|Spiritual Poetry posted April 26, 2014|
I took an unexpected trip to Paradise last night
The Soldier & Amazing Grace
by Dean Kuch
"What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice." -- Albert Einstein
"I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.." - Adolf Hitler
While the soldier in this poem is not Adolph Hitler, I used quotes from his memoirs to bring his warped views to bear, views which he pounded into the heads of his soldiers and the German people during the brief reign of the Third Reich.
Anti-Semitism was never born with the Nazi regime. In fact a lot of what the Nazis did to the Jews had already been done by Christians. In 535 The Synod of Claremont passed a law that denied Jews the right to hold public office. In 1227 The Synod of Narbonne decreed that all Jews wear an oval badge as a mark of identification. In 1236 Pope Gregory ordered all churches leaders to confiscate all Jewish books on the first Saturday of Lent. In 1555 a special charter was issued by the Pope that required all Jews to be confined to ghettos. Hitler merely adopted methods to deal with the Jewish populace that had been carried out centuries before. However, the aid of technological means achieved unprecedented results. The actual term "Anti-Semitism" was first used in 1873 in a pamphlet by William Marr called Jewry's Victory over Teutonism. His intention was to replace the German word Judenhass (Jew-Hatred) with a more politically correct, (that term sound familiar?) and less offensive term.
Anti-Semitism dates as far back as ancient Egypt, when Pharoh feared that the children of Israel would outnumber his own people. He initiated segregated living conditions (ghettos), hard labor (slavery), and infanticide (murder of all new-born males). Persecution and eradication of the only remaining Torah keeping tribe continued to flow throughout history.
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