Letters to the Editor
I sincerely thank you for your letter, Mr. Pollack. While reading it, I felt attacked and I felt like attacking you. I wanted to hurt you back. I watched myself lose reason and perspective to fear and anger. Thank you for that insight.
Like you, I believe in the holocaust. Catholics and Jehovah’s Witnesses honor their own holocausts at the hands of the Third Reich. Anyone who took a moral stand against the Third Reich was put to work in its camps. As a Catholic, I understand the anguish and humiliation of the internees. Being born in Germany, I feel the deep shame every German feels about participation in the war and its atrocities.
I apologize for hurting you and anyone else. There is enough pain.
I’d always believed Hitler commanded the deaths of the Jews. My boyhood scoutmaster, a Catholic priest, had spent three years in Auschwitz III, a tire factory. He commented how cruel people can be; and how cruelty can catalyze a special strength and kindness in others.
I researched concentration camps, reading every witness/survivor/liberator story I found. I learned there continues to be hundreds of camps worldwide. Poles interned Germans; British interned Indians; Russians interned 20 million Russians, Poles and others; Turkish Jews interned Christian Armenians; and Americans interned Japanese. Chinese intern Tibetans. Myanmarians intern monks, Americans intern terrorist suspects. Palestinians see Palestine as an Israeli-controlled concentration camp. Certainly the Iraqis view their millions dead and people interned without due process into American camps as a holocaust.
People died in camps by the thousands from cruelty, lack of sanitation, underfeeding, freezing, humiliation, sorrow, firing squads, hangings, illness and disease. Typhus created the worst pictures, with mounds of bone-thin corpses waiting for cremation. In none of the countries was a mass death penalty decreed. Yet millions died and die today.
By understanding the mechanisms that make us treat people inhumanely, and by observing them at work within ourselves, we can use the insight to make a conscious decision to change. Denied information and insight, we won’t make that decision. We will not progress.
With all due respect for David Edgar and his great vision for the old Sopris Restaurant building, I want to remind readers that there is in fact another wonderful, well-established restaurant between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. The Nepal offers delicious, authentic Nepalese meals (lunch and dinner). It’s a favorite of mine ” a treat for the taste buds in a nurturing environment for the soul.
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