Nursing homes holocaust.

During his testimony before the Missouri Senate’s Aging

Committee, Tom Klammer said he didn’t understand why advocates

referred to treatment of the elderly with terms like

“holocaust” until he witnessed the failure of care his father

experienced in nursing homes.

Those camps are often just down the street from where we live.

Exteriors are nearly always impressive. Reception areas are nearly

always elegant. But what you find behind those double doors will far too

often shock you.

You will see bodies emaciated as a result of malnutrition. You will

see bodies, spirits and minds diminished as a result of dehydration. You

will see that hollow, betrayed look in the eyes of old people who have

been stripped of dignity. Far too often you will see faces and bodies

that are battered and bruised.

Pictures of nursing home victims have been shown to members of

Congress and have appeared in newspapers and on television. What was the

response to those pictures and to all those tales of horror recounted by

family members of victims? All those American counterparts of “good

Germans” looked the other way.

Fortunately all Americans don’t look away. Witness the efforts

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conditions in those camps down the street.

But their voices are but a whisper overpowered by the clamor of all

those politicians who sell their souls for 30 pieces of silver

contributed to their campaigns by the nursing home industry.

We Americans like to think of ourselves as good people. If we are,

we will raise our voices in anger against this tragic revisiting of the

holocaust.

JANE MARSHALL

Clarksville, Tenn.