This article chronicles the investigation of an important question from history. Exactly when did the leaders outside Germany have reliable knowledge that the Nazi’s intended, and indeed were in the process of exterminating the Jews? It obviously contains the kind of details that you would have to include to do reliable detective work of this nature. The answer is this: it seems that a lot of people knew an awful lot, and did nothing.
What strikes me is that this contains an example of what it means to be “on the wrong side of history.” That term has been bandied around a lot recently. In the case of the Shoa, there are examples of many leaders, politicians, journalists, and relief workers who knew what was going on, but they did nothing. They failed to speak up. They failed even to acknowledge that this evil was taking place. They failed to take even simple, low-risk actions to save lives. History is not looking kindly on them, to say nothing of God’s perspective.
“After the war the ICRC [International Committee of The Red Cross] came under much criticism for its unwillingness to make public, however cautiously, the known facts about the murder of the Jews… Eventually, more than fifty years after the event, the ICRC through the head of its archive (not the president of the International Red Cross) admitted that the activities of the organization (or rather their absence) had been less than honorable.” (emphasis mine)
Are there any modern examples of atrocities happening beneath the indifferent eyes of the watchers? Are there situations where politicians and leaders refuse to acknowledge that bad things are even happening? Where they refuse to speak up, or even watch the videos? Where they refuse to take action to save lives? Where news agencies refuse to cover solid stories of millions of dollars made in exchange for innocent lives?
Ignoring facts is what you do when you want to keep your blood money and maintain plausible deniability. Investigating the facts and responding courageously is what you do when you care more about doing the right thing than about keeping your job. I wonder what history will say about our modern-day indifference?