If we look at this famous, or infamous, picture of Germans rounding up Jews in Warsaw to be sent to a death camp, a harrowing question emerges: Could it happen again? Instead of Jews would there be Roma, Muslims or even Jews being escorted at gunpoint to a box car?
Even if such a question may be premature, there’s nothing to suggest that Europe has totally forgotten what happened during the Holocaust never mind the acts of genocide it committed in the Americas, Africa and elsewhere.
The same racist ideology that drove a country like Germany to murder millions of people still exists today. It can be found in the soil from where the poisonous plants of racism and hatred grow and bloom.
It isn’t hard to figure out what is wrong with the picture below. What is worrying in Europe today is that a large majority of white Europeans still believe that they are the only ones who have the right to live here. Minorities like the Roma, Muslims and others are only disenfranchised “guests.”
As long as we think we are the only ones who have the right to live here we’ll always flirt with the Holocaust. It may not happen in the same way as in World War 2 but can take other sinister forms.
This story published in 1942 was barely noticed in the Daily Telegraph. The big question is why. A modern version of this picture could be European border guards keeping out people from war-torn, hunger-ravaged and impoverished regions who are trying to get into Europe. We don’t send them to concentration camps but to the abyss and despair.
Do you think that something this harrowing as the picture above shows could happen in Europe again?