Letter to the Editor

A few nights ago, my wife and I watched the 1961 Stanley Kramer film, “Judgment at Nuremberg.” The movie is a fictionalized account of the trial of the German judges held in the late 1940s in Nuremberg Germany.

“Judgment at Nuremberg” explores the themes of individual conscience and collective guilt, topics which have great relevance today. The horror of mid- 20th century Germany was preceded by a modern nation state bastardizing the rule of law to support policies that would marginalize certain social and ethnic groups using fear and constant lying. I am tired of hearing our current President using these same tactics to promote his ideas or to attack people who disagree with him.

I must ask Congressman Fitzpatrick and others like him in the GOP how long they will maintain their silence about the modus operandi of this President. Civilization and democracy have a very thin veneer that must be protected at all costs. While we may disagree on certain individual policies, no one should ever need to stoop to blatant lying and personal attacks to advance their agenda.

Congressmen Fitzpatrick, as your posters state, “The Time Is Now” to place country above party and protect our democratic institutions.

In closing, it is worth mentioning another quote from Ernst Janning’s admission of guilt at Nuremberg. “What about those of us who knew better? We who knew the words were lies and worse than lies? Why did we sit silent? Why did we take part?”

Michael Grothman, Newtown Borough

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