Do not ignore the horrors of genocide
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
In his book titled, “How Do You Kill Eleven Million People?” Andy Andrews writes, “Simply stated, the past is what is real and true, while history is merely what someone recorded.”
It’s amazing to me how quickly the past slips away. Young people today have little concept of what our ancestors and our nation went through to get to where we are today.
History, as taught in our government schools, does not really convey the horrors of the past. For instance, the historical truth is that in the 20th century alone, evil governments have wiped out 170 million innocent, nonmilitary lives.
For instance, since Austria voted by 98 percent to annex to Germany in 1938, the ensuing Holocaust wiped out 6 million Jews and millions of disabled, Polish, gypsies and other ethnic and political groups that were considered a threat to the Nazi regime.
Now there are leaders of nations and other prominent leaders denying the Holocaust ever happened.
April 19 was Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel. At present there are about 198,000 survivors of the Nazi death camps still living, but they are dying at a rate of roughly one per hour. It won’t be long until no one is left who really knows the past. Our kids will be left with a rewritten past called history.
Recently, two of my nephews and their wives visited the Auschwitz and Birkenau death camps of World War II. During the time of these camps’ operation, about 6,000 Jews and other designated people were killed every day.
Disease, gas chambers, starvation and other forms of execution were operating. Doctors were doing weird experiments on inmates. Clothing and personal belongings were collected and stored in a building called Canada. That name was used because Canada was believed to be a place of great plenty.
No one can conceive of the atrocities that were committed in the name of ethnic cleansing until seeing the gas chambers and pictures of huge piles of emaciated naked bodies.
My wife and I visited the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. It becomes really personal when you see the families that were destroyed, but you still can’t fully comprehend the pain and the grief.
We live in a wonderful, protected environment, thanks to our founders and ancestors who formed this great nation. We seem to ignore the fact that this slaughter is still happening in places like Cambodia, Uganda and Rwanda.
The horrors of World War II are fading into the mist. Young people today are being suckered into the concept of entitlement and a government that will meet all their desires.
Austria didn’t see it coming when they overwhelmingly embraced Hitler and his regime. They bought the promises of hope and change. They believed that government was the source of jobs, security, housing, education and medical care.
All of this was the door to government oppression and control. Hitler had the concept of a master race and one world government.
Our Constitution is an incredibly unique and inspired document. As we are conned into believing it needs changing, we are seeing freedom of religion being morphed into freedom from religion. We are seeing our currency devalued because we left the constitutionally mandated gold standard. (Inflation is really theft.)
Our government has incurred massive debt, which is a ball and chain for generations to come.
The principles that made this nation great should be taught in schools. The lesson of the Holocaust, its reality and the potential for repetition, should be hammered into every child’s mind.
I wager that, if they could, every one of the Holocaust victims would be screaming, “Wake up, pay attention, don’t let it happen again.” May they not have suffered and died in vain.
Salvation is not more government.
“Out On A Limb” appears on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.
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