Get over It
By Harold Herskowitz
This (insert an adjective) portrait of Adolf Hitler was sent to me by Email from "Anonymous Anonymous" With the Subject line "Get Over It". When I saw the line "Get Over It", I expected it to be someone from the inner circle of Steven Langert telling me, anonymously as always, to stop trying to get revenge on his friend( which I never was or am). Or perhaps it may be someone worried that I would be upset about certain people in the public eye acting as holy leaders of Torah Judaism, being given the highest public honors, when in reality behind closed doors they do despicable things to hurt people, and even innocent children, unable to communicate openly, and honestly, like a true leader should. Imagine my surprise to see my old friend Adolph looking like a vision of greatness in his portrait above the symbol of his tyranny. Was the sender of this email suggesting that I (we) should forgive and forget the atrocities that this man, and his organization, were responsible for? Has the time finally come to say all is forgiven? Perhaps enough time has passed and we should stop blaming this man(Hitler) for all of our problems, but to say "Get over It", and absolve him of wrongdoing?
Much of my upbringing was affected by the fact that my parents survived the concentration camps that were the creation of the man on my Blackberry screen. But everything I learned from them, and their experience ended up being positive. Should I just say it was all for the best, and perhaps even be thankful for his existence? If I were to hear that he was still alive, and was going to speak at the UN, and the President sent a limousine to pick him up at the airport, should I remain silent? And if I were to speak out would anybody care? I have so much to write about forgiveness. I will stop for now.