April 13 — A Bad Day for Humanity
As I was reviewing the history for this day, April 13, I noticed what a tragic day it has proven to be for humanity over the centuries.
In the spring of 1940, Russian troops rounded up thousands of Polish officers. The unarmed captives were driven out to the Forest of Katyn and slaughtered. Their bodies were buried in an unmarked mass grave. This atrocity was discovered by the Germans in 1943, but had always been denied by Russia until this day in 1984.
North Vietnam launched a massive invasion against South Vietnam. More than 120,000 soldiers stormed through the countryside and surrounded major cities of An Loc, Quang Tri, and Kontum. Known as the Easter Offensive this aggression by North Vietnam was to take control and instill the communism regime throughout all of Vietnam. Citizens in the countryside and those blockaded in the cities were ravished throughout the entire Vietnam War.
Under orders from King Henry the Third, English forces burned the Paris suburbs and began to move toward Chartres. In an unlikely turn of events, the brutal British army, which had been sweeping across France burning villages as they went, were struck by lightning and hail. Lightning killed a few, but the hailstorm was so violent it killed 1000 British soldiers. Two English officers were killed during the panic among the troops and horses.
In Amritsar, India’s holy city, British and Gurkha troops massacred over 400 unarmed demonstrators meeting at the Jallianwala Bagh, a city park.
Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany sent his army to Finland to join up with Mannerheim’s White Army. Ten days later, the Germans captured the city and citizens of Helsinki. From there they moved in to capture the people of Viborg.
Adolf Hitler ordered members of the Hitler Youth Brigade and local police to round up what has been estimated to have been 5,000 to 6,000 Jewish prisoners and secure them in a large barn. The Third Reich was quickly coming to an end, desperate to conceal the whiteness of their monstrous war crimes, they set the building on fire. As the Jewish victims attempted to burrow their way out of the blazing barn, Germans surrounding the conflagration shot them. “Several thousand people were burned alive,” reported one survivor.
“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” –George Santayana
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“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” –Voltaire
“As human beings we have the most extraordinary capacity for evil. We can perpetrate some of the most horrendous atrocities.” –Desmond Tutu
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