Thursday, April 24, 2008

OK Sentiments

Continuing the traditional Chol Hamoed family outing extravaganza, today we went to the Science Museum of Minnesota. Unfortunately, we only had about an hour and a half, but that was the amount of time it took to cover the one exhibit we had come to see anyway, so that was all right. The exhibit was "Deadly Medicine", and it deals with the the Nazi involvement with eugenics. Basically, they needed excuses to kill Jews, seeing as the religion they didn't believe obviously wouldn't work, so they got science to take over. 11 million people later...
The Rebbe always stressed that culture, art, science, the refinement in general of mankind, was no defense against the basest of human urges.
There were a lot of high-school students, mainly Asian and Somalian kids, at the exhibit. Some of them slowly went through it, piece by piece, taking care to read every placard and watch every video, while others went through it quickly, not bothering to pay too much attention. As one of the only obvious Jews present I felt a curious responsibility to see the whole thing. I also felt that it was important for all these students, many of whom have no European connection, to see someone who is somehow connected.
Seeing as it's really late, and I'm once again really tired, and I really don't have too much else to write, well, I guess that'll be all for now.


Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. R.S.
I hope that the exhibit made clear the fact that the basic concepts of eugenics (and the rationale to eliminate those who were considered less than human or a danger to the "purity" of the nation) originated in the United States. I would refer you to an interesting U.S. Supreme Court case called "Buck v. Bell" for the history (probably can be googled). Yours, Leo de T.