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Least We Forget


When Adolph Hitler and the Nazi party came into power in 1933 antisemitism was leveraged to an extreme, eventually leading to the death of millions.

Hitler and his Nazi regime setup networks of concentration camps before and during world war ll, to carry out a plan of genocide. They wanted to achieve a pure German " master race "

This included, homosexuals, blacks and the mentally ill. Experiments on their brain's were done to see why they were not " normal " often making them like zombies and then gassing then to death.


The concentration camp at Auschwitz gassed eleven million of the Jewish population

They wanted to exterminate all Jews from the human civilization

They wanted a pure German master race, so Homosexuals, blacks, the mental ill

Exterminated at will


They used trains to transport the old, the young, and mothers with babies in their arms

They starved them all and sent young men into forced labor on German Gestapo farms

The Jews were told they were going into the crematoriums to have a nice warm bath

Instead carbon monoxide was dropped from the ceiling, giving off a deadly gas instant death occurred soothing the killer's wrath


After death the bodies were piled into a dugout ditch

Before burning their gold teeth, wedding rings removed making the gestapo rich


Little children left without mama and papa behind a bob wire fence

They cried out to mama and papa night and day, yet no one came to their defence

We must never forget what racism and hate has done in our sorrowful past

We must remember to love all people no matter their caste

This could happen again when people turn a blind eye to elected leaders who care nothing about our land of the free


We must stand tall and keep vigil, immigrant's children put in cages in our land of the free

Is it a beginning of a " master race "? Do you think it could possibly be?


Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on October 17, 2020:

Thanks for coming to read this sad piece again Brenda. What a horrible time in history. It could happen again if we are not careful, Take care and well wishes to you and your special friend.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 17, 2020:


I always shudder at the thought of this...it's so hard to believe anyone could have willingly taken part in this.

I suppose they feared for their own lives if they disobeyed Hitler...but still I can't imagine anyone killing people like this.

I pray this never comes to pass on Earth again.

Thanks for the share.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 15, 2020:

Hello Genna. I think people think he will make their life better, and then some people just like him, I know my son Jackie really liked him and had a flag with his picture for all the neighbors to see. We couldn't talk about Trump, both of us would get mad, so we stopped discussing him. If it had not been for the Senate he would be in prison, so we must change the Senate just like we did Congress. Thanks for coming back. I love it when you visit.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on February 14, 2020:

Ruby, I couldn't agree more regarding Trump. It is disturbing and frightening to witness how certain people turn a blind eye to what he says and does.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 14, 2020:

Genna, I can't help feeling that we are headed down a dangerous road with Trump in the white house. It seems the people love him, blind, unable to see how evil he is. He reminds me of Hitler who's black heart killed millions. I didn't know some of the history you mentioned. Thank you for telling me. I am always so pleased when you read my work. Hugs...

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on February 13, 2020:

This could happen again when people turn a blind eye to elected leaders who care nothing about our land of the free." Absolutely true!

Hitler also committed a holocaust against the Russians when he invaded their country in mid-1941; he wanted to kill all Slavic people in Russia and replace them with Aryan Germans. Millions died as he razed entire villages. Had it not been for the effects of the Treaty of Versailles and the Depression, I doubt that Hitler would ever have risen to power. Pure evil incarnate, he understood how to appeal to many Germans with pride (love of country), hatred and fear. This is why he established the SS and initiated Labor Concentration camps where many starved or were murdered in Germany the minute he took power. (The Extermination Concentration Camps came later.) And the world looked the other way -- until the invasions of Poland, France and Russia.

Turning the other cheek, looking the other way...how easy it can all begin.

Excellent article, Ruby.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 05, 2020:

Hello Nikki. I agree fully with your comment. We must be alert and never let this happen again in any country. Thank you for coming to read this sad piece.

Nikki Khan from London on February 04, 2020:

This is a masterpiece, Ruby. Barely a vision shudders our shoulders. How those people felt and been through. We can't just visualize that suffering.

Hate and intolerance are the fundamentals to discriminate and burn others.

We must take care of such deformities to maintain peace and equality in our community.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 03, 2020:

Hello Verlie. I know the pictures are sickening, esp. the naked bodies piled up, but, I think America needs a stark reminder to make sure the person put in office is not a dictator. It is good to see you. We go back quite a few years. Thank you much.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 03, 2020:

Hello Mar. The day I wrote this was the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The news channel had 4 survivors of the concentration camp. One man was 91 years old and the women were about the same age. They were small children when they were rescued. They all still had their tattoos on their arms, and all had tears in their eye's. I was so moved by their story's, I had to write. Thank you for coming to read my story. Love and hugs.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on February 02, 2020:

So raw, graphic, and real Ruby. Kudos to you for reminding us to remember the horrors of the holocaust on this 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It makes my stomach churn to see these images.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on February 02, 2020:

Sobering, heartbreaking and beyond angering, dear Ruby.

Thank you for the wake-up call. I also pray history does not repeat itself.

Have a peaceful evening. Love, mar

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 02, 2020:

Hello MG Singh. I know exactly what you mean. It shakes my faith too, but some of the bible stories are hard to read because of the evil deeds done to people. I do believe God will someday intervein and the world as we know it will end. I am thankful that you took the time to read and comment on my article.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 02, 2020:

Hello Peggy, I agree with your logic. I'm sure the populous of Germany didn't know how very evil Hitler was, that's why it's so important to know who we choose to run our country. I would love to see a Halocaust Museum. Thank you for your valued input.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 02, 2020:

We have a Holocaust museum here in Houston. There is a theater in the museum where survivors of the Holocaust who live in Houston are recorded as to their memories. Naturally, most of them were children at the time. We must never forget and guard against such things. Sadly, ideas like this develop insidiously and over time.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 02, 2020:

The Nazi regime was an inhuman exercise and I ask God if he says that everything happens because of his will then why this holocaust took place? there is no excuse for it and it does shake my faith in God. This is an excellent post and you deserve accolades for it.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 01, 2020:

Hello Mark. I've never been to the Holocaust Museum, I'm sure they had pictures like these and it would make you sick. The picture of the little children made me tear up, how can anyone be so heartless? Thank you for coming to read and comment.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 01, 2020:

Hello Audrey. The pictures are heartbreaking, but a sad fact, when dictators are allowed to rule their cruelty has no limits. Thanks so much for coming to read this sad piece.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 01, 2020:

Hello James. It looks like we see alike. Trump is so much like a dictator, like when a tape was released of him giving orders to his goons, he said, " Just do it " Perhaps his time in office will end with the next election, or not! Thanks for your input on this hub.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Harish, I've read that the people knew they were going to be gassed when they were taken into the crematoriums. The fear and helplessness they must have felt was unimaginable. The dictators you mentioned were so evil. I remember seeing a picture of Mussolini and his girlfriend hanging in the town square where the people could beat them to death. Thank you for your generous comment. Peace...

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on January 31, 2020:

Totally agree with your sentiments, Ruby. When I went to the Holocaust Museum in DC, I had to leave abruptly because it was too painful. But it served as a reminder of what people are capable of. Nice job Ruby with this post.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Hello Pamela. I agree, the young people need to know the horror of Hitler's concentration camps. I never saw that movie, it sounds horrible. 9-ll was a sad day in America, but nothing to compare with the extermination of the Jewish people. Thanks for coming by.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Hello Bill. I see your point and it could possibly be. All we can do is hope it will never happen again anywhere. BTW congrats on winning the Hubbie award. You deserve it! Thank you my friend.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on January 31, 2020:

A vivid reminder of what greed and power can do. Unimaginable! This breaks my heart.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Shauna, when I saw the children in cages it made me cry. I always thought we were a kinder nation. I have a feeling that the people who had to carry out this order were not willing participants, how could they be? I know that we live in dangerous times, Isis wanting us dead, and they're slipping into the US, but little children treated like criminals upsets me, as it should every American. thanks so much for commenting.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Hello Devika. I know it happened years ago, but a reminder what has happened in the past brings it vividly clear that it must never happen again. The people in every country should keep a close eye on the rulers. Thanks for the visit.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Hello Rinita, yes, you are correct Isis beheading was a stark reminder of the evil still out there. If people would only believe that different skin color is what God planned, and we're all connected as human beings. Thanks so much for reading and leaving an insightful comment.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Hello Lorna. I know this was a stark reminder, but sometimes it takes a stark awakening to get the message through. Like you, I hope and pray that we'll never see this again. Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate you..

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Hello Brenda, If all is true concerning Trump, it could very well happen again. He acts as though he is above the law and that's exactly what Hitler thought. I believe all of his billionaires he put in office will follow him and do anything he wants. Thanks my poet friend.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Hello John. I know the pictures I put on this piece are sickening, but I wanted people to remember how a leader can do whatever he wishes if the people turn a blind eye and not hold him/she accountable. Least We Forget. Thanks. Peace

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Hello Mark, was Himmler the one we put on trial? I guess the Gestapo are all burning in hell, what a horrible way to die, and the worst part, the Jewish people did nothing wrong that I know about. Thank you for coming to read and comment.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Hello Eric, I wrote this piece in hope that people will not let this happen again. The people elected a leader ( Hitler ) who wanted to rule the world and thought he was superior. That must remind you of someone? Thanks for coming to read and comment.

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on January 31, 2020:

It must be a same wave length thing going on. Lately, I've been reading a biography about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an anti Nazi dissident preacher, theologian who defended the Jewish people. Then, I see your poem here. I notice how President Trump uses the same demagogue playbook as Hitler. Find an enemy, if there isn't an enemy than invent one. Find a group to scapegoat i.e. blame for whatever's wrong and despise them. For Hitler, it was chiefly the Jews. For Trump, its the immigrants particularly those from south of the U.S. border.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Hello Lora. Thank you so much for your very welcome comment. What a horrible era in out past. The four survivors of Hitler's camps who were on the news this week told their stories and it gave me chills. The hurt is still there, and they had tears in their eyes after all these years. The man was 91 and the three women were about the same age. They all were little children when they were rescued. I just read your piece on Trump and couldn't agree more. Thanks a million for coming to read this piece.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Manatita, I'm sure the Jews called out to their God for mercy, yet it happened. We as a people need to watch and act. God expects us to take care of each other. As a nation it is our duty to demand truth and elect Godly people to lead us...Yes I still pray. Thank you my poet friend.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on January 31, 2020:

In God's world, there is a Devil, but in man's world, there are innumerable devils lurking in every nook and corner to wreck havoc on humanity. What monsters like Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, etc. did to humanity cannot be forgetten and forgiven ever. Rubi, whenever I happen to read about the ghastly and heinous crimes committed by Hitler, I shudder to imagine how those helpless innocent people would have suffered such torture. You have put up a great reminder my friend.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 31, 2020:

What the Nazis did to the Jews and the rest was horrid. I would hope we never think we are a master race. I hate it when some politicians try to compare that genocide to 9/11 or anything else. They obviously do not know what the Nazis did.

I saw the movie 'Mein Kampf' when I was a young teen and I have never forgotten it. They operated on people without anesthesia on racks that had a hole to drain blood. It still upsets me to think about that movie. Young people need to know just how bad that time was. I pray that nothing like that ever happens again.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Hello Clive, I understand your comment, what else is there to say. I didn't feel any joy writing this, but we must not forget what can happen when we elect the wrong kind of leaders. I have read that the people in Germany didn't know what was happening. I want to believe that. Thanks.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 31, 2020:

Hello theblogchick, I was watching the news and they had 4 survivors of the concentration camps, one man was 91 and he still cried as he showed his tattooed arm, He was 4 years old when he was taken to the killing field. He said he watched his mother being taken in the building to be gassed, she turned and said " goodbye " he never saw her again. The women had similar stories. It touched me deeply. I cried and my muse took over, I had to write about it. Thank you for coming to read this horrible piece.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 31, 2020:

I think if the economy completely tanked, and enough people were suffering, it would be possible in this nation. I want to believe that is not true, but I'm also a realist. :) We shall never forget (I hope)

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 31, 2020:

Ruby, this is a very powerful piece. It's scary that what's happening to immigrants in our country is bringing to mind the atrocities done to the Jews in Nazi Germany. Pray oh pray, history won't repeat itself!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 31, 2020:

This is sad and merciless! I watched movies and read about these cases, in each incident of how people can treat another as that is awful! You made me see the sadness here. Great approach in writing this hub.

Rinita Sen on January 31, 2020:

The atrocities are portrayed well in your poem, Ruby. Although we all know the history, every time hear about this again, brings fresh chills down the spine. And of course, the Nazi camps were not the only ones. Atrocities of this nature have happened in many other places even in recent times. Afghanistan, Syria, for instance. This continues to happen. People continue to be slaughtered in the name of race and religion. Will this ever stop? Well, we can only hope and spread the word of kindness through the written word.

Lorna Lamon on January 31, 2020:

Just heart wrenching - humanity lost a piece of itself during these atrocities and we should never forget what man is capable of. I only hope we can learn from the lessons of the past and why this can never happen again to anyone. Thank you for the stark reminder Ruby.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 30, 2020:


Those images break my heart. I cannot imagine such a horrible thing to live through.

I hope nothing like this happens again.

Thanks for reminding us.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 30, 2020:

My heart tears at the horrors and atrocities that occurred during the Nazi attempt at ethnic cleansing. Let’s pray something that bad never happens again. Very sad and emotional plea, Ruby.

Mark Lecuona from Austin, Texas on January 30, 2020:

They all were monsters who deserved to be burned alive but for some reason I hold a special place in hell for Himmler.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 30, 2020:

Very interesting remembrance and comparison.

Lora Hollings on January 30, 2020:

Ruby, your article should make everyone think deeply about the holocaust which happened as a result of a man and a government who had one mission only and that was to eliminate everyone who they thought was inferior! They committed crimes against humanity and in the end before the allied invasion of Germany, Poland, Russia and other countries where the concentration camps existed tried to conceal their crimes killing even more people! We should never forget this and this is why we need to recognize that when any leader and his political cohorts go too far by breaking laws, violating people's basic rights to fair treatment, and using the defense that the president is above the law, this just isn't right and the president must be held accountable. Our current president has committed crimes and gone beyond the definition of what is an impeachable offense as defined in the constitution and he should be booted out of office. If we ignore abuse of power as this president has so blatantly done, we could end up in a country where the lines between right and wrong become totally blurred and our basic rights given to us by our constitution are stripped away from us! You remind us all with your profound article of a place that we never want to return again and that is why we need to hold our president accountable for his actions which indeed call for impeachment!

manatita44 from london on January 30, 2020:

A passionate piece! So many centuries since Christ came. God-men are still coming. Greed and lust for power are major problems for us all. Let us pray.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on January 30, 2020:

Sad......nothing more

Theblogchick from United States on January 30, 2020:

Interesting article. Thanks for sharing.

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