Holocaust Survivor Leaving US

This is sad, please read this and repost it everywhere!

Monday, May 02 2005 @ 03:02 PM PDT
Contributed by: Joey Picador

One of our neighbors is moving. I’ve been in this neighborhood for about six
years now, but didn’t really know them very well at all – just waves and
nods, mostly.

So I heard the moving van pull up this morning. When I got home this evening
I happened to spy my neighbor (he’s like 85 years old – I don’t know
exactly, but he’s old, talks and moves very slowly) standing on the sidewalk
next to the van. I walked over and shook his hand, and we started talking. I
asked him where he was moving, and he said, “Back to Germany.”

I had been stationed in Germany for two years while in the military, so I
lit up, and commented about how beautiful the country was, and inquired if
he was going back because he missed it.

“No,” he answered me. “I’m going back because I’ve seen this before.” He
then commenced to explain that when he was a kid, he watched with his family
in fear as Hitler’s government committed atrocity after atrocity, and no one
was willing to say anything. He said the news refused to question the
government, and the ones who did were not in the newspaper business much
longer. He said good neighbors, people he had known all his life, turned
against his family and other Jews, grabbing on to the hate and superiority
“as if they were starved for it” (his words).

He said he was too old to see it happen right in front of his eyes again,
and too old to do anything about it, so he was taking his family back to
Europe on Thursday where they would be safe from George W. Bush and his
neocons. He seemed resolute, but troubled, nonetheless, as if being too
young on one end and too old on the other to fight what he saw happening was
wearing on him.

I gotta tell you – it was chilling. I let him talk, and the whole time, my
gut was churning, like I had mutated butterflies in my stomach. When he was
finished, he shook my hand, gripping it really hard, until his knuckles
turned white and he was shaking. He looked me in the eyes, hard, and said,
“I will pray for your family and your country.” He let go of my hand and
hobbled away.

I have related this event to you in the hopes it will serve as a cautionary
anecdote about the state of our Union, and to illustrate the path we
Americans are being led down by a group of fanatics bent on global economic
and military dominion. When a man who survived the fruits of fascism decides
its time to leave THIS country because he’s seeing the same patterns that
led to the Holocaust and other Nazi horrors beginning to form here, it is
time for us to recognize the underlying evil inherent in the actions of
those who claim they work for all Americans, and for all mankind. And it is
incumbent upon all Americans, Red and Blue, Republican and Democrat, to stop

Justice For None.

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