Friday, January 27, 2017

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Seventy-two years ago, Allied troops arrived at Auschwitz and began to liberate those who had survived imprisonment, torture, starvation, and medical experiments at the hands of the Nazi followers of Adolph Hitler.  During the second World War millions of people were killed by the Nazi party, who believed that the Aryan race was the ultimate race of humanity, and that all others were to be hated, killed, and experimented upon.
    During the reign of Hitler's Nazi Germany in the early 1940s millions of people were killed.  More than six million Jews, two million Roma (gypsies), and hundreds of thousands of  gay, lesbian, and disabled people were killed because of their beliefs, their heritage, their disabilities, and their sexual orientation.  It was an outrageous event.  I hope and pray with all of my being that such a thing never happens again - anywhere on this earth, or within our knowledge of our universe.
    This is what the Circus Peanut's statement was for today - the International Holocaust Remembrance Day - all of three extremely short paragraphs or one hundred seventeen words:
    "It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victors, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust.  It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.
     "Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest.  As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.
     "In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good.  Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world."
     Nowhere in this short statement is there a mention of the Jewish people, who lost the most lives of anyone, any where.  The Anti-Defamation League president finds this troubling, as do I.
     Before and during World War II Jewish immigrants and refugees were refused the right to immigrate to other countries where they would not be persecuted.  Today, the Circus Peanut also signed an Executive Order regarding refugees to our United States.  The executive order halts all refugee settlements for four months, reduces the total refugee quota substantially, and imposes travel restrictions on some foreign nationals.
    The executive action does not explicitly single out members of a single faith, but the countries impacted are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia, according to a White House official.  It also gives priority status to refugees "provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual's country of nationality."
     Somehow, I find this unsettling...

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