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Holocaust Remembrance Day

is today.

Did you lose blood family in that broad spread of slaughter? Did your parents or grandparents lose friends? Did they take part? Did they try to help the victims? Did they know and do nothing? Here in the U.S. too many of our leaders knew and felt there was nothing to be gained, or something to be lost, by destroying the camps. They felt that millions of Jews, gays, Romany (gypsies), Slavs, and dissidents were an "acceptable loss."

It's always easier to do nothing. It's always easier to turn your back, close the curtains, remember the book you were reading, the chores left undone, the other people in the world who need help, while planned murder goes on and on, and on.

After the war, so many people cried, "Never again!" And yet . . . Always again. Often again. Because people can always find an excuse to do nothing in the face of genocide. It'll stop eventually, after all.

A thought for the dead. A thought for the dying. A thought--a deed?--for the living and the killers.



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Apr. 19th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
Since I married Peter, this has been become a much bigger thing to me than it was before.

All I do know is that I had relatives in Poland that helped some people hide but not much more than that.
Apr. 19th, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
It's incredibly sad how easy it seems to be for the human race to be so hateful toward something different. Blood has been split simply because people are a strange skin color. It makes no sense. We are all human-- we all live on this earth and have to share it. We should all treasure this world and each other. But humans can't seem to stop slaughtering one another. It breaks my heart. :[
Jul. 9th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
It has nothing to do with skin color and form of nose.
It has everything to do with shit that many people have for brain.
Draw a line on the middle of the street, sit near that line and begin to curse those who behind that line.
Very soon somebody will do the same from the other side.
Apr. 20th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
We're taught that we were heroes in that war.

Heroes don't turn a blind eye to atrocities.

I... there's something trying to get out of my head that links those, but words and I are at odds now. What you said, about how it always will happen again - that shouldn't be so true as it is....
Apr. 26th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
You're right. I haven't been the same about FDR since I learned that he knew, and did nothing.
Apr. 20th, 2012 02:08 am (UTC)
My great-uncle went off to war after kissing his baby daughter... and disappeared. Nobody ever saw him again. Alive or dead? Nobody seemed to know. Until more than fifty years later... when he surfaced as just another name, another body that perished in the hellhole camp known as Jasenovac. No, he was not a Jew. He was one of the Other Dead. But it still felt like the cold hand of history had reached out and touched us all when we found this out. It was the first time that the baby daughter he kissed that day and never saw again had wept for him.
Apr. 26th, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
That just gives me chills on chills.

And I do try to remember them all, because people do tend to forget those who weren't Jews who were murdered as well. I don't want to take a thing from the Jews, but it's just as bad to ignore the gays, the Slavs, the Romany, the ministers, the mentally and physically disabled, the communists and socialists who were disposed of just as callously.
Apr. 22nd, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
Facing history and ourselves
In 8th grade we had an amazing unit on the holocaust called Facing History and Ourselves. It reached beyond the horrors of the Holocaust to the reasons about how such things come to pass. We starting with a picture book that i didn't understand until the end of the unit. In it, the main character was a bear who kept telling everyone that he was a bear - but everyone told him that he was wrong, he was a really hairy man. And at the end of the book... he believed it himself.

We also watched a study where with a second grade teacher divided her class into brown eyes and blue eyes to teach kids about what discrimination is. Really thought through and well done.
Apr. 26th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Facing history and ourselves
I think it's really important to give kids a lesson like that on othering, so they can learn to spot it in everyday life and so they can understand better how easily it creeps in during history and contemporary events.
Apr. 26th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Facing history and ourselves
Speaking of "everyday life" and "every day people" - are you all familiar with the Milgram Experiment? Basically, in 1960s, as Nazi trials are ending, a Yale professor wants some insight into how "normal" people become willing to commit murder. So, he sets up this experiment where the participant thinks he is coming in to be in a study on learning. A man in a white coat instructs the participant to deliver increased levels of electric shock to a "student" (really, an actor) for every wrong answer. The shock level go up each time. What Milgram wanted to see was how far the participants would be willing to go before they said they don't want any part of this experiment and more. It was frightening how far people went... some continued shocking the "student" after they believed he was unconscious.
Jul. 9th, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
Hitler killed 6 million Jews.
Uncle Sam killed 100 million Indians (population of entire continent).

Hitler was an amateur and pathetic loser.

P.S. Do you commemorate The Native American Genocide day? You country is literally built on bones - of millions massacred Indians and enslaved and martyred Africans.

BTW, do you know what means nits make lice?
Jul. 10th, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
If you looking for genocide NOW, look at Syria.

It's not "evil dictator killing his own people" Goebbels propaganda.

It's gangs of international terrorists from Iraq, Afghan, Libya, etc, supported and armed by USA+satellites like Qatar and Saudi Arabia doing for them dirty work of destroying country by massacring unarmed citizens and soldiers alike, tearing Syria apart and provoking massive civil war.

If state will collapse it will be horrible bloodshed, anarchy - all that we saw in Iraq and now in Libya. Muslims vs Christians, Sunni vs Shiites vs Alavites... Clan vs clan, until total destruction.

Can you protest against that?

Or you will continue to kick Hitler's corpse?
It's much safer, of course. He can't kick you back.
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