I came across an article yesterday on Timeline.com: “The Nazi Breeding and Infanticide Program You Probably Never Knew About”. The article describes the Nazi breeding program that involved encouraging and forcing “pure Aryan” women to get pregnant from “pure Aryan” men and taking the babies to be educated by the SS, as well as the active euthanasia of “impure” babies.
There is a reason you may never have known about this. Continue reading
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Government, Healthcare, History, Language, Media, Science, Society, World War Two
Tagged American history, ethnic minorities, Eugenics, euthanasia, healthcare, history, holocaust, immigration, mandatory sterilization, Nazi Germany, poverty, selective breeding, women's rights, World War Two, WWII
I was invited to speak at a meeting of an anti-fascist group today, specifically to give my insight from a Dutch perspective, as my country was occupied by the Germans during World War Two. Continue reading
Posted in Holland, Politics, Society, Violence, World War Two
Tagged Charlottesville, fascism, fascism in America, German occupation, nationalism, Netherlands, opinion, politics, society, Trump, World War II, World War Two, WWII
I’ve always felt that America was primed for a fascist takeover. In fact, to some outsiders America already lives with “a very quiet kind of fascism“. I’m sure most readers will still think, even after Charlottesville, that I’m overreacting, that it was only Charlottesville, not all of the USA, and yes, if it stops here, if Trump is dethroned, if this is the watershed moment when everything changes, great. But I don’t think so. I hope so, but I’m not optimistic. Continue reading
Posted in Education, Emigration / Immigration, Government, History, Language, Media, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Slavery, Society, Violence, World War Two
Tagged Charlottesville, Civil War, Confederate statues, critical thinking, education, fascism, history, KKK, nationalism, neo-nazis, opinion, patriotism, Trump, white supremacists, World War Two
A reader of my blog recently published a novel and he has been kind enough to send me a signed copy!
The story makes the connection between the famines of Ireland in the nineteenth century, the Netherlands during the Hunger Winter of 1944-1945 under German occupation, and Ethiopia in the early 1980s, thus bringing into view the universality of the effects of hunger, war and displacement. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Emigration / Immigration, History, World War Two
Tagged books, emigration, Ethiopia, famine, hunger winter, Irish Potato Famine, netherlands in WWII, refugees, starvation, World War Two