How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think by Andy Andrews is an essay that will take you about 25 minutes or less to read. It attempts to address the question of the title which should be one we all wonder about. How, exactly, were the Nazis able to kill so many non-combatants? Not only Jews, but Gypsies, gays, and other targeted groups were slaughtered. Why didn’t they fight back? Why didn’t they run en mas?
Andy Andrews believes that good answers come only from asking the right questions. Through the powerful, provocative question, “How do you kill eleven million people?”―the number of people killed by the Nazi German regime between 1933 and 1945―he explores a number of other questions relevant to our lives today:
- Does it matter that millions of ordinary citizens have checked out of participating in the decisions that shape the future of our country?
- Which is more dangerous: politicians with ill intent, or the too-trusting population that allows such people to lead them?
- How are we supposed to tell the difference between the “good guys” and the “bad guys”?
- How does the answer to this question affect not only our country but our families, our faith, and our values?
- What happens to a society in which truth is absent?
Andrews issues a wake-up call: become informed, passionate citizens who demand honesty and integrity from our leaders, or suffer the consequences of our own ignorance and apathy. Furthermore, we can no longer measure a leader’s worth by the yardsticks provided by the left or the right. Instead, we must use an unchanging standard: the pure, unvarnished truth.