleasantness would be necessary.

Obviously there was no alternative for Umea, but to replicate the sort of exclusionary practices enacted by the Third Reich against what remains of the Jewish community in their town.

“The organizers of an anti-Nazi event in Sweden face controversy Monday, after declining to invite the Jewish community to the event. 

“Umeå against Nazism” will run in the city of Umeå on Tuesday and Wednesday, commemorating Kirstallnacht, or the “Night of Broken Glass,” the massive 1938 pogrom against Austrian and German Jews which is seen as marking the start of the holocaust.

But, absurdly, Jews will not be invited. ” 

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/203139

What more can the Jewish people expect from Sweden, when the Swedes chose to emulate the Nazis on a day remembered for the terror and violence inflicted upon the Jews by the Nazis?

This is not a Commemoration.

It’s a Celebration.

kristallnacht burning templeAnti-Jewish decrees

The persecution of the Jews began systematically almost as soon as Hitler came to power. The Nazis established many new anti-Jewish laws. These were introduced slowly at first, so that the civilian population would not realise the extent of the Nazi party’s anti-Semitism. Below is a chart showing a small selection of the 2,000 Nazi anti-Jewish decrees passed between 1933-1945. It is uncertain whether Hitler planned to murder the Jews when he came to power. Originally it seems he intended to force them out of Germany but this eventually led to a plan to exterminate the Jews.

1933

Action
  • Public burning of books by Jews and anti-Nazis
  • Random attacks on Jews and Jewish property
  • Police and the courts no longer protect Jews
  • April boycotts of Jewish shops – for one day, Germans are told not to buy from shops and business owned by Jews
  • SA stand by shops to discourage people from going inside
  • ‘Kosher’- ritual slaughter of animals banned
  • Department of Racial Hygiene (‘ethnic cleansing’) established

1934

Action
  • Jewish students excluded from exams in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and law
  • Jews excluded from military service

1935

Action
  • Nuremberg Laws deny Jews many basic civil rights
  • Law for ‘The Protection of German Blood and German Honour’ forbade mixed marriages

1935-36

Action
  • Jews no longer allowed to vote and lose German citizenship
  • Benefit payments to large Jewish families stopped
  • Jews banned from parks, restaurants and swimming pools
  • Jews forbidden to use the German greeting ‘Heil Hitler’
  • Jews no longer allowed electrical/optical equipment, bicycles, typewriters or records
  • Passports for Jews to travel abroad restricted
  • Many Jewish students removed from German schools and universities

1938

Action
  • Special identity cards issued to Jews
  • Jews excluded from cinema, theatre, concerts, exhibitions, beaches and holiday resorts
  • Jews forced to add the names Sarah or Israel to their own
  • Kristallnacht (9 November) – a night of terrible violence in Germany. German and Austrian Jews are murdered, synagogues burnt and desecrated and shop windows destroyed. Thousands of Jews are arrested
  • Jewish children expelled from German schools
  • Jews’ passports stamped with a red letter ‘J’. Some have passports removed to prevent them leaving the country.

1939

Action
  • A central office for Jewish emigration set up
  • Jews evicted from their homes without reason and notice
  • Jews’ radios confiscated
  • Jewish curfew established

1940

Action
  • Jews’ telephones confiscated
  • Jews no longer receive ration cards for clothes

1941

Action
  • Jews over 6 forced to wear a Yellow Star of David with ‘Jew’ written on it
  • Jews Forbidden to use public telephones
  • Jews forbidden to keep dogs, cats and birds
  • Jews forbidden to leave the country

1942

Action
  • Jews hand over fur coats and woollen items
  • Jews not allowed to receive eggs or milk
  • Blind or deaf Jews no longer allowed to wear armbands identifying their condition in traffic
  • All schools closed to Jewish children

1943

Action Continuous deportations

http://www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/voices/info/decrees/decrees.html

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