Lessons Learned


After some 60 million died during WWII, did we really learn anything? Or have we already forgotten what we were supposed to learn?

The young people nowadays cannot comprehend what it must be like living with fear, hunger, homelessness and poverty, and having no place to go to be safe. Yes, there are wars raging right now. People read about it and see it on TV. However, you turn off the TV and your world is safe. Its okay again. Its fine. End of war. This is why I think the younger generation is losing touch with the lessons learned during past conflicts.

You have to understand there is nothing glorious about war. Soldiers might take pride that they are serving their nation and protecting their homeland, however, the truth doesn’t sound so as glamorous. Conflicts arise in order to serve political agendas. WWII was not a simple war of democracy vs facism. Nazi Germany decided to go to war because of its imperial ambitions. So did Japan. The British on the other hand declared war because it needed to protect it’s status as an imperial power and it felt threatened by Nazi Germany.

WWII was not a simple war between democracy vs fascism. The history books make it seem that way. In reality it was more like a struggle among the major imperialist powers for the redivision of the world. And the conflicts we see today are the same.

Did we really went to war because our liberty was threatened? Is our country really in peril because of wars in the Middle East? Or is our country simply joining the conflict to satisfy the personal ambitions of politicians? Politicians who have no idea what it is like to live in fear and hunger.

Once again, greed for power is plunging us headfirst into catastrophe. And we are letting it happen.


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Anneros Valensi was born in Falkenau, Silesia, East Germany in 1938. She was just six years old when the war and its fallout struck her and her family. Valensi became a registered nurse and in 1961 she moved to London, England working for Standard Telephone & Cables as stewardess on the company plane. While living there, she was hired by Trans World Airlines to train as flight attendant and in 1966 she immigrated to America. She has two children and three grandchildren and currently lives in New York.

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