When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition until death do them part. [G.B. Shaw]It's a pretty funny quote, and not for nothing Mr. Shaw was married, but he was clearly a realist.
I'm re-reading, Anne Frank "The Diary of a young Girl". I first read it when I was about 12. Each time I read it, I want to hope it's fiction, that it ends well and that they all escape.
Though reality is different and harder. Both Canada and the States had very anti-Semitic policies and many Jewish people who had come to North America from Europe trying to escape hitler, (or Canada's modern day Harper..think about it..) were turned away at the borders, and sent back to their countries to their deaths.
Here's an excerpt from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl"
"Friday, 9, October,1942
I've only got dismal news for you today. Our many Jewish friends are being taken away by the dozen. These people are treated by the Gestapo without a shred of decency, being loaded into the cattle trucks and sent to Westerbork, the big Jewish camp in Drente.Westerbork sounds terrible: only one washing cubicle for a hundred people and not nearly enough lavatories...The English radio speaks of their being gassed.
Perhaps that is the quickest way to die. I feel terribly upset."
(Anne Frank The diary of a Young Girl, Pocket Books, New York, 1953, pgs 34-5)
Click on the link above to go to a website called The Secret Annex Online. It's an amazing site,and among other pieces of information, you can watch an interview with Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank, on the right - hand side of the page, it's called Otto Frank Tells His story. It's a beautiful interview.
And here is another wonderful interview with Mr. Frank (on youtube)
The horror of the Holocaust can happen again, anywhere. Amsterdam was a big, modern city, and yet, people were shot, dragged off and killed in that city, among many others.
The Holocaust and other similar evils were and are able to happen because people become afraid to question authority and they don't stand up and yell!
"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people."
Martin Luther King
Stand up and vote against the Conservative party.. and remember my petitions..
Put Animal Rights in Canada's Constitution