Tuesday, April 3, 2012

11 million

It really bothers me when people talk about the Holocaust in the context of 6 million Jews being killed. That is, don't get me wrong, absolutely true and atrocious, but 5 million other people died, gays, and gypsies and many other "undesirable" groups. We da a disservice to all 11 million if we pretend the Jewish population was the only one that suffered. Reasonably, they suffered at far greater rates than other populations, but that does not invalidate the experiences of others. I also think that if we stop framing the issue as Germans against Jews and start framing it as Hitler against humanity, we can find a lot more ways to come together and be stronger because of the Holocaust, rather than look back on it with resentment. 

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