Recently, venture Capitalist, Tom Perkins, made a comparison between the recent ‘Occupy’ campaign and the Kristallnacht during the NAZI rise to power in 1930’s Germany. Pressure was immediately brought to bear on him for making the comparison and he has since issued an apology. But Perkins wasn’t wrong. Not only should he not have apologized for the comment, he should have pointed out that all the pressure brought to bear on him for having made it was also reminiscent of NAZI tactics in the 1930’s – because it is exactly how they operated. What is in play here is an attempt to keep Americans ignorant about history so that they will not recognize when it is repeating before their very eyes. So, here’s what you need to know.
First, the story:
So, what is all the fuss over the word ‘Kristallnacht?’ Kristallnacht is a German word. It means night of glass. It actually refers to ‘the night of broken glass,’ which is an event in the NAZI rise to power where people went out and smashed the windows of Jewish owned businesses; vandalized Jewish property including schools, hospitals and synagogues; set fires and assaulted, beat and even murdered Jews and Jewish sympathizers.