I wanted to take the time and give extra recognition to Mr. Darrell English and his New England Holocaust Institute in North Adams. (You can read about it on page 12.)
My reason is pretty simple: Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
Sure, not many of us - alive or otherwise - can forget the horror perpetrated on the all stipes of people by Nazi Germany.
Whether you learn about it in school or hear an account from a grandparent (or great grandparent), the unspeakable horros of that event won't soon be forgotten.
Although, I am not so sure.
I remember studying early 20th-century American history, specifically the trust busters, company stores and housing and the stranglehold that big business had on the country at that time.
Basically, if we can forget about the horrid conditions that gave rise to unions and the middle class - as we seem to have, given the relation of big business and the working man today - it makes me worry that we will forget about the cruelty inflicted during the holocaust. Thank goodness for Mr. English, keeping the memory alive.
Because, as is obvious in my opinon, we do forget about history. Perhaps some of our older and wiser readers might have vague memories of the Great Depression, and maybe even working in factory or coal mines at a very young age, but most of us have grown and matured in a much more sheltered society.
The question I am still pondering: Is that shelter good? I haven't quite come up with the answer to that yet.