Friday, April 12, 2013

Out of the Darkness....

When the Missus and I were in Texas this past October, the two of us (accompanied by Suzanne) spent what could fairly be described as a bracing afternoon at the Holocaust Museum of Houston.  Never in my life have I been inside a building - including but not limited to a museum - more soaked in solemnity.  Whether I shall have a second opportunity to visit it I know not.  I do know that many of the images I saw will remained fixed in my mind's eye for all of the days of my life.   If you have the opportunity to visit it - or the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. - then avail yourself of it.   It is an experience you shall have no chance of living long enough to regret.  Promise. 

This year, America's Days of Remembrance of the Holocaust - this nation's annual commemoration of the horror that befell millions of Jews and other persecuted peoples at the hands of the Nazis - began on Sunday, April 7th and shall conclude on Sunday, April 14.  The theme of this year's observance is Never Again:  Heeding the Warning Signs.  

I care not about your gender, your race, your political affiliation, your religious persuasion or your sexual preference.  None has any impact upon the importance of the lessons taught to each of us and to all of us by the sins of the Holocaust.  None has any impact upon the importance of each of us and all of us never forgetting the atrocities that were permitted to be brought forth onto this planet in the heart of one of its most worldly and sophisticated areas - the European continent - and brought to evil fruition by the power-drunk atop one of its greatest, most sophisticated societies - the Germans.   

In the fiction that we sometimes create to make it easier to get through our day-to-day, we often delude ourselves into believing that behavior such as what was rampant across Europe for close to a decade beginning in the mid-1930's is the type of behavior that is only performed by the "less civilized" inhabitants of the Third World.  The sin against humanity that was the Holocaust revealed the quality of that delusion.  

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.   We the people who inhabit this nation and this planet's other nations must make it our solemn vow that irrespective of the ferocity etched into the face of fear and the terror it might strike into our collective heart we shall do that which is necessary to prevent its triumph....

-AK



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