Re: “Holocaust was not unprecedented” (letter, 5-2).
The writer argues that syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. was wrong to claim that “the crimes of the Nazi regime were singular, unprecedented in their sheer awfulness.” She gives examples of other atrocities in other places at other times. In doing so, she may have missed Pitts’ point.
The public has the right to question the intelligence and judgment of someone running for the U.S. Senate. The candidate at issue said that requiring business establishments to post no-smoking signs is just like requiring anyone of Jewish ancestry to wear an armband with the yellow Star of David. Pitts argues that “the idea of equating the two is ridiculous, offensive and unworthy of serious people.”
It seems hard to disagree with Pitts if you understand that the Nazi armband law was enforced under penalty of death without trial to facilitate the deportation and murder of millions.