Wednesday, June 14, 2006


You know, we really don't need anyone idolizing Adolf Hitler. But this is really stupid.

At a HS in NY, seniors were permitted to choose a quote to accompany their pictures. Two of them chose quotes from "Mein Kampf":
The quotes picked by Christopher Koulermos and Philip Compton, both 18, were attributed to Hitler in the yearbook. Koulermos' read "Strength lies not in defense, but in attack." Compton chose "The great masses of people ... will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one."
Right offhand I'm thinking that someone wasn't paying enough attention - Hitler's name might have been something of a red flag. (Is it possible to graduate from an HS nowadays without knowing his name?)

But really, what harm was done to justify such an abject response from the school district? I'm sure that the creep said "please" and "thank you", etc at various times too, and they're about as relevant to his evil as the quotes chosen. And it would be interesting to see if the same book contained any quotes from, say, Stalin, Chairman Mao or Che Guevara.

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