Holocaust lessons we must never forget
FEAR first step to hatred
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”
– Edmund Burke.
I, as a Jew, cannot forget the Holocaust.
What is it that turns friends into enemies, neighbours into strangers, and leads otherwise decent human beings to rob others, first of their humanity and then of their lives?
Each case is different, but it seems to me that it begins with fear.
When the world changes, and not for the better, people start worrying about what the future holds. Fear is the most ancient and powerful of all human instincts, and usually it seeks an object, something to focus on. When you hear the words, “It’s all the fault of” – the fault of the Jews, the Muslims, the Tutsis, anyone – that’s when the alarms should start ringing. Because if history teaches anything, it is that it doesn’t take evil men to commit evil deeds.
All it takes is fear and a willingness to blame others.
The Holocaust is more than an event that happened somewhere else, a long time ago. In today’s unstable world we have to build bridges of friendship across faiths and ethnicities so strong that they can withstand even the worst hurricane of hate. Friendship creates hope, hope defeats fear, and we can handle any future so long as we do it together, made stronger not weaker by our differences.
– Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. Former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, and Professor of Law, Ethics and the Bible at King’s College, London.
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“Don’t shed blood, shed hatred”
– Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India
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