Apologies to Samuelson.I should have typed Gerson.
"...It is one of the most solemn responsibilities of educators to make a new
generation see what was done..."Only educators?The
deep pockets money source for the Republican Political Machine (The Koch
Brothers) have deep roots in the John Birch Society.The John Birch
Society is noted for their position as Holocaust deniers.Why did
Samuelson neglect to mention that fact?The Republican strategy of
demonizing educators seems to be the primary point of this piece.
My dad has always loved documentaries and as a kid I learned a lot because I was
there a lot. He watched a lot of programs about the Holocaust. I was very small,
but I remember the very moment when I realized that it was real! They were
showing actual film of the Holocaust. I remember a woman huddled down and naked.
I realized that they were going to kill her! I just didn't realize that it
had happened years ago. I screamed to myself "Don't let them kill
you!" I have never forgot that moment. Dad had to explain things to me. I
love dad. I am so thankful that he taught me the value of others. I learned how
to respect the beliefs of others. As a gay person, I know what it is like
to have others degrade and belittle my life! I know there are strong beliefs,
but everyone deserves respect and the Holocaust is an example of the evil that
happens when we forget that we all come from God! We should never allow
ourselves to treat others in a demeaning way! Never!
I'm stupefied at 2 bits post of 10:39. I have NEVER seen a post suggesting
anything more threatening than a tax increase for the nation's wealthiest
people. To imply in any way that "liberals" would like to send the rich
off to be slaughtered is ridiculous. Letting such blather be posted is almost as
When innocent people are murdered because of the disagreement between nations or
religions or whatever, it doesn't really matter what you call it. They are
dead, and were killed by someone seeking power.Iraq was about oil.
America, other than our oil men was in no danger. About 5000 of the dead were
Americans, our own people. Afghanistan was revenge for 911, are
Taliban any different than Jews. Some time ago a private American
medicine factory was denied permission to make a certain medical product. They
disregarded our government and produced and sold a tainted medicine that killed
some people. The last time I heard the count was 31. Every day
Americans kill Americans in the illegal drug industry. Sometimes the shoot them
or use a knife, but sometimes just let them kill themselves.The only
difference I see is that bad things happen in different places at different
times and for different reasons. My concern is with what's happening now.
Bad things happened in the past. Bad things are happening now. While we should
not forget the past and its memories, we should not allow its memories to
detract from the work to stop the bad things that are happening now. The value of remembering the Holocaust is not whether or not it is a true
fact, its that if it didn't happen, it could have. Either way it should
influence us to not let it happen again. The fault of remembering
the Holocaust is if we allow our minds to accept the bad actions of the current
world as OK because of something that happened in the past.
I think the Holocaust is important to keep in memory because it is a reminder.
It is a reminder that we (human beings) can be worse than animals. And we can
treat other human beings (that our leaders vilify) worse than we would treat an
animal.They wasted thousands of human lives (because the government
said it was OK). They didn't even use them for food, they turned their
bodies into soap, incinerated them, or just buried them in mass graves. At
least animals are slaughtered for a reason. This episode in human
history is evidence of man's inhumanity to man.IMO The most
important thing to remember is... the people supported this government. It
didn't start out to be this. It was innocent and popular at first... and
eventually took an ugly turn. A turn so gradual nobody noticed... and everybody
followed.The same thing COULD happen to us. It's always a
gradual change, that good people don't even notice, and they become part of
it, and support it, because the popular movement they supported before supported
it and was doing it....Check your leaders and the direction they are
taking us... constantly...
Don't think that it can't happen hear.