The Holocaust forced Germany to fundamentally change how it incarcerates people. In America, slavery morphed into mass incarceration.
“We tried to explain to our German colleagues the American affair with mass incarceration and its link to genocide and slavery. We said, ‘Imagine if you were to walk into one of your prisons today 80 years after the Holocaust and saw that 70 percent of the people in prison were Jews. What would that be like? ’They responded, ‘That would be unthinkable.’”
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