The Nightmare We Can’t Forget


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The Nightmare We Can’t Forget
Many are the times, nowadays, that we hear pundits, comedians, or just friends and people on the street make jokes that use Hitler as its punch line. These jokes usually go something like, [fill in the blank] is such a control freak, they make Hitler look like Gandhi. Or something along those lines. While, on the surface, it may seem as though these types of jokes signal that humanity has moved past Hitler and the Nazi regime’s reign of terror. But what, below the surface, do the jokes really mean? Rhetorically, I think, people make jokes about Hitler to show how paranoid the world still is that somebody worse than Hitler could one day come along. Ultimately, the legacy that Hitler and his Nazis imprinted on...
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..... form in our minds, all we want to do is cry and hope it’s not real. And when we wake up from the terror we just experienced, and someone asks us what happened, with the residual pain and moral implications still so dastardly and excruciatingly in the mind’s eye, it’s almost easier to tell that someone we don’t remember than to try and recount that Hell. Just let the images fade and hope for a peaceful sleep next time. It might not be right, but no one could blame us for it.
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