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Reflections (from a five year old)

Emma loves music, dancing and arts. In consequence, “The sound of Music” gets viewed quite often in our household, many times for days, on repeat :-). Tonight, she came in the kitchen after she finished watching it and she was full of questions. She wanted to know why the Von Trapps didn’t stay to pick up their prize in the music competition. When you are five, competitions are exciting, winning is compulsory and refusing a prize is incomprehensible. How do you explain the Holocaust to a five year old? I proceeded to tell her about Austria and its honest and decent people. About Hitler and his bad deeds. About some people in Austria refusing what a bad man was trying to make them do and become. Emma pondered. To my precocious and perspicacious little girl, discriminating against people because of their origin, colour of skin or affiliation seemed aberrant. The questions became deep. Very deep. Mummy, who gave this man the power? Who made him a “king”? I tried to avoid the obvious. I couldn’t, …