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The Man in the Trench Coat

Sigmund Forst, Ben-Ami Scharfstein, G. Ephros, and Shilo, Children's Passover Haggadah 1945 Yeshiva University Museum, Wikimedia Commons

I examined the photograph of the man in the Nazi-style trench coat. It reminded me of coats worn by WWII German officers but without adornments or Nazi regalia.
This man wearing a trench coat, had a Hitler Youth haircut and stood on the steps of the United States Capitol.
I pictured the January 6th insurrectionists holding their “Trump 2020” signs and bashing the Capitol police on their heads, with those signs on those very steps.
The trench-coat man stood smiling next to three other guys.
I read the caption under the photo: GOP Congressman Matt Rosendale Poses with Neo-Nazis.
I asked, “Why is it that Republican Congress persons always seem to be posing with Neo-Nazis?”
“Who knows? But it is quite a coincidence.”
I remembered many photos of Herr Hitler wearing dull brown khaki trench coats.
I recalled watching WWII movies, in which black leather, trench-coat wearing Gestapo agents scared the hell out of me when the said, “Ve haff vays of making you talk.”
Even today, when I watch, “The Man in the High Castle” the Nazis wear trench coats.
So here’s my simple advice to Congressman Rosendale and his fellow Republican colleagues: Before you pose for photos with men in trench coats with Hitler Youth haircuts ask them, “By any chance, are you Neo-Nazis?
And if they say, “Yes,” look them square in the eyes and say, “F—off!”
For if you don’t, “Ve haff vays of taking care of Nazi lovers.”

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Florida's Jewish short-story writer, speaker, film producer and retired attorney. He has authored, "A Hebraic Obsession", "The Hanukkah Bunny" and "The Greatest Gift." He produced an award-winning short film entitled, "The Stairs". Movie can be viewed on my TOI blog. ChatGPT says, Mort is known for his works that often explore themes of love, loss, and the human connection. Laitner has published several books , including “A Hebraic Obsession.” His writing style is characterized by its emotional depth and introspection. Laitner’s works have garnered praise for their heartfelt expression and keen insight into the human experience.
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