WASHINGTON, April 19, 2012 — Mixed in with today’s media buzz about the NFL draft, hockey suspensions, political wars, and current scandals, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Is the memory of the Holocaust as strong today as it was 40 or 50 years ago? That is unlikely, but it is a part of history we do well to remember.
Time and History
The death camps of WWII fade into history as time and survivors pass away. Fading happens to all events, and those involved in them. The only history that is vivid to each of us is the history we live or witness, and history accommodates every generation with its own tensions and 9/11 experience.
History reminds us how resourceful, selfish, inventive, repetitive, generous, and fearful humans are. Mankind is amazing and disappointing, compassionate and cruel. We create breathtaking beauty while the natural beauty that supports us is poisoned. As Spock, in the original Star Trek would say, “Fascinating.”
A Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, put the contradiction that man is this way, “Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.”
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