April 10, 2018
A Holocaust survivor says the rise of president Donald Trump is reminiscent of the years that led to the Nazi takeover of Germany.
Stephen Jacobs, 79, told Newsweek there’s a ‘real problem growing’ in the U.S, where he has lived since shortly after being freed from the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945.
The renowned architect said the current climate in the U.S. feels like ‘1929 or 1930 Berlin’, when economic, political and social resentments were brewing, eventually leading to the brutal, right-wing rule of Adolf Hitler, who got to power by promising Germans to bring their country back to its its pre-World-War-I glory.
Jacobs said he’s noticed a shift in public discourse, and worries about the fact that people now feel free to say things that ‘couldn’t be said five years ago.’
‘We thought our country had changed. In fact, it didn’t. We were operating on a misconception.
‘My god, we elected a black president in the United States! Look how far we’ve come!’ We haven’t.’
And the New Yorker says his opinion is based on personal experience not only about fascism but about Trump himself, because as an architect based in New York City he’s personally come across the now-president.
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:10 am