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.

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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