Retaliation, Retribution, Revenge


In 1945, fans of Adolf dared not wave Hitler’s flag in front of a gold star home. 

They feared swift retribution.

But in the 1930’s, 20,000 admirers of the Führer filled Madison Square Garden,

While thousands paraded down NYC’s East 86th Street,

While thousands attended Bund training camps on American soil.

While thousands took rifle practice in preparation for the day that their target would be a live Jew.

They feared no retaliation.

Once the war broke out, these fanatics were rounded up and

 collared behind barbed wire for the duration of the war.

They tasted revenge.

In 1946, these racists dared not wave the swastika flag in front of a POW or a wounded warrior or a returning vet. 

They feared of retribution.

In 1947, they never shouted Heil Hitler within earshot of the families of the 177,100  American soldiers killed by the Nazis.

They feared retaliation.

But in 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, they waved the swastika flag, screamed Heil Hitler, and marched past a synagogue brandishing fiery torches.

They feared no revenge.

As the veterans of WWII pass away, as the survivors of the Holocaust find their final resting place— the memories of the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis fade away in the minds of the of young, allowing the haters to once again fear no retribution.