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magicriver magicriver 36-40 9 Answers Apr 29 in Community

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The question that always comes back to haunt me is a simple why? This question never seems to have a satisfactory answer.

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I don't know how the Holocaust can possibly be mentioned "briefly"

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You are right of course. The column has to be brief, and this is the week when memorials are being held so it has to be my topic.

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All that can be said is something about acknowledging those who died at the hands of a maniac

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and the community that followed the madman...

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While others were too afraid to interfere...

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then you'll have to talk about why they followed the madmen in fairness to them

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Oh, you mean the soldiers! I was thinking of the German citizens. That's different! There's a story in itself.

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Tell the entire story that it was not just the Jews, but the Gypsies, mentally ill, disabled, and many other groups that was also experimented on and/or killed.

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and educated people, priests and others too.

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Gays. Jehovah's Witnesses. Communists...

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How can one write a "brief" column about the Holocaust? Over 6 millions Jews and persons of other races, were brutally murdered, and kept in barbaric conditions.

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Interview a survivor if you can.

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Of course this would be most appropriate though I am on a tight deadline and unprepared and can't do it. Have you had the occasion to speak with a survivor yourself?

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Yes, several actually. It was an amazing experience.

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wow. Family members or others? Would you like to post anything from what they told you?

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Others - we think everyone died in our family. The most interesting story was a man who escaped as an adolescent with his family. The gestapo member actually defied orders and told his family that their was a warrent for their arrest and if they did not leave in 2 days they would not be able to leave the country. so they took a train out of Germany and illegally made their way to China and lived there for a while before coming to the US. Something special was that on the boat to the US, he celebrated passover with his family.

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if you are really desperate - just watch bunch of shoah foundation clips. i am pretty sure they are online streaming.

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Our local community has recently published a book of the testimonies of survivors who live here. I will mention this in the column and strongly encourage people to read it.

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perfect!

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Thank you for all the good suggestions! Column submitted.

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Why do historians avoid to give emphasis to the fact that Hitler also targeted and murdered special needs people, gay people , gypsies, Catholics , people of African ancestry , etc..?

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I don't think you're entirely right about that; many discussions of the Holocaust do pay attention to this fact. But Jews were targeted with particular ferocity and determination. What is emphasized depends on context to; for us as Jews it is sometimes important to focus on mourning our own loss, which is still an open wound in many ways.

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Well... I don't think much about that. The world is a twisted place to be. I prefer to focus in humanity in general.

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Why?

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be sure to mention that one guy who got killed

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I will.

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