“We remember above all that the Holocaust did not start with a concentration camp. It started with a brick through the shop window of a Jewish business, the desecration of a synagogue, the shout of racist abuse on the street.”


British Prime Minister Tony Blair


I’ve never been to Auschwitz.  There’s a part of me that wants to go, to gain an insight of the place for myself … but there’s another part of me that would rather never visit and instead prefers to rely simply on the anecdotes of others [The Father & The Wicked StepMother, The Big Brother & Wife Number 1, to name a few] because it seems too morbid and too gruesome. 


I have visited other places … Terezin in The Czech Republic, and Lidice [also in Czecho] – a village that was entirely wiped out by the Nazi’s as a warning to other people.  These places made me shudder, made me sad, made me question who I am and what I want from life, made me realise that everybody is important.  Even those who committed the crimes … when you understand that they often had no choice or had to suffer death themselves.


It sickens me to think that the people involved in the atrocities back then [and in countries where genocide/violence/hate still prevails today] were/are just ordinary folk, folk who have to make a decision between the lives of themselves/their families and the lives of others, perhaps mostly strangers.  How would we cope now?  What decisions and distinctions would we make when forced?  Us or Them?  It doesn’t bear thinking about.  And yet it’s something that we should think about, something we need to think about. 


It worries me that genocide is occurring all over the world, even now. 


It worries me that so many under thirty-fives in Great Britain [60%?] don’t really know anything about the Holocaust, allegedly.


It worries me that the lessons haven’t been learnt, and probably never will be learnt.  Human nature has insisted that charismatic leaders will rise up every so often and try to wipe out entire races/creeds/religions/intellects because they believe the world will be a better place.  It’s been going on for thousands of years.  And as technology gets greater surely the need for these harsh dictators to succeed becomes easier …


It’s a scary world we live in … and surely it can only get scarier?


please God bless all the victims of the Holocaust and may they rest in peace xxx Elsabeth


:::edit::: … I was thinking about how stressy I’ve been recently, about how moody I’m liable to get at any given time, about how I snap for no reason and about how much we, society, moan about our lives and how busy we are … we forget that so many people around the world have been through the worst atrocities known to man and yet they still smile in the face of adversity, they still greet you with a cheery hello and they go about their lives with rarely a grumble … they take the stuff [people/possessions/life] that they are blessed with and they value it in a way that we never can and probably never will simply because we haven’t been there, we haven’t suffered to the extent that everybody hates us, starves us, experiments on us, kills our family and friends, steals our family heirlooms, forces us to be shunted out of our familiar surroundings, threatens our friends who aren’t the same as us, rape, torture, murder, humiliation …


And I pray to any Higher Being that may exist that we never have to go through it …


And let us remember the people of Cambodia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda and, today, Sudan

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13 comments

  1. I don’t know if things really can get scarier than this.  I mean, there’s a lot of atrocities which happen even now, but I honestly don’t think that anything will ever get to the scales of Auschwitz… I sincerely hope not.
       
    RYC: I knew what you meant, and I fully intend to take advantage of tomorrow’s day off work … don’t worry about having to explain yourself to me!

  2. I bet those would be amazing places to visit. I think it is very important to remember these things. You are absolutely right! And beautifuly said.Do that many people really not know about the Halocaust? That is terrifying!

  3. It’s strange how little aware we tend to be. Civil wars begin and end without so much as an entire continent noticing. It’s like if you asked someone where Eritrea is and what it’s crisis with its neighbor is, most often they wouldn’t know.
    And yet it’s our world but we are rarely aware of the things we need to keep abreast of news and issues.

  4. In my tiny little world I have absolutely no idea what’s going on around the world. I haven’t watched the news (or tele for that matter in about a month) and so I wonder if I would be able to handle what you are refering to. I sob desperately everytime I hear that a child was killed by a parent who just didn’t care about them and wonder what drove them to it. I just don’t like it anymore.After reading your post, I’m left with the question: Would I have rather have been killed than kill? I hope I never know the answer.

  5. I was never really taught anything about the Holocaust at school; I had to find out about it myself.  Perhaps it should be compulsory for kids to learn about it, and more importantly for today, to learn why it happened.  I suppose that’s as much as we can do today.  It is an extremely scary world, and knowing what is going on out there while I sit in my own little bubble world makes me feel utterly helpless.

  6. I’ve lost a great aunt to Auschwitz. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve heard about it, something inside me dies whenever I see pictures and footage of that horrific place.

  7. So many reasons to keep fighting for good, and to take collective responsibility for the actions (or non-actions) of our leaders and governments…
    I’m always surprised to hear that people didn’t learn this stuff in school – we seemed to spend the whole of our Year 9 talking about the Halocaust, seeing the pictures, reading the accounts, watching “Schindler’s List”. *sighs*

  8. Scariest thing I’ve heard recently “It’s much easier to make an Iraqi stand in a hood for twenty-four hours than it is to split up with your girlfriend.”  I then spent half an hour with the culprit, trying to work out why.  In the end, we drank a vast amount of gin, ‘cos it was much easier and less potentially damaging to the Official Secrets Act.
    Personally, I’m seething that the Allies failed to bomb the trainlines to Auschwitz.  They knew what was going on, they had bombers with enough range.  They would have bombed them if it had been troops being transported about the place – or if the victims had been British.  This has been a pet seethe since 1999, when I first found that out. ~x~

  9. I don’t know what else to say other than I agree.
    *hugs* You’re awesome.
    Email reply to come soon.
    Oh, and I lurve Canon but you know that because I gave it to you.

  10. Isnt bed the greatest!??  You made me crave my bed just reading that.
    That muffin video was excellent. ::::mailing it to everyone I know right now:::: LOL
    Thanks for asking about Miss Scout!  She is actually doing well…will do another protected on her probably tonight.

  11. here in the states they have the Holocaust Museum.  I went to see it once while in college and spent a couple of days crying afterwards.  even now the shock of it, the horror has caused me to completely rethink my previous attitudes.  i don’t know if any of them have changed, but i’m still horrified.

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