I got an email from a friend of mine, Richard Sutton, to remind me of the importance of knowing history. I’m posting it as a blog; never was too good at following instructions, supposed to pass it along as email. The comic strip shown is as real to me as any I’ve observed.
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I’ve met folks who survived the death camps, folks with blue tattooed numbers plainly visible on their arm for all to see. One lady worked at Foley’s, now part of the Macy’s Department store chain, where my father worked. I had a chance to listen and learn about how the Holocaust was more than an event in history; it was part of her daily life. She’d been witness to the atrocities committed in the name of the State, not some mythical story intended as a scare tactic. These folks are living reminders of how quickly hatred, focused toward any group of people; but particularly a religious sect, can be turned into a cause for ignoring individual rights.
I recognize that I’ve altered the format from email to a blog article; don’t let that stop you from copying this and sending it along. This is just a reminder of where we have been and where we could go.
Please read the little cartoon carefully, it's powerful. Then read the comments at the end, and please - forward it! We cannot, we must not, ever forget what happened in Europe over 60 years ago, because it could happen again. Anyone, any group, could be the target. It has been said that those who refuse to study history are doomed to repeat it. In this case, those who are attempting to rewrite history are probably planning to repeat it! The hatred is already there, in place, taught to the children from infancy, with promises of glory and honor to those who carry out the plans. Forewarned is forearmed, and I'm doing my small part by forwarding this message. I hope you'll do the same.
It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated with the German and Russian peoples looking the other way!
Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be a myth, it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.
The Islamic extremists are bent on the same thing that Hitler and Stalin were. The conquest of the world and the destruction of anyone who doesn't believe the way they do. The rest of the Muslims who say or do nothing about them are as guilty as the extremist.
This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide! Join me and be a link in the memorial chain and help us distribute it around the world. Please send this e-mail to 10 people (or more) you know and ask them to continue the memorial chain.