For those who have read my recent essay My Free Psychoanalysis Examination On the Couch of Dr. Mackinz and others I have written, you know how critical I am of Dr. Jerry Coyne.
Well, I’m here to tell you that Dr. Coyne has hit one out of the park with this one: Moral equivalence? I encourage everyone to read this because Dr. Coyne is spot on with his article on the genocidal anti-Semitic crowd and any comparison of the Nazi killing of Jews in Europe with the camp at Guantanamo.
I have been in Germany several times since 1989, first with my wide and two children, then in Berlin with my wife and friends in 2012, and in 2012 we visited Vienna.
In the first trip we visited Dachau which was a very sobering experience. While we saw the various artifacts such as the barracks, the gas chambers, the fences and the photos and bizarre record keeping of the Nazis, the thing that most struck me was the large inside wall of the main building.
On this large wall, two stories tall and painted white, was a map of Western Europe. On this map, in black were all of the various camps throughout all of the Nazi occupied countries including German itself. It was stunning … like a spider web. North to South – East to West, and everywhere in between. This for me painted an unforgettable picture of how extensive this unimaginable atrocity really was. A vivid picture of the depravity of man.
The trip to Vienna to visit friends in 2008 was somewhat of a different picture, but one that also spoke to my aching heart. We saw many of the beautiful museums and palaces of Vienna, and also visited a Jewish museum. The Jewish museum was by far the most memorable. Why?
The Jewish museum is very small and somewhat hidden away in a corner amongst the glamor of the city. There was not much to see in there; a few artifacts of Jewish life in Vienna, perhaps some pictures and photographs. I really can’t remember many of the details, even though it was quite small.
What struck me was that this small museum was a monument to what happened, and a monument to a vast crime that almost succeeded. It also was a monument that this crime did not totally succeed; that a remnant of Israel survived to reestablish their ancient homeland in Israel.
Last year we spent the better part of a week in Berlin. Berlin is a city filled with reminders of the not too distant past (and old times as well); museums, palaces, the Brandenburg Gate, remnants of the Berlin wall, and a large Holocaust museum made up of large dark grey concrete blocks. That’s above ground. Below ground is a museum, and among other things there’s a large section containing family photos like the one Coyne shows, pictures of families that ceased to exist … simply because they were Jewish. In another place are pictures, maps and computer graphics showing maps similar to what I saw in Dachau.
And in Berlin are many mementos and reminders of life under Communism; such as a trail of different colored bricks tracing the outline of what was once the Berlin Wall.
So there we have in Berlin, tragic lessons of history. We have the reminders of paganism under Hitler, and the reminders of atheism under Communism. I’m reminded of a quote from Ravi Zacharias “When man lives without God, chaos is the norm.”
Thanks Professor for this article.