Mort Laitner

They’re Too Damn Quiet

“Mort, do you know what’s got me really concerned?” Joe asked as he wiped egg cream foam off of his upper lip.

“No Joe, what’s bothering you other than that egg cream foam hanging on your lip?”

“How damn quiet the American neo-Nazis are. The presidential election is only four months away and they are not hanging the swastika banners on overpasses of Florida highways. They’re not marching on our streets, They’re not wearing those black and red armbands, sieg heiling and parading with those SS flags. It’s as if they got orders from Herr Trump to keep their traps shut until after election day,”

“Mort, Ya know what’s funny? I noticed the same thing. No neo-Nazi crap is on CNN or on the legitimate internet. It doesn’t surprise me. I wonder if the ADL or anyone in the media has commenced an undercover investigation. I can already see Nick Feuntes’ memorandum to his fellow racists.

Dear Fellow Lovers of Hitler and Wannabe Exterminators of the Jewish Race:

I am requesting on behalf of President Trump that you hide all of your Nazi paraphernalia in your closets until November 6th. I’ve gotten personal assurances from the Trump camp that if we keep quiet we’ll get a cabinet position and we’ll be rewarded with positions running the camps. Please delete this email after reading. Thanks for your cooperation in this very important matter.

Don’t forget to get out the vote for our Führer.


“I doubt the media will even touch that story. But it kinda reminds me of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The Nazis ordered Berliners to pretend to stop hating Jews for a couple of weeks when the world was watching. And they did.”

“Mort, I remember seeing that on the History Channel. For two weeks in August of 1936, the Nazis camouflaged its racism while hosting the Summer Olympics. They wanted to minimize their Jew-hating agenda to impress foreign spectators and foreign journalists. They tried to paint an image of a tolerant Germany. The SA’s hand-painted Magan Davids and Raus Juden were scrubbed off of Jewish shop windows. SA soldiers that were not posted in front of  Jewish shops to intimidate Germans from shopping in a Jewish store stayed home. And their strategy worked. The charade worked. When the foreign press got home, they wrote articles on the friendliness, cleanliness, and loveliness the city of Berlin and its population. And as soon as the ink in those foreign newspapers dried the torture of the Jews recommenced.

“Well Joe, I always said that those MAGA folks studied Hitler’s playbook. It makes perfect sense for the neo-Nazis to be quiet for a few months before the election. The voters don’t need to be reminded of their goals. They want the voters to forget how aligned they are with Trump. They know that some voters have the memories of fleas. Ask them who Nick Feuntes is. Ask them who he had dinner with. And ask them where they broke bread. They won’t know.

“Mort, it will be interesting to see if our theories bear fruit during the next four months.”

“My friend, only time will tell,” Joe replied as he took the last sip of his egg cream.

About the Author
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 online. 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. Mort is in his third year as president of the South Florida Writers Association. He was a correspondent for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel Jewish Journal.
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