Holocaust Remembrance Day

A statement from Yad Vashem:

“Yidn, schreibt!” [“Jews, write it down!”] is what historian Simon Dubnow reportedly called out to the remaining Jews in Riga as he was taken to be killed on December 8, 1941.
On the same day that Dubnow was shot, Nazi Germany opened the Chelmno extermination camp for operation, the first of the camps built especially to murder the Jewish people.
More than four years later, on January 27, 1945, Soviet troops entered the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, the last such camp still functioning. They found 7,000 survivors from among the more than 1,000,000 people murdered there. Several days earlier, the camp’s Nazi staff had marched out more than 50,000 inmates in order to prevent them from falling into Allied hands. Most of these were also murdered. More than 90% of all these victims, both the murdered and the survivors, were Jews. Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest extermination center created by the Nazis. It has become the symbol of the Holocaust and of willful radical evil in our time.
These three events frame much of the Holocaust. When Dubnow called on the Jews to write it all down, he was calling on them to leave a record of what happened. That record was to be studied by future generations, so that what happened would be known, the Jews remembered, and perhaps something learned.
[…]
The Holocaust shook the very foundations of modern civilization, calling into question our understanding of humanity itself. Modern nations were found wanting at best, murdering at worst. For the first time in modern history, one nation set out to murder an entire nation, without leaving behind a single exception. There was to be no conversion, no assimilation, no pity on the elderly, and no mercy for the children. The Jews represented for the Nazis and their collaborators all that they held to be wrong in this world, such as the concept of human equality, based on the belief that all human beings are created in God’s image.
Murdering all the Jews meant murdering modern civilization, in order to replace with a Nazi racist, antisemitic, totalitarian, and brutal vision of the world. And parallel to the millions of human beings who were to disappear off the face of the Earth simply because they had a Jewish background, many other people who were undesirable in the Nazis’ eyes were to be persecuted, enslaved, or murdered.
The awakening of the UN to Holocaust commemoration is an important step in heightening awareness of the Holocaust and of its devastating impact on the world. More than sixty years since the Holocaust, we still wonder what the world has learned. This year we can say perhaps that the world has learned to remember, and in remembrance of the particular event – the murder of the Jews – we can address the universal implications – the challenge posed to modern civilization. Only in remembering and learning the past can we hope to secure the future.

More here. Unfortunately, some Europeans are choosing to forget. In Sweden:

A northern Swedish city has decided to cancel a planned Holocaust Memorial Day torchlight procession due to the recent IDF offensive in Gaza, it was reported Tuesday.
The official reason given for the decision, made by the municipal board and local church in Lulea, was safety concerns, but Bo Nordin, a clergyman and spokesman for the church, cited the war in Gaza.
“It feels uneasy to have a torchlight procession to remember the victims of the Holocaust at this time,” Nordin told Swedish National Radio. “We have been preoccupied and grief-stricken by the war in Gaza and it would feel just feel odd with a large ceremony about the Holocaust.” (via Meryl Yourish)

Spain:

The Catalunya government has called off the ceremony marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was scheduled to take place on January 27, citing the Israeli offensive in Gaza as the reason.
The Gaza campaign has inflamed the already pro-Palestinian public opinion in the northeastern Spanish region, and the local media has run endless stories comparing the Israeli stance on the situation in the Strip to Nazi atrocities.
[…]
The overwhelming public support for the Palestinians has prompted the government to cancel the Holocaust Remembrance Day service. This was to be the only public event marking the day, and was scheduled to take place in Barcelona’s central piazza.
“Marking the Jewish Holocaust while a Palestinian Holocaust is taking place is not right,” a local City official told Barcelona’s La Vanguardia newspaper. (via Harry’s Place)

These are the same people, of course, who whine about “Zionists” linking the Holocaust and the state of Israel. I wish they’d make up their minds. Meanwhile, the Pope has allowed a rabid Holocaust denier back into the Catholic fold, and the Muslim Council of Britain once again boycotted Holocaust remembrance events.
In the Middle East, of course, some deny the Holocaust ever happened. Some are praying for another one. Many believe both, simultaneously.
Never again? I wish.
Damian P.

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6 thoughts on “Holocaust Remembrance Day

  1. Will we hold Remembrance Day for all the kuffars
    of Spain exterminated by the muslimine invasion of Andalus in 40 years from now?
    I DON’T THINK SO,
    Just as nobody care what happen to the Dhimmi
    Egyptian native Copts who are exterminated
    in Egypt by the Arab muslim invaders.
    Ming the Merciless,
    http://www.DarthProphet.com

  2. One of these things is not like the others, to quote Sesame Street.
    The lifting of the excommunication on the SSPX has nothing to do with Williamson, or his odious views, but is a generous attempt by the Pope to heal a recent schism with the organization that he’s a member of. The distinction is real and important. Non-Catholics aren’t obligated to care about the details of Catholic ecclesiology, of course, but not making the effort is always going to result in misunderstanding.
    The Pope’s effort may fail, and might even be imprudent: I don’t know enough about the current state of the SSPX to judge. But it is not simply wrong, Williamson or no Williamson.

  3. Not only has the world forgotten, but it has detatched the Jews from the Holocaust so as to be able to call present day Jews, Nazis. Any Palestinian that accuses Israel of carrying out a holocaust on the Palestinians, is historically ignorant. I read where someone said that the Arabs while denying the Holocaust, want one of their own to perpetually cement their role as victim.

  4. “They [the Swedish and Catalonian politicians] might as well cancel the commemoration — they’d obviously learned nothing and understood nothing about it.”
    http://engageonline.wordpress.com/2009/01/24/in-punishment-for-gaza-catalunya-cancels-holocaust-commemoration/#comment-892
    “Quite right. Maybe this will teach the Jews the lesson that mass extermination should have taught them.
    And what lesson is that…?
    That our tolerance of them is always conditional on their continued good behaviour. They know the rules of the game. How many more times are they going to have to be reminded??”
    http://engageonline.wordpress.com/2009/01/24/in-punishment-for-gaza-catalunya-cancels-holocaust-commemoration/#comment-894

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