This page has the most important video on the Internet. It should be required viewing for all human beings.
We must note, however, that the video documentation of the extent and nature of the mass murders committed by the Nazis is NOT so important because it helps us remember the extermination of some eleven million people (six million Jews and five million others). It is NOT so important because it enables those who have no knowledge of The Holocaust to learn about the attempted genocide of the Jewish people. It is NOT so important because it is powerful documentation that makes it hard for Holocaust deniers to be able to lie and minimize what was done to the Jews.
It is important for all of those reasons. But none of them make it so important that all human beings should view it.
What makes it so vitally important is that the Nazi attempt to exterminate the Jews was NOT the most atrocious or largest targeted mass murder in human history; there were more prodigious and other equally monstrous mass murders. Rather, this video depicting the Nazi Holocaust was just the most thoroughly and vividly documented of the common mass murders that have been ubiquitous throughout human history.
that the entire world was focused on World War II, and
the conquering Allied Forces rapidly closed in on a rapidly collapsing Nazi Germany that did not have the time or resources to destroy the evidence or the witnesses, and
that there were a massive number of witnesses (survivors, liberators, perpetrators, as well as bystanders), and
that the Nazis were still actively engaged in an extensive attempt at genocide as their empire collapsed, and
for the first time, those that arrived on the scene had the ability to record in motion pictures and sound what they discovered
the Nazi Holocaust provided the first opportunity to document in great detail human inhumanity. All too common inhumanity. Inhumanity that continues today on a large scale. Inhumanity that —
given the advent of real weapons of mass destruction and the ability of insane, religious ideologues to obtain them — will eventually be surpassed by horrors literally beyond imagination. Indeed, what makes this video so vitally important is that the only chance we have to prevent this eventuality is dependent on our willingness to contemplate fully the nature of the apparently universal human ability to participate in generating such horror.
We must fully acknowledge and unflinchingly face BOTH the full extent of such horror throughout human history AND those aspects of human nature that so frequently enable us to become involved in creating such abominations. Without the former, we will not direct enough of our energy and resources to this problem. Without the latter, we will not be dealing with the actual problem confronting us.
As long as we believe that the problem lies in THEM (those perpetrators of this or that holocaust) and not within ALL human ethno-religious groupings, we will fail to grapple successfully with this dreadful, human barbarity. This is a human problem.
This page attempts to inform those who may not be aware of the extent and nature of the problem. The material on this page is not easy to view. But it is vitally important that you do so.
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