Questions You Should be Asking the World Around You
This video brought me sadness. Everything I learned about WW2 in school convinced me that Britain and the US alone (with minor contributions by other countries like Canada and France) defeated Nazi Germany.
My school emphasized that the reason the war was fought was because European Jews were being kidnapped. We were taught the horrors of concentration camps, and the gas chambers. The sticking point being the word Pogrom. The history lessons described it as a literal hell on Earth, a mistake that ought to never be repeated.
There was no mention of the fact that eugenics originated from the Rockefeller Foundation, and that it was a popular movement that spread to Germany.
There was no mention of the Dresden bombings. No mention of Nanking, or the firebombings on Tokyo?
There was no mention of the China/Japan war, only that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuked to showcase the power of the atomic bomb. I learned about Pearl Harbor from the Ben Affleck movie. I think it was called by the same name: Pearl Harbor.
I learned about the Pacific Theatre from the Capcom video game called “1942.”
I had a Japanese friend who suffered from a physical deformity because of the radiation her mother endured as a child.
It was a very confusing war to understand because so many facts were partitioned and hidden.
Every year the school would assemble in the gym to give moments of silence. We would honor the soldiers who perished in the war. Small mentions were made about Italy. The Soviet Union was nowhere to be found in the history lessons. In fact as far the curriculum was concerned, all the other nations (aside from Britain and the US) were merely tertiary participants, and that Germany was the sole instigator.
It’s taken many years to hear about all the different nuances of WW2. I’m still learning more about it every day.
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