Warning: include() [function.include]: URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration in /var/www/domains/italic.org/docs/opinion/holocaust.php on line 36

Warning: include(http://www.italic.org/includes/header.inc) [function.include]: failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /var/www/domains/italic.org/docs/opinion/holocaust.php on line 36

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening 'http://www.italic.org/includes/header.inc' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/share/php:/usr/share/pear') in /var/www/domains/italic.org/docs/opinion/holocaust.php on line 36

Warning: include() [function.include]: URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration in /var/www/domains/italic.org/docs/opinion/holocaust.php on line 45

Warning: include(http://www.italic.org/includes/topNav.inc) [function.include]: failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /var/www/domains/italic.org/docs/opinion/holocaust.php on line 45

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening 'http://www.italic.org/includes/topNav.inc' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/share/php:/usr/share/pear') in /var/www/domains/italic.org/docs/opinion/holocaust.php on line 45

Warning: include() [function.include]: URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration in /var/www/domains/italic.org/docs/opinion/holocaust.php on line 53

Warning: include(http://www.italic.org/includes/leftNav.inc) [function.include]: failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /var/www/domains/italic.org/docs/opinion/holocaust.php on line 53

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening 'http://www.italic.org/includes/leftNav.inc' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/share/php:/usr/share/pear') in /var/www/domains/italic.org/docs/opinion/holocaust.php on line 53

Opinion

Losing Sight of a Moral Imperative

Letter to the Editor, The Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2012

L. Gordon Crovitz's account of the German state of Bavaria's decision to make Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" available is a meditation on the unintended consequences of even the most well-intentioned censorship (Information Age: "The Battle Over 'Mein Kampf'," April 30).

However, in depicting the Holocaust as the result of a lone-wolf totalitarian's ravings, Mr. Crovitz fails to take into account the ethical blindness of a people. Hitler could not have initiated his near-genocide of the Jews without the complicity of ordinary Germans. Sadly, the culture that had nurtured Immanuel Kant lost sight of the great philosopher's categorical moral imperative: to treat human beings as ends in themselves.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal some years back, Dorothy Rabinowitz noted how Germany's Axis partner, Italy, had actively thwarted Hitler's "final solution" by following the dictates of an innate humanity: "What there was in the character of the Italians that made their resistance to mass murder so implacable, so different from that of the Vichyite French, is a question we may ponder—and one for whose existence we can be grateful."

ROSARIO IACONIS
Chairman, Italic Institute of America

 
 

Warning: include() [function.include]: URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration in /var/www/domains/italic.org/docs/opinion/holocaust.php on line 94

Warning: include(http://www.italic.org/includes/footer2.inc) [function.include]: failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /var/www/domains/italic.org/docs/opinion/holocaust.php on line 94

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening 'http://www.italic.org/includes/footer2.inc' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/share/php:/usr/share/pear') in /var/www/domains/italic.org/docs/opinion/holocaust.php on line 94