Do you think that enough is done to discuss and prevent genocide?
I don't believe we can ever stop people behaving savagely toward one another. The herd can always be manipulated. But I believe that more we understand this human phenomenon, the greater our chances of reducing it.
Anti-Semitism and racism in general are diseases passed from one generation to another. Yet the optimist in me knows that no child is born an anti-Semite or a racist. I paraphrase others when I say I do not know what a Jew is – or for that matter a Christian, a Chinese, a Muslim or even a Pygmy – I recognize only human beings. It occurs to me that every time we resist hatred and each time we teach tolerance to our children, we make the future of the world that much better.
I put this idea to Sam, Hershl’s son. He sighed and said: "I think that’s too much to hope for."
Thank you to Mark for taking the time to participate in this interview and for the incredibly detailed responses. Read the Blogcritics review at: Book Review: Treblinka Survivor: The Life and Death of Hershl Sperling by Mark S. Smith. You can purchase the paperback of Treblinka Survivor at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.