While difficult, it is important that humanity as a collective learns to draw parallels between current events and history, to better prevent tragedies from happening, suggests Masha Gessen of The New Yorker. Making comparisons between Nazi concentration camps and the detention centers at the US-Mexico border have caused many to get upset. The reason this happens is that, having labeled the Holocaust as an unimaginable evil, bereft of all humanity, which doesn’t quite reflect reality, we have difficulty saying that anything from the present could be similar. In reality, there are many similarities that need to be addressed.
The Nazis committed unspeakable horrors that were far worse than anything the United States is doing today, writes Rebecca Hagelin of The Washington Times. When today’s politicians make comparisons with concentration camps they not only insult the America they live in, they also downplay the incredible atrocities of the Holocaust. The US has given more freedom to people than any country in the world. It was also part of the Allies that liberated concentration camps. The torture, terror and death that ruled Nazi camps are a far, far cry from today’s America. These comparisons are wildly inaccurate.