remembering the holocaust

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.

Much Love,

Rachel xx

6 thoughts on “remembering the holocaust

  1. (Kitty) Cat Strawberry - Meow!

    This is a powerful post and it’s true, that ordinary human beings did these things. It is so easy to find ourselves influenced, it begins with small things and when small things are slowly seen as alright, like the slow eroding of people’s rights, there comes a time when something that we would normally see as unthinkable, can be seen as just another step forward for those who have been slowly twisted into thinking a certain way. May it never happen again.

    1. patientandkindlove

      It is scary to think that I could be capable of something like this, as a human being. It proves that we should always be on our guard and check ourselves at the enf of the day to see if there is anything we have done that goes against what we feel is right.

  2. potatosandwich

    A very very dark period in human history. To think those responsible were people of all backgrounds who committed those hideous crimes, and then went home for the night to their families. I was watching the BBC coverage on the events yesterday morning, one of the survivors had this powerful message, ‘we must stop hating people’. I think that was a very important message for the world.

  3. Keera Ann Fox

    I have come to the conclusion that I would not have questioned my government had I lived in Germany back then. I don’t question my government now; I trust my country’s leaders because that’s what you are supposed to do. In wondering how not to go to the dark side, I realize that fearing other people—making other people something to fear—is how the dark starts. I’m not going there. I’m not going to be afraid of other people, of those who aren’t just like me. We are threatened more by our own than anyone else.

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