Be Vigilant, Be Visionary

September 1, 2014 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


The full text of this week's commentary follows:

This week marks an important anniversary.

Seventy-five years ago, Germany invaded Poland, triggering the Second World War.

The war went on for nearly six years.

Tens of millions were killed, including two-thirds of European Jewry, and countless more millions were injured, left homeless, or exiled.

There are some contemporary lessons of this anniversary.

First, the democratic world must never suffer from a failure of imagination.

Hitler trumpeted his aims, but too many Western leaders chose not to believe him.

Second, while we all wish for non-military solutions, had Hitler not been stopped by the valor of Allied forces, the world today would look very different.

And third, history can move forward.

Who would have believed in 1939 that France, Germany, and 26 other European countries would join forces in a peaceful EU?

We must always be vigilant, just as we must always be visionary.

And that outlook, by the way, is AJC in a nutshell.

This is David Harris of AJC.