And history has shown us time and time and again what happens when people stay silent when groups of people are oppressed. .
And as a descendant of a Holocaust survivor, I see frightening parallels in the long lead-up of laws in Hitler’s prewar Germany with the current climate for trans people in this country.What often gets lost in history is the fact that trans people under Nazi rule suffered similar fates to the Jews.What often gets lost in history is the fact that trans people under Nazi rule suffered similar fates to the Jews.
In 1933, one of the first-ever Nazi book burnings targeted Dr.
The mind reels thinking about how different modern conditions for trans people could be if those years of learning and care hadn’t been scorched by hate.On the Saturday night at Club Q in Colorado Springs in November, shots rang out as patrons gathered for a drag show — an innocent, joyful activity that happens all around the country, and which far-right leaders and media have made a concerted effort to demonize and shut downAs I reflect on my family’s story, in which my grandfather and his sister barely made it out of the Holocaust alive while the rest of their family perished, I wonder how different history would have been if more people had come forward in the early years of Hitler’s regime when, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “German Jews felt the effects of more than 400 decrees and regulations that restricted all aspects of their public and private lives,” in the years preceding World War II
Seeking harm against trans people should be seen as seeking harm against us all, and it’s time to make that a core part of our deepest-held beliefs, and, more important, our everyday actions.