Erinnerung und Verantwortung
Categorial murder or: How to remember the Holocaust Zygmunt Baumann It would be nicer (safer for all of us, and less disturbing for those with strong moral feelings) to live in a world in which what will be said below wouldn't need to be said. But we have been denied such comfort, and so what will be said here, comfortable or not, said be must. During the last century, approximately six million Jews and by some ac- counts close to a million Gypsies, accompanied by many thousands homosex- uals and mentally retarded, have been shot, poisoned and burnt by the builders of the Nazi-designed New World Order - because they did not fit in the order about to be built. They were not the only casualties of the innumerable construction sites spattered all over the globe - not by a long shot, even if they have become the most spectacular and most widely spoken-about victims of the building zeal. Before them, million and a half Armenians were killed for being wrong people in a wrong place, followed by ten millions genuine or alleged 'kulaks' of Ukraine starved to death for being a wrong sort of people with no room at all in the brave new world of classless conformity. After them, millions of Muslims were an- nihilated for being a blot on the uniformly Hindu landscape, and millions of Hindu lost their lives for soiling the landscape of the Muslims. Millions were destroyed for standing in the way of the...
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