While I realize that it is poor form to make two posts in a row, this is so different in tone from my previous post that it looked very odd as an edit to it.
Re The ongoing discussion about knowledge of concentration camps: If you were a boomer and watched all the TV specials at the 20th, 25th, 30th .... anniversaries of the end of WWII, you know the names of LOTS of concentration camps. Bergen-Belsen, the first liberated, Dachau,the second, which shocked allied troops by the implication that there were even MORE of these places. Theresienstadt in "Czechoslavakia" the example camp the Nazis showed the Red Cross (also from the TV mini-series Holocaust that launched Merryl Streep's career). Sachshausen in the very suburbs of Berlin! Ravensbruck where four Englishwomen were killed, and, by happenstance, the female relatives of several famous people. And, of course, the death camps - Auchwitz-Birkenau, Majdenak, Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka-Obermaiden. Sobibor and Treblinka being famous for their prisoner uprisings (If anyone ever asks "Why didn't they fight back?", they did) that largely destroyed both camps(strongly recommend Treblinka
If you didn't have a father or uncles or a live-in grandfather that was "there" - watching these revelations unfold, even if they didn't participate themselves, you probably didn't watch these. Concentration and death camps form a looming darkness of humanity at its worst that doesn't really have or need a name.
That's almost probably better. A lot of the specifics were invoked to make the Holocaust special. Only the Germans could do that and only to the Jews. That's not the real lesson of it though. Anyone is capable of demonizing their enemy, especially if their "enemy" is actually weak, and the result - mass death - flows naturally from that. I remember commenting during the First Intifada in Palestine in the 80's that Israel was one charismatic madman away from doing something obscene. Fortunately, he didn't exist then, but given enough time ....
It can happen to ANY people - even Americans. That's why we must "Never Forget".
Perhaps for accuracy I should have said "even yours" instead of "even Americans".