The Holocaust (1934-1945)

The world marched to war, 1933-1939

In his 1859 historical novel, “A Tale of Two Cities,” Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom. It was the age of foolishness. It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

How does this description compare with the times we are living in now?

Once again, I had coffee with Robert Ochsenhirt and his wife, Sharon, of Williamsburg, and the subject of how war and peace have played out came up.

Ochsenhirt, who graduated with a mechanical engineering degree, served with Goodyear Tire...