The Holocaust was a hideous reversion to tribal murder, this time using paperwork and train timetables. It shocks us precisely because we thought we had moved on as a species. Slavery and slaughter had been the lot of our ancestors for longer than we know, and Jews had had more than their fair share, going back to the Books of Exodus and Esther. But there is a difference between a genocide planned by a courtier in the palace of a Persian king in the fifth century B.C., and a genocide planned by educated men who listened to Beethoven and took an interest in nuclear physics.
Read all of Daniel Hannan's column in The Washington Examiner.
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