Why would a Holocaust survivor ever endorse “education” as the guarantee against human atrocity? The claim that more education could have saved lives, and will save lives—this claim coming from a Holocaust survivor—suggests a total ignorance about historical evidence. Maybe such a man believes that “surviving” history exempts him from the burden of reviewing history. (As if we are not all, in a sense, survivors of history!) But no, the evidence is clear. Education did not stop the manipulation of language and image that produced the Final Solution. Education did not guard German intellectuals from accepting, either actively or passively, the rhetoric of the Third Reich. Education did not overcome National Socialism. On the contrary, education—that gross abstraction usually mentioned with naïve warmness—education gave National Socialism its vision.
How sad to see a Holocaust survivor recommending a human institution as the guarantee against human atrocity. How sad. How sad. How blind.