On Donald Trump, Anne Frank And Auschwitz

On Donald Trump, Anne Frank And Auschwitz

On the morning of January 27th, 1945, Otto Frank, former spice merchant and father of two, awoke to find a scene which could hardly be imagined. Passing through the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp which had held him prisoner were soldiers sporting not the Swastika of Nazi Germany, but the Hammer and Sickle of the Soviet Union. His personal nightmare was over, but tragically his family had already been lost to him. His daughters had been taken to another camp the previous October, and his wife had passed just a few weeks prior.

He would eventually marry a woman who had also lost family to the concentration camps, a friend who had lived near him before the war, and was liberated with him that day, Elfriede Geiringer. And, miraculously, Elfriede’s daughter, Eva, who was a playmate to Frank’s own children for years prior, had also survived, and was saved by the Red Army that day. All three survivors made it their life’s mission to educate people as to the horrors of the camps, and they told their story in part through a diary left by Otto’s young daughter, Anne Frank. Her diary has since become a worldwide phenomenon, resulting in countless plays and cinematic adaptations. The story of the family became all of our stories, and a reminder of what it was we must never allow to happen again.

Anne Frank’s sister speaks

On the day we remember the victims from these camps, the day in which the 322nd Rifle Division of the Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz, Eva Schloss, the daughter of Elfriede Geringer, step-daughter to Otto Frank, and childhood friend of Anne Frank, in an opinion piece published by Newsweek, gave a stark warning to all of us over the direction in which the United States is heading. In particular, she warned about the candidate currently leading the race for President on the Republican side.

If Donald Trump becomes the next president of the U.S. it would be a complete disaster. I think he is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism. During his U.S. presidential campaign he has suggested the “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” as well as pledging to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to keep illegal immigrants out.

Despite her step-father having worked in the United States in the past, and having friends still within the nation, the US denied his families visa application thanks in part to a wave of anti-immigrant sentiments which in many ways are reminiscent of what we find from the Republican front runner.

History repeating

What should be most chilling is that this is one of the rare cases where it is no longer hyperbole, and is entirely warranted.
The parallels are not as far fetched as one might presume. After all, Trump reads Hitler’s speeches for ideas, which is likely why it is often times difficult to determine which of the two men said any particular quote. Even the inventor of Godwin’s law, which is designed to reduce hyperbolic comparisons, has said that there are points in which comparisons to Hitler are quite appropriate, and Donald Trump has hit that point.

Imagine it… Under Trump’s vision for America, another Anne Frank would once again be denied safe harbor from the horrors of war. Another child dead at the hands of monsters. Perhaps Trump’s rhetoric even catches on to the point that the United States would not only deny shelter to a future Anne Frank, but would become a proactive participant in the kinds of murderous acts Anne Frank herself fled, and ultimately died from.

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Don’t think that’s possible in America? Have you SEEN the people at Trump’s rallies? How about a Tea Party rally? Believe it. Under Godwin’s law, we’ve now hit the point where any discussion around Donald Trump will ultimately connect back to Hitler, and the horrors he unleashed, and The Donald’s rhetoric. What should be most chilling is that this is one of the rare cases where it is no longer hyperbole, and is entirely warranted.

Donald Trump has become a point of alarm for the rest of the world. Many nations have strongly condemned the candidate for his vitriol filled rhetoric, and have strongly come out against him ever reaching higher office. His meteoric rise has made the rest of the world begin to wonder if the United States was truly an ally at all.

Anne Frank died in February of 1945 from a Typhus outbreak within the work camp at Bergen-Belsen. It is reported that Anne Frank had thought all of her family was dead, and those who were with her have since spoken of the despair she felt. Her diary, now published as “The Diary of a Young Girl,” has been translated into over 60 languages, and is widely read by people around the world.

Cover – Photo Donald Trump CC by Michael Vadon, Photo Anne Frank PD from the Anne Frank House, vintage PD 1985 USSR propaganda poster “The Struggle For Peace”