Discussion in 'World Coins' started by cplradar, Sep 18, 2021.
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It is easy, with the passage of time, to forget or block out the dispossession, isolation, persecution, disenfranchisement and systematic mass murder that occurred in Germany in the 1930's and throughout Europe during World War II of primarily Jews, but also Gypsies, many Catholics, Russians, Poles, dissidents, other minorities deemed not "Aryan" and the disabled. This was a backdrop for a mostly indifferent world, including the United States, whose policies of limiting immigration of Jews fleeing the Nazi regime are well documented.
Now, we live in a world of massive numbers of refugees and countries and regions in the midst of one humanitarian crisis after another. History does indeed repeat itself, or perhaps it should be stated that human behavior and attitudes really don't change, especially among governments.
Here is my 20 marks, from the Lodz Ghetto, 1943, made of aluminum. This coin was purchased back in the early 1980's from Silver Dollars Reg. of Toronto, Canada.
The Nazi's clearly believed and promoted Eugenics, and Arayan race theory. But the antisemitism that fueled Nazism was wholly a separate phenomena and the target to annihilate the Jews unique. There is an avalanche of evidence on this. While other groups of people got swept into the Holocaust, the nature of the genocide was Jewish. The Nazis succeeded at destroying a thousand year old history of Jewish culture in Europe. The denial of these facts by modern Europeans, as it continues to be expressed, is proof that a real reconciliation with the history hasn't yet happened.
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