The question that always comes back to haunt me is a simple why? This question never seems to have a satisfactory answer.
I don't know how the Holocaust can possibly be mentioned "briefly"
All that can be said is something about acknowledging those who died at the hands of a maniac
and the community that followed the madman...
then you'll have to talk about why they followed the madmen in fairness to them
Oh, you mean the soldiers! I was thinking of the German citizens. That's different! There's a story in itself.
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.
and educated people, priests and others too.
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.
Interview a survivor if you can.
Yes, several actually. It was an amazing experience.
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.
if you are really desperate - just watch bunch of shoah foundation clips. i am pretty sure they are online streaming.
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..?
Well... I don't think much about that. The world is a twisted place to be. I prefer to focus in humanity in general.
be sure to mention that one guy who got killed