Holocaust—Not a Sufficient Warning

Everything comes to an end, my friend Sydney Gruson told me long ago. Now the time has come for this column to end—Anthony Lewis

Lewis, in an interview granted after he wrote his last column quoted above was asked if he had significantly changed his views on anything.   In his answer he said, “…contrary to my expectations, after the Holocaust, the century continued to be riddled with the extraordinary ability of human beings to hate others…I thought the Holocaust was a sufficient warning to human beings all over the world that we wouldn’t do it again.  And we’ve gone right on doing it.  Right on doing it.”

Wouldn’t we love to rid ourselves of a part of our own humanity?  If we could, we would excise the kind of rage I knew at 10 years old before it grew into bombs and terror.

©2001, Janet Taliaferro