And a very special grandmother.
(Page 2 of 2)
She went on. “There were two beautiful Jewish girls from Berlin at Auschwitz. Just beautiful. An SS officer tried to hide them. But the guards made us count over and over again and then they searched and found the girls and killed them. They were beautiful.”
“How did you know the war was over?” I asked.
”They marched us and marched us and then when we got to Ravensbruck, the guards were all gone and we knew the war was over. The Russians were going to rape us, but when they saw our tattoos, they didn’t. A Russian officer who was an orthodox Jew from Siberia took care of us. He made sure we had food. Then the British got me back to my village and I had to go over on a ferry to get there. The ferry operator asked who I was and I told him my name. He said, ‘Oh, so there are still Jews alive.’
“I said, ‘Yes, I am very much alive.’”
The sun was right overhead and C rolled up her sleeves. Her concentration camp tattoo was on her left arm. “I will always remember it,” she said. “Always. I use it for the locker combination at my health club. That’s the difference between America and Germany. I used it as my password for the gated community home we had in Florida before my husband died.”
I looked at her. “God bless America,” I said.
“There are no words,” she said and then she started to cry.
But I thought that with all of our problems today, the recession, the unemployment, the partisanship, the vulgarization of the media, the racial tensions — this is still America, and I judge it, as Tony Blair did, by a simple measure. How many want to get in and how many want to get out.
As we walked to our cars, C said to me, “Thank you for my granddaughter. I know I would not have her and she would not have this fine education without you.” Then she cried again.
“Without my wife and me,” I said. “It was and is our pleasure.”
America, the beautiful.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?