In her book Brushstrokes of a Gadfly, E.A. Bucchianeri wrote, “If you boil it down, just because someone else does the wrong thing we are not exempt from doing what’s right.” Or, as my mom always told me when I was growing up, "Two wrongs don't make a right."
During World War 2, many people did many wrong things. Some people knew that others were doing wrong, but instead of doing right, they accepted the wrong. They stood by and looked away while their friends and neighbors suffered, allowing evil people to do very wrong things. They would have done well to remember that just because others are doing wrong, they are not exempt from doing what's right.
My hope as I read these accounts of wrongdoings is that I will be continually reminded that I am not exempt from doing right even when others are doing wrong.
Continue reading for a second list of books about WW2 and the Holocaust.
Growing up, I never understood the fascination other people had about war. As an adult in my 30s, I find myself drawn to the subject, particularly World War 2, not in a macabre way, but as a way of understanding what went wrong and how to avoid it in the future. In 1905 George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." In 1948, in the aftermath of the second great war, Winston Churchill rephrased Santayana's words: "Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it."
I cannot start or end a war, but in an effort to avoid participating in the repetition of the atrocities committed by regular civilians to their friends and neighbors, and to remind myself that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" (Edmund Burke), I have been reading as many WWII books as I can get my hands on.
Continue reading to see my list of books and movies about World War 2.
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