72nd Holocaust Anniversary: faint echoes from our horrible past?
Holocaust Museum Memorial
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)
Here are some examples of problem people.
Another example of problem people?
Choosing to walk for life
The responsibility lies with us....
“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.”
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?
March of Rememberance (link 1)
- Never forget the Holocaust, Support Israel, and Come against world-wide genocide
Never forget the Holocaust, Support Israel, and Come against world-wide genocide. Bring awareness to our community of the terrible results of remaining silent. Motivate people to pray for Israel, America and the world.
Diane von Furstenberg's tribute to her mother & herself (link 2)
- Diane von Furstenberg - on creating a legacy, her timeless wrap dress and hiring her first CEO
Dec. 15 -- On “Charlie Rose,” a conversation with Diane von Furstenberg. She is a fashion designer, businesswoman, former princess and grandmother, and has written a new memoir called “The Woman I Wanted to Be.
War & Peace data by Max Roser (link 3)
- War and Peace after 1945 — Our World in Data
In wars after 1945 I present the data that shows how the number of war victims has been falling over these more than six decades. There is also information on the changing reasons for countries to go to war and on the number and distribution of wars
An estimated 51 million people have been killed in wars between 1945 and 2000.
Ten brutal dictators list (incomplete - my addition)
- List of Top 10 Most Brutal Dictators in Modern History - History Lists
A list of 10 most brutal dictators in modern history, their rise to power and terror against their own people during their government.
Authors or Survivors from the Holocaust (link 6)
- List of 84 Holocaust Survivor Books
Looking for Holocaust Survivor Books? Browse a list of books tagged "holocaust survivor" by our club members to find the best holocaust survivor books.
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/
Unbroken - Bestseller by Laura Hillenbrand (The remarkable story of the triumph of the human spirit)
- Laura Hillenbrand: Author of Unbroken and Seabiscuit
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieuten