It is the follower, the one easily led by corrupt leaders, who would have the audacity to ask this question, the ignorant in the truest sense of the word, I suppose.
It was my nine-year-old grandchildren who first brought the word to me a couple of years ago, not as a question but as a statement. Apparently someone had taken the time to teach a unit on Hitler well enough that these very young children did not plan on forgetting it any time soon. In fact, they knew things that I had forgotten, and their comments reminded me of “the photos” and my father-in-law, Bob Jones, and just what he had seen in those concentration camps.
As the twins continued to talk about all they knew about the war and about Hitler, I began to wonder if I should show them the very graphic photos brought back by my dear father-in-law when he returned stateside after World War II. They are photos that bother me, and I was very afraid that they would bother my grandchildren. However, the more they talked, the more I realized that they were totally aware of just what Hitler and his army of demons had done to innocent men, women, and children.
I also know that history must be taught so that those who come later will not repeat the sins of the fathers so I told the kids about the photos, and I warned them that they were photos that might scare them. Of course, they insisted on seeing them, and I chose two of the least offensive ones for them to view.
The two I showed are below. I can’t look at them without wanting to sit down and cry for two reasons: One because this horrible, horrible thing could have happened, and two because we have become a nation that tries to hide the bad, the ugly from our history and from our children.
I warn you…these will break your heart for all concerned. I can’t imagine being a surviving family member, and I can’t imagine being an American soldier as my father-in-law was in this camp.