How Do You Kill 11,000,000 People?
That title probably gets your attention. It's also the title of a book I've been meaning to recommend to you and today just seemed like the right day to do it.
Earlier today I stumbled across Jesse's blog and read a post he made yesterday. In addition to his usual charts, Jesse chose this post to discuss the life and death of Sophie Scholl, a conscientious dissenter to the regime of Nazi Germany. Scholl and her brother were ultimately put to death in 1943 for having the audacity to speak freely about the horrors of their tyrannical government. Jesse's eloquent post can be found here:
This prompted me to do my own research about Sophie Scholl. The most accessible item I found was a YouTube snippet from the 2005 motion picture entitled "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days". The film attempts to tell the actual, true story of Sophie and her brother, Hans, and it was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2006. As you watch this clip, be mindful of how easily the dialogue could be re-enacted in a not-too-distant future. In the infamous words of The Bard: "What is past is prologue".
Which brings me to the subject of this post. "How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think" is a book by New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews. It's not a long book, coming in at just 78 pages. However, it is possibly the most powerful and effective tool I've seen in describing the economic and social atmosphere that led Europe to a previously unthinkable horror. A link to Amazon is provided below but you can just as easily find multiple copies of this book at your local Barnes & Noble. Please buy the book and read it. Then, give it to a friend and encourage them to read it and pass it along, too. The world must be awakened before it is too late. Perhaps, by publicizing this book and moving it up the NYT list, we will help this cause.