If They Had Only Known: If We had Only Known, and Now that we Do

Once upon a time, I sat in a history class in Brooklyn College where a largely Jewish group of students fervently argued the case against the bulk of German citizens knowing about the Holocaust and about concentration camps. It couldn’t have been, we insisted, and we really didn’t want to know that it could have been. We didn’t want to boycott German products like the loden coats we loved and we didn’t want to hate or blame. Maybe at 16 it was too much to handle and maybe it’s still too hard.