James Hogue: Humanity relies on the promise of tomorrow

Ending genocide requires vigilant education and action

09:03 AM CST on Saturday, November 10, 2007

Today is the day before the end. Not only is it the day before Veterans Day, marking the end of World War I, but symbolically, today is the day before the end of the greatest evil that man perpetrates upon his fellow – genocide.

How do we get to tomorrow? Through education, illumination and action.

Yesterday the Holocaust happened, but the word genocide did not exist. When Allied troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps, they could not conceptualize what they saw. What American soldiers found in places like Dachau, Buchenwald and Mauthausen was outside their experience. Imagine being in the 36th Infantry – the “Texas” Division – and walking into Dachau. What in your past would have prepared you for the piles of dead bodies, evidence of Nazi medical experiments, or the wretched state of the living?