The Freaked-out Mom: Holocaust Museum Edition

I recently accompanied my two sons on a school trip to the Dallas Holocaust Museum. Why did I go? Why take a morning off work to schlep a carload of tweens downtown? Two reasons.

Freaked-out Mom Reason #1

First things first, the recent threats against Jewish Community Centers in the U.S. had me a little rattled. My brain imagined the museum under attack and my children being in danger, confused and trapped. So, I mentally developed a military-style evacuation that only a paranoid, multi-tasking mom could conjure up. (Shout out to all the anti-semite, knife-wielding freaks wreaking havoc on my sanity.) And let’s be frank. If my kids are going down, I’m going down with them — and taking out a few bad guys on the way. All for one and one for all, that’s my motto.

Freaked-out Mom Reason #2

Mostly though, I knew the images and details they’d encounter — emaciated bodies piled on carts and thrown into trenches, numbers tattooed on children and adults, scores of shoes and other personal effects stolen from the dead. They’d never seen anything like that before And, really, I’d barely recovered from telling them about slavery five years ago in the third grade. Now this? (Thanks, mankind, it’s a real thrill teaching my children about your atrocities.) Clearly, this wasn’t going to be your typical field trip to the science museum. No learning about the Jurassic period and seeing giant replicas of Tyrannosaurus Rex on this trip. This was going to be visceral and shocking — and I wanted to be there.

April 19, 1943

The museum captivated our attention, with both images and audio. The permanent exhibit in Dallas is small, but impactful. It focuses on one day during the Holocaust: April 19, 1943. On this day three distinct events took place:

• The 20th Deportation Train from Belgium was attacked by partisans

• The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began

• The Bermuda Conference began

One stark visual (shown above), was a set of columns, graduated in size to represent the number of Jews killed during each year of the Holocaust. The largest column from 1942 showed how the killing escalated to enormous proportions, just one year before the day featured at the Dallas Holocaust Museum.

According to the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., the Jewish population of Europe stood at over nine million in 1933. By 1945, the Germans and their collaborators had killed nearly two out of every three European Jews as part of the "Final Solution," the Nazi policy to murder the Jews of Europe.

A Survivor's Story

A highlight of our trip was hearing Holocaust survivor Mr. Max Glauben, a man who is full of joy despite losing his entire family, living in the Warsaw ghetto of Poland and surviving a concentration camp as a teenager. Many of the details in his astonishing account I’d heard before. However, one personal moment left me shaking. When Mr. Glauben rolled up his sleeve to show the letters “KL” tattooed into his skin, my hands automatically rose to cover my mouth and a small gasp escaped. I’d only ever seen pictures of these permanent markers. Unexpectedly seeing his scarred skin was a powerful and stark reminder of the responsibility we all bear to protect religious freedom.

The Most Important Lesson

In the end, my boys probably would have been fine without me. The teachers and other volunteer parents were attentive. But, I was grateful to be there to answer questions, guide them through the museum and give a hug now and then. How do you possibly explain to your children that people stood by while six million innocents were tortured and slaughtered? My youngest son, when asked about his visit, called it “indescribable.”

Our final moment in the museum was in the lecture hall after hearing Mr. Glauben’s hour-long talk. On the way out, my oldest son had the opportunity to shake his hand. I couldn’t have been more proud to witness it.

Find a holocaust museum near you to learn about and remember this critical time in history.

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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It's high time to leave the partisan politics behind and focus on the facts about face masks and whether or not they really work against COVID-19.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck spoke with Drs. Scott Jensen and George Rutherford about the scientific evidence that proves or disproves the effectiveness of mask wearing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Then, Dr. Karyln Borysenko joined to break down where the massive political divide over masks came from in the first place.

"I think if we were to talk about this a couple months ago, I might have said, 'Well, there's the science of masks, and there's the emotions of masks.' But, unfortunately, there's something in between," Jensen said. "I would have thought that the science of masks would have to do with the physics of masks, so I did a video a couple months ago where I talked about the pore side of a cotton mask or a surgical mask."

He explained that properly worn masks can help reduce the spread of virus particles, but cautioned against a false-sense of security when wearing a mask because they are far from providing complete protection.

"If you have a triple-ply mask, the pore size will end up being effectively five microns. And five microns, to a COVID-19 virus particle, is 50 times larger. That's approximately the same differential between the two-inch separation between the wires of a chain-link fence, and a gnat," Jensen explained.

"But now what we're seeing is if we have some collision of COVID-19 viral particles with the latticework of any mask ... if you're breathing out or breathing in and the viral particles collide with the actual latticework of a mask, I think intuitively, yes, we can reduce the amount of virus particles that are going back and forth."

Dr. Rutherford said masks are essential tools for fighting COVID-19, as long as you wear them correctly. He laid out the three main reasons he believes we should all be wearing masks.

"So, we're trying to do three things," he said. "First of all, we're trying to protect the people around you, in case you are one of the 60% of people who have asymptomatic infection and don't know it. The second thing we're trying to do is to protect you. The third thing we're trying to do is, if you get infected, you'll get infected at a lower dose, and then you're less likely to develop symptoms. That's the threefer."

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