Thursday, October 22, 2009

"De-Sanctification" of the Holocaust

This article hits the nail on the head when it speaks of how the term "Holocaust" is thrown around so liberally that it cheapens or "de-Sanctifies" (an appropriately eloquent term) the industrialized, institutionalized genocide perpetrated by the Germans and their willing partners in World War Two.

The article is correct to point out how even though many have real concerns with abortions, or animal welfare, or health care these are in no way comparable to the suffering of the Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, Jehovah's Witness, the infirm or any of the other countless millions of undesirables the Nazis tried to wipe out.

The Holocaust was such evil that it has no parallel in human history, and if it did, it would certainly not be abortion, it would more likely be another, actual genocide. Even then, however, no other genocide has seen the level of institutionalization, industrialization or allocation of resources that the Holocaust did.

To compare something to the Holocaust (or for that matter, to Nazis, or to Hitler, etc.) is to attempt to link the target of ones argument to the worst evil in history. In truth, however, such a comparison reflects an intellectual void that either misunderstands the Holocaust, the issue one is trying to link to the Holocaust, or both.

There is evil in the world, and cruelty, and suffering but as much as we may abhor certain aspects of the world we live in, none of it has yet matched the evil of the Holocaust and the Nazis. To suggest otherwise is, as this article points out, a cheapening of the suffering of victims of the Nazis and of those who survived.

The only failure of the article is that is misses this and this, both of which deserve mention.

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