When it comes to Holocaust denial and elected officials in the room with a person who promulgates it, denialism is not mere disbelief. It is being numb to the pains of history. It’s not merely a matter of not witnessing the bleeding, but refusing to notice that idleness is the instrument of the wound. When you spend your time mingling with people who deny the existence of other people’s pain, Jewish pain, what does that do to our society? To me? To you? Ignorance is not a luxury those with elected privilege can afford. Nor concerned citizens. Not in this climate. And not ever. Devon Spier Kitchener, Ont.