The Price
Chapter 12

New Country, New Life

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I had suffered enough under the totalitarianism of this century so that the democratic process was especially precious to me… I simply don't think one ought to turn over one's fate to a small minority who make secret deals in back rooms.
Summary
Many people emigrated to America after the war, including many of the author's family and friends, so he and his wife decided to give it a try. They moved to Salt lake City, Utah, and he got a job working as a painter and decorator, where he got to gold-leaf many of the spires and Angel Moroni statues that sit atop Mormon temples. [1] They started attending an English-speaking ward (a large local congregation) to help them learn English.

Eventually, Karl-Heinz got tired of trying to hide his smoking habit, which he had picked up to help kill the hunger pangs in the camps, and he successfully quits. He became more active in the Church, but his wife did not, and they were eventually divorced.

Karl-Heinz' sister and parents also joined him in America, and he became a naturalized citizen. Rudi Wobbe and his wife, and Helmuth's half-brothers also moved to America. The author describes some of the problems faced by Germans who emigrated to the United States, many of which he managed to avoid. "I was a survivor…" he says, "I could adjust to anything. That gave me the confidence I needed to keep on trying to adapt."

He closes by expressing gratitude for his experiences because he can see that they made him a stronger person. "Along the way, I acquired a deep appreciation for freedom and a sense of the need we have to defend it."


References:


[1] Bern Switzerland Temple statue of Angel Moroni (Wikipedia) <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Moroni#/media/File:MORONI2.JPG, accessed 2021-02-10.>
Analysis
In this chapter, the author says that the "civil rights" movement reminded him of how the Jews had been treated, and he mentions being grateful when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extended the priesthood to Blacks in 1978. He neglects to mention, however, that one of the Church's Apostles gave a speech in 1967, during the Church's General Conference, entitled "Civil Rights: Tool of Communist Deception," [1] which exposed the movement for what it really was.

This is one of the more widely-held beliefs that Americans have been miseducated with, particularly as they are taught to worship and revere the so-called "Martin Luther" King. Authors and journalists like Alan Stang [2] have attempted to show the reality of the "civil rights" movement, as have former Black Communist leaders, such as Leonard Patterson [3] and Manning Johnson [4].


References:

[1] Civil Rights: Tool of Communist Deception (mormonchronicle.com) <https://www.mormonchronicle.com/civil-rights-tool-of-communist-deception/, accessed 20210-02-10.>

[2]
It's Very Simple : True Story of Civil Rights (goodreads.com) <https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5668328-it-s-very-simple> This book will eventually be added to Illluminotes.

[3]
I Trained In Moscow For Black Revolution - Leonard Patterson (YouTube) <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuXQjk4zhZs, accessed 2021-02-10.>

[4] Leonard Patterson and Manning Johnson both left the Communist Party after realizing they were just using Blacks to further their world revolution, and that they were controlling people on both sides of the fight. Manning Johnson's book, "Color, Communism, and Common Sense" will also eventually be added to Illuminotes.
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