~ A while back at coffee I met the father of a friend of mine…..he is a holocaust survivor. A Jewish immigrant following WWII, he built a successful business here in the United States, and according to my friend, his father “doesn’t like to talk about the Holocaust”.
Although he was only a small child when he was put in the Nazi concentration camp (yes, he has the tattoo that forever marked his life), I can’t even begin to comprehend the horror he and his family suffered.
Conversations about WWII and the Holocaust tend to focus on two things; war and the horrors of the concentration camps. Lost in the mix of the conversation is, what I believe, to be one of the most amazing issues that faced an entire country; waking up the morning after the war was over Germans were told that everything they believed was evil and immoral.
Imagine for a moment what that must have been like, going all those years being told that Jews “deserved” their fate, that the mentally ill, and homosexuals, and Jews ALL deserved to be treated worse than animals. The Germans were taught to believe;
—) it was “good” and “moral” to murder men, women, and children
—) it was “good” to kill Jewish people in cold blood right in the middle of the street
—) it was “good” to murder men, women and children in showers with electricity
—) it was “good” to terrorize and brutally attempt to wipe from the face of the earth an entire race of people
Imagine for a moment, being taught day after day that those things were “good”…..and then waking up after the Allied forces conquered you in the war to be told, “No, what you did was NOT good, it was NOT moral, it was UGLY and EVIL”.
Imagine what it must have been like for the Germans to have believed with all their hearts what they had been told, and then one day to be told that what they believed was IMMORAL.
What must that be like, to find out that your entire worldview was not merely wrong….but IMMORAL and EVIL?
It was no small matter.
The same thing happened following the end of the Civil War here in the United States. For more than a hundred years many white Americans were taught from their youth, that blacks “DESERVED” to be slaves, that blacks were not fully human. Then one day, millions of white Americans were told that what they believed was not merely wrong, it was IMMORAL and EVIL.
What must it be like to go to sleep one day adhering to beliefs that you believe to be “GOOD” and “MORAL”, only to wake up the next day to be told that what you believe is “EVIL” and “IMMORAL”?
What must it have been like to be a German at the end of WWII?
A couple mornings ago we all woke up to a video in which a prominent Planned Parenthood Doctor casually discussed how she kills babies in the wombs of their mothers, making sure not to harm the bodies too much, so that she will be able to sell the body parts of these babies to various people around the country.
A couple nights ago, dear reader, you went to sleep believing that Planned Parenthood was a “MORAL”, and “GOOD” organization…..and then you woke up dear reader to find out that Planned Parenthood is the very essence of “EVIL” and IMMORALITY”.
As Andrew Isker writes, “Deborah Nucatola casually describing how she carefully takes a forceps to kill the baby but be gentle enough so as to not ruin its organs is bone chilling”
What was it like to be a German at the end of WWII and find out what they believed was entirely wrong?
Dear reader, the Germans were people like you and me. We are no more superior than them any more than white people are superior to black people. And if you believe that you are more superior than the Germans, than I fear for your soul……..because the minute you begin believing you are better than someone else, is the minute history begins to repeat itself.
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee,
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