Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review
January 1, 2017
Brooke Goldstein: Good afternoon, I am extremely humbled to have been asked to speak today along with the distinguished speakers that we heard. Incredibly thankful to Richard Heideman, to David Machlis, to Professor Dershowitz, and Professor Cotler for organizing this important conference, for inviting me, and especially thankful to Edward Mosberg who gave us his moving testimony. It takes a lot of courage to speak today and I do so to honor my great-grandmother and my great-aunts who were gassed to death in concentration camps, my great-grandfather who was worked to death in a Nazi slave labor camp in Poland, my grandmother who survived slave labor and concentration camps, and my grandfather who was a commander of a Polish partisan unit. I draw courage and strength from their memory.
We are taught that God commands every Jew, in every generation, to speak about the presence of evil, what we call Amalek. Why? Because no matter how much we would like to deny it, evil is always present; there is, as Hannah Arendt told us, a banality of evil and we are commanded to speak about it every day, in every generation, because Amalek—or evil—exists in every instance where man turns a good person into a monster and a monster into what is generally accepted.
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