Written by: James W. Huston Published: November 11, 2015
Fast forward to 1938.¬† Many laws had been in place to oppress Jews since Hitler took over as Chancellor in 1933.¬† But it came to a head for the world to see in 1938. It became known as Kristallnacht, or the night of the broken glass.¬† A thousand Jewish synagogues and seven thousand shops were attacked, leaving broken glass in the streets.¬† But far worse, more than ninety Jews were murdered, and thirty thousand were arrested and put in concentration camps.
The world was outraged. The US recalled its ambassador, but did not break off relations with Germany.¬† Roosevelt also refused to ease the restrictions on Jewish immigration to the US.
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Written by: James W. Huston Published: November 10, 2015
Today November 9th, marks the anniversary of Hitler‚Äôs famous Beer Hall Putsch (coup) in 1923. It was on this date, that the thirty-four year old Hitler took over the B√ľrgerbr√§ukeller, a massive beer hall, and marched on Munich to take over Bavaria. Mussolini had marched on Rome and established himself as Il Duce the year before. Hitler hoped to emulate him.
He stood on a chair in the B√ľrgerbr√§ukeller and fired his revolver into the air. He screamed for those present to rally to him. He had his Brownshirts, the SA, bar the doors from the outside until everyone was with him. Six hundred men were inside the beer hall, and thousands of Brownshirts stood outside. Hitler declared, ‚ÄúOne last thing I can tell you. Either the German revolution begins tonight or we will all be dead by dawn!‚ÄĚ
The crowd roared, the doors were opened, and the march began to the center of town, joined by the Brownshirts. Two thousand men marched on Munich behind Hitler, Hess and G√∂ring. The coup was on!
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Written by: James W. Huston Published: November 2, 2015
Written by: James W. Huston Published: October 7, 2015
My last novel, Falcon Seven,¬†opens with a U.S. Navy fighter accidentally bombing a charity hospital on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan run by the Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres in French). ¬†After the attack the pilots ¬†are accused of war crimes and dragged before the International Criminal Court.¬†¬†In circumstances eerily similar, last Saturday in Afghanistan, an Air Force AC-130 Gunship attacked a hospital in Afghanistan killing twenty-two and injuring thirty. ¬†Read the BBC News report here. ¬†The MSF have called for a war crimes investigation. ¬†We’ll see what comes of it all.