WW2 remembered

World War II: Loss of life visualized
World War II: Loss of life visualized

An animated data-driven documentary about war and peace,
The Fallen of World War II looks at the human cost of the second World War
and sizes up the numbers to other wars in history, including trends in recent conflicts.

Apart from the political motivations, 
Apart from the physical destruction,
Apart from the disruption of the human fabric, cultures and societies,

What stands out the most and for which WW2 should be remembered
is the tremendous loss of life, during a six year period - from 1939 to 1945 - 
which makes the WW2 era one of the darkest in our modern history.

Now, one may wonder why we should pay attention to this, why we should remember…
Why study the negative? Let us focus on the positive and try to better ourselves…
Well, that is true… 

Positive or negative is one set of paramaters by which we can make an observation.
True or false is another one and so are good or evil.
War is part of the world we live in. It is part of our history. 

We hope and pray for a better world.
We take comfort in the fact that one day we will enter a better world.
for it is written…

So what do we do in meantime?
Do we sit idle? Do we wait for better days to come?
Or do we act, and raise awareness?
Raise awareness to the fact that what has happened, may well happen again…

In fact, it will happen again, at least one more time…
But when? 

Well, that is why we have to remember, lest we not forget…
Remembering our past, is part of preparing ourselves for our future.
History has a tendency to repeat itself over and over again…

Names, places, facts change, but the underlying patterns remain the same…
What are the root causes of war? Think of it.
What caused WW2? What caused WW1? What where the causes of conflicts ever since?

What will be the cause of WW3? Some say it already started…
Names, places, facts will change, but the underlying patterns will remain the same…
Think of it. Be vigilant. Be aware. Remember. Don’t forget…

And don’t do what they do…