After World War I ended in 1918, there was a small group of people who were very upset that Germany signed papers to end the war. These same people were so critical about the people in office that they were able to get them to resign and created disapproval for the new people coming to take their place.
This new party decided to change the culture of Germany. They had huge bonfires of burning books, literature, history and poetry. They burned writings that had been valued over centuries. Becoming more organized, this group organized what is known as “the terror of the night.” They spread across Germany and rule of law did not exist anymore. In 1933, this new group called the Nazi party was elected to office. Immediately there were no more elections allowed and freedom was gone.
In the short time of 15 years, the whole world would be changed, causing 60 million people to die. Of those 60 million people who died, 60% were civilians, causing indescribable suffering. In 1933 I was born. I have walked endless rows of crosses at Omaha Beach, France and the Punchbowl in Hawaii. At each cemetery there is also a tall wall stating the names of the soldiers whose bodies were unable to be found or had nothing left to bury. Freedom is so costly. I am so blessed to be born an American, where I have enjoyed law and order, freedom to vote, free enterprise and less government.
Calvin J. Gibbs