I was reading an article about fundamentalist religion in America, and I came upon the statistic that there are about six million Jews in the United States, give or take a bit.
I don’t know about everyone else, but the number six million is permanently burned into my brain as the approximate number of Jews murdered by Hitler and his pals. I can’t hear that number without thinking about that fact. It’s probably the same for anyone who was raised in a Jewish family.
So, in case we’ve run out of fresh ways to be horrified by the Holocaust, we can imagine that every single Jew in the U.S. is murdered. That gives an idea of what happened in Europe. Holy cow.
Incidentally, when I was a kid, I used to think that those Jews died in the war like soldiers die in wars. I remember thinking, “yeah, it’s sad, but people die in wars. Why do we get so much more indignant when they’re Jewish?” I didn’t get quite get it. Something to remember when my future kid starts to learn history.