“It’s True”

I may be the only person in America who has watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens … only once. (lots of zeros and lots of multiples) I repaired that recently, as I watched the video. One thing stood out (which younger viewers might miss): The business with Han Solo telling the next generation of the story, “It’s true.”

Believe it or not, that made me think of the Holocaust. Many in our culture treat it as a myth. Now that the survivors and–even more significantly–the liberators are dying, we lack that force of having eye witnesses to tell us, “It’s true.” (I had the honor of knowing one of the liberators, Forrest Robinson, who recently died in Winfield, KS. . Read more in The Liberators by Michael Hirsh.)

The genius of Dwight Eisenhower, then supreme allied commander, was to go to the site, knowing the press would follow and document it. Even then he knew there would be deniers.

Despite that, many deny it. Folks talk about climate change deniers; what does denying the holocaust say about them … and us?

It’s true.

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2 thoughts on ““It’s True”

  1. Yes, it is true. It’s hard to put myself into the mind of a Holocaust denier. The Holocaust was an enormous tragedy. I wonder what sort of defense system is operating to make them deny such a heinous reality. Then I recall the denial systems of clients: drug addicts, alcoholics, abuse survivors, severely depressed, whom I worked with. What about children abused by a malevolent parent? He/she say the parent didn’t mean it. The child says it’s their fault he/she was hurt because they didn’t behave. People have their reasons, usually not apparent on the surface.

  2. This is more in your area of expertise, but I recently heard of “cognitive dissonance” which was defined as people spinning uncomfortable events into something less threatening, then believing their own spin. Supposedly, it isn’t conscious; it’s a defense mechanism against threatening memories. (Is that right?)
    We may all do it to a greater or lesser degree.

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