Dehumanizing othersWritten by Scott Dreyer
Several years ago I read the classic, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, written by William Shirer, a German-speaking American journalist who was based in Berlin in the years leading up to WW II. The book was fascinating and disturbing. One especially gruesome part describes the Nazis' infamous "freezing experiments," where people were left naked out in the cold during winter, with buckets of cold water thrown on them periodically, while their body temperatures were recorded neatly in notebooks. In other tests, Jews or Slavic (East European) Prisoners of War (POWs) put in vats of ice water, and it was recorded how long it took them to freeze to death. Often, the prisoner would be frozen almost to the point of death, then warmed up and revived, and then frozen all over again, and the process repeated.
Oftentimes, the poor prisoners begged the guards to shoot them, to put them out of their misery.
Children survivors of Auschwitz
But what I also found fascinating was how the Nazis justified their actions. "Sometimes Nazi pilots will be shot down over Russia or Norway, so we need to know how long they can survive in ice water, and how to revive them," their twisted reasoning went.
(Interestingly, some doctors in the Nazi Air Force were Christians who complained, basically, "Freezing people to death is against my Christian faith." In an angry fit, Hitler then took the freezing experiments away from his Air Force and gave it to a madman, Dr. Rascher, who had no such qualms.)
These stories so clearly explained the evils of Nazism, so I copied those pages and included them in some of my lessons on WW II with my students at Patrick Henry High School. These unspeakable horrors-- done by very well-educated and "cultured" Nazis, all in the name of "defending the Fatherland" and "advancing medical science." In their twisted minds, those Nazi guards and "doctors" believed they were doing their country and mankind a great service.
These stories came back into my mind yesterday, when I heard that the US Abortion Giant "Planned Parenthood" has been taking body parts of aborted babies and selling them for profit. In an attempt to quell the uproar surrounding these revelations, Planned Parenthood has been justifying this gruesome business by telling us, "it's all for science research."
The Planned Parenthood director calmly munches on her salad while she chats about selling lungs, hearts, and baby heads.
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It's even more outrageous to think that Planned Parenthood gets much of its operating budget from the US federal budget. I was pleased to see that our local newspaper, the Roanoke Times, addresses this story on today's front page. (A basic media bias trick is: ignore any story you don't like. That was also discussed in "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," but that will have to wait for a later blog post.) I was also pleased to see our local Congressman, Bob Goodlatte (R-Roanoke) is using his authority to open hearings on this issue.Yet I was saddened to read today an email from our US Senator, Tim Kaine (D-VA) boasting that he is pro-abortion. Many politicians from Pres. Obama on down have been telling us (in so many words), "letting a man be able to marry another man is a basic human right," but where are the human rights for babies that are dismembered so their body parts can be sold?
I highly suggest all my friends read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. If you don't have time for all 1,400 pages, try to at least read the chapter, "The Nazification of Germany." It shows how the minority Nazi Party was able, step by step, to turn the educated and cultured German nation into an unspeakable evil force that almost took over the world, and just between 1933 and 1939, when Germany started WW II. When you think about it, considering the span of history, seven years is a really short time.
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A licensed teacher in the US state of Virginia since 1987, Scott Dreyer has been helping Chinese speakers improve their English since 1989. Dreyer lived in Taiwan from 1989-1999 where he learned Mandarin, met his wife, started his family, and realized he loved working with Chinese students. He became an award-winning author and started teaching ESL online in 2008. Dreyer and his wife and their four adult children make their home in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.dreyercoaching.com/en/about/scott-dreyer
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