Deaths-Head Revisited

Today is International Holocaust Memorial Day and the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

I’d like to put a new spin on the topic.

In November of 1961, The Twilight Zone aired an episode called Deaths-Head Revisited.

It was the story of former concentration camp commandant who revisits the camp 17 years after the war ended. He thinks it will bring about pleasant memories. What he actually experiences is completely different.

Unlike other episodes of The Twilight Zone, this episode spoke of the real life consequences of prejudice and hatred.

To borrow a quote from the end of the episode:

There is an answer to the doctor’s question. All the Dachaus must remain standing. The Dachaus, the Belsens, the Buchenwalds, the Auschwitzes – all of them. They must remain standing because they are a monument to a moment in time when some men decided to turn the Earth into a graveyard. Into it they shoveled all of their reason, their logic, their knowledge, but worst of all, their conscience. And the moment we forget this, the moment we cease to be haunted by its remembrance, then we become the gravediggers. Something to dwell on and to remember, not only in the Twilight Zone but wherever men walk God’s Earth.

We must remember. No matter what our skin color is, where our families have come from, what g-d we choose to pray to or not pray to, or any other labels we may use to define ourselves, we are ALL human beings. Period.

Never again.

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