Always Good to Know a Little History

Small text lower left on cover: “In Leipzig on September 21, four innocent men, victims of one of the most atrocious violations of justice, will stand trial along with the agent provocateur Lubbe. The real arsonist of the Reichstag fire, Goering, will not appear before the bar.” followed by: “Photomontage by John Heartfield . . . the face of Goering is taken from an original photograph and was not retouched.” Published 14th of September, 1933, AIZ. (The last issue of AIZ published in Berlin was March 5, 1933, after that it went into exile in Prague, and then Paris.)

President-elect Trump has selected a group of people around him at the White House who are determined to dismantle health, education and welfare, economic and environmental controls, to boost security spending in this country, and to focus attention on fighting enemies. This will be tantamount to an orchestrated-by-government massive agent provocateur effort, that is designed to create maximal social unrest, and which will then require a military crackdown. All the pieces are being put in place for such a scenario.

I am reminded of how Hitler came to power in 1933. Today most don’t know how it happened – On February 27, 1933, less than one month after Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany, the Reichstag (German Parliament) was set on fire.No one knows who really set the fire. The Communists were blamed immediately and 4,000 of their leaders were arrested overnight.

Hitler authorized President Hindenburg to sign emergency legislation which suspended basic civil rights and authorized arbitrary arrest, imprisonment and death. Less than a week later, for the upcoming general elections of March 5, 1933, the Nazis used their claim of Communists having set fire to the Reichstag as a propaganda ploy not only against the Communists, but against all left forces. One of their election posters called upon the general population to “smash the Communists” and to “crush the Social Democrats.”

Always good to know a little history.

-Written on December 2, 2016, 3 weeks after the November 9 electoral college election of Donald Trump as POTUS.

Always Good to Know A Little History Vol. 46 No. 4, December,  2016, New Mexico Jewish Link, page 7, by namesake David Rogen, Santa Fe