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Oprah’s insensitivity
Chicago Tribune ^ | May 30, 2006 | Daniel T. Zanoza

Posted on 05/31/2006 9:52:28 AM PDT by Daniel T. Zanoza

Recently, Oprah Winfrey aired a special show featuring author and Holocaust survivor, Elie Weisel. Oprah and her guest toured Auschwitz, a Nazi death camp in Poland. Weisel was a survivor of Auschwitz.

Winfrey...uttered a statement that was an insult to the millions of Americans and others who fought against Hitler's war machine. Speaking to Weisel, Winfrey said of the Holocaust, this all went on while the world did nothing. Winfrey made her comment based on Weisel's statement that the Allies knew of places like Auschwitz as early as 1942.

The truth is, some historians do not agree with Weisel's take on this issue. But even if the Allies were aware of these death camps, the fact is there was little that could be done. Some say the British and America's 8th Air Force could have bombed railroad tracks leading to the death camps. However, if this strategy were employed, other targets would have been ignored. Besides, Hitler often diverted desperately needed resources from the German military, in order to continue performing genocide. He would have quickly repaired any damage to railroad facilities to carry out his "Final Solution."

The destruction of military targets surely shortened the war, including attacks on places like ball-bearing plants in Brahman, synthetic fuel refineries and other strategic sites in Nazi-controlled Europe. The bombing of these facilities shortened the war and, therefore, saved untold numbers of innocent lives.

If Ms. Winfrey thinks nothing was done to stop the Holocaust, perhaps she needs to walk among the nearly 10,000 crosses and Stars of David that stand above the beaches of Normandy alone. It is easy to criticize the war effort nearly 70 years later. But with Memorial Day just passing, Winfrey's comments were irresponsible and lacked sensitivity at best.

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TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: auschwitz; elieweisel; irresponsible; oprahwinfrey; sensitivity
Winfrey acted as though she had never heard of the Holocaust. Oprah demonstrated her ignorance of history by claiming the Allies knew about, but failed to stop the murder in Nazi death camps. My own Uncle, Private Richard Antoszewski, was killed in Normandy. According to Oprah's logic, he was one of those who did nothing to stop the Holocaust. Shame on Oprah!
1 posted on 05/31/2006 9:52:30 AM PDT by Daniel T. Zanoza
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To: Daniel T. Zanoza
Several of my friends mothers watch Oprah and (sad to say), I've seen a few episodes with them.

Thats her schtick, that she is like a little kid learning about something for the first time.

I've asked them, do they ever feel insulted that she acts like a kindergarden teacher when she interviews someone and that all the viewers are like small children.

I'm honestly amazed, that she makes this kind of money by doing an act that assumes her audience has an IQ lower then room temperature.

It doesn't hurt that she plays every single housewife sterotype over the top, and yet this appeals.

2 posted on 05/31/2006 10:15:38 AM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Sonny M
I'm honestly amazed, that she makes this kind of money by doing an act that assumes her audience has an IQ lower then room temperature.

A great deal in pop culture is like that. "Here comes the bad guy! Look! He's wearing black! Boy, he must be bad! And hey! Listen to the music! Did you hear it change? Wow! With scary music like that, you just know he's the bad guy! And -- whoa! Did you see that?? He just stepped on kitten! Yeah, I'm telling you, this guy is bad!"

Once upon a time, there was some subtlety -- some expectation that the audience were not complete morons that needed to be spoon-fed every little scrap of information. Sigh.

3 posted on 05/31/2006 10:23:28 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Never question Bruce Dickinson!)
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