“ You F**king jew!” The words echoed throughout the restaurant and customers began to stare. As Martin saw the faces turn to him, the stranger shouted “dirty jew!”and left with his reuben sandwich.
Martin had walked into the Boulder sports bar intending to quietly watch a basketball game with some fellow warriors fans. He never expected The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (a book taught by German schools under the Nazi regime) and Rothschild conspiracies to be main topics of conversation.
As the daughter of prominent jews in her community and a distant relative of the rothschild’s, Martin’s mother, Susan, was lucky to escape Germany with her father in the years before Nazism took hold. Martin had learned from his grandfather what anti- semitism was like and had experienced it firsthand in high school after several altercations with a fellow classmate.
Though the experience is nothing new to him, Martin hopes for a future without anti-semitism and spends most of his free time reading up on current and past events in an effort to not lose touch with humanity.
Although hate and discrimination are at the front of the bulletin board today, for the majority of the time since the war the world was divided into two the distinct categories of Capitalist and Communist.
Germany was split up shortly after the war into a capitalist west and a communist east. According to The Washington Post and other media outlets, this division is still seen today, even though the country has been united for over twenty-five years.
The west contains more disposable income from their more capitalist society. While the east includes more farmland and a higher unemployment rate due to their later transition into capitalism. Consequently, young eastern Germans feel that they have to move to the west because of the job opportunities and competitive wages. However the grass isn’t always greener in the west and due to its capitalism, western germans produce more trash and CO2 emissions than their eastern counterparts.
As Americans we have World War Two to thank for our quick rise to the top of the global food chain. This was mainly due to the incredibly vast requirements of the war effort, the resource allocation to do that and the facilities born out of it.
During the war The United States built thousands of industrial factories to make all the weaponry and equipment needed for ourselves and all the allies in the war, and once the war was over these factories were converted to treat the american consumer.
World War Two was the most consequential event in the last Century and even though as Americans it happened “a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far away”, its effects can be seen all over the homeland and the world. From the rise of communism to the explosion of american industry and consumerism, World war Two has affected almost every part of our daily life.