Michael Gerson: Keeping the Holocaust in memory

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  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 22, 2014 10:41 a.m.

    Apologies to Samuelson.

    I should have typed Gerson.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 22, 2014 10:25 a.m.

    "...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.

  • RFLASH Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2014 5:14 p.m.

    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!

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    May 21, 2014 3:19 p.m.

    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 bad.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 21, 2014 1:54 p.m.

    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.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 21, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    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.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 21, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    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...

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    May 21, 2014 7:44 a.m.

    Don't think that it can't happen hear.