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Report states that Holocaust numbers closer to 20 million
To the Editor,
About 11 million people died in the Holocaust. Two thirds of the Jews living in Europe (about 6 million), three million Soviet POWs, two million Soviet civilians, one million Polish civilians, one million Yugoslav civilians, and unknown numbers of homosexuals, gypsy, mentally handicapped, political prisoners, resistance fighter…The list is endless.
A study at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, however, reported that the numbers are closer to 20 million. These staggering statistics would wipe out Beijing (21 million people) or over two New Yorks (8.5 million). It is a wonder that the allies did not fire bomb every German citizen off the face of the map. But somehow, both sides made amends.
Germany grew out of the rubble that fascism leaves behind and has become the world’s current center of democracy. West German president Richard von Weizsäcker called Germany's wartime defeat a "day of liberation." She added, "We Germans will never forget the hand of reconciliation that was extended to us after all the suffering that our country had brought to Europe and the world.” Those who have been forgiven much, love much. In a 2014 BBC World Service poll, Germany ranked first in popularity, with 60 percent of the international community rating it positively.
At the top of the Reichstag (German parliament) is a glass dome. This dome provides an outstanding view of Berlin but more importantly it allows citizens to look down at parliament in action. It was meant to be a reminder to the German people and parliament, but recently it seems to stretch beyond its own borders. Our book burning days are over, it cries, we the people are watching.