Never Again

“Never again fascism” was the original message (Dachau Memorial Site, 1995).

“Never Again” was a message coined in Europe in the 1960’s. The meaning behind it was that we should never let fascism rule the world again. But today, it has become a sort of slogan and is interpreted differently. Many visitors assumed that the message was about genocide. But if that is the case, why would we chant “Never Again” when genocide has happened again, since 1945? Never again fascism in the context of Dachau’s history is a different message than never again genocide.

I got an unexpected answer to this question from a Jewish American in his late twenties. His take was that because there had not been another genocide against Jews since 1945, the “never again genocide” interpretation was fine, and not to be criticized.

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