Museums best place for memorials to evil
Some soldiers in all conflicts do heroic things for each other: Nazis, Americans, even Islamic State. My great-grandpa was a teenager when he and five brothers fought for the Confederacy. Four were killed. Some of his wartime personal items are in a frame by my bed.
Why? It reminds me he and many others were brainwashed into being willing to die to protect systematic human exploitation, including forced labor, torture, rape and selling away members of families. It reminds me to learn from the past.
Should we keep monuments to this history? Can they commemorate soldiers’ bravery without glorifying evil principles they defended? Remnants of such sad history belong only in museums and private collections, where context and meaning are not easily lost or hijacked. Jews in Germany are not forced to live under shadows of Nazi memorials. Neither should any American have symbols of sad history crammed in their faces. JACK BOWEN, FORT WORTH