Monday, March 28, 2011

America's Escape from Knowing

By Phil Rockstroh
March 28, 2011

In Berlin, Germany, in early 1939, at Friedrichstrasse railway station, shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, my grandmother placed my mother and her older sister, with a few family valuables sown into their clothing, on a Kindertransport bound for Great Britain.

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1 comment:

Morton Kurzweil said...

This is the human condition.
When Napoleon finally faced the fact that with Moscow in ashes it was the beginning of his first backward step. He is quoted by Count de Segur, "Oh, don't I know that from a purely military point of view! But Moscow is not a military position, it is a political position. You think I am a general, while I am really an Emperor.
In the affairs of state one must never retreat, never retrace one's steps, never admit an error - that brings disrepute. When one makes a mistake, one must stick to it - that makes it all right."

This decision is made by every politician, religious or secular, by every serf who, believing himself consecrated to the defense of heaven and the sacred culture of the motherland. will gladly lay down his life for a victory that returns him to slavery.

Germans, Japanese, Tea Baggers , or sopping drunks, all victims of determinist self pity.