Hello dear readers,
In the US and Canada, today is a day of remembrance. It's a day when we take time to remember the sacrifices of our veterans, and to be grateful for their sacrifice.
Most of us wish for a world without war, but unless our basic nature changes, we will always see conflict. As much as I long for peace, I respect those who are brave enough to fight for our country. Imagine what the world would be like if no one was courageous enough to stop the Nazis....
Man's inhumanity to man has always fascinated me. I wanted to be a profiler, but failing that--as a writer and as a journalist, I've tried desperately to understand. And there's no greater symbol of man's capability for cruelty to his fellow beings than the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Auschwitz-Birkenau is a memorial and a museum now. You can take a two-hour tour of the camps, and see some chilling reminders of the evil that took place, including a large display of surgical tools, and a hall with hairs from the victims. Just thinking of it makes me shudder, but it also makes me sad.
Why keep such a ghoulish place? Why not tear it down and burn it until only cinders remain? Actually, it was a brilliant decision to keep the camps intact. What happened to the prisoners of this concentration camp in World War Two was so horrendous that it's difficult to believe. We can't wrap our minds around it. Maybe that's why, even now,
there are people and organizations who deny that hundreds of thousands of people were murdered in this camp, that gas chambers operated there, or that the crematoria could burn several thousand corpses per day. In other words, they deny that Auschwitz was the scene of genocide. (- the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum website)Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. After the Holocaust, many said "never again". But since that time, we have seen horrible atrocities in Bosnia, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Darfur....the tragedies continue. What do we have to do to live peacefully with one another? How must we change in order to bring a permanent end to war?
It's worth thinking about.