Saturday, April 19, 2008

Do Not Forget History

I am fascinated by WWII (and history in general) and believe that if we forget history we are doomed to repeat mistakes. Like sitting by and allowing millions to be rounded up and slaughtered like pigs.

Sixty Five Years Ago - Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

"The Nazis walled off the ghetto in November 1940, cramming 400,000 Jews from across Poland into a 760-acre section of the capital in inhuman conditions. On April 19, 1943, German troops started to liquidate the ghetto by sending tens of thousands of its residents to death camps."
It astounds me that there are actually people alive today who don't believe that the Holocaust happened - or that it happened but wasn't as big a deal as people make it out to be. I shake my head and my heart gets sad. Because the more time that goes by, the more distant a memory the "great" war was and the fewer who are alive to tell the truth about history.

10 comments:

jennsquared said...

Oh how sad. I came from a very rich history background (I'm Chinese) so I totally understand what you mean. You see, I came from Taiwan, so it's not under communism, but people from the China mainland has a completely different story on what happened it's sickening. ::sigh:: I just hope the history will not be forgotten.

Rosanne said...

Those idiots who don't believe it happened should talk to one of the Survivors! There are less and less of them now that time is passing but there are still some out there. I know some and their stories are horrific. One woman would not tell anyone her story until she was in her 60's. She just could not talk about it. She was one of Dr Mengele's experiments and I cried every time I heard her story. Another woman I know was a child and lost every single person in her family. You just do not ever get over something like that. And for those idiots to say it never happened? It is so disrespectful to the people who died and the people who lived through it.
SHAME ON THEM!!

Anita said...

The WWII era is one of my fascinations, also. Thank you for this reminder!

blueviolet said...

I've never met anyone that thought the Holocaust never happened. That's ridiculous.

Anne said...

It is astonishing, isn't it? How can people believe that all the atrocities were invented?

On a different note entirely, i hope it is ok but I have tagged you in a meme. http://thetallpoppy.blogspot.com/2008/04/tagged-for-food-porn.html

Anne said...

I don't know what happened to my comment. Just disappeared so delete this if you get it twice.

I find it really hard to believe that people think all the wartime atrocities are just propaganda. I am sure that all the dead and dying people we see in the images were paid actors. Sure, and I believe the earth is flat.

On a different note I have tagged you for a fun meme. I hope that is OK. http://thetallpoppy.blogspot.com/2008/04/tagged-for-food-porn.html

Lady Language said...

I agree - those who forget history or pretend it didn't happen are morons (sorry, but they are). We should all be so humble and remember our past and the horrible things that we did to one another so as not to repeat them (but wait, we are still at war and hurting each other, so WTH?).

Roxy said...

Everything about that war stuns me. You should get the HBO series Band of Brothers. It's amazing.

Melissa said...

Roxy - I've always wanted to see Band of Brothers. I think maybe I'll have to check it out sometime.

Blueviolet - Amazing isn't it. I also couldn't believe that people denied it ever happened. (But then I met some during research I had to do for a Holocaust class I took)

Bunny B said...

It is sad. History is important for everyone to learn.