What is it about people?
Everyone should visit the Museum of Terror in Budapest. Or one of many like it. And then ask yourself why is it that we can act so outrageously towards each other – and then so quickly forget and do the same thing again.
The actions of both the Nazi and Soviet occupations of Hungary (and many other countries just decades ago) resulted in the persecution, torture, starvation and brutal murder of so many. But for quirks of fate that could have been my parents and grand parents. And they were and are not bad people. Just normal folk like you and me.
Boundary to the Jewish ghetto in Budapest – wall erected 29 November 1944
Some of those who didn’t survive the occupations
Persecution of minorities and the subjugated then reoccurred in the Yugoslav wars ending in just 2001.
Extremism of any sort, in whatever disguise, must not be allowed to win. Don’t turn a blind eye or be fooled by rhetoric and propaganda. They feast on denial.
Soviet Propaganda posters
Behind closed doors – Prison loo
Please can we never have to open a museum like this again.
Museum of Terror