Today’s discussion was about Dachau and the Concentration Camps of Nazi Germany. It is a lesson in horror that should never be forgotten, or dismissed. Hitler did not just focus on the Jews;There were 5 million non-Jewish victims as well, he also focused on the mentally disabled, gypsies, Polish, African-Germans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Homosexuals, as well as priests and Christian leaders.
We always hear about the Holocaust, but it was not just one group of people being persecuted. There population density in that region at the time was heavier than many others and that was a contributing factor in the massive number of Jewish deaths. Hitler’s hate held only Aryan as the race worth saving. This singular focus is not unlike some of the extremist groups out there today.
Please don’t get me wrong I am not diminishing what the Jewish people went through at the hands of Nazi Germany, but remember there where many many others who died as well, both for their religious beliefs and their sexual orientation. Their deaths are no less worthy of note yet we seem to overlook them.
One of the things I found interesting and very similar to our politics today is as the Nazi’s came into power, there was much of the same kind of political wheeling and dealing going on. Every country was looking to cut deals for themselves and their own personal interests. It was not until Germany started going after the major world powers of the time, that other countries began to fall into line ready to fight against what had already been going on in Germany and Poland. I believe that is called turning a blind eye not unlike what goes on today.
What is the importance of all this you may be asking right now, well here it is. The world we live in is a very crazy and dangerous place, there is instability politically and economically worldwide. If we don’t learn from our past, how can we recognize when danger comes knocking at our door?
Ethnic cleansing, religious cleansing, and even sexual cleansing is wrong, we all need to remember that and hold close the freedoms that are ours and not turn a blind eye to the problems from our past, by remembering and keeping it from happening in our own back yard.