Just heard a program analyzing the results of rebroadcasting a TV series on the Holocaust to Germans aged 20 to 50 this year.

Before watching the series, most Germans surveyed thought the Holocaust was carried out by a relatively small cadre of evil people with great power. After watching the series they realized the Holocaust was carried out by small, everyday deeds of ordinary people.

Conversations at the dinner table about Jews taking work from true Germans supported the Holocaust, telling your child not to play with the kid next door because he was a Jew supported the Holocaust, and demeaning others for the way they look, how they dress or the customs they practice supported the Holocaust.

It puts a whole new meaning to the question, “What did you do during the war, Daddy?”

The Holocaust ended 70 years ago but some politicians today are using the same tactics that speak to the fears and insecurities of ordinary people to get elected.

Letting those fears guide your actions will put a whole new meaning to the question, “How did you vote in the 2016 election, Daddy?”

Tom Waddell


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