What is a monster? Who is a monster? Ordinary people can do monstrous things. Does that mean we are monsters? We are all capable of great evil. How do we justify someone else as evil when we can do exactly the same in their shoes? Human monsters are ordinary people just like us. By no means should we ever forget that because we can be just like them.
Sidney (Sevek) Finkel was born in Poland in December 1931. When he was 7 years old, Germany invaded Poland and his family was forced to live in a ghetto where 20,000 Jews were crowded into only 182 buildings. You can read Sevek’s full story in an article in a Chicago newspaper here. Finkel is now 80 years old and for more than 15 years, he has been educating 8th graders in America on the Holocaust.
The title of my blog post today comes from a line in the Chicago newspaper article in which Sevek tells the story of his sister Ronia and her new-born baby. An ordinary German soldier threw the baby out of a second-story window and then shot Ronia.
How does Sidney Finkel explain this monstrous behavior of the German people? This quote is from the newspaper article:
“People want to believe the Germans were monsters,”…
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