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644: Random Acts of History

644: Random Acts of History

Update: 2018-04-29127
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Stories about people who accidentally bump into unsettling facts of history in settings meant to teach them history. What they end up learning is very different from what they’re supposed to.
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Kristen J. Cook

When the movie Pearl Harbor was released, (2000? I was living in Southern California, with in the county of Los Angeles) I had seen the movie maybe 3 times; the last time I saw the film, when the scenes of the Japanese Kamikazes began striking the US ships, directly in front of me and my friend had been 4 AmerAsian youths, either our ages or slightly older and those POS's went and commended, with vocal excitement, as if encouraging the atrocities that had occurred on Pearl Harbor during WWII. With the explosions of US ships, these young people exclaimed without shame, laughter and cheers, never once looking behind them (we were all sitting relatively close to the front of the theater) or even remotely acknowledging how they were in an American movie theater witnessing one of America's worst war crimes in our history, amongst American's who had come. in part, parriotically and in support of our U.S. History. I, personally, was fuming angry as one of my great-grandfather's had been stationed on the U.S.S. Arizona! they were cheering on the terrors of war their ancestors had perpetuated-- albeit America has perpetuated MANY'a terrors elsewhere, we were merely civilians in a civilian theater in suburban America. nevertheless, none of this ever ended up in the newspaper and no one called any reporters and these AmerAsian young people were not shamed nor made to apologize to American's who had lost family at Pearl Harbor... on another note, I just heard a man ask, in this podcast, why the Jews didn't just pretend they were Gernan-- because their neighbors already knew who they were! on top of this, just as with any other country, census is compiled, thus, the powers that had been would've have found them eventually and at that point they'd have been hunted for trying to masquerading as German's-- true, they most likely would have been murdered anyway, but the human mind would have tormented those Jews attempting to pass for German, doubling or even tripling their fear and overall panic of being found out for something "extra" than solely being of Jewish descent. They knew everyone who was Jewish by the town and state and country censuses; if a person was a practicing Protestant, yet had 1 grandparent who had been of Jewish descent, that person was required to register with the nazi state as a Jew. The Holocaust is so surreal because it is the single most horrific historical event in modern history to result in an attempted genocide which basis was on nothing more than what is fundamentally a fairytail!

Mar 19th
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Mic Kash

Amistad was produced before S.L. I believe.. Good podcast though. Please more!!

May 22nd
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Cj James

🤔

May 17th
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Ben Davis

One of the best episodes ever produced.

May 3rd
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644: Random Acts of History

644: Random Acts of History

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