The phrase “Never again” originally meant that we would never let the horrors of the holocaust happen again. But I think we’ve come to think of it as saying it never could happen again. It’s unthinkable.
But genocide has happened in our lifetime. Perhaps is happening right now. Moreover, persecution of the Jewish people–always present–seems to have increased recently.
It is well known that Jews have been driven out of most Muslim countries.
Rising anti-Semitism in Europe is equally well documented.
The response to these events is basically a collective, “Meh.” I mean, it’s bad and all, but things are bad all over. And don’t worry, we said “Never again!”
What do we mean by that? Do we still mean it? I wonder, since it looks like we’ll be put to the test.
In the eastern part of the Ukraine where pro-Russian forces have taken over, Jews have been told they must register with the government. If they don’t, they’ll lose their property and be deported. This has happened before, and the whole world turned a blind eye. We had bigger issues–economic troubles, conflicts popping up all over the world. Sound familiar?
The most overused and most true quote regarding our connection to history is this: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”