Today is Wednesday, May 4, 2016.
It is also Holocaust Remembrance Day.
I could go into detail about the Holocaust, and why we should remember it, but others have explained it far better with much more powerful words than I.
However, in this day when its is popular to whitewash history, tear down monuments to men whose beliefs we find out of step with “modern sensibilities,” and remake history in our image, I give you these words from Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone:
Why does it still stand?
Why do we keep it standing?
There is an answer to this question.
All the Dachaus must remain standing.
The Dachaus, the Belsens, the Buchenwalds, the Auschwitzes – all of them.
They must remain standing because they are a monument to a moment in time when some men decided to turn the Earth into a graveyard.
Into it they shoveled all of their reason, their logic, their knowledge, but worst of all, their conscience.
And the moment we forget this, the moment we cease to be haunted by its remembrance, then we become the gravediggers.
Something to dwell on and to remember, not only in the Twilight Zone but wherever men walk God’s Earth.
From the episode Deaths-Head Revisited; emphasis mine.