“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” ~ Elie Wiesel
What would you have done if you had lived in Germany in the years 1933 – 1945? Why? The Holocaust showed the world that it is a very good idea to rethink what makes humans civilized. Prior to the Nazi era, sociologists believed that our willingness to help our fellow human beings defined our humanity. This was what a civilized person would do when they saw another human being suffering. We would help.
Then why did we (the whole world) betray the Jews in World War II? How did the Nazis manipulate us to the point of “looking the other way?” Was it to save our own skin?
Worse, others say, why did the Jewish people actively collaborate in their own destruction? For example, the Nazi’s set up Jewish Councils who made the lists of what Jews were to be deported to the death camps, until finally, the members of the councils themselves were deported.
Another example, is the many pictures of only a small handfull of German soldiers guarding hundreds of Jewish prisoners, who at some point, knew with certainty they were going to be exterminated. Why didn’t they overpower the guards and escape?
What about the German people? Why did they go along with Hitler, even when it was clearly evident that the Nazis were murdering the Jews?
Why did individuals, soldiers and civilians, participate in shooting, gassing, starving, abusing the Jews?
Why did doctors – German doctors – do horrible medical experiments on the Jews and other prisoners in the death camps?
Why didn’t the Allies (England, the USA, Russia) broadcast a public statement directly to the Germans that they would be held accountable for the extermination of the Jews?
These questions are important to understand if we want to prevent these things from happening again…again…again…and again.
Why did we refuse to stand up to evil?
Why? Why? Why?
What happened to mankind? Was the whole world in denial?
Worse, are we just as much in denial today, about genocide, as we were then, for the same reasons?
Every organization, every individual, that reports on genocide around the world, takes away the worls’s ability to say: “I didn’t know.”
There are no other excuses that can explain away not doing something.
The first step, towards actively doing something, is answering for yourself the question: Why?
This book will help you to search for the answer to the question. Only you can answer for yourself…