Listen To Those Who Know

“Those people and millions of others, including my immediate family, were killed by lies. My country and much of the continent was destroyed by lies. And now lies threaten not only the memory of those times, but also the achievements that have been made since. Today’s generation doesn’t have the luxury of being able to argue that it was never warned or did not understand the consequences of where lies will take you.” Stanislaw Aronson: I survived the Warsaw ghetto. Here are the lessons I’d like to pass on. “I know what it means to be at the sharp end of European history – and I fear that the battle to draw the right lessons from that time is in danger of being lost.” (My parents are both Holocaust survivors. Both hear echoes of pre-World War 2 rhetoric today, in Europe and America. They are low key and not at all prone towards hyperbolism. And this is the first time I’ve ever heard them talk like this. Pay attention to those who know what fascism looks like…)

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