Lecture highlights danger of complacency

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To the editor:

My wife and I attended a lecture by Ms. Bonnie Hauser on the World War II Holocaust at the Person County Library Saturday, May 11. She presented a first-hand account of her mother, Rebecca Hauser, a Holocaust survivor. I want to thank the library for bringing Ms. Hauser to Person County to talk about one of the most terrible and terrifying events in history. As we lose more Holocaust survivors everyday, it is imperative that we all take up the cause to remember the inhumanity of the Holocaust. Yet, we can’t do so unless we educate ourselves on this subject, and listen to folks like Ms. Hauser, who keep the flame of remembrance alive. We must learn as much as we can, lest we repeat the horrors of the past.

Sadly, we are seeing a resurgence of hatred (actually, it’s been there all along) in our country and around the world. Hatred of “the other” destroys societies and countries from within. Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and homophobia are all very real symptoms of this phenomenon, and we must not be complacent in our fight. When we stand by doing nothing, letting someone else take up the fight; turning a blind eye, choosing to forget, we are on the road to destruction.

There are no easy answers, but we can all learn and listen. Talk to “the other.” Be kind and friendly to each other. Let peace, love, and understanding be our foundation. But when it’s necessary, stand up to hatred and bigotry. Ms. Hauser has, and we should all follow her example.

Ms. Hauser and Person County Library, thank you!

Robert Allen

Roxboro

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