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How To Be An Adult -By Oreoluwa Fakorede

Posted in PERSONAL with tags , , , , , , on January 17, 2017 by drjgelb

Repost From Medium – not authored by me

By Oreoluwa Fakorede    Jan 6 2017

Source:   https://medium.com/personal-growth/how-to-be-an-adult-af42cbd31808#.nc4z3eqwe

Well done Oreoluwa Fakorede – great list!

1. Don’t be an idiot, generally.

2. If you’re going to drive, don’t drink. See 1 above.

3. When you’re driving, leave your phone alone. Snapchat can wait.

4. And leave it alone when you’re with people, the kind you can reach out and touch.

5. Ask for help when you need it. Don’t struggle alone.

6. Don’t expect too much from people and don’t blame anyone for the way your life turned out. Take responsibility.

7. Face your past, make peace with it and move along.

8. Read, please.

9. Be that person who knows a little about a lot and a lot about one thing at least.

10. Stop talking about other people so much. Maybe stop talking so much, generally.

11. Save, a little at a time. It’s called discipline and discipline is essential for living a grown-up life.

12. You know the guy who buys everyone drinks at the bar on pay day? Don’t be him. He’s the poster boy for idiocy.

13. I’ll reinforce that point: Rich people don’t need to buy strangers a round of drinks to prove anything. It proves nothing.

14. Don’t crash weddings. It’s beneath you. Shut up already about the gastronomic value of small chops. Don’t let your appetite embarrass you.

15. When you’re actually invited (as in you have an actual invite), attend the marriage ceremony itself and skip the reception. The first is beautiful, the second usually taints the awe of the first: hunger and alcohol bring out the worst in people.

16. Speaking of marriage, you know the people who got married because “We were pressured?” Don’t be those people.

17. Be on time every time. Try.

18. Put more effort into listening.

19. Be friends with people who exist off the internet.

20. Don’t beg for sex. I know you’re thirsty, it’ll pass.

21. Know your alcohol limit: the point after which you can no longer trust yourself to look out for yourself.

22. Respect yourself enough to be respected by other people. It might sound corny, but respect really does breed respect.

23. Learn to cook. It’s a basic survival skill. Secondarily, it makes you look good when you can do it well.

24. If you’re upset, say you are and let it go. Don’t bottle it in. Grudges are poisonous.

25. Commit to something. Could be a faith or a regular salon appointment. Commit.

26. When you can help, help. There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get from making someone else’s life better.

27. Take yourself out often.

28. Tell yourself the truth. That’s the most basic form of self-love.

29. And tell everyone else the truth. Open your mouth, let it out, shut your mouth. It’s not always that easy but it’s what’s best for everyone.

30. Accept your humanity and stop chasing perfection. The roses come with thorns.

31. Don’t drag anyone into your personal drama. It’s not fair.

32. Don’t lead people on. It’s okay not to know what you want, just don’t act like you do.

DEATH OF A BELOVED PET

Posted in PERSONAL with tags , , , , , on September 8, 2016 by drjgelb

My 21yr old daughter, Kya, lost her beloved nearly 13yr old dog, Jupiter yesterday after a short but devastating illness. She and her mother had to make the terrible, heart-rending decision to cease heroic treatment & allow the Vet to let him pass peacefully. The pain of the last week is etched in my daughter’s tear-stained face. This is the first time that she has experienced loss & grief as an adult. I want to post what she placed on her Facebook Profile, followed by a poem I sent to her to try and put some words to what I thought she might be feeling.

 

14291654_10154478496579889_4483998503094382253_nHere then is her post:

 

“The last few days have been torturous and today was the hardest day of my life. I had to let my best friend, my boy, go to cross the rainbow bridge. My Jupiter, booping, juping, ju-ping-ping. The universe selected our lives to intertwine and the day we saw you, in the centre of a gated row of barking, jumping dogs, sat you, a quiet boy wagging his tail with big gorgeous, soulful eyes – we knew you were our boy right then and that we would be connected, heart and soul, for life. I am so grateful to have shared more than half my lifetime with such an amazing, beautiful, loyal best friend. Our souls will forever be interconnected, our memories forever cherished. I will love you endlessly and miss you so so deeply. I will see you again, waiting at the rainbow bridge. You are such a good boy, my boy, my Jupiter.” ❤️ 

 

And here is the poem by Lord Byron, inscribed on the grave of his beloved dog, “Boatswain”:

 

Lord Byron (1788-1824), born George Gordon Byron was an Anglo-Saxon poet. He was a flamboyant, eccentric character, reviled and revered at the same time.  He was regarded as one of the greatest European poets and remains widely read.

One of Lord Byron’s best known works, “Epitaph to a dog”, was written for his Newfoundland dog ‘Boatswain’.

Boatswain (1803-1808), Lord Byron’s Newfoundland dog, died of rabies while Byron was living at Newstead, and it is here that Boatswain lays buried.

 Lord Byron wrote the following epitaph in honour of his faithful friend:

“Near this Spot

are deposited the Remains of one

who possessed Beauty without Vanity,

Strength without Insolence,

Courage without Ferocity,

and all the Virtues of Man without his Vices.

This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery

if inscribed over human Ashes,

is but a just tribute to the Memory of

BOATSWAIN, a DOG,

who was born in Newfoundland May 1803,

and died at Newstead Nov 18th, 1808.”

“When some proud son of man returns to earth,

Unknown by glory, but upheld by birth,

The sculptor’s art exhausts the pomp of woe,

And stories urns record that rests below.

When all is done, upon the tomb is seen,

Not what he was, but what he should have been.

But the poor dog, in life the firmest friend,

The first to welcome, foremost to defend,

Whose honest heart is still his master’s own,

Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,

Unhonoured falls, unnoticed all his worth,

Denied in heaven the soul he held on earth –

While man, vain insect, hopes to be forgiven,

And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven.

Oh man, thou feeble tenant of an hour,

Debased by slavery, or corrupt by power –

Who knows thee well must quit thee with disgust,

Degraded mass of animated dust!

Thy love is lust, thy friendship all a cheat,

Thy smiles hypocrisy, thy words deceit!

By nature vile, ennoble but by name,

Each kindred brute might bid thee blush for shame.

Ye, who perchance behold this simple urn,

Pass on – it honours none you wish to mourn.

To mark a friend’s remains these stones arise;

I never knew but one – and here he lies.”

How hard we strive to push from our minds thoughts of losing or departing from those we truly love. It’s one of life’s hardest challenges.

ANZAC DAY IS 25TH APRIL 2016

Posted in GUN CONTROL, CRIMINAL JUSTICE & THE HORRORS OF THE ADVERSARIAL SYSTEM!, PERSONAL, PRACTICE, PSYCHIATRY with tags , , , on April 6, 2016 by drjgelb

Anzac Day, 25th April 2016, is a difficult day for many if not most Veterans, especially those whose mental health has been damaged by their military service. Current ADF members whose deployment has caused damage to their mental health may also suffer on or around Anzac Day, even among those not yet diagnosed with a mental health condition. It’s important to know that the day itself is not the only day of increased risk for mental distress, worsened symptoms of mental health disorders & suicide. Many Veterans have reported feeling rising tension & increased unease from the beginning of April or earlier that last until well after Anzac day is over. The “Anzac Day Effect”, as I call it, is actually an example of the well known “Anniversary Reaction”, a peak of distress that commonly occurs on important days such as birthdays, Christmas & wedding anniversaries in the bereaved. In other words, it is normal & expected to be common. What is different, is that this common effect is made more likely and more severe in those Veterans already suffering from a mental disorder like PTSD, where reminders of military service have a more severe impact. Regardless of whether or not you have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, be aware that you and/or your Veteran mates are entering a potentially difficult period and keep an eye out for each other. If you’re worried about yourself or a mate, don’t keep quiet & hope it just passes. Ask yourself or your mate if they’re travelling ok, start a conversation about what you are feeling or about what you’ve read about the tough time that many Veterans go through around Anzac Day. The best medicine for distress around Anzac Day isn’t Alcohol, it’s airing these feelings with trusted people…….Veterans, family, friends or your doctor. Suicide results from hopelessness & involves alcohol 75% of the time. Observing Anzac Day with either no alcohol or by limiting your alcohol intake, together with a willingness to talk and awareness of the increased Anzac Day risks amongst the entire Veteran community, will, not might, save lives. To all Veterans, I wish you a solemn and special Day of remembrance, nostalgia and celebration of our national heroes, past, present & future.

I DON’T LIKE JEWS BECAUSE…….

Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS, PERSONAL with tags on July 12, 2015 by drjgelb

July 12, 2015 at 1:21am
Justin Amler
Justin Amler is a South African born, Melbourne based writer who has lived in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
I don’t like Jews because…

We Jews are a convenient scapegoat for the failures of this world. How Inconvenient for our enemies that we now defend ourselves against those who hate us!

We Jews are a convenient scapegoat for the failures of this world. How Inconvenient for our enemies that we now defend ourselves against those who hate us!

Jews are very annoying – they really are. They are the cause of all the world’s problems. It’s true, you know. I read it in all the newspapers and I see it in the protests across the world… Al Jazeera told me it’s true. So did the Guardian and the BBC. I mean… surely most of the world’s people can’t be wrong?

If Jews would stop being so stubborn, there’d be peace in the world once again. In fact – the world would be an incredible place filled with peace and harmony and gentle music. But now instead, it is faced with much darkness and it’s all because of the Jews.

I don’t like Jews because they don’t listen to their friends like America and Britain and Europe and the Arab League who know what’s best for them. The Jews are just sooo stubborn and refuse to listen even though their friends would guarantee their security just as they have done for countless other peoples around the world. If anyone dares attacks the Jews, the world will definitely step in and help them – I’m convinced.

It bothers me that the Jews won’t listen to the UN and the Human Rights Organisations. I mean come on – they are an organisation for human rights! Since the UN was formed, they have ensured that no genocides or massacres or human rights violations have taken place. And most importantly they haven’t been biased at all – like I said, they’re the UN and represent all countries fairly in the world. They are tough on everyone!

I also don’t like the Jews because they are just so aggressive. They attacked the Palestinians in Gaza for no reason at all. They were merely watching television, tending their flocks and celebrating Guy Fawkes day when the Jews just attacked them! Don’t they understand that Hamas cares about its people and have built so many schools, kindergartens and hospitals for them? Don’t these stubborn Jews understand that under the Palestinian Authority government, which includes Hamas, their rights will be guaranteed? You know, before Israel came along, the last couple of thousand years had been great for the Jews!

I also don’t like the Jews because they planned the 9/11 attacks. The Arab media said so and they are a bastion of truth and freedom. We can rely on their reports.

And of course they are responsible for global warming… and um… global cooling. And they are also all communists who control Russia and the world… and well… they are also all capitalists who control America…and the world… so…um…either way… they are at fault. If Israel didn’t exist, the Boka Haram folk wouldn’t have been forced to kidnap those girls in Nigeria. And Syria wouldn’t have had to fight a bloody civil war. And the Concorde wouldn’t have blown up. And there wouldn’t have been that terrible earthquake in China. And the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami wouldn’t have happened. And what about the traffic on the roads – it just takes…forever! Not to mention the Ozone hole…

I don’t like the Jews because Israel has been conquering and taking over other countries for years and they really should give up on their fanciful quest for world domination. Any map of the Middle East will tell you that their country already takes up most it. And come on already! Enough about Jerusalem – it was never Jewish and there was never a Jewish temple – Yasser Arafat even said so to Bill Clinton – and Yasser Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize. That wall in Jerusalem is just part of an ancient biblical tennis court practicing area.

And jeez…I just can’t believe they are going on and on like a broken record about tunnels in Gaza! I mean clearly they are for an irrigation system and the weapons they found inside them…puh-lease – everyone knows that attacks on irrigation systems are at an all-time high. And those tranquilizers and handcuffs also discovered are to restrain wild animals who mistakenly fall into the hidden trap doors. Sure, those tunnels might inadvertently drift into Israel, but that’s only because Hamas want to help the Israeli farmers too, just as they tendered the greenhouses Israel left behind when they left Gaza.

They just don’t get it – these Jews. ISIS and Al-Qaeda and Boka Haram and Fatah and Hamas are only after human rights and Arab dignity. If Israel would just stop attacks on all the Muslims in the world and stop taking over the media in America and Europe and stop pretending that Jews were in Israel for more than just a few years and stop relying on their outdated Bible, because all the artifacts discovered and excavations uncovered in Israel are just propaganda – the world would like them again.

Jews should stop getting so worked up by those signs we see in all the peace protests that say ‘Kill the Jews’. It’s just a bit of harmless banter. It’s a protest for peace, for heaven’s sake! And the attacks on the synagogues in Paris, again – exaggeration! It’s just boys having some fun – no harm there. Boys will be boys, after all.

I don’t like the Jews, because they just don’t understand that the world actually does like them, it’s just their… you know… ways… they don’t like. If they would just lay down their weapons and allow the warmth and generosity of fundamentalist Islam to take over, peace would break out again and everyone would like the Jews.

Just as they have in the past, the world will protect them in the future. That’s an iron clad guarantee, so let’s all join hands and hope these silly Jews will finally just get it and give up their invented country, so that the world can return to a more peaceful time.

TAKE A JOURNEY TO OUR NEIGHBOURING GALAXY – ANDROMEDA (via Hubble)

Posted in PERSONAL, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 9, 2015 by drjgelb

ANDROMEDA

Do you feel insignificant enough now?
What do you make of our World’s constant conflict? In the big scheme of things? 
No wonder religion was a necessary and understandable psychological defence mechanism!!!

GIVE ME A YELLOW STAR! A MOVING AND TIMELY ESSAY.

Posted in PERSONAL with tags , , , , , , on January 6, 2015 by drjgelb

Yellow-star

This appeared as a Letter to the Editor in the European Edition of The New York Times

By Eitan Chitayat, TOI

A dreary, cloth patch sewn in the shape of a Star of David that every Jew was forced to wear in Nazi Germany along with every country the Germans conquered; every country allied with Germany ; every culture looking to expose the hated Jew.

The guilty Jew. The filthy Jew. The stealing Jew. The disgusting Jew. The less-than-human Jew. The Jew that can only do wrong – for that is, of course, all we do.

The yellow star was forced on us. Rammed down our throats. It stood for dishonor and was associated with anti-semitism as you probably know. It was to be a badge of shame like Hawthorne’s Scarlet letter. But 6 million times worse.

Today? Shame, can take a hike. Give me a yellow star. Find one and give it to me, quick.

I want to wear a yellow star above my left breast where each and every Holocaust victim was forced to don one. I want to walk around with a yellow star on every solitary piece of clothing I own. On my American Apparel V-neck, my Nike sweatshirt, Ralph Lauren sweater, my Champion hoodie, my Diesel button-down, H&M jacket, Adidas jersey and Gap blazer. I’ll wear it at the beach on my bare chest if I have to.

I want to walk down the streets of Paris and confront people like this. Outside the White house near these friendly haters confronting an ex-marine. In Brussels, the Netherlands, the mosques of Berlin, in streets of Canada – and England especially – to meet this idiot. I’d like to go to campuses in the States, like this one at the University of California, San Diego to talk to this girl here – I’ll be wearing my yellow star.

I want everyone to see me with it and hear them say as I walk in,

‘Hey, here comes the Jew’, he’s just like the rest of them.
He thinks he’s so cool and different.
But he’s just a dirty Jew.
A mass murderer.
He kills Christian and Muslim children and then uses their blood for matzah, just like the rest of the Jews.
They carpet bomb people.
They think they’re so great with their studies and their success.
They kill children, those Jews.
Don’t you know? It’s the Jews who own Hollywood, the media, the banks.
They’re the scum of the earth. They steal things.
Hitler was right. What was that hashtag?
#Hitlerwasright.
Let’s go spraypaint swastikas on his grandparents’ graves.
Let’s go beat him up.
Let’s kill him. Let’s murder a rabbi in Miami.

That’ll teach them — to exist’.

I want that yellow badge so bad, my blood is boiling.

B*tch, to me that yellow star is a symbol of everything that is good. Not just for me, but for the world.

It’s a symbol of surviving evil. It’s heritage and knowledge. Tolerance and optimism. It’s strength and confidence in the face of the weakness and insecurity of those not being taught well enough what their good mamas should have taught them. That yellow star is courage. It’s education. Resilience. It’s right over wrong. It’s bravery and sacrifice, conviction, and it is life.

It is testament to all who tragically died wearing it, may their memories be blessed, so that their future surviving brothers and sisters know to never be afraid of who they are again. To never be silent again. Whether a Jew or an Israeli, to not apologise for surviving. Thanks to them and indeed, for them, this yellow badge ceased being a badge of shame a long time ago.

For me, it’s a yellow F**k-You-I’m-Here-to-Stay star.

It’s a star that blinds out any other emblem that preaches hatred. It drowns out the form, shape and color of swastikas, the black flags of ISIS and Al Qaeda, and the green of Hamas or the yellow of Hezbollah.

I hope I get to meet any liar that calls me a baby killer or accuses me of genocide or of mass murder. I’ll smash my yellow star in their face, and I’ll smash it in there good. Let them see and remember what true genocide is. What real baby killing is. What ethnic cleansing and mass murder really looks like. What (attempting to) wipe out a race really is. And where ignorance and hatred and the lies you choose to get behind will lead you. Those accusers won’t have to look at history. Because it’s happening all around us. Right now. Across the globe, there’s no escaping what we’re seeing.

Before being herded off to the gas chambers around 70 years ago Jews wearing their yellow star were hearing ‘Kill the Jews’, ‘Heil Hitler’, ‘The only good Jew is a dead Jew’, ‘Stealing Jew!’ – and all that before being ostracized from their communities, stripped of their belongings, property, identities, humanity and eventually, their lives. They were hearing words. It happened in many other countries too. Like my father’s country – Iraq. A country he was expelled from for being a Jew. For being a dirty Jew.

It Always. Begins With Words.

The same kind of words we’re hearing now here on social media. At demonstrations. In conversations. Words that have nothing to do with Israel. Palestine. Politics. The Middle East or anything. You might not be down with ISIS and Hamas, but if you aren’t trying to expose them 24/7 for who and what they are, then you’re not part of the solution to rid the world of them.

The world’s abuzz right now with anti-Israel and anti-semitic words. Anti-semitic words that Jews like myself are used to. I’m talking to you, Dieudonné,  Mel Gibson, Roger Waters. And I’m talking to you, Radical Islamic leaders, standing behind your pulpits preaching lies and hate and division in the name of Allah.

I’m talking to you, blind followers of radical Islam, congregating and chanting hatred in your city squares, at town demonstrations, plotting Jew hatred in your homes or openly amongst friends, in the media, and online – in democratic countries taking advantage of the free speech the West gave you, amongst mostly free-loving people.

I’m talking to you, supposedly liberal minded people – friends of mine, even – who spend way too much time talking about my Israel fighting for its existence in a defensive war, but very little talking about hundreds of thousands being murdered in Syria. In Iraq. About people being murdered for being followers of any other religion save Islam. Very little talking about ISIS taking over the middle east and putting heads on spikes, shooting people in ditches by the thousands. Very little time talking about Syrians being gassed and a puke-inducing Turkish Prime minister spewing the kind of virulent anti-semitism which ends with only one thing.

You, my left-wing liberals, are choosing the side of hate. You’re decidedly ignorant. And you suck. Saying death and war is awful and that killing should stop is as far as we’ll agree. But until you provide a solution for ISIS, Hamas, Hezballah, Al Quaeda and the other folks you seem to send your Jib Jab Christmas cards to, just do the civilised world a favor and go back to your Fascist newspaper articles who seem to know how to write, but do nothing else. And don’t forget 9/11, London’s 7/7, Spain’s Madrid train bombings or the Boston Marathon while you’re at it.

Take a good hard look at my yellow star. Look at where it came from. Look what was done after we, the Jews, were forced to wear it and then ask yourselves, are we doing the same to others? Us Jews? Us Israelis? Are we hellbent on exterminating people? Is that really what we want? Or are others doing that which you think we’re doing – others you refuse to be vocal about nor condemn with a simple post or click of your “Like” button.

Fools, I’m not going anywhere.

Never again. Though some might wish it, NEVER AGAIN.

For anyone else reading this from afar who might agree with what I’m saying, Jews and non-Jews alike, don’t feel sorry for me, my family, my friends. Don’t feel sorry for us. We’re fine and we’re not afraid. I’d like to think you know the score and that you’re probably in this with us. Not just because you know it won’t stop with us, but because you’re sane and you’re not blind.

Don’t be afraid because I’m not intending to be a victim. None of us are. And I hope you aren’t either. My yellow star is staring extremism in the face. All of our yellow stars are staring everyone in the face. Blinding extremists with motherf*****g light in a world that’s becoming increasingly black.

Am I down with the yellow star? You’re damn right I am.

Read more: Down with the Yellow Star | Eitan Chitayat | The Blogs | The Times of Israel http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/im-with-yellow-star/#ixzz3LrGFiN5H Follow us: @timesofisrael on Twitter | timesofisrael on Facebook.

TIMELINE OF DISTINGUISHING CLOTHING FOR JEWS:

Medieval and Early Modern Europe

1215
Fourth Lateran Council headed by Pope Innocent III declares: “Jews and Saracens of both sexes in every Christian province and at all times shall be marked off in the eyes of the public from other peoples through the character of their dress.” 
1219
Pope Honorius III issues a dispensation to the Jews of Castile. Spanish Jews normally wore turbans in any case, which presumably met the requirement to be distinctive.
1222
Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton orders English Jews to wear a white band two fingers broad and four fingers long.
1227
Synod of Narbonne rules: “That Jews may be distinguished from others, we decree and emphatically command that in the center of the breast (of their garments) they shall wear an oval badge, the measure of one finger in width and one half a palm in height.” 
1228
James I orders Jews of Aragon to wear the badge.
1265
The Siete Partidas, a legal code enacted in Castile by Alfonso X but not implemented until many years later, includes a requirement for Jews to wear distinguishing marks.
1267
In a special session, the Vienna city council forces Jews to wear Pileum cornutum (a cone-shaped head dress, common in medieval illustrations of Jews); the badge does not seem to have been worn in Austria.
1269, June 19
France. (Saint) Louis IX of France orders all Jews found in public without a badge (Frenchrouelle or roueLatinrota) to be fined ten livres of silver. The enforcement of wearing the badge is repeated by local councils, with varying degrees of fines, at Arles 1234 and 1260, Béziers 1246, Albi 1254, Nîmes 1284 and 1365, Avignon 1326 and 1337, Rodez 1336, and Vanves 1368.
1274
The Statute of Jewry in England, enacted by King Edward I, enforces the regulations. “Each Jew, after he is seven years old, shall wear a distinguishing mark on his outer garment, that is to say, in the form of two Tables joined, of yellow felt of the length of six inches and of the breadth of three inches.” 
1294, October 16
Erfurt. The earliest mention of the badge in Germany.[3]
1315–1326
Emir Ismail Abu-I-Walid forces the Jews of Granada to wear the yellow badge.
1321
Henry II of Castile forces the Jews to wear the yellow badge.
1415, May 11
Bull of the Antipope Benedict XIII orders the Jews to wear a yellow and red badge, the men on their breast, the women on their forehead.
1434
Emperor Sigismund reintroduces the badge at Augsburg.
1528
The Council of Ten of Venice allows the newly arrived famous physician and professor Jacob Mantino ben Samuel to wear the regular black doctors’ cap instead of Jewish yellow hat for several months (subsequently made permanent), upon the recommendation of the French and English ambassadors, the papal legate, and other dignitaries numbered among his patients.
1555
Pope Paul IV decrees, in his Cum nimis absurdum, that the Jews should wear yellow hats.
1566
King Sigismund II passes a law that required Lithuanian Jews to wear yellow hats and head coverings. The law was abolished twenty years later.
1710
Frederick William I of Prussia abolished the mandatory Jewish yellow patch in return for a payment of 8,000 thaler (about $75,000 worth of silver at 2007 prices) each.

Nazi Europe

1935, 15 September
The Nazi regime announces the Nuremberg Laws, which strip Jews of German citizenship and ban intermarriage between Jews and those of German blood.
1938, August 17
Jewish Germans and stateless Jews with Austrian citizenship are required to adopt additional middle names (mostly Israel or Sarah, few other derogatory names considered “Jewish” were alternatively possible) to be used at any occasion such as signatures, visit cards, addresses, firms etc.
1938, October
Jewish Germans had to turn in their passports to get them stamped in a black J. As Jewish Austrians had been denied German citizenship, their Austrian passports became void.
1939, January
Jewish Germans and Austrians had to adopt special identity cards to be carried on them whenever away from home.
1939, September and October
A number of local German occupational commanders ordered Jewish Poles in their areas to wear an identifying mark under the threat of death. There were no consistent requirements as to its color and shape: it varies from a white armband to a yellow Star of David badge.
1939, 23 November
Hans Frank ordered all Jewish Poles above the age of 11 years in German-occupied Poland to wear white armbands with a blue Magen David on.
1940
A popular legend portrays king Christian X of Denmark wearing the yellow badge on his daily morning horseback ride through the streets of Copenhagen, followed by non-Jewish Danes responding to their king’s example, thus preventing the Germans from identifying Jewish citizens. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has explained that the story was not true. No order requiring Jews to wear identifying marks was ever introduced in Denmark.
1941, June 4
Jews in Independent State of Croatia ordered to wear “Jewish insignia”.
1941, July
Jewish Poles in German-occupied Soviet-annexed Poland, Jewish Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians as well as Soviet Jews in German-occupied areas were obliged to wear white armbands or yellow badges.
1941, August 8
All Romanian Jews were ordered to wear the yellow badge.
1941, August 13
The yellow badge was the only standardised identifying mark in the German-occupied East; other signs were forbidden.
1941, September 1
Jewish Germans and Jews with citizenship of annexed states (Austrians, Czechs, Danzigers) from the age of six years were ordered to wear the yellow badge when in public.
1941, September 9
Slovakia ordered its Jews to wear yellow badges.
1941/1942
Romania started to force Jews in newly annexed territories, denied Romanian citizenship, to wear the yellow badge.

 

Two Jewish women in Occupied Paris in June 1942 wearing Magen David badges as required by Nazi authorities.

1942, March 13
The Gestapo ordered Jewish Germans and Jews with citizenship of annexed states to mark their apartments or houses at the front door with a white badge.
1942, April 29
Jewish Dutch people forced to wear the yellow badge.
1942, June 3
Jewish Belgians forced to wear the yellow badge.
1942, June 7
Jews in occupied France were ordered to wear a yellow star, but the Vichy Regime refused to comply with that.
1942, August
With the German annexation of Luxembourg, the yellow badge was introduced there.
1942, August
Under German pressure, Bulgaria ordered its Jewish citizens to wear small yellow buttons, but contravention was not prosecuted.
1942, November
With the occupation of the French Zone libre Jews there were also forced to wear the yellow badge.
1944, March 31
After the occupation of Hungary, the German occupants ordered Jewish Hungarians and Jews with defunct other citizenships (Czechoslovakian, Romanian, Yugoslavian) in Hungarian-annexed areas to wear the yellow badge.

WOLF BLITZER’S ROOTS – AN ALL TOO FAMILIAR FAMILY HISTORY

Posted in PERSONAL with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2014 by drjgelb

WOLF BLITZER’S ROOTS – CNN

Thank you Wolf Blitzer, for the courageous journey you have taken and best wishes to your wonderful mother and family. I am certain that your late father and all those of your family murdered by the NAZIS and their collaborators, would be extremely proud of you!

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