by Libby Cone
Why do we write so much about World War II? It was the first event that the majority of the planet’s population was aware of while it was happening. It did not involve only Europe, as World War I did, but had theaters of operations in both the eastern and western hemispheres. It resulted in 50-70 million deaths. Something that enormous, something perpetrated by humans upon the whole planet over a relatively short period of time, is unique. What everyone who writes about this event strives for, I think, is to help the readership wrap its brain around this enormity by breaking it down into smaller components. Like a fractal, which looks the same when broken into smaller pieces, looking at the war’s effect on a smaller group of people does not reduce its impact, but rather clarifies it. Readers of Holocaust literature know that the phrase “six million,” when thrown around enough, begins to sound like any other number. But when one portrays individuals, one removes the barriers of impersonality and reaches the reader much more directly.
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