We all have the responsibility – as individuals and as members of the human race – to never again let this happen! It does not matter who the victims are: if they are a specific race, or religion, or whatever! Because, as my favourite philosopher says:
A person’s a person, no matter how small!
So, as we ponder and remember this horrible thing that happened – the Holocaust – we must not lie to ourselves about HOW something like that could possibly occur.
Some people are quick to point out that the Holocaust did not begin with actions – and they are right. The Holocaust began with the BANNING OF FREE SPEECH!
Pre-Hitler Germany had very strong ‘hate-speech laws’ – ones which were eerily similar to the ‘hate-speech’ laws we, in Canada, much of the EU, and other ‘Western countries’, have now. And, the Jewish community in Germany then was quite ‘satisfied’ with the way these laws were used to prosecute people who SPOKE anti-semitic sentiments. Just as many Jewish groups say they are ‘satisfied’ with the ‘hate-speech’ laws here, now…
These very same ‘hate-speech’ laws were used in 1930’s Germany to muzzle anyone who spoke up against the ACTIONS and government policies which brought about the Holocaust! Remember my first law of human dynamics: if a law CAN be abused in any way – IT WILL. Do people really not see the danger how laws which allow governments to silence people on topics of their choice can be abused? Or that they are indeed being abused now…that the seeds of abuse of these very laws have already been sown in our society and are beginning to sprout?
Look around yourself now: we are seeing more and more people becoming muzzled (even including lifetime bans to speak or communicate in any way on a whole topic!) for speaking up against certain government policies!!!
This is ONE lesson we MUST learn from history – because the Holocaust is something we must never allow to be repeated!