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November 12, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Nov. 12, 2013

Wonderful walk on memory lane

Thank you for the week-long walk down Bird Lane.

The published series “The Bird Years” enabled me to relive some great days in Terre Haute. I have been gone from Terre Haute 31 years now but found myself wanting to do nothing but open my email first thing in the morning to read the delivered copy of the Tribune-Star and the next Bird installment.

So many of the events surrounding that era, I had forgotten long ago. So each day brought new recollections and thoughts of the events that would eventually shut down business and schools to celebrate the returning Sycamores from the 1979 NCAA tournament.

Thanks for the memories.

— Ann Kinney

Indianapolis

‘Mini-Hitlers’ still plague world

Professor Saul Rosenthal in his letter published on Oct. 28 gave the story of Rudolf Hoss, who was responsible for the murder of many Jews during the Holocaust and was hanged in 1947 as a war criminal. The Holocaust has been a very dark and painful chapter of history, and we should know why was this anti-Semitism that brought in the Holocaust in Germany during the second World War?

We should know that the Jews were a small ethnic and religious group in the Mideast that could not assimilate with other people they were living with, but remained as an isolated group. But they were very talented and hard working and became successful and drew the jealousy of others, and anti-Semitism became the natural outcome.

It should be noted that the Jews, only 14 million on earth today, got most of the Nobel Prizes in science.

But in the past, most of them were driven away by the Romans in the second century, and they settled in Europe. But they could not accept the land they were driven to as their motherland, even after 1,800 years, and remained as hated foreigners.

In the meantime, under leadership of Chancellor Bismarck in 1866, 22 different German states were united in a newly formed united Germany. Germany organized scientific research and applied them to industries and became successful and prosperous. But they developed a pride as a superior Aryan nation and brainwashed the children and the people. They were physically strong, technically superior, superbly organized, and they could lead the world to progress, but being completely brainwashed to conquer the world, they became a menace to mankind.

After losing in World War I, the Germans became very angry with the allies and considered the Jews to be partly responsible for their defeat, and lecturing against the Jews became a very popular thing. So an unknown corporal named Hitler used his lectures against the Jews and became popular and ultimately became the Fuehrer. And this mentally sick man organized his murdering Nazi gangs and killed about six million innocent Jews — men, women and children.

But Hitler’s spirit did not die, and mini-Hitlers are in many countries today, and murders of innocent people have not stopped. So the people must wake up, leaving their ball games and wine behind, and learn the truth, unite and fight to bring peace and love for our fellow human beings, as preached by Lord Jesus.

— Anil K. Sarkar, M.D.

Terre Haute

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