Opinion

July 16, 2013

Letter: Remembering the past

I read with interest Ina Fay Manly’s letter to the editor which your paper titled “An unrecognizable nation.” In the letter, Ms. Manly points out that hundreds of pro-abortion protesters crowded the Texas Capitol to support a filibuster to stop laws from being passed to force abortion clinics to be clean and safe and prevent abortions after 20 weeks. It is the comment about the 20-week limit that I would like to add to.

The book “Death Dealer, The Memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschwitz” is the memoirs and testimony of Rudolf Hoss written between October 1946 and April 1947. I am going to make the assumption that most people over the age of 40 recognize the name Auschwitz; those under 40 can Google it. Hoss wrote explanations of how the camp developed and about the destruction of millions of people. These memoirs were written at the suggestion of the psychologist and prosecuting attorney for the Polish War Crimes Commission in Warsaw to help Hoss remember the details of what he was charged with, to clarify the court’s understanding, and to put people and events in proper prospective. I would highly suggest this book if you would like to read a real horror story that will keep you awake at night.

One of the sections of the book is titled “The Non-Medical Activities of the SS Doctors in Auschwitz.” In this section Hoss describes the duties of the SS doctors aside from the customary medical duties. One of the non-medical duties was “They had to perform abortions on foreign women up to the fifth month of pregnancy.”

When the Nazi commandant at Auschwitz considered abortion to be a non-medical activity that should only be performed up to the fifth month of pregnancy, what does that say about the protesters in Texas who consider abortion to be a medical procedure that should have no time limits applied to it? According to those protesting against the 20-week limit, it would seem Auschwitz Kommandant Rudolf Hoss was too protective of the unborn.

George Santayana’s quote needs repeating, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

 

Mike Babb

Rocky Face

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