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Holocaust lesson of utmost importance

June 17, 2013

Editor, OBSERVER: The headline, “Chautauqua Lake group visits Holocaust sites in Europe” that appeared in the June 7 OBSERVER was most significant....

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Jun-18-13 8:31 AM

I agree with this letter and DK comment. I too have been to concentration camps. I went to Auschwitz years ago, yet the memories and "feelings" of the place still haunt me.

I saw a group from LA..Freedom Writers...years ago. They are a group of young students from inner city LA. Everyone had given up on them..including the students themselves. Until a young teacher reached out to them, using the horrors of WWII to touch them. The results were remarkable, reflected in the writings the young students then produced. I highly recommend reading more of this group and how learning our history can influence..and even change our lives today.

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Jun-17-13 10:42 AM

“...they will be more aware of forces that could destroy their freedom, and they will make sure their co-workers, friends and family are aware of what it means to be free.”

Well said!

Years back, I visited Buchenwald (250,000 murdered), Belsen-Bergen (70,000), Sachsenhausen (200,000), and Ploetzensee in Berlin, where 3,000 “enemies of the state” were executed.

Sobering then, and still sobering now, to see what people can do in the name of state, religion, or whatever else drives their blind hatred of others.

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