History has a way of repeating itself,
therefore it would do us all well to learn from it.
After World War I, Germany‘s economy suffered from depression and a devaluation of their currency.
On January 30, 1933, Adolph Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany by promising hope and universal healthcare. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? But wait there is more.
Less than a month later, on February 27, 1933, a crisis occurred – the Reichstag, Germany’s Capitol Building, was suspiciously set on fire.
Hitler was quick to use this crisis as an opportunity to seize emergency powers, suspend basic rights, and accuse his political opponents of conspiracy. Not wanting to let any crisis go to waste Hitler’s propaganda machine leveraged it for political gain.
He ordered mass arrests followed by executions, even ordering his SS and Gestapo secret police to murder rivals, as during the Night of the Long Knives. On the dawn of a new election in America Obama sent his IRS hit men to obstruct his political rivals.
Hitler confiscated guns, forced old German military leaders to retire, and swayed the public with mesmerizing speeches. He was a great orator and could move a crowd with great speeches. Just speeches, just words or the soothing song of the siren of death? He spoke of great things while plotting the destruction of many lives. He came preaching peace and safety only to reign over sudden and utter destruction.
Using diplomatic intimidation, deception, and Blitzkrieg ‘lightning’ attacks, Hitler’s National Socialist Workers’ Party proceeded to take control of:
Austria, The Sudeten Region, Bohemia, Moravia, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, France, Monaco, Greece, The Channel Island (UK), Czechoslovakia, the Baltic states, Serbia, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Finland, Croatia and more. He was leading Germany to total world dominance.
The National Socialist Workers Party operated over 1,200 concentration camps where an estimated 4,251,500 people lost their lives. Today in America more than 1200 abortion clinics operate around the clock killing millions of innocent lives yet unborn. This is a modern-day holocaust. Lives considered not worthy to live are being snuffed out as the world turns a blind eye.
Church leaders who spoke out in opposition to Hitler were arrested and executed. As it was then it is still today, religious leaders who are vocal about their opposition to todays genocide are often arrested and prosecuted. We have not yet gotten to the place where those who oppose America’s holocaust are killed, that day may soon arrive.
Something had to be done to stop this madness. Who or what was going to intervene on behalf of all the lives lost during Hitler’s bloody rampage?
In his D-Day Orders, JUNE 6, 1944, Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight Eisenhower sent nearly 100,000 Allied troops marching across Europe to defeat Hitler’s National Socialist Workers Party:
“You are about to embark upon a great crusade… The eyes of the world are upon you.
The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you…
You will bring about…the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe…
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well-trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely…
And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”
Over 160,000 troops from America, Britain, Canada, free France, Poland, and other nations landed along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast of France.
It was the largest amphibious invasion force in world history, supported by 5,000 ships with 195,700 navy personnel and 13,000 aircraft.
America heard the news from a transatlantic radio-telephone hookup from Supreme Headquarters to all major press services and broadcasting networks in the U.S.
A dramatic 10-second pause preceded it. Colonel R. Ernest Dupuy, General Eisenhower’s public relations officer spoke:
“This is Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force. The text of Communique No. 1 will be released to the press and radio of the United Nations in ten seconds.”
The seconds were counted off… “One, two, three…:”
“Under the command of General Eisenhower,” Dupuy read slowly, “Allied naval forces, supported by strong air forces, began landing Allied armies this morning on the northern coast of France…”
An extremely rare ringing of the Liberty Bell was heard across the country on national radio as Philadelphia Mayor Barnard Samuel tapped it with a rubber mallet and proclaimed, “Let it proclaim liberty throughout the land, and the return of liberty throughout the world.”
In the larger cities, people flocked to cathedrals and synagogues. Across rural farmlands, they stopped what they were doing and headed to church.
The invasion did not happen speedily, and it was not without great loss of life. Americans were already making great sacrifices and mourning their dead, but they were about to be sent reeling with news of corpse strewn beaches a world away.
Today, 70 years ago, the sea along the heavily fortified beaches of Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno, Sword and Pointe du Hoc ran red with the blood of almost 9,000 killed or wounded. All that bloodshed led to a major turning point in World War II. The blood of those brave men who stormed those beaches that fateful day in 1944 would soon bring to end the brutal dictatorship of Adolf Hitler and his Third Reich.
Eleven months after D-Day, the war in Europe ended with an Allied victory on May 8, 1945.