In something as massive, evil and complicated as the Holocaust there inevitably will be side stories to the main story, which in this case is about the Hitler regime's determination to wipe out the Jews of Europe.
One of those side stories -- non-Jews who tried to save Jews -- is the topic of the book I wrote with Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn, They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust.
Another side story has to do with the ways in which the Nazis persecuted and murdered lots of people for reasons other than their being Jewish -- Gypsies, people with disabilities and homosexuals among them.
A memorial honoring the last group -- gay victims of the Nazis -- was just installed and unveiled in Tel Aviv. As the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports, it is Israel's first memorial to gays murdered by the Nazis.
It is important for accurate historical reasons to take note of the full sweep of the Nazi evil, and that's what things like the new Tel Aviv memorial help us do.
At the same time it's important not to lose sight of the fact that Hitler's "final solution" was aimed at murdering people merely because they were among Europe's 9 million Jews, two-thirds of whom perished in the Holocaust.
The question always is whether the act of remembering will lead to the act of prevention.
(By the way, if you've never been to Tel Aviv, the photo here I took from my hotel window there last year gives you a sense of the beauty you will find there.)
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THE TSARNAEV BROTHERS' STORY
Why do we still need newspapers? For in-depth and insightful reporting like this from The Boston Globe about the brothers implicated in the Boston Marathon bombing. Were they Muslim terrorists or something else? (And for another great newspaper series, I hope you're reading Eric Adler's current four-parter in The Kansas City Star about deciding whether and when to place a spouse with dementia in a nursing home. Great work.)