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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Remember the Holocaust Day

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

George Santayana - Life of Reason, Reason and Common Sense. 1905

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Because I'm a sometimes scatter brained old woman I failed to recall that January was the month for some important remembrances. One was Holocaust Remembrance and the other was NASA's Remembrance Day for our astronauts who perished pursuing our dream of space. I will post on the Astronauts later.

Today I post on the Holocaust and think "there but for the grace of fate, go I and some of my friends". Old Woman and her family are descended from Native American ancestry; the Nazis hated all people of darker skins so if Germany had won WWII, adios you Indians! These past few years I have regarded Bush's concentration camps balefully and fearfully lest he make good on his threat "if you aren't with us, you are with the terrorists" (treason with the death penalty). Most of my friends and bloggers were against him and I wondered when the jackboots would be kicking down our doors. And heigh ho, heigh ho, off to the camps we go.

You don't have to like the Jews to remember what happened to them in WWII. I'm not fond of Israel's actions but I remember the horrors and bear in mind it COULD happen to us! In the Holocaust, about 5.6 - 6.25 million Jews were exterminated between 1933 -1945; approximately 5 million non-Jews were killed - Soviets, Polish Catholics, Serbians, Roma "gypsies", journalists, teachers, activists, handicapped, alcoholics, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses. Also, 1.5 million children were killed.

In every war and conflict, under every evil, despotic government, there have been ethnic cleansings, massacres, mass murders and enslavements. We ain't immune, duckies. .
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International Holocaust Remembrance Day
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The International Holocaust Remembrance Day
, which occurs on January 27, is the first universal commemoration in memory of the victims of The Holocaust. more

Holocaust - music James Blunt's "No Courage", applicable to ALL wars and acts of tyranny. Graphic. Watch and remember the past. Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.



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