To understand how a work set almost 80 years ago is as relevant today as ever, take note of this: all
Holocaust books, whether fiction or nonfiction, share a quality more valuable than fine storytelling
or historical accuracy. Trumpets is simply among the latest in a long line of like books to show how
terribly things can go wrong when a government not only sanctions racism but allows it to run amok.
The public, vulnerable as it is to manipulation by inflammatory propaganda and other negative influences, cannot be reminded too often in these or any racially-charged times how easy it can be for the tiniest flame of prejudice to grow into a forest fire of deadly hate and persecution.
The media has an obligation to the culture it helps shape to direct attention, when needed, to this aspect of Holocaust art. It is a lesson America as an enlightened democracy forgets at its peril.