Those words were seared into me as a child. Today on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jews come together as a community to say we will never forget the horrors of the Holocaust.
Even as some American schools choose to ban books that do just that.
On the day before this solemn one of remembrance, one Tennessee school is asking us to forget.
“Maus” Art Spiegelman’s brilliant graphic novel on the Holocaust was too graphic for the Mcminn County School Board.
The vote was unanimous. As was the denial.
A Pulitzer prize historical graphic novel about Auschwitz was banned for nudity and profanity citing words like “God Damn” as offensive.
Banned for horrific themes.
Well, Goddammit, the Holocaust was horrific. Offensive. It was ugly it was profane. There is no whitewashing it.
This new momentum on book banning driven by conservative activists targeting local school boards is choosing to purge reality out of our libraries and curriculum.
It has happened before.
In Nazi Germany.