Jesus wept.

I saw a version of what you will see in the link on Facebook this morning. Crying and outrage don’t make good mornings. But that’s ok because people seem to have fifteen-minute memories and this is vitally important.

Our resident historians will have much to add, I suspect, and I look forward to their reactions to the article and pictures in the link. I watched the FB version four times. The first reaction was shock and horror. The second reaction was crying. The third reaction was outrage. The fourth reaction is this article I’m writing.

[There’s quite a bit more of this anti-Semitic death porn at the link above and below. Neo]

I tried really hard to keep an open mind about the tourist pictures, tried to find excuses – they’re young; they’re on vacation; this is the selfie generation to which I have no connection and no understanding; young people are thoughtless at this age. None of it worked. I can find no excuse that makes their selfies youthful exuberance or plain thoughtlessness. There is a distinct and pointed deliberateness about them that is unforgivable.

Again I have to refer to the documentary by Ken Burns, The War. The staff interviews with some of the men who were actually there, who actually helped to liberate the death camps, are indelibly printed on my brain and my heart. The documentary was filmed in 2006 if I remember correctly, and the men well deep in age, and even then, all those years after, their eyes and their faces register the horror of what they saw – the inconceivable brutality of true evil.

I am so grateful to the young Israeli, Shahak Shapira, (who lives in Germany) for creating the translation of what those ‘tourists’ were actually doing. If a picture speaks a thousand words, imagine what his images speak. Ignorance, disrespect, callousness, self before anything or anyone. I think he did a brilliant piece of work and should be commended.

Indeed. Jesus wept.

[Audre saw the TV series (as did I) but I also knew men who liberated Ohrdruf Concentration Camp. The first camp liberated by the US Army. They were armored infantrymen in the 4th Armored Division who came into France at Utah Beach on 11 July 1944 and became the spearhead of Patton’s 3d US Army. Amongst other things, they were the men who relieved Bastogne. They ended the war at Strakonice,  Czechoslovakia. They saw all the horror that the European Theater had to offer. When I knew them twenty years later, they tried to explain KZ Ordruf to me, knowing my interest in the military. All three of them failed, just sitting there at lunch with tears streaming down their faces, and the most haunted look I have ever seen. That’s what the very foolish kids are making light of here. I can think of nothing more despicable. Jesus indeed wept, and I thank God my friends and co-workers died without seeing this new horror. Neo]

24 Responses to Jesus wept.

  1. audremyers says:

    Your last paragraph made me cry – again. Thank you for your additions; you made it a much better article.

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  2. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    We will probably see war again at some point and I doubt these kidults will be taking selfies or jumping around when that time comes. They’ll be absolutely terrified, cowering behind much braver people who will once again lay down their lives in battle.

    Our countries – the US and Great Britain – are being torn apart before our very eyes and I think we’ve got past the point where we can change them back, either electorally or peacefully. I very much hope we don’t see war, for the sake of not just ourselves or the vets who’ve already been involved in war, but for those idiots in the pictures above. I just don’t see how we can extricate ourselves from this new normal ripping our cultures, values, history and identity apart.

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    • audremyers says:

      Outstanding comment, 39. Cracking.

      I cannot allow myself even a hint of a thought that we can’t pull back from where we are. I can’t. I won’t. That way lies insanity, desperation, hopelessness. I believe in our countries; I believe in the West. I believe that socialism, like the Berlin Wall, can be torn down, obliterated, crushed to dust. We are standing on the precipice; the blackness of the abyss scares all rational people everywhere and fear is good – people react to fear. I suspect, in this instance, it will be the ‘fight’, rather than the ‘flight’ response.

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      • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

        Where there’s light, there’s hope, Audre. You, in the States, are much more fortunate than us. Not only do you have a conservative President but you have conservative hopefuls ready to take his place at the end (hopefully) of his final term in office. For us, there is no one on the horizon and we’re up against politicians, media and a police who all share the same left wing agenda.

        We are looking for the light but so far, there’s nothing. We need something soon to fill what is a massive gap in the market.

        Fair play, by the way, to the artist who shamed those people. Taking happy smiley pictures at places where hundreds of thousands of people died bloody? Those people are sick.

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        • audremyers says:

          Correct me if I’m wrong, 39, but isn’t Nigel Farage the guy? He’s smart, politically savvy, has ‘testicular heft’, and is out-spoken. Can’t he run for election for Prime Minister?

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  3. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    To Audre:

    ‘Correct me if I’m wrong, 39, but isn’t Nigel Farage the guy? He’s smart, politically savvy, has ‘testicular heft’, and is out-spoken. Can’t he run for election for Prime Minister?’

    He’s certainly got the nous to do it but, and despite his party still alive and kicking, he hasn’t yet stepped out publicly and announced his intentions to boot the left out of politics. He is still very much Brexit minded and that’s worrying. There’s Anne Marie Waters, who is leader of the For Britain party, but I have my doubts about her too. She’s not a strong leader or a great speaker and her focus is more on Islamisation than anything else. Her party has some decent policies – many taken from my (and her) former party, UKIP – but I wonder what else she has.

    At the moment, the desperation is such that any strong figure emerging on the right/centre right would pull conservatives in. The main problem with that is many people (including a lot of those who post on TCW) will continue to vote for the excrement in parliament because they fear the first past the post voting system. Here, it always seems to be, ‘well, I have to vote for Boris because Starmer is worse.’ Hobson’s Choice. I can’t do it because it wouldn’t sit right with my morals and principles and all I can do, as you know, at every election is try to persuade as many people as I can not to vote for either of those parties. It doesn’t work though either because I’m not persuasive enough or they’ve dug their feet in. At the next election, I’ll need more help.

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    • audremyers says:

      You ARE a strong voice; folks should listen. I had trouble understanding the way folks, I don’t even know how to describe it – hedging their bets, maybe? – about how to vote (strategic instead of who they wanted) to get what they hoped is the better candidate. We’re real simple folks, here, 39 – you want Trump, you vote for him; you want the other guy, you vote for the other guy.

      I think if you asked Americans, they’d pretty resoundingly support Farage; of course that doesn’t amount to a hill of beans there, but he’d have global support.

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      • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

        I think some of us, myself included, might have to put Farage’s comments about UKIP (when he left the party) on the backburner and join his movement if he does put his hat into the ring. We’re in a real state of crisis and if something doesn’t happen soon, God knows how far this thing will go.

        As for having a strong voice, thanks but I don’t think it’s strong enough. If Tina was in her prime (she hasn’t been for many years now, nowhere near), she’d be able to do it. If Tina was fully well, she’d make a great candidate and would drive everyone off the field and bring in a whole load of supporters. She’s the smartest person I’ve ever met and not of all that is about bias. 🙂

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        • audremyers says:

          It seems fairly obvious that YOU should take some steps in that direction. With Tina behind you for support, input, etc, you can’t lose.

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      • the unit says:

        I think since I first voted, I am sure I mostly did an against vote more than a for vote. Well, just saying as they say.
        As for Farage, don’t think many/maybe most Americans have ever heard of him.
        And if he has global support…er…likely I’m against. Must be something I don’t know if so.
        Also remember the NEO article, probably 2 years ago, that accidentally misspelled his name with a capital G. And, of course, it was a mis-stroke. It was. 🙂
        That website has other interesting/sickening posts. I’m not sure taking selfies at certain places means what the site indicates it does.
        Heck though what do I know, my phone usually just gets my knee or feet when I accidentally hit the camera button. 🙂

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        • audremyers says:

          You’d be surprised how many Americans are aware of Farage, even before he showed up to support President Trump. Every Trump rally (when watched online) shows a chat box – folks from all over the planet like Trump and like Farage. It struck me that every foreign country has a huge conservative population and they watch both America and Great Britain. It’s important to them because it can happen for them.

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        • the unit says:

          For Audre: I ain’t voting against it. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        “you want Trump, you vote for him.”
        Being said up, down, and across Florida to LA. 🙂

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      • NEO says:

        Farage is always good at CPAC, which seems his major exposure here. It’s something but mostly movement conservative know of him.

        39 has a good point about America having a pretty deep bench, well, we’ve worked pretty hard for better than 10 years to get here, (really since at least, 1964) and with our documentation, it’s pretty obviously a restoration rather than a novelty. The British forget (many of them) that what we espouse, is what they had back in 1776. But in any case, as long as we exist, as a free country, we will lead, and that will help others.

        That beacon fire in the city on the hill is real, and it has already changed the world, now to claim it back from the regressives.

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  4. audremyers says:

    39 Pontiac Dream – ya think????

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