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Topic: Write in the HISTORICAL genre (05/03/07)
TITLE: IF WE DON'T WAKE UP
By SYLVIA KING
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It had been a long day. Sitting on the couch and eating dinner while watching the news seemed
like the perfect thing to do. I scooted to the edge of the couch as I listened to a madman, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the leader of Iran declare that the Holocaust had never occurred and the Jews had no right to exist. Doing away with Americans and Christians were also among his priorities. My mind quickly traveled back to WW I and WW II. I wasnít old enough to remember any of the horrors nor was I a history buff. History presented true stories that somehow I had reasoned didnít affect me. At least that was true until I found myself in Amsterdam, Holland while on a missions assignment in Germany.
As the world listened to Adolph Hitler in January 1933 no one truly conceived the evilness he would bestow upon an unsuspecting universe. I found myself becoming closterphobic as I climbed to the fourth floor by the extremely narrow staircase to the ďSecret AnnexĒ where Anne Frank, her family and four others hid from the Nazi soldiers.
By the summer of 1993 Anneís father decided they would have to leave Germany. Hitler was bent on purifying the world of Jews. Holland appeared to be a safe haven that he could take his family to so he could protect them from the hatred of the Jews that had overtaken Germany.
By February 1934 Otto Frank had started his business in Amsterdam and the whole family was together once again. In April-May 1940 Hitler invaded the Netherlands. The first brutal round up of the Jews occurred February 25, 1945. They were being sent to labor, transit and concentration camps.
The Frank family went into hiding July 6, 1942 shortly after Anneís 13th birthday. Her parents gave her a diary as her gift. His business partner, Herman van Pels, his wife and son joined them July 13th. Fritz Pfeffer joined them November 16, 1942. The building was a typical four-story canal house which faced the Prinsengracht, one of Amsterdamís most beautiful canals. The annex is where Anne and her family hid for 25 months. They could only wait and hope. They had to keep quiet until 6:00 PM so they wouldnít be discovered by the Naziís. They didnít even dare to go to the bathroom.
Around 10 AM, August 4, 1944 their nightmare came true. Four Naziís burst into the building. They had been betrayed. They were taken from the Secret Annex and sent to a prison in Amsterdam and the physical torture began..
How in the 21st century could I be listening to the same type of hate propaganda coming from another so called world leader? The Holocaust is the name for the genocide against European Jewry from 1939-45 by the Nazi state and its collaborators. What will they call it this time around? Terrible ideas were planted in the minds of a group of people that were dissatisfied with their situation. Books of anti-Semitic propaganda were published. Have you read whatís being published in our nation lately? Freedom of speech and assembly were banned with regards to the Jews. We can no longer pray in our schools but the Muslims can offer their prayers to their leader. The politically correct demand the Ten Commandments be removed from our State buildings. Supposed humans act like possessed individuals because a city has a cross on its state emblem. They demand ďIn God We TrustĒ be removed from our coins. We must now call Christmas a Winter Holiday because we might offended someone elseís beliefs Our rights are being taken one by one We have political leaders that insist we jaunt off to this madmanís country and have a diplomatically discuss his accusations towards the Jews, Christians and Americans.
World War II should be an eye opener to every generation that has followed. There are serious matters to deal with and praying to do in the days ahead of us. If we donít take constructive action, what will follow?. How soon will we be worrying about a hiding place to protect our family from the radical terrorists who are just as bent on taking over and destroying our lives as Hitler was in his day?. How soon will it be our children that fear being killed by the masses? If we donít wake up history will repeat itself. This time it wonít just be the Jews that they plan to annihilate.
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