Today is my birthday. I am 72 years old. While I was being born, the death camp, Auschwitz, was liberated. I always take some time on my birthday to think about what happened there. I read stories of the survivors and the people that liberated them. Look at photos of emaciated bodies. I try to imagine the pain and suffering that went on there. I think about those that created the death camps and served there.
One of the great mysteries for me has been how a sophisticated and culturally advanced civilization represented by Germany could turn itself into such an evil place. I wondered not only how the leaders of that country could follow such a path of inhumanity but how so many average germans could not only allow it to happen could actually participate in it. I still do not have answers for that.
Many people would say “never again” but I could not say that because I could not really understand how it happened in the first place. Many would say that it could never happen in the USA but I could not say that because I had seen are dark history before my very eyes during the days of the civil rights marches.
Now we may be able to understand what happened in Germany. The election of Donald Trump and his actions make me very concerned. I don’t say this lightly and I am sure there will be readers of this post that not only disagree but will be angry or worse.
I am not going to spend time making comparisons between Trump and Hitler or between today’s USA and Germany in the 30s. I am just expressing my fear and saying that I still do not understand what happened in Germany and why I could not happen again.
We must be vigilant. We must resist the evil that is Trump.