Yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. And much as I hate to say it, it’s meaningless. Almost to the point of farce. Because it has no meaning. Let’s look at few of today’s cartoons.
Let’s look at Germany’s Angela Merkel first. She made the usual poignant speech about how it is so horrible that Jews are being attacked in Germany. Regarding Germany’s role in commemorating the Holocaust, Merkel said that “Nazism and the Holocaust that followed are part of our history, and therefore we are committed to preserving its memory in order to prevent the recurrence of such terrible things in the future.
Prior to 2015,Germany was one of the safest countries in Europe for Jews. Germany was one of the only countries in Europe to face up honestly to the hideous atrocities that had been committed while the majority of Germans were happy to look the other way. And honestly facing that and admitting it took an incredible amount of forthrightness and courage, courage many European countries who took part in the carnage and the wholesale theft of Jewish property lacked… and still lack.
But now, it’s one of the least safe countries for Jews to live in. Goodness, Mutti Merkel, what changed? Could it be your bringing in thousands of Muslim ‘migrants’ into Germany who imbibed Jew hatred with their mother’s milk and their first Qur’an lessons? And what exactly are you doing to stop it, aside from issuing reports every now and then? For all the nonsense from former examples of honest journalism like Der Spiegel about how this is all coming from the ‘radical right,’ any honest German knows where almost all of it comes from. And trust me, although she’ll never admit it publicly, so does Angela Merkel.
And if, as she said, nothing like the Holocaust should ever happen again, riddle me this…why are she and other EU leaders supporting Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, considering Iran’s openly stated goal of genocide for Israel’s Jews?
And it’s not just Germany. It’s the same story in France. Lots of declarations, but no going after the real cause of the Jew hatred and hate crimes, not when Emanuel Macron’s victory was heavily dependent on the Muslim vote. Not too long ago, France had a population of over 600,000 Jews. Now, it’s around 450,000 and dropping, especially since Muslims are driving the Jews out of their traditional neighborhood in North Paris. Does anyone really care about whatever faux sympathetic nonsense Macron says at this point?
Here’s another laugher. Poland’s Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said this today, on the anniversary that marked 74 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.:
“Hitler’s Germany fed on fascist ideology… But all the evil came from this (German) state and we cannot forget that, because otherwise we relativise evil,” said Morawiecki at an official ceremony at Auschwitz.
“The Polish state acts as the guardian of the truth, which must not be relativised in any way,” he said.
What’s behind this was former President Obama’s idiotic remark about ‘Polish concentration camps.’
The Poles were legitimately insulted, and passed a law making it illegal to accuse the Polish nation or state of complicity in Nazi German crimes. But evil?
It was two courageous Polish officers who escaped Poland to bring evidence of the Holocaust to people like FDR, who ignored it. And if you go to Israel and visit the Holocaust memorial of Yad Vashem, you will see the name of plenty of Polish Catholics who risked their lives to save Poland’s Jews. But it’s not the whole story, unfortunately.
Prime Minister Moraweicki conveniently forgets that when the Germans invaded, there were Catholic clergy who actually told their congregations that the Germans had only come to Poland because of the Jews and that when the Jews were ‘dealt with’ they would leave. He conveniently forgot that Catholic Poland was a deeply anti-semitic country. He forgot that the defenders of the Warsaw Ghetto desperately asked the Polish resistance for help and were refused. And he forgets that the last Jews murdered in the Holocaust were murdered not by Jews, but by Poles in a place called Keilce. You see, after surviving the death camps, they actually had the nerve to try to reclaim their old homes from the Poles who moved in. And nothing was ever really done about it.
I have nothing against Poles or Poland whatsoever, rather the reverse in fact. But to put it all on the Germans like PM Morwiecki does?
This is just another example of how meaningless Holocaust memorial Day is. Because the thinking behind the Holocaust never changes.
This week, the UN, of all places there was a report on Jewish owned art stolen in the Holocaust that urged museums and private owners who ‘acquired’ the paintings somehow to return them to their rightful owners or their descendants. This was in response to the Netherlands and other countries passing laws allowing the new ‘owners’ to keep the stolen paintings. The Netherlands literally has a commission that decides whether to return the stolen art based on on how valuable it is. The expensive stuff, they just keep. It’s to be expected in a country where, like Belgium, Jews are advised not to wear yarmulkes or anything else that might suggest that they’re Jewish.
And in the UK of course, one of the major parties, Labour is openly anti-semitic, something they mask as ‘anti-Zionism.’A recent poll says that 5% of the British people, 2.6 million, say that the Holocaust is a myth. And another 8% says that the death toll is ‘exaggerated.’ Most of the UK’s public schools have a policy of no longer teaching anything about the Holocaust because it would not jibe with what their many Muslim students ‘are being taught at home.’ Maybe that’s why so many of its citizens think it never happened.
Even the United States has become prey to this kind of thinking. Did anyone say much about almost every Democrat presidential hopeful nuzzling up to the openly anti-semitic Al Sharpton? Or the Jew hating rhetoric of a number of new Democrat congress members? What would happen to a white congress member calling blacks ‘termites’ which is how Rep. Hank Johnson referred to Jews, just like Louis Farrakhan?
Here’s a good example of how this kind of thinking works, courtesy of one Robin Abcarian, who writes for the LA Times. She is basically defending the anti-Trump Women’s March from the open anti-semitism of some of the participants like Linda Sarsour and their embrace of Louis Farrakhan.
Her basic point is that even if Louis Farrakhan is a racist and anti-Semite, “I think it is possible to be repulsed by his hateful rhetoric about white people, especially Jews, and still appreciate some of the empowerment work that he has done in the black community, including leading the 1995 Million Man March to promote African American family unity.”
I laughed out loud at that one. I still have a video of the entire million man march, recorded as it happened from C-SPAN. While the alphabet networks carefully showed edited clips to America and the print media concentrated on how ‘powerful’ it was, the Million Man March was actually one of the worst public exhibitions of Jew hatred in America since Father Coughlin and the Silver Shirts back in the 1930’s. And black family unity? 75% of black births still happen out of wedlock, and most of the little ‘customers’ Planned Parenthood kills just happen to be black.
But let’s see how this same kind of thinking can be applied in another direction. Based on her last name, Ms. Abcarian is likely either Armenian or married to an Armenian. Would she write something like this?
“Hey, I don’t agree with the Turkish leader’s statements about Greeks and Armenians, and I just deplore the massacring of 1.5 million Armenians, but you still have to admire how the Turks who led the massacre made a modern country out of Turkey and empowered Turks.”
Or perhaps this. I could just see her writing for the German press in 1936, couldn’t you? “Look, I find a lot of Hitler’s hateful rhetoric repulsive, but you have to admire how he solved Germany’s unemployment problem, put on the Olympics and really empowered Germany and German families, right?”
That kind of thinking is exactly why Holocaust Remembrance Day is meaningless. The thinking behind it (and the way Jews are thought of in far too many places) hasn’t changed one bit. And one reason is because people like Robin Abcarian are more than willing to give it a pass. Another is because deep down, a lot of people would just as soon not give a damn, or be reminded of what happened and their country’s complicity in it.
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