Greenblatt's 1930s History Comparsion

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

The headline is

Anti-Semitism in U.S. as Bad as in 1930s Germany, ADL Chief 

and I can confirm that that opinion is also close to what an editor of a major Jewish weekly thinks.

What went on in Germany in the 1930s?

Just after the Nazis were ushered into power, legislation ensued and to summarize:

From 1933 until 1939, more than 400 restrictive decrees and regulations, many national and others on the state, regional, and municipal level, were passed.

The first major law to curtail the rights of Jewish citizens was the "Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service" of April 7, 1933, according to which Jewish and "politically unreliable" civil servants and employees were to be excluded from state service. Another April 1933 law restricted the number of Jewish students at German schools and universities. Later that month, further legislation curtailed "Jewish activity" in the medical and legal professions. 

In 1935, the "Nuremberg Laws" excluded German Jews from Reich citizenship and prohibited them from marrying or having sexual relations with persons of "German or German-related blood." 

In 1937 and 1938, German authorities began a process to impoverish Jews and remove them from the German economy by requiring them to register their property. "Aryanization" meant the dismissal of Jewish workers and managers of a company and/or the takeover of Jewish-owned businesses by non-Jewish Germans who bought them at bargain prices fixed by government or Nazi party officials. In 1937 and 1938, the government forbade Jewish doctors to treat non-Jews, and revoked the licenses of Jewish lawyers to practice law.

Kristallnacht we know.

When Trump forcers his daughter to divorce her husband, then I'll really get unnerved.

Until then, having grown up in the States, I see the regular anti-Semitism that always was there, in varying levels, but with one major difference:

there is a growing anti-Semitism among progressives on the Left who are linking up with radical Islamists.

And that is a very real and physical danger, including boyctting campaigns which remind me of...Germany in the 1930s.

I am not sure Mr. Greenblatt can see that clearly enough.