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Holocaust art speaks truth when words are not enough

The need for reflection and restraint of power is what led Louis Freeh to order that all new agent classes visit the Holocaust Museum here in Washington so they could see and feel and hear in a palpable way the consequences of abuse of power on a massive, almost unimaginable scale. ~ James Comey

In the flurry or a warmish winter weekend – not to mention the frantic anticipation of the Super Bowl – it’s easy to overlook the fact that today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.  As James Comey knows only too well, we fail to learn from our history at our peril.  We need to “see and feel and hear in a palpable way the consequences of abuse of power….”

This nation’s Holocaust Museum offers a readily accessible refresher on the essential story of the Holocaust – a reminder for many, a framework for focusing our 21st Century minds on a time that can slip into the history when our leaders forget or never knew our history. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-statement-marking-holocaust-remembrance-leaves-out-mention-of-jews/2017/01/27/0886d3c2-e4bd-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html?utm_term=.007f0ff6a11c

At times, when the truth overwhelms and words fail, art can communicate ideas, true facts.  These and several other sites share artists’ reflections, interpretations and unique perspectives on horrors too diabolical for mere words.

If time permits, you might want to delve into this excellent lecture that explores the art of the Holocaust in greater depth: http://statecrime.org/state-crime-research/art-of-the-holocaust-creativity-in-extremis-public-lecture-review/

In these troubled times, we must not lose sight of the truth that it is on our shoulders at this time to learn, remember, reflect on our history and open our minds to the responsibility that rests with each of us and with our nation to shape a world that is sufficiently wise and caring to learn from the past.

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today ~ Abraham Lincoln