Six million people died, not enemy combatants, not an army… just a race of people that needed to be wiped off the face of the earth. This weekend I watched the movie Freedom Writers which was a lot more powerful than I first expected it to be. When I saw the previews for it I could picture just the latest iteration of dangerous minds. However this movie was a lot more than just another story about a rough high school, it was the story a group of people that were changed by knowledge.
One of the most powerful parts of the movie shows how a group of students taking remedial English change their perspective in life because of reading just a simple book. While the book is a powerful one (The Diary of Anne Frank) and it makes the kids in that class whom did not even know what the holocaust was understand that what they go through is not a matter of just environment. While we can all be victims of our surroundings we can also come out ahead.
Humanity is capable of horrible things, I believe the need to be more significant than others is what fuels those irrational thoughts. Instead of transcending through positive actions people like Hitler leave a mark in this world through their hatred of others. Sadly it is sometimes just because they do not understand what makes them feel miserable so the only solution is to try to make others feel their pain.
If Hitler could have figured out what it is that was wrong with him, maybe he could have stopped to think that all of his hatred was simply his need to leave a mark. While there might just be people that are insane like him or many other deranged people that get a following, I hope that humanity can start moving forward away from simply just unloading rage instead of dealing with it.
The holocaust is something that is hard to define in numbers, but try to imagine that everyone you know that has one characteristic in common, and not to make it just about race lets say everyone that you know that has darker hair, gets rounded up and taken to a place where a vast majority are going to die. Think of all of them just being killed for no other reason that they had something in common… then think of what happens every single day in our world… it is not too different from the current sectarian and ethnic violence going on around the world. It seems like we are doomed to never learn.