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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Remembering Dachau and Other Things We'd Sooner Forget

Note from Carolyn: This is published anonymously from those missives sent around on the web with no attribution. I feel the author will forgive me. I also must note that most of us would rather deny that which offends us or reflects poorly on us. That is part of the human condition. Only those with courage own up to the reality of whatever they dislike most about their own past. That might include horrors perpetrated by our own government during this war. Tolerance is born of remembering.

The photo is of Eisenhower in Dachau.

It is a matter of history that when Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps, he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.

    He did this because he said in words to this effect:  'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the track of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.  All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing'.

    This week, the University of Kentucky removed The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offended' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred.

    This is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.

    It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.

    This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated with the German and Russian peoples looking the other way!

    Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.  This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide!

    Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.  Don't just delete this.  It will only take a minute to pass this along.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson wrote the foreword for Eric Dinyer's book of patriotic quotations, Support Our Troops, published by Andrews McMeel. Part of the proceeds for the book benefit Fisher House. Her chapbook of poetry won the Military Writers Society of America's award of excellence.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The photo was taken at Allach, a sub camp of Dachau on April 30, 1945, one day after the main Dachau camp was liberated. General Eisenhower only visited one camp - Ohrdruf, which was a sub camp of Buchenwald. It's true that Eisenhower did order a propaganda campaign about the camps and he did say that someday people would say that it never happened. He was right.