Monday, July 21, 2008

Lens and Legacy: When your Roots are Mischling. Labeled for targeting. Jews. Mudbloods.

Roots. Not pretty.

Petr Ginz and the issue of cultural labeling. Labeling groups.

Roots usually are not pretty. Roots-avoidance is more pleasant.

We are looking here at particularly ugly roots, at cultural labeling. For Petr Ginz, the label of "Mischling"- a half blood. Mother Christian, father Jewish.

Labeling is a shorthand for who's worthy and who is not; and its consequences are dehumanizing. Is this a global problem in cultures. See Robert Fuller's "rankism" at ://; and an overview at :// Fine-looking trees can be growing above, but what holds them up may be a frightening set of traditions and constructs.

Petr Ginz and other part-Jew, part-Christian, were deemed "mixed-bloods," or "Mischlings," by the Third Reich. The Nuremberg laws, see ://, established firm definitions, see ://

The function of categorizing. Categorizing serves to set rank, and in Petr's case, to set them apart for ghettos and destruction in a time frame that was a little more lenient than for full Jews, but not by much.

A label is a way to dehumanize, facilitate disposal.

Examining roots in cultures is hard work. Sometimes roots like these can only be explored after the fact, when the huge construct that those roots supported finally up-end. The roots of the world of Petr Ginz. A diary with unfamiliar places, and an overlay of horror.
Why look at WWII? Because barbarism is still with us.

Branchings from one shoot: uncontrolled, uncontrollable? When to lop.

As you read versions of history - stemming from the same events, but very different in interpretation, form, watch. Are the sources, the spins, giving you the broad information you need to make up your own mind, or only enough to persuade you to follow theirs?

Anyone who thinks that a believed or actual event leads to one true interpretation path onwards, has not walked in the woods.

No one angle predominates as to many trees, unless somebody lops off the competition, or the offshoot was overshaded and withers. Look at that strong, straight, newish one catty-corner heading to the upper left. It is newer, but may end up the strongest of all.

As to WWII, if you can, go to the Nuremberg Nazi Documentation Center, Germany Road Ways. The visual dimension for us is like mortar between the building blocks.

Petr Ginz, a Mischling. A fact to be included at sites like Factbites, and they invite a link, and we offer it: Factbites, Petr Ginz.

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