Mike Huckabee News
Jan 30 2014
I’m just back from a remarkable trip to Auschwitz, near Krakow, Poland.Monday marked 69 years since the liberation of the Holocaust survivors at Auschwitz. It’s a miracle there were survivors. The brutal and inhumane starvation and deprivation at the hands of the Nazis were among history’s worst crimes against human beings, and that was before factoring in the systematic murder of 1.1 million people at that one Nazi camp alone, 90% of whom were Jews. Over 60 members of the Israeli Knesset went to Auschwitz and Birkenau Monday to convene on the very grounds that was intended to be what Hitler called the “final solution” to the Jews. It’s the Nazis who no longer have a country or even a following outside a few hate groups. Standing there with members of a government that Hitler couldn’t stop, one has to be reminded, God has not abandoned His chosen people.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor along with fellow Republican Congressman Darrell Issa and Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney attended the event. When it comes to the horrors of the Holocaust, there is no division among political parties or even religions. One doesn’t have to be Jewish to recognize that the atrocities committed by the Nazis were a crime against all human beings. In fact, almost a hundred thousand non-Jewish Poles were also murdered at Auschwitz. It’s important to remember that while Auschwitz was located in Poland, it was not a Polish death camp. It was a Nazi death camp run by the very army that invaded Poland and murdered thousands of its citizens and ravaged the country. President Obama famously referenced “Polish death camps” in May of 2012 and had to send a letter of apology to the Polish President. Understandably, the people of Poland are sensitive to any attachment of their nation to what happened at Auschwitz. We do tend to forget that the Poles suffered immeasurably at the hands of the Nazis.
As I stood on the very grounds where over a million people were murdered, I was reminded that such evil could never have happened apart from key elements in mass murder and genocide. There has to be a maniacal leader who believes he can manipulate people with lies, distortions, and an appeal to human pride; there has to be target of hate, whether based on religion, ethnicity, or class envy; and there has to be masses of people who are willing to be indifferent to the horrors of others and who refuse to stand up and step in. It’s easy to hate the Nazis for what they did to the Jews and to the Poles and others across Europe. But are we able to recognize that those who stood by silently in the early days of the Nazi death machine may not be guilty of firing the gun, but are guilty of loading the gun…..a lesson we can’t forget