Learn­ing geno­cide lessons

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Re What I learned about Auschwitz from my

in­box, Sept. 30 Has knowl­edge about Auschwitz pre­vented the state-spon­sored killings in Cam­bo­dia, Rwanda, the Balkans and Syria? All the world lead­ers from 1975 to 2015 were learned men and women who must have known about the hor­rors of the Jewish Holo­caust, yet did lit­tle to stop the geno­cides on their watch.

It takes more than knowl­edge to pro­tect hu­man rights; it takes moral courage to do the right thing when it’s po­lit­i­cally ex­pe­di­ent to look the other way. Bob Wong, Rich­mond Hill I am dis­mayed that in an oth­er­wise ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle, Heather Mallick chose to com­pare the Holo­caust to Mus­lims to­day. While anti-Mus­lim racism un­doubt­edly ex­ists, there is no metic­u­lously planned cam­paign de­signed by a geno­ci­dal dic­ta­tor to ex­ter­mi­nate the world’s Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion. Avi Ben­lolo, pres­i­dent, Friends of Si­mon Wiesen­thal Cen­ter for Holo­caust Stud­ies In re­sponse to the gov­ern­ment re­vok­ing the cit­i­zen­ship of Zakaria Amara, Emile The­rien sug­gests Canada is do­ing ex­actly what Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jews. Hitler did not de­port Jews; he sent them to gas cham­bers. Bert Raphael, Toronto

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