January 27th, 2014
I would like to add that blaming all the people of Germany for this atrocity is wrong. Some people might have known, some people probably did, some people didn’t. Not all of those people hated Jews, or people who were gay, or people who had disabilities; but they did know what happened to the people who spoke out against the Nazi regime. They disappeared. And it probably wasn’t too difficult to guess where. It is an easy judgement to make from the safety of distance. I have seen the pictures of townspeople the allied troops forced to tour the camps that were so close to them. It is a herculean question, how could people let it happen? People have spent decades trying to figure that out. Read my previous post, and the article that was on page 10 in The New York Times. We, in the United Stated, let it happen too. Only we didn’t have to worry about disappearing if we spoke out, what would happen to our families. I wasn’t going to say anything, actually, in this post. I’m not sure how many people even actually blame the German people any more.
The reason I bring this up is because of the topic of the last post. It is not the fault of the general majority, I hope, that what is happening in Russia is happening. When Russia was still the USSR, no laws resembling these anti-homosexual laws were in effect. It is the people who are in charge and street thugs, along with the Southern Orthodox Church, who are controlling what is happening. Again, I had no idea the church was so active–since it wasn’t under the rulers during the Cold War (I thought) I didn’t think it was now. I was very wrong. In some ways it’s not unlike what is happening in the United States, only much, much harsher and, under Putin, it is hard to tell what direction events will take. He has already insulted athletes and visitors who are gay or lesbian, equating them with pedophiles. Now he wants to “clean the country of homosexuals.” When will this occur? During the Olympics? After? Safety is definitely an issue. I’m not entirely sure for whom. I still feel very, very strongly that even holding the Olympics this year is a terrible idea. That we are supporting a man fully capable of bringing about another genocide. Just because one is paranoid doesn’t mean one is necessarily wrong.
(My apologies to Lynn Dove–Remembrance day was started in Europe for those who had died in WWI, and the poppy was the flower used; some people call it “Poppy Day.” Now it’s used to honor all who have died in wars, veterans. It was in with the pictures for the Holocaust when I did a search and I thought it spoke to the other side of what happens–not only are innocent lives lost in genocide, but those of soldiers who fight to rescue them).