To forget what we’ve done
Is no better than doing it twice.
They were normal people
On both sides of the fence.
Just like you
And just like me.
They were doctors and lawyers
Who went home at night
To their children and wives
And a good hearty dinner,
Before bed and a night of dreamless deep sleep.
They were not monsters.
But forget what they did and we can easily slip
Into the ruts that they moved along.
Blinkered and blinded
We’ll turn against God
And write yet another nightmarish chapter
In the history books read
By our future generations
Shaking their heads at how sick and disgusting
We turned out to be.
The Holocaust memorial services that are taking place at the moment are a chilling reminder of what humans are capable of when they are led by evil. The people who committed these awful crimes were normal people just like you and me. And if we forget what happened back then, it could happen again.
I don’t know if it’s the way we’re wired but we really struggle to do what’s right when there are outside influences and temptations. These people were brainwashed into thinking that what they were doing was OK. This is unthinkable to us, but we only need to slip into those ruts that were formed all those years ago and we will have a problem.
History lessons are so important for this very reason. We must bear witness to these people who suffered so that there suffering isn’t repeated. It is about showing respect to them and all that they went through.
It would be really nice if you take some time on this anniversary of the end of the concentration camps, to think about all of the people involved. It certainly puts all of my problems into perspective when I think of the suffering that they went through. May human kind never have to see anything like that again.