If you haven’t started watching The U.S. and the Holocaust, you might wish to do so. This is a six-hour film by Ken Burns that examines the history and role of the Holocaust and its impact on America and Americans. It is the parallels to the sentiments, actions and stances of the public as well as current politicians that I find highly concerning. We talk about how we are in danger of losing our democracy but it seems we are beyond that in many ways. Fascism is again on the rise. We have book burnings and censorship. Public schools have been cowed into not teaching issues because of “critical race theory.” Government officials and public agencies have been hamstrung by laws that restrict what they can/cannot do. Citizens have been frightened by the threats and drumbeats of violence so much so that they have retreated from participating in the public square. At times, I feel as if I am listening to current events yet these things happened decades ago. I would be happy to have us have some discussion on this at our October meeting. Please LMK your thoughts. As a Jew, I find this compelling but one doesn’t need to be a Jew to understand what is being shown. I hope everyone makes the effort to watch this. There are three two-hour segments. And the segments are being repeated or are available on PBS Passport.
Have a good week and I will see you this Thursday on Zoom,
I also recommend that everyone watch WHO WE ARE, A Chronical of Racism, by Jeffery Robinson, Seattle Attorney and ACLU Director, on Netflix