as a jewish person ive learned about the holocaust to the point where buzzwords like “concentration camps” or “train systems” and things like that dont have the same effect on me anymore. year after year i learn the same facts, and expand on the knowledge that ive already received, whether thats willingly or in a classroom/synagogue setting [i went to sunday school for about 8 years]. i am well aware of all the atrocities committed and how thats probably why nobody in my family knows anything about our lineage past grandparents on my moms side.
that stuff used to make me really emotional. its so terrible. its devastating how something like that could really happen. but it doesnt affect me much anymore. ive heard it so many times, its just facts.
but sometimes it still does. i was reading this post this morning and i got overwhelmed with emotion again. its a special kind of helpless sad/angry. all the horribleness of what happened and all i know about it came rushing back to me
then, before i could even start to cry or anything, i remembered just last night i was reading news stories of nazis and white supremacists organizing throughout my country. how they have numbers no one ever though they would, and are only gaining more and more recognition. i finally connected the two in my head. the nazis of the past that devastate me emotionally are what these idiots marching around are trying to be. they want that again. any alt right shithead wants something similar to it. they dont think the fact that ill never meet millions of people like me bc they were literally exterminated is sad or even wrong.
if you think that kind of mindset should be given a platform to speak, then you shouldnt have one. the fact that something as terrifying as what happened 60+ years ago is alive and breathing today is cause for one thing only, and that is for people to step up and stop it, by whatever means necessary. nothing else.