Remembering the Holocaust

It’s true. I don’t do this part of history very well. The mind-set of Germany prior to the second World War terrifies me. The atrocities that the world allowed then could be repeated, you know. That’s why diligence in America’s current transition is not out of line. Every country should guard against the careless thinking that allowed Hitler to destroy millions of lives through outright murder and the war that followed.

I have had the honor of hearing Holocaust survivor stories from two daughters in Brookfield whose parents were in the camps. One, the child of a twin, describes the experiments her mother remembers. The other talks of the numbers tattooed on her mother’s forearm. They both acknowledge how different their lives are to have been reared by survivors.

While we certainly are obliged to honor the dead, it’s so important to celebrate the survivors. Here’s to the human spirit and the will to survive.

Comments

  1. Did you see the tribute in Israel – where EVERYONE stopped for 2 mins. Everyone stopped moving. Imagine that.

  2. I’m afraid, unfortunately, that knowledge of the holocaust is being lost to current generations like a lot of knowledge of history, civics, and the constitution. You combine that with nationalization of private entities, which has historically been a prelude to dictatorship, along with judicial activism and the trend to trash the systems of checks and balances in our government and who knows what could happen. It does seem, however, that after total government control has been achieved that the ruling class does get its jollies by purges, re-education and general mayhem.