Lessons from the Holocaust

There is no simple way to understand how one of the most civilized nations in the world could commit such horrific crimes but there are many lessons to be learned from the Holocaust. A great deal of the foundation was caused by words that reinforced that those being persecuted deserved their pain. Words have consequences, and even today we seethe results of harsh words that brand others. At times words prevent persons from their rightful privileges or allow others to scapegoat them. Words often are used to punish people of color, women and anyone who does not fit the cultural beliefs of the majority. The Holocaust started slowly, but words filled a nation with such hatred and bias that it literally killed millions. Today it is the responsibility of each of us not only to be aware of our words, but also to protect others from the consequences of angry, hateful speech.

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