Today was an eventful day. I got the H1N1 vaccine. Seeing I volunteer at a hospital, I was able to get priority before it’s offered to the public.
The needle injection was fine, it didn’t hurt too bad. And my arm has been fine all day… but now it is so sore! I can barely move it- I had to use my one hand to put on my socks.
My friend J also got it done today. She’s a social worker at the Children’s Hospital, so she also had priority. But for some reason her arm isn’t bothering her as much as mine is. Boo! So I’m guessing it’s just me and my sensitivity.
And what’s worse is that the pain has been said to last for up to a week. Oh boy!
Well enough about getting inocculated.
After my H1N1 escapade, I decided to commemorate Holocaust awareness week by going to the Montreal Holocaust Centre. It is an amazing exhibition about the history of WWII in Europe and what happened to the Jews during that time.
It’s hard to believe how such atrocities happened during those times, and how many people were aware of what was going on, but remained silent, and didn’t act.. you know how it goes, “ignorance is bliss”. It took more than 4 and a half years for the rest of the world to wake up and realize what Hitler’s intentions were for the Jews (and other “lower races”) of Europe.
It saddens me to know that people were capable of doing such monstrous things without second guessing.. It saddens me to know that people ARE capable of doing such things. What happened to morality? What happened to ethics? I suppose that a super-dictator can really manipulate people into becoming monsters. But what bothers me is, why didn’t people take a step back and question what was going on? and what’s worse, once they SAW and KNEW what was going on, why did it take so long for something to be done? What is their reasoning for not acting to stop genocide and mass murder? Where did humanity and morality go when thousands of beautiful children, women, and men were being gassed and burned EACH AND EVERY SINGLE DAY??
Didn’t anyone just take a minute to stop and think and say why have we let this happen? Why did we let this come to be this way? How can we stop it so it doesn’t get worse?
Of course people were scared. Scared for their life and their families.
But, honestly, did they not for one instance stop and think of the millions of innocent people who were terrified, tortured, humiliated, undignified, enslaved, starved, beaten, murdered, gassed, and burned?
Of course they might have. Maybe they thought of it. I certainly HOPE they at least THOUGHT of what was going on.
Maybe they realized what was going on, and DECIDED to keep quiet.
Shame on those who let this happen, and shame on those who stood by when action was needed.
To the heroes who fought against all odds, I think of you.
To the millions who were killed by the Nazis and their supporters, I think of you.
To the 6 million innocent Jews who perished, I think of you.
To my family who lie in mass graves, I will always think of you.
Picture source: Anne Frank 890