Here's a worthwhile report from a local scribe and another reason to take a bear witness to this moment in time . . .
Local context . . .
"So, yes, historical truth-telling is an important reason for these kinds of exhibits. But there’s more, as Jessica Rockhold, executive director of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, noted: “I would like to think that because Kansas City has its own tension with a racial past that it would be an opportunity for some reflection about what in our community can be better.”
"Kansas City, in fact, has both a racial past and an antisemitic past. And a present that still is sometimes marred by both individual bigotry and systems that function to crush certain groups of people simply for who they are. So it’s vital that as many people as possible see what Rockhold calls “truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
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In some ways, Germany's Auschwitz death camp in Poland is personal for me. No, I'm not Jewish. No members of my family were murdered there in the Holocaust. But while doing the reporting for a Holocaust-related book I co-authored with a rabbi, I spent time at Auschwitz.