On May 29th, 1942, the Jews of Paris were forced to wear this sign on their outer clothing. Millions would go to their deaths wearing this symbol.
After the Holocaust, many have said “never again”. But “never again” has become “again” in a new and extremely scary way.
Antisemitism is growing throughout the world. Jewish students and professors are being banned from European universities. Bastions of learning, which are supposed to be educating the next generation are becoming bastions of hate.
It is not just colleges and universities that are experiencing increasing levels of antisemitism.
I have been extremely lucky to grow up in a country that protects the rights of all citizens, regardless of the religious beliefs or the labels that one muse to define themselves. But there is a downside to this the right to free speech. It gives a voice to those who would spread hate and lies. But that is the price we pay to live in a free, democratic country.
The slippery slope that leads to mass murder is starting to tilt in that direction. I hope and pray that we have truly learned the lessons of the past, but I fear that we have not.