I often get emails of all sorts - as we all do. With the proliferation of the internet in our lives, two things are incredibly amazing; one is how fast, true or not, anything that’s said can be spread and, two, how easy it is to find out if the reporting is correct.
As a compassionate being and Jewish by heritage, the holocaust is of great significance to me. I have read many books and watched just as many eyewitness accounts on television. No matter how much I’ve learned, I’ve never been desensitized. I continue to be sickened each and every time; however, its significance in history and to human kind makes it too important to look away. I never want to become complacent about the horrors mankind can inflict on another.
The email I received this morning reported that the University of Kentucky had removed the holocaust from its curriculum. Although this is incorrect, it nevertheless spurred me to write this post.
Quite a long time ago, I came into contact with a holocaust survivor. It was a happenstance meeting. We never discussed this fact. I knew. I saw the serial number tattooed on his forearm. Every day of his life following, he was reminded of his torture, whether he wanted to be or not.
No degree of empathy, forgiveness, understanding, compassion or condoning should be given to those who discriminate, ridicule or persecute another.
It is a matter of history that when Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces,
General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps, he ordered
all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from
surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury
He did this because he said in words to this effect: “Get it all on record
now – get the films – get the witnesses – because somewhere down the track
of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened”.. All
that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
I copied the above from the email. I don’t know how accurate it is, but it doesn’t matter.