View Poll Results: How do you believe you would have reacted to Jewish persecution?

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  • I would have supported it fully and openly.

    1 1.75%
  • I would have fallen in line and said nothing.

    0 0%
  • I would have said nothing openly, but not actively supported it.

    3 5.26%
  • I would have passively resisted.

    16 28.07%
  • I would have openly resisted and been outspoken against it.

    7 12.28%
  • I would have been willing to put myself physically in harms way to protect them.

    10 17.54%
  • I like to think I would have done #4 thru #6, but probably would have done #2 or #3.

    20 35.09%
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    re: If you lived in 1938 Germany...[W:104]

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    If you lived in 1938 Germany... How do you believe you would have reacted to Jewish persecution?

    1) I would have supported it fully and openly.
    2) I would have fallen in line and said nothing.
    3) I would have said nothing openly, but not actively supported it.
    4) I would have passively resisted.
    5) I would have openly resisted and been outspoken against it.
    6) I would have been willing to put myself physically in harms way to protect them.
    7) I like to think I would have done #4 thru #6, but probably would have done #2 or #3.

    I purposely did not include "Other" as an option this time, as that is a cop-out for this question. If you cannot answer given the range of options above, you're participation is not really necessary.

    ETA: Please note that the question is intended to be from a non-Jewish perspective.
    None of us can say for certain what we would have done, of course. There is the possibility any of us could have been marching lock-step, either figuratively or literally, with the Nazi regime.

    But knowing myself, and knowing that despite growing up in the same culture as all of my peers, half of it doesn't even makes sense to me, and also knowing what I have given up for my ethics, which is a lot, I like to think I likely would have resisted. And I think I have good reason to believe that.

    I am not only a woman, but a very small one, so open resistance would have simply been a suicide mission. Passive resistance probably wouldn't have soothed my conscience enough. I suspect I would have been involved with trying to smuggle Jews into safer places. That would have been a job where my physicality could have worked in my favor, in addition to being active.

    So I put "willing to put myself in harm's way." I'm ok with risking dying, as long as I can actually make a difference until that point, as opposed to just getting mowed down on the spot, which I think is kind of a waste of a good activist.

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    re: If you lived in 1938 Germany...[W:104]

    Quote Originally Posted by mbig View Post
    I'm Jewish I would have also Left as my Grandparents fled Russia's pogroms around the time of the Revolution .

    And the OP is one of the main reasons I support the Second Amendment.
    If Every Jewish arrest/round up had taken a Nazi or two, it would have cost them grievously.
    Yeah... the myth of the ragtag rebellion continues.
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    re: If you lived in 1938 Germany...[W:104]

    Most people naivly hope for the best in any scenario, even when faced with an overwhelming and obvious truth that tells them it will be the worst that will happen.

    It happens over and over again, and is even happening these days.
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    re: If you lived in 1938 Germany...[W:104]

    This is tough, I would like to say I would be the humane voice in a turbulent world, and now-a-days I would, but I cannot speak for myself when referring to the possibility of me being there in the past. It's a societal thing. Everybody else is doing, why not me? I wish I could say with certainty that I would have been better, but unfortunately I cannot.
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    re: If you lived in 1938 Germany...[W:104]

    A tough one....sadly
    Knowing myself, a little, I'd probably be shot to death for protesting...
    We know so little about this black era of Germany...
    The German Jews are our American Blacks
    1938
    But, at least our government was fairly decent and kind back then; much more so than the Germans and Nazis..
    In all honesty, I am one of six at this point in time (option number 7)
    Bottom line ........
    I really do not know.....
    I see that we do have one "brave" individual here....
    Who ?
    Last edited by earthworm; 10-10-13 at 03:50 PM.

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    re: If you lived in 1938 Germany...[W:104]

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    Sorta like Muslims get painted in the current scenario, eh?
    I figured it would only be a matter of time before somebody said something so thoughtless, unintelligent, ignorant and reactionary.
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    re: If you lived in 1938 Germany...[W:104]

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    I figured it would only be a matter of time before somebody said something so thoughtless, unintelligent, ignorant and reactionary.
    Well, since we have ginned up wars against three Muslim countries (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya) that did not attack us, I suspect a smattering of demonization. Eh?

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    re: If you lived in 1938 Germany...[W:104]

    I would probably leave
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    re: If you lived in 1938 Germany...[W:104]

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    Most people naivly hope for the best in any scenario, even when faced with an overwhelming and obvious truth that tells them it will be the worst that will happen.

    It happens over and over again, and is even happening these days.

    Don't forget about the power of propaganda; we have some of this (radio extremists), Germany had a ton , I think, everywhere...

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    re: If you lived in 1938 Germany...[W:104]

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    I see that we do have one "brave" individual here....
    Who ?
    Or at least one who imagines themself as such.

    I am about as outspoken as any gentile here when it comes to antisemitism,and I have studied the phenomenon at great length, but I cannot even imagine being brave enough for a direct confrontation. Knowing myself as well as I do, I would probably have emigrated some time before 1938, but if I were still living there, would probably be somewhere between passive resistance and somewhat outspoken resistance.
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