One of my most vivid memories of being in Israel, is of being in the middle of Jerusalem, hearing a loud siren and watching in disbelief, as every car stopped. The car doors opened and everybody stood silently by their vehicle for several minutes. It was only later, I discovered the reason for this moving scene.
I remember being on the kibbutz and talking to one of the kibbutzniks. I had noticed he had an English accent. He had explained that he had been evacuated to Kent during the war. He had also spoken tearfully of saying goodbye to his mother, whom he was never to see again. Here we are, a paltry seventy five years after those horrific events (mere moments in terms of world history) and the ugly spectre of anti-semitism seems to be lurking ready to pounce once more.
“Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”―
At his trial Herman Göhring claimed to know nothing about Nazi atrocities!
Jesus was a Jew. He celebrated Passover. In my lifetime I often heard “NEVER AGAIN” What short memories we have. Will we all be so gaslit one day in the future, that we will believe The Holocaust never happened?One thing I know about toxic behaviour is, it NEVER LETS UP. It just sits quietly in the background waiting for an opportunity to dominate and control once more.
If we want a world where millions of people are not persecuted and killed for their beliefs, we can choose to make it that way. Now more than any time in world history, we all have the power to say “NEVER AGAIN.” The question is, do we have the will or courage to do it?
⚠️ Spoiler Alert!! For me the scene which has always stayed with me is the final scene in Schindler’s List.
(It reminds me of the poor guy who tried to do something about The Prince’s Highway.He had finally succeeded in getting them to improve the road but had broken down talking about all the lives he hadn’t been able to save,)
My mum used to say to me, “You never want to have to say, “If only…” This advice has probably saved both our children’s lives.Photo from Canva