"'We didn't know.' This was what the German civilian population would say over and over again about the concentration camps in the coming months. The American army was determined that the ordinary German people should see the depths of depravity to which their Nazis leaders had sunk."
German civilians from Weimar forced to tour Buchenwald Camp, 1945.
By the end of the war, in addition to the tens of millions of battle deaths of combatants, the Nazis murdered something like 11 million civilians, mostly Jews, and Russian POWs in their concentration and extermination camps. As we discovered these in April, 1945 (and my Uncle Bill was one of the soldiers who did so), we rounded up German civilians from nearby towns and forced them to look at and, sometimes, to help clean up the bodies in the camps. We wanted to rub their noses in the indisputable fact of their complicity in genocide. It took us two days, for example, to parade the entire adult population of nearby Weimar through the Buchenwald camp.
That was then. This is now.
Baby parts in a tray, for sale.
One by one since Roe v. Wade it is conservatively estimated that we have allowed the murder of 55 million innocents -- five times the Nazi body count for the Holocaust. Planned Parenthood, more properly referred to as Planned Butcherhood nowadays, was founded by racist eugenicists like Margaret Sanger, who provided part of the intellectual justification for Hitler's "Final Solution." Who, I wonder will rub our noses in our own depravity and complicity? Like the Germans, we want desperately to look away, to continue living in an artificial construct of plausible deniability of our own complicity. We don't live downwind from stinking open air camps. Our holocaust is clean, antiseptic and done in private (albeit with the support of our tax dollars) so that we never are forced to face the ghastly reality. So who, in the fullness of time, will rub our noses in it? God, I reckon, and it won't go as easy for us as the Germans had it. An article at The Federalist is headlined: "Pro-Lifers Are Today’s Abolitionists."
Perhaps. But I wonder how, when I finally face God, will I be able to justify how little I really did to stop this holocaust of the most innocent?