Despite the ongoing concerns about the novel coronavirus which we are all facing, we must never forget what happened more than 75 years ago.
75 years ago today, on 15 April 1945, soldiers of the British 11th Armoured Division liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp …
… they found many thousands of bodies that lay unburied around the camp and some 60,000 starving and mortally ill people who were packed together without food, water or basic sanitation. Many were suffering from typhus, dysentery and starvation.
The world knew this was coming because Auschwitz had been liberated by the Russians back in January of 1945. In fact, we knew this was coming because the world press had reported on Kristallnacht in 1938:
The world knew what was happening, but our leaders …
… were timed and afraid of Germany, a rapidly rising great power, and its leader’s blustering.
It all sounds too familiar, doesn’t it? Canadian leaders who want to appease a great power, China in this case … we paid a fearful price for that, from 1939 to ’45. Let’s not make the same mistakes again, please.