Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Lest we Forget

The appalling story of the Holocaust is one which has been told so many times that there is a slight danger of becoming immune, by a process of familiarity, to the horrors which took place. However, even I was unprepared for the stark reality of hearing a Russian infantryman, on arriving at Dachau, asking the question, 'how many women do you have to kill to produce seven tons of hair?'

Thought provoking indeed.

As an international community, we cannot afford to be complacent regarding such atrocities. Examples such as the one quoted above must never be allowed to rest as a simple matter of historical fact. Without frequent reminders, the human race is not clever enough to consistently learn from the lessons of the past.

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