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72nd Holocaust Anniversary: faint echoes from our horrible past?

Updated on November 25, 2016

Holocaust Museum Memorial

Holocaust Memorial at the Holocaust Museum, FL
Holocaust Memorial at the Holocaust Museum, FL | Source

Never Again?

May 8th marks the official end of a very traumatic and inhumane episode in our human history. Seventy plus years is a human lifetime ago and with all our technological, medical and scientific advancements we would be right to assume that we've improved on the moral and ethical plane as well. Those that were confronted with mankind's utter inhumanity and depravity either as victims or liberators instilled in their progeny the will & desire for the antithesis to it - hoping and praying we would never again have to deal with something that horrible and demoralizing. Even with the formation of the United Nations in 1945, the miraculous establishment of the Jewish homeland in 1948, the annual memorials and tributes (Link 1 & 2) which are to remind us not to relegate the unpleasant facts to our stuffy archives in our skeleton closets - and yet somehow we are again dealing with this ugliness rearing its head.

Holocaust or Genocide? Same or different?

Since 1945 this world has seen a decline in war related deaths according to Max Roser3. My research tallies: 51 million people killed 4 and we had 10 dictatorial leaders 5 , but I think we need to add five or more to that list. What each of these types of conflicts and casualties had in common was a power-hungry leader and their perceived enemy (victim). If you study the strategies you'll start discerning a common thread. Fairly soon the victim group emerges because they are being singled out, marginalized to the fringes because they are considered problematic. Each victim group becomes more and more isolated, then they'll be ostracized and ultimately forced to be muted or silenced (spreading lies and fear are very good tools to get that accomplished). Until finally they are no longer heard or seen as "human" at all but more like a problem that needs to be eradicated. Depending on their risk assessment strategies the problem will not be recorded* or they'll be tallied as trophies so they can meet their quotas or bragging rights. (Links 6 & 7)

* https://pjmedia.com/blog/the-forgotten-genocide-why-it-matters-today

Here are some examples of problem people.

How they deal with their problem people
How they deal with their problem people | Source

Another example of problem people?

For a while there we didn't seem to have a homelessness problem....  this homeless man is someone's son, father, brother, friend...
For a while there we didn't seem to have a homelessness problem.... this homeless man is someone's son, father, brother, friend... | Source

Choosing to walk for life

My friend & I after completing the annual Walk For Life
My friend & I after completing the annual Walk For Life | Source

The responsibility lies with us....

“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.”
Molière

The earnings of the righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) lead to life, but the profit of the wicked leads to further sin. He who heeds instruction and correction is [not only himself] in the way of life [but also] is a way of life for others. And he who neglects or refuses reproof [not only himself] goes astray [but also] causes to err and is a path toward ruin for others. -Proverbs 10:16-17 Amplified Bible (AMP)[italics mine]

I am convinced we all are capable of becoming a power-hungry leader or the victim depending on the circumstances... I am convinced of what the bible says about me & you: that we are all righteous in our own eyes, but we have all gone astray.... our works, our deeds, and our efforts are worthless (like filthy rags) in the sight of God unless we allow our Creator to build His kingdom with love & life through us...

How will you honor the lessons of the past? How will you not forget to honor someone today who gave you life? Start by honoring your father and your mother, honor all human life, all life here on earth, and those not yet born...and certainly honor their Creator - then maybe we won't fall for the same traps: like the beautiful illusions, glorious promises and politically-correct speeches that we keep falling for time and time again thereby hurtling us closer towards another holocaust and another world war....

The 180 movie - who's responsibility is it anyway?

Children's children of the Holocaust - Keeping the Candle Lit

Dr. Mike Evans from The Friends of Zion Heritage Center in Jerusalem, Israel 20 Yosef Rivlin Street Nahalat Shiv'a' Jerusalem 9424017 - http://www.fozmuseum.com/

Dr. Mitch Glaser from The Chosen People Ministries International Headquarters 241 East 51st Street . New York, NY 10022 - http://www.chosenpeople.com/main/

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      Johanna Boomsma 2 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Mr. Schneider; it is a difficult daily process to look with the eyes of Love & my heart hurts for those that have heard nothing but the hate messages their entire lives.

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      Howard Schneider 2 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Excellent Hub, Johanna. I believe that the key to keeping a people from acquiescing to such a terrible genocide is to constantly question our government and not become apathetic or totally patriotic. You are spot on also that we all should learn to just love our families and everyone else no matter our differences. Empathy is key.