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.

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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