In this year of the Chinese dragon, which is supposed to be the best year to be born in, we find the name of Soros continually rearing its ugly head among conservatives who blast Obama for the monies that this Hungarian orthodox Jew has donated to getting him elected president. On the other hand we have the Koch brothers who are the benefactors of the conservative party.
The Soros bio from wikipedia is interesting because he has been painted as a Nazi traitor to his Jewish race during the Holocaust. He worked as a child handing out notices to other Jews that they were to be deported. The Jews were lawyers in Germany who were deported and burned in the ovens of the death camps.
His biggest claim to fame is that he broke the British bank by shorting the pound and making billions of dollars. He is a billionaire many times over yet he came from nothing. How do they do it? For one the family and George changed the familiy name to Soros due to the anti semitism growing in Europe and then there are the lucky breaks.
- Why has the U.S. Government failed to deport George Soros to France where he has been convicted of insider trading? (dancingczars.wordpress.com)
- The Jewish People vs George Soros (middleeastatemporal.wordpress.com)
- George Soros: Austerity, Rioting, Class War, and Repression Ahead for America (thedirtylowdown.wordpress.com)
- George Soros Predicts! (privatewealthbuildingassociation.wordpress.com)
First published at http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-sarahs-key-by-tatiana1/
The nonfiction book is my sheppard through history. But a novel rescues like a St. Bernard from desert monotony or the mirage of the mundane. Let’s face it in this over-heated summer of discontent we need a break for a few days. Avid readers often take refuge in the romance novel or the latest sci-fi blockbuster. But for this reviewer I need Europe pre-war, World War II where I can peer over stone walls into lives of uncertainty. I can’t get my fill of facts of life in private homes and the everyday of peasants to city people to ghetto dwellers who inhabited the late 1930s to the mid 1940s Western Europe, so I keep looking for books on the subject.
To that end two books caught my fancy this summer one a novel Sarah’s Key and the other a reconstructed autobiography Not the Germans Alone: A Son’s Search for The Truth of Vichy by Isaac Levendel which I read concurrently. Both dealt with the French role in the Shoah: with the tools of the Vichy Government under 84-year-old Philippe Pétain or Marshal Pétain, culminating in the Velodrome d’Hiver roundup, Vel’ d’Hiv for short where nearly 100,000 immigrant French Jews and French Nationals of Jewish origin were rounded up in a huge, now razed, stadium, moved to Drancy sent to final destination—ovens of Auschwitz. Transports from France differed from other ghettos transports in that they went directly to the gas showers and the crematorium.
De Rosnay has a vested interest in France, where she lives with her husband and two children, as an established European novelist/writer; however, her original manuscript, a novel about a French girl born in France to Jewish immigrant parents caught up in the Vel’d’hiv with a secret, was rejected. The author persisted and Sarah’s Key is now a major motion picture, a wonderful published novel and audio-book about a family in France fingered by the Vichy government and rounded up. French families caught in this waiting ghetto like those in Polish ghettos dare not go beyond the pale. And when Sarah realizes that her family will not return in time for dinner after the roundup frets secretly over locking her brother in a hidden closet. Sarah cannot go beyond the pale which in this case are bolted doors of Vel’ d’Hiv and posted guards. She begs, she cajoles but will she get out in time and what will she find when she gets back to her brother?
Sarah survives in the novel but what happens to her brother, her family and offspring and the present-day journalist covering the story de Rosnay weaves these subjects and more with intrigue, twists and turns, roadblocks and warm welcomes from the characters of Sarah’s Key.
I read the book and listened to the audio-book both I enjoyed for their company and information. One critique involves the two tales: one present and one mid-war Paris. I did not have a problem with the two timelines but often the journalist’s personal life impinged and I found myself saying TMI. Spliced with Sarah’s story was the journalist covering this story; her personal problems in a rocky marriage and an impending abortion. I just wanted to skip those details and did. I really wanted more or all about Sarah, her family’s tribulations at the hands of French police and German laws—the events at hand. Life hangs in the balance for them, since we do know one thing: the year 1945 was fast approaching and Hitler was in a hurry to carry out his plans before the end of his Third Reich.
The author’s clear caveat that this is not an historical novel brimming with brilliant research presented as novel. Yet, it holds many accurate details but you have to tease them out for yourself, because they are mixed with purely fictional characters and events.
While Warsaw ghetto life was well-documented with hundreds of books detailing the ghettos there, French collaboration with the Germans was not. It is no secret but the French were not exactly transparent: not exactly shouting the crimes from red tile rooftops about their eager alliance with the SS and its many racial laws. Laws that arrived one day and were implemented by the police before the ink dried. Sarah’s Key details some of the steps ordered by Germany. The final solution was a well-oiled machine that began with Kristalnacht, pogroms and restrictions and ended with Zyklon B pellets dropped into crowded “showers.”
Sarah’s Key tells a story set amidst German efficiency and need for order. They carefully set the stage in this truly historical genocide in steps: identification of the Jews; isolation of Jews; selection/roundup; transportation; final separation and final solution. Those who were separated and found “jobs” often survived the Holocaust or Shoah. The others were separated and marked for death and they did not return from the ashes of Auschwitz. But you will return from reading this book with a new appreciation for dark history brought to light.
Here’s what Anders was looking for: browns, Muslims, Pakistanis who make up the majority of immigrants in Norway. Their population is now over 11% immigrant, legal but that does not include illegals there. source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/world/europe/24island.html?_r=1&ref=andersbehringbreivik
The police have identified the suspect as Anders Behring Breivik, who in his writings has portrayed himself as a modern knight, charged with driving out Islam and immigrants and the political correctness that he said had been wrongly invited into Norway and was thriving there.
The campers at Utoya appeared to be the embodiment of his hatred.
Organized by the youth wing of the ruling Labor Party, the camp has become a kind of multicultural incubator in recent years. Many of the victims in Friday’s shooting were the children of immigrants from Africa and Asia who have begun to stake out a greater role for themselves in Norwegian society.
Khamshajiny Gunaratnam, 23, a camp member, was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Norway when she was 3. She is dark-skinned, wears a nose stud and speaks both Norwegian and English in seemingly native accents.
During the official service for the camp kids it was clear when they were called “the country’s future leaders.” Where did that come from? How did they know they were leaders? It must have been more political than we have been told. To be called terrorism an act has to be politically motivated (I don’t agree completely) but by definition then this guy was a terrorist, forget the domestic part. I call it also genocidal when a lot of people are targeted and not just buildings.
Here’s what Anders was writing 1500 pages worth manifesto: http://www.kevinislaughter.com/…
The Nazi part is okay in part because he was preaching an end to the blond, white, Christian Norwegian and hello to the brown, from the south Paki or Muslim who is not Christian and not blond and not a WASP. Mexicans are taking over America as Muslims take over Europe an interesting parallel. The news is calling this Nowegian bomber and shooter a Neo-Nazi. He is conservative and Christian. It seems he went looking for the other and found it in the form of kids who did not look blond and Norwegian like himself. They were at some sort of camp. The building he bombed was political in nature. I don’t know why they call these people domestic terrrorists….they are terrorists plain and simple.
What he did there could be done here or anywhere and it has been. I do object to the wording of domestic and then calling this kid a New Nazi. How do they know? Just because he wanted to kill up some people who did not look or think like him? I think this nazism stuff has to stop. I study the Holocaust, the Jews, and the Nazis and Hitler and I don’t see the parallel except that it’s genocide and that’s enough really. Genocide can be particular or it can be specific but it’s still genocide. Hitler did not invent it nor did the Nazis and they need to just call it what it is genocidal terrorism. Now, if a comment or whatever is specifically targets against Jewish people or Arab people, both semitic, then it is all of a sudden Nazism? I don’t think so. If the group are calling themselves some type of Nazi group that’s different. However they must put the qualifier “neo” before it because it is a new form of Nazism. But again I don’t think so but that’s just my opinion.
Breivik has been reported in the Norwegian press to be a regular commenter on anti-immigrant websites like document.no, where Bruce Bawer is regarded as a godlike figure standing against the Muslim tide. Breivik is an acolyte of Bawer’s. It is inconceivable that they haven’t run across each other, even if it’s just Breivik commenting on Bawer’s posts.
Bawer has been published in The Stranger recently as well, in the “gay issue”, and has in the past spewed his anti-Muslim hate there as well; and last week he had a stint as guest blogger on Andrew Sullivan, repeating his three or four kernels of “proof” that Muslims have destroyed Europe and are about 3/4 of the way done here as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dan Savage has met him; he’s quite the figure of gay-blogger royalty, despite his cretinous and murder-inspiring views.
http://www.paranormalunderground.net/site/tag/velodrome-dhiver link about the book
Sarah's Key (Movie Tie-in)
I love books about Europe during and before the war because I walked it just before Hitler took over. This movie is coming out in limited release next week but you can buy the book now. I love the history of the Jews as they were in the various ghettos and either liberated or sent on trains to the gas chambers. That’s the part that I study in particular. Not because the Jews get gassed, remember the arabs are semites too, but because it is also the history of Europe at this time and place. I hope it does not take too much in present time.
This is not really a book review as much as a book attention. Heloise reads tons of books and many of them about Jewish life in Eastern Europe and daily life in the 30s and 40s Anytown, Europe because it fascinates me.
This book The Girls of Room 28 is interesting. Lots of Jewish names in it that you will recognize like Rahm, and Zucker and Winkler. These are German Jewish names. The book is about some of the women who survived Theresienstadt. That is part of the subtitle too.
I like the book because it covers much of the daily life in the jewish ghettos of Europe and when Hitler’s henchmen would come in shouting: “everybody out…to the trains” that is. They would move families in cattle cars and do the selection at the camp. Thereafter many sent camps that had the purpose of holding them until they could be moved to the killer death camps.
In Theresienstadt camp they made movies. And some of the same names in TV and movies now crop up. Interesting. I told you that Jews’ genius is that they are the premier city urban adept liver. They are masters at living in the cities because of their history. This is another book that really highlights that level of living or not living in some cases.
Hitler used propaganda (taught to him by Jews) to show that his camps were not all bad. Some were clean and nice where people got food. Starvation was one of Hitler’s favorite weapons of mass destruction. That’s a horrible way to go. This book talks a lot about that weapon.
We know that Joan of Arc was burned at the stake and now we know that millions of Jews were burned in ovens along with their entire families. I’ve been watching reels of this since I was 13 when in Catholic High school.
I read this book in one night mostly because I skimmed a lot of it. I was looking for life on a daily basis like any good anthropologist.
Thanks to Netflix streaming I discovered this little gem. It is out on DVD and a book about this woman’s true story got the attention of the world.
I’ve watched it now about 3 times. It is sad and the music is sad. The young woman does not believe that God will abadon her. Her parents don’t hold out much hope but the unthinkable happens. She is executed for the inexplicable by the criminal indefensible Nazis.
I loved this movie. It is well done. Made be wonder when she returned to her next birth.
If you get a chance see it.
If you have been watching all the JFK and Teddy specials then you might have noticed that they recount how Jack was not only a speed reader but an avoricious one. I once wrote a poem in which I called myself a book. Books were my friend along with soft serve ice cream and they still are.
It is all about the book. Books are endangered because of the Internet and because of individual economies.
The Germans fooled the Jews with pretend generousity. They told them that they were going to work and to areas where they could live. They had to transport them there first. One of the first places of transport was to a place seldom heard of Chelmo. It was where there were gas vans set up waiting. That’s how it started. In the Years of Extermination the author names each chapter with a date.
There are no real descriptions of atrocities in terms of how they killed people they planned to kill. Germans planned not only to kill jews but also Gypsies and the mentally retarded.
This time in German history has a special meaning for me because as jack I spent time in Germany just when Hitler was getting started. Hitler is well known to the Masters. I have traced his lives back to the Middle Ages in France. He was pushing pograms back then as a monk, a Catholic monk no less. I have traced him to his present life. What does that mean? It means that the jews went mostly in cooperation with their destroyers. Yes, there were a few who resisted but that is only a small number. It means that it was woven into history even before it became history. Because history is about patterns. That is something that I watch closely.
Hitler blamed the wars on the jews and kept predicting that if there is one more war, meaning WWII that he was going to eliminate all the Jews in Europe. He started the war and then blamed the Jews for it! How convenient.
How does American history hold up to the scrutiny of the world and what do with those who have changed the face of this country. The jobs have been taken by many immigrants. The low paying jobs. But in Hitler’s German the Jews had taken mostly the middle class and upper class positions. They were very wealthy. The Jews had most of the money of Germany, the beautiful estates and homes and the huge and successful businesses. Jews are smart and hard working. They died for it. But they also died for the lack of assimilation into the culture.
Jews were teachers too. They killed the teachers right off. Then they went after the businesses next. What were they thinking? The Jews doubted their intuition. They doubted that the Germans meant to kill them off. They were wrong.
The lack of jobs and the poor economy of Europe was the backdrop for taking away what the Jews had and giving it to the regular Germans. It was a true case of taking from the rich and giving to the poor. Everything else was a sideshow. But how do you take a persons goods and money and leave them without an outcry? The Germans had a solution for this it was the boxcar and the vans and finally the crematoriums and the showers that they built.
It was a burden for the German soldiers to kill all these people without nervous breakdowns. The early days were spent figuring out how to kill a lot of people without destroying mentally the people who were doing the killing. Sanitize it and it will go away.
This review by Lee Siegel is better than the damn basterds. The top top critics are panning the film as stupid and juvenile and confusion of the first order. But lesser star gazers are giving this shit a thumbs up! We don’t need kids any more confused than they already are about history.
The jews went to the slaughterhouses willingly and the Germans took them there with the help of the populace. Any twists and turns on that theme is heretical. Why make a Nazi newbie with this twist? For the sound of the cash register. In that way QT took a gamble and won…the basterd.
How does one top killing a movie? Not sure but I hope this is the end of Road Tarantino.
Just read fab review from The Daily Beast and the short of it is that damn Tarantino director of Inglourios Basterds is one violent basterd who has killed his own movie with a splash in the pan. The movie and the violence are both horrible and gory as I warned U.
I am reading beaucoup Holocaust books and the Jews were killed for their liberalism that includes passivity and non violence.
So for them to come to this country and spike a huge spate of a violent cinema disgusts. Now non Jewish directors are cashing in on the sacred cow of pure gore for gore’s sake. I need to make a damn movie if this is all these fuckers are gonna do is waste money and time.
Ps that reviewer threatens,at the end of his piece, in gest to kill the director like the killing in the film. Good one lol.