75 years ago tonight

Kristallnacht – when the rancid talk of ‘the other’ heats up, as it does all too often these days, we should all remember November 9, 1938.



16 responses to “75 years ago tonight

  1. May the human race never forget.


  2. Good reminder, Moe.


  3. And those that say it never happened.


  4. And Sinclair Lewis said “It can’t Happen Here”.


  5. Moe, I am anonymous again, Ed


  6. This is a day the whole world should remember 🙂


  7. The Rain Falls Down In Amsterdam
    (Eric Andersen)
    [Album: Memory of the Future]

    The rain falls down in Amsterdam the streets are wet and black
    Midnights like November by the glow of a cigarette
    The girls on hash in station square looking stupid from the drugs
    When Marlene heard the boots march there were reasons to be dumb
    Shiny helmets in the shadows
    Those trains that left at night
    Those hiding in the cellars those eyes afraid of light
    Something neath the border’s poured poison in the well
    The creature has uncoiled and is crawling up from hell

    Here comes 1914 1932
    Those cattle cars and yellow stars
    It’s right back to the roots
    It’s movin in the open with a snarl and a growl
    The cages have been broken and the beast is on the prowl

    Fire bomb those houses burn those refugees
    Be the crowd and do your work
    Applauding silently round up all the gypsies
    Go sell them on the trains
    Can’t you smell the smoke now
    Drifting through the rain
    Jews better draw your curtains
    You better lock your doors up tight
    They’re snarling up in Rostock in the beer hall belly nights
    The Fourth Reich’s coming now baby
    They’re writing out the page in Rome, Berlin, and Stockholm
    The beast has left the cage

    Here comes 1932 here comes deja vu
    Those cattle cars and yellow stars
    Was there someone that you knew
    It’s right there in the open somethings smelling bad
    The cages have been broken and the beast is a running mad

    Those canals and cozy houses
    Those reflections in the light
    You can almost feel it moving
    The monster in the night
    It’s looking with it’s yellow eyes
    It’s out to settle scores in the dim medieval distance
    Feel it breathing down your pores
    In Salt Lake City and in Rio
    The beast can smell the flames
    It’s faxing hate out in Marseilles typing out your name
    You can hear the windows shatter as the time is drawing near
    Kristall Nacht come to town
    Welcome back to the house of mirrors

    The fire and the armbands and the iron arm salutes
    Pointing to the scapegoat was it me or was it you
    It’s right there in the open
    Don’t just stand there hoping
    the leashes have been broken
    And the dogs are on the loose

    Now I have been here thinking how lucky I have been
    I never touched the barb wire never saw the money grin
    No rifle ever smashed my face no bare electric shock
    But I’ll confess up
    All I know who I am and who I’m not
    To see retired killers is to see the lion yawn
    The skinheads do their dirtywork for the cloak and dagger pawns
    The dark eyes will be waiting there
    When the borders they are crossed
    So keep your filthy swastikas and shove your iron cross

    Here comes 1914 1932
    Those cattle cars and yellow stars
    It’s right back to the roots
    It’s out there in the open
    It’s crawling on the move
    The cages have been broken and the beast is on the loose
    Can’t you smell the blood now
    Can’t you smell the truth

    And the rain falls down in Amsterdam…
    the rain falls down in Amsterdam…
    the rain falls down in Amsterdam…


    • Oh Den – this is new to me, so thanks. There’s something so dark in much of humanity that needs to dehumanize, subjegate, exterminate . . . we have a long way to go, don’t we. People who surround themselves with music, as you do, move along that arc a little faster than the rest of us I think.


  8. Yep. This is exactly what happens when you start viewing the people on the other side from you as somehow “less than”. I’m hearing more of that lately than I would like.


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