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I’m a Jew in Germany

Uploaded: Feb 11, 2023
I’m just back from a walk to the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on Bogenberg Hill. I quietly and respectfully entered the Church. I found these words bubbling up inside me: Jesus, please help our World. We’re in trouble. Please help people truly understand and enact your intentions for love, tolerance and care for those in need.

My apologies, Readers, for not writing as often recently. As I mentioned previously, my husband is having surgery in Bogen, Germany (four disc replacements in his neck). On January 18th we were offered February 15th as the surgery date, and expected at the hospital here on the 9th. We had five days to accept, and four days after that to pay in full! As you can imagine it’s been a whirlwind of preparation to travel internationally, with the added excitement [stress of pre-surgery testing/imagery.

Bogen is 140km from Dachau Concentration Camp.

Dachau reminds me in a huge way that I am Jewish. I am a Jew ethnically, but not religiously or even culturally. I don’t think about the fact that I am Jewish very much; it’s just an underlying fact. I am reminded of it when I hear about antisemitism (even locally with antisemitic graffiti at Stanford University). I often think about being a woman in a culture that doesn’t value (or pay) women on par with men. And I’m speaking from a first-world view. Our culture objectifies women, and works hard to make us think we’re supposed to be in skinny, unhealthy bodies to please men. It's a persistent and successful campaign: most women hate their bodies.

I lived in Austria for a year when I was 20 years old. I came initially as part of the University of Redlands Junior year travel abroad program. Our cohort visited a concentration camp as part of our education. It was the first time it really hit me—I knew in my bones and cells: I’m Jewish! My people were tortured, worked to death, and gassed to death, right here. My family that left Europe prior to World War II survived, and those that didn’t leave all perished.

What will you do today for love, tolerance, and care for those in need?
Community.
What is it worth to you?

Comments

Posted by Victor Bishop, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Feb 12, 2023 at 8:46 am

Victor Bishop is a registered user.

Dachau has been cleansed to be palatable to the german people. If you really want to see a concentration camp- go to poland and see Auschwitz- where you can truly see what the christians/nazis did to the jews. Ironic that you are gushing over a catholic church also given the history of Hitler's pope


Posted by Chandrama Anderson, a PleasantonWeekly.com blogger,
on Feb 12, 2023 at 11:48 am

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Victor, thank you for your comment, especially the difference between Dachau and Aushwitz. BTW, I don't feel any gushing about the church; I am merely sharing my surprising experience there.


Posted by Ming Zhao, a resident of St. Francis Acres,
on Feb 17, 2023 at 9:13 am

Ming Zhao is a registered user.

I am Mandarin Chinese and the countless atrocities against political-social dissidents and Uiger Muslims in the People's Republic of China are equally repressive and genocidal.


Posted by Prescott Devers, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis,
on Feb 17, 2023 at 12:24 pm

Prescott Devers is a registered user.

Countless societies throughout the history of mankind have mistreated humans including the ancient Egyptians & Romans, the Ottoman Turks, the Catholic Church, various Muslim sects, Hindoos, Great Britain, Belgium, the Spaniards, Nazi Germany, the PRC, and the United States to name a few.

This is nothing new and it will continue long after we are gone.


Posted by Lorraine Bergman, a resident of Old Mountain View,
on Feb 17, 2023 at 2:58 pm

Lorraine Bergman is a registered user.

My Jewish relatives came to the United States via the Dominican Republic prior to World War II.

During the 1930s, Nazi Germany offered to relocate the entire Jewish/German populace to the Caribbean but there were few takers. FDR also approved of this measure and encouraged Jewish Europeans to leave the continent as the scenario was getting dire. He did not advocate Jewish immigration into the United States at the time.

As a result, my elder family members are fluent in German, Yiddish, Spanish, and English.


Posted by J Randall, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Feb 17, 2023 at 7:03 pm

J Randall is a registered user.

I'm not Catholic but do periodically meditate in their churches. Last week I quietly and respectfully entered the Our Lady in Sunnyvale to find a diversified group of about 20 people, all in silent prayer. I felt like an imposter, so took a seat near the back. After a few minutes, the state of total detachment, where the soft but quick steps of the passing nuns only lull you further into cosmic peace.


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