In this past weekend’s edition of the Times, Mr. Greenberg asserts that two of the points I raised in my May 2 column create a false analogy between the Holocaust and abortion.
First, he rightfully states that “there was no choice for the Jews in the Holocaust.” I absolutely agree that 11 million Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, disabled and Roma did not choose to be murdered by Nazis.
Does Mr. Greenberg agree that 61 million unborn children did not choose to be murdered by abortionists?
There is no false analogy between the murders that took place during the Holocaust and the murders being perpetrated by abortion.
Second, Mr. Greenberg has a point that “from the Jewish perspective, the Holocaust stands alone as the ultimate depravity committed by human beings.”
While I understand that the murders committed by Nazis against his Jewish family are his primary focus and frame of reference, I hope that he understands that many non-Jewish people are sickened by what happened to his ancestors and others by the despicable acts perpetrated by the Nazis.
Many of us also are sickened by the genocides that led to the deaths of seven million Russians under Stalin, two million Cambodians under Pol Pot, 1.5 million Armenians, 800,000 Tutsis in Rwanda, 800,000 Muslims in Bosnia, 200,000 Muslims in Darfur and 100,000 Guatemalan Indians.
Let me be very clear. The murders of Jews during the Holocaust was an horrific, despicable, evil, heinous, satanic act against a specific group of people. With that said, the families of those killed in other acts of genocide might claim that those actions were equally “the ultimate evil … the ultimate depravity committed by human beings.”
Likewise, abortion is a despicable, evil act against a specific group of people – unborn children. For those of us who are pro-life, abortion, too, is an act of ultimate depravity.
The Holocaust is a stand-alone event from the Jewish perspective as well as from many Americans’ perspective. Unfortunately, a 2018 Schoen Consulting study revealed that “11 percent of U.S. adults and over one-fifth of millennials (22 percent) haven’t heard or are not sure if they have heard of the Holocaust.”
No, Mr. Greenberg, “talking about the Holocaust is not some ideal academic endeavor.” During the time that I taught history at West Point, at the Army Command and General Staff College, and at KCKCC, I made sure that the students understood that those people were not just numbers. They were living, breathing human beings being gassed and incinerated in the ovens by an evil, wicked dictator.
Having seen the ovens at Dachau, visited the Jerusalem Holocaust Center and read and taught about the Holocaust, I know that Mr. Greenberg is correct when he states that Jews were thrown into the gas chambers. We know that the bodies were then incinerated.
What happens to the bodies of aborted babies? According to a Planned Parenthood staffer in 2017, “it is all sent away once a week for incineration.”
Do Mr. Greenberg and the Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City not see a parallel here?
The Holocaust indeed was a heinous atrocity, but so is the murder of 61 million unborn children.
Rich Kiper is a Leavenworth Times columnist.