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  •  My deceased MiL... (11+ / 0-)

    ...was rescued from Nazi Germany by the Kindertransport. However, she said the most scurrilous things about Black and Latino people, and did it both in private and in public. When one of her sons, who had been a celibate mama's boy for most of his life, finally found Ms. Right and settled down, she complained about him marrying "a Mexican" and would put down her new step-grandson, the child of her previous marriage (Ms. Right was widowed) because his father was of African descent. (Yoruba from Nigeria if my memory serves me right.)

    The worst of all came at the wedding. Ms. Right's son was to be ringbearer. My BiL misplaced the ring he was to give to his new stepson. However, guess what MiL started screaming about...literally SCREAMING..."That Black boy...he took the ring...he's probably pawned it by now!" My nephew was of course crushed. My BiL was furious. And Ms. Right slinked off to the ladies' room and cried. I was there trying to comfort her.

    The only way I can rationalize the kind of horror my MiL became before she died was that she was tormented by constant pain from advanced Arthritis, and frustrated by her loss of mobility from Multiple Sclerosis. And she did not get sufficient pain management...she was not only living in the US where doctors are more afraid of losing their DEA license than treat pain properly, but she was also on MediCal on top of Medicare because she had gone through financial reversals as well.

    But yeah, this is a woman who fled Nazi Germany, the real Nazi Germany, with the sulfur stench of Adolph Hitler still in her nostrils. She lost close relatives to the concentration camps. She had close relatives who survived and had numbers on their arms. My late husband met the survivors when he and his family took a trip to Europe. They were living in  France and Switzerland, and meeting them was "an unforgettable experience."

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    by Pris from LA on Thu May 13, 2010 at 10:20:06 AM PDT

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    •  Perhaps not that uncommon? (11+ / 0-)

      My grandmother's BIL's family expended great effort to get a relative out of Poland in the late 1930's. They were successful, and brought her to live with them in the DC area.

      She hated it. It was too hot and humid, she couldn't pick up English, and she was afraid of the black people.

      She went back.

      To Poland.

      In 1939.

      The family tried to find her after the war but, not surprisingly, she disappeared into the camps and was never heard from again.

      Part of me understands that she loved her home and perhaps didn't understand that her home was already gone, but I don't understand how one could be more afraid of the idea of black people than actual Nazis.

      I'd say that hopey-changey thing is working quite well, wouldn't you?

      by tethys on Thu May 13, 2010 at 11:21:36 AM PDT

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      •  Unknown (black people) always scary. (5+ / 0-)

        She probably thought that she could survive the kinds of "known" behaviors that people had always done in her area (pogroms and such)--"how much worse could the Nazis be?"  Unfortunately, much worse.

        I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows. --Susan B. Anthony

        by ohiolibrarian on Thu May 13, 2010 at 11:52:16 AM PDT

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