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  •   It was rapid because it was easy (4+ / 0-)

    , and it was easy because so many (and I speak here of human beings, consisting mostly of millions who were not Jewish) cooperated despite knowing that it was evil.

    You could say that refusing to do the paperwork or melt down the stolen fillings wasn't heroic, but I'd disagree with that as well.

    Giving ones life rather than be a cog in the machinery of death is a heroic choice.

    Fear is your only God.

    by JesseCW on Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 12:40:52 PM PST

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    •  Someone else would have done it (0+ / 0-)

      If he could have killed a Nazi while refusing, that would have at least made some difference. Just choosing death over haircutting wouldn't have changed anything.

      As for doing paperwork, that might put someone in a position to surreptitiously commit useful acts of subversion, if they so chose.

      So I respect your point but disagree, in this instance. The choice of death would have certainly been respectable, but if heroic, not a form of heroism comparable to, say, the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. But he didn't have the chance to participate in that kind of heroism, as many Jews didn't.

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 11:09:37 AM PST

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