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    • victornz
    • 13.04.10 | 04:09 (IDT)

    All tragedy poses questions and all tragedy teaches lessons. But the Shoah does so with an inescapable and unparalleled pointedness. Here are just some of the questions: How did a gang of thugs with an overtly murderous doctrine gain power in a country, justly renowned for its high culture, scholarship, technological expertise and respect for legality? How did the thugs manage to convince millions of ostensibly decent, kindly and often well-educated people to join them in persecuting their fellow citizens and in waging aggressive war against their neighbours? Where did the thugs find the tens of thousands needed to staff the industry of death they established in the territories they conquered? Why did millions look away when they had approximate knowledge, however vague, of what was happening? Perhaps most crucially, if all this could happen in a highly educated, sophisticated, cultured and technologically-advanced country, where could it not happen?? ...more to come

    from the article: The Holocaust isn't just about Jews
    First published 03:18 09.04.10 | Last updated 11:00 09.04.10
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