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 www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.
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
There are some contemporary lessons of this anniversary.
First, the democratic world must never suffer from a failure
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
And that outlook, by the way, is AJC in a
This is David Harris of AJC.