Spicer, The Holocaust, and Why We’re Telling Bonhoeffer’s Story

Apr 11, 2017 |

I’ve been walking around today with an incredulous, worried, shocked, and horrified look on my face.

Earlier today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer commented on President Trump’s recent attack on Syria, citing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against Syrian citizens as the reason behind the military strike.  Spicer then added, “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II.  You know, you had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”

Of course, Spicer is wrong.  Hitler didn’t just use chemical weapons.  He practically established the idea through his use of gas chambers designed to eradicate millions of “degenerates” including Jewish persons, gypsies, homosexuals, and the disabled.

The criticism and backlash came swiftly towards Spicer, but never one to admit defeat, his response was perhaps even worse.  “[Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing,” Spicer said as if there were no Jews in Germany before referring to Concentration Camps as “Holocaust Centers.”

It baffles, saddens, angers, and greatly concerns me—both as someone who identifies as half-Jewish and simply as a human being—that a key White House representative ignores the atrocities of the Holocaust and then, when reminded of history, downplays its significance and importance.  When I consider that this statement also comes in the middle of Passover, my blood boils.

But Spicer is a microcosm of a bigger issue.  There are thousands of people worldwide who deny the Holocaust ever happened, as if 6 million people just mysteriously disappeared.  There are millions more, particularly among the younger generations, who live in ignorance of the Holocaust because they’ve yet to hear about the horrors perpetrated during World War II.  And I’d wager there are billions worldwide who are oblivious that a new Holocaust is currently happening in Chechnya as homosexuals are being sent to Concentration Camps.

It’s for these reasons and more that Agape Theatre has chosen to tell the story of Bonhoeffer’s Cost.  Mankind must not and can not ignore the horrors of our past, or we are doomed to repeat them.  These stories need to be told.  As the final Holocaust survivors die off, it becomes the responsibility of artists and storytellers to tell the stories of those who are no longer with us.

I am proud to tell Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s story.  If we all had half the courage that Bonhoeffer had, evil would struggle to cling to power in our world.

 

Jeff Davis
Director, Bonhoeffer’s Cost

BONHOEFFER’S COST Plays The Sanctuary At Palm Valley Lutheran Church, Located At 2500 East Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX.  The Play Runs Thursday, May 11-Sunday, May 21, 2017.  Performances Are Thursdays – Saturdays At 7:30pm With Matinee Performances On Saturdays And Sundays At 2:30pm.  A Free Post-Show Reception Will Follow The Opening Night Performance On Thursday, May 11th.  A Post-Show Discussion With The Cast And Creative Team Will Follow The Performance On Friday, May 12th And The Evening Performance On Saturday, May 20th.

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BONHOEFFER’S COST Is Recommended For Audience Members Age 13 And Up.

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