Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Use of Graphic Images

The dead have been buried; it remains for us to care for these, the living. It remains for us to hope that Germans may help to mend what they have broken, and cleanse what they have befouled. Thousands of German people were made to see for themselves, to bury the dead, to file past the victims. This was the end of the journey they had so confidently begun in 1933. Twelve years? No, in terms of barbarity and brutality they had traveled backwards for 12 thousand years. Unless the world learns the lesson these pictures teach, night will fall, but by God’s grace, we who live, will learn.

Those words above concluded the 1985 PBS Frontline documentary, Memory of the Camps, made of post-war commentary and footage taken by allied forces as they liberated Nazi death camps at the end of WWII. The films show shocking images of death and starvation. You can watch them at
www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/camp/ .

Everyone should see this documentary.

The pictures in the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) of aborted children and other victims of massive atrocities teach the same lesson as do the images in Memory of the Camps. There are many similarities between Shoah and abortion—the essential one is that all the victims were/are human beings who were/are depersonalized. One example: Jewish people were called parasites; the National Geographic film, In the Womb, refers to pre-born children as parasites. When you see horrible images of the emaciated bodies of dear people being dragged and slung into pits, and when you see the images of 10 week aborted children in GAP
http://www.abortionno.org/ , there are heads, arms, legs, torsos, eyes…

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