I’m a day late with this posting (due to some domestic crises) for which my apologies.
As in previous years, and as you can see from my previous post, the level of antisemitism that we find around the world gives the Jewish people cause for concern.
Elder of Ziyon writes about Holocaust Day shenanigans in Europe
Here is the entire statement put out by the EU’s Catherine Ashton on the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day:
Today the international community remembers the victims of the Holocaust. We honour every one of those brutally murdered in the darkest period of European history. We also want to pay a special tribute to all those who acted with courage and sacrifice to protect their fellow citizens against persecution.
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we must keep alive the memory of this tragedy. It is an occasion to remind us all of the need to continue fighting prejudice and racism in our own time. We must remain vigilant against the dangers of hate speech and redouble our commitment to prevent any form of intolerance. The respect of human rights and diversity lies at the heart of what the European Union stands for.
Can anyone find the word that Ashton manages to avoid using?
Oh, yeah – the victims.
There’s plenty more at the link if you have the stomach for it.
Deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon in the Algemeiner teaches us the three lessons we must learn from Auschwitz:
Lesson number one: Reject the lies told to us, especially the ones that fly in the face of reality and aim to annihilate rather than rescue us.
Lesson number two: Those tracks could readily have been wrecked in but one fleeting, focused air attack by Allied forces. Leaders of the caliber of Churchill and FDR were privy to those begged requests, yet no such bombing run ever occurred, not once. The genocide was not stopped for one day, not for one hour. And the lesson is clear, we cannot live without self-reliance.
Lesson number three is: We dare not forget. We must also remember the precious lives wantonly, cruelly ended in this place and others like it through the unholy trio of Nazi madness, Western indifference, and Jewish weakness.
A thoughtful yet shocking article by Haviv Rettig Gur in the Times of Israel explains in horrifying technical detail the that you don’t need fanatics to kill 6 million people, as he describes the cold physical mechanics of the mass murder that took place in Auschwitz and other camps, and how normative, educated people enabled the Holocaust for no particular ideological reason. He comments:
So to say that Auschwitz is a warning against racism, or even against the dangers of desensitization and dehumanization under totalitarian regimes, is to miss the stark reality of the actual experience. At Auschwitz is buried our certainty in a shared humanity, in the undeniable, intrinsic value of the human being. These remain lofty ideals, to be sure, but they are no longer axioms premised on the human condition itself. Any limits to human cruelty, if they exist at all, lie beyond the most rabid viciousness ever conceived in the human imagination.
Read the whole article. There is so much more there.
Real Jerusalem Streets at Israellycool has an interesting photo essay for Holocaust Memorial Day.
To conclude, here are two diametrically opposed videos. The first is at CiFWatch – the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Warning: the pictures are EXTREMELY graphic, but the commentary is very moving.
And the second – our reasons to be hopeful and grateful to G-d for the establishment of the State of Israel:
As in previous years I direct you to my family history pages to read some personal accounts of the Holocaust years and how they impacted my family.
!עם ישראל חי – Am Yisrael Chai! The People of Israel live!