We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“I’m tired of hearing about the Holocaust.”Be close enough to most people for them to be honest, even Jews, and you’ll often hear that said. What they most usually mean is they are tired of hearing hypocrisy.
Sunday is Holocaust Day, Yom Ha-Shoah, Day of Remembering the Catastrophe, sadly commemorated in many nations so we don’t forget.The actual full title is Yom Ha-Shoah Ve-Hagevurah, Day of Remembering the Catastrophe and the Heroism.
Yes, there was heroism.Among the parents and strangers who kept spirits alive ‘til death. Among the relative handfuls who risked all to shelter or aid escape. Among those who escaped to fight.Among those who tried to alert the Allies and get their help, failing but persevering.
No one but a few crazies or modern advocates of mass murder now doubt the magnitude or the sheer evil of the Holocaust.But, we have largely forgotten that such enormous slaughter occurs only because it isn’t stopped, if not when emergent at least when evident. Most may mouth the words but fail to step up and combat the inciters and perpetrators before they proceed to unleash their venom and death beyond the original target peoples or nations.
Iran promises and prepares for another, of Israel, as would many in the region applaud or participate, and the world stand by. All will live in terror and subjugation to it.
To perpetrate genocide requires the encouragement of tyrants, the aid of organization and the state, inculcation and mobilization of murderers, and the willing or tacit support of the people sown with excuses and calumnies for violent hate.
They all profit: Rulers from distraction away from their oppression, corruption or incompetence and by organizing mass movements to be used for other ends; Organizations from receiving the favors of the rulers; Murderers from being unshackled from restraint; People who are enriched by their neighbors’ property or from feeling more elevated than they are.
To allow genocide only requires other nations’ leaders to have other agenda priorities believed above the justice of actively opposing it, or more important than the consequences not only for the murdered and dispossessed but also for regional peace and security when tyrants are allowed to their ends and then reach out further with their empowered belligerence. Weak and ill-guided leaders of these nations profit from temporarily avoiding responsibility.
In any genocide, there are some but few heroes who risk their own and families’ safety.It is unrealistic to expect many more, especially when isolated, endangered, operating in isolation. There are even fewer when abandoned by other nation’s leaders, especially by those who actually have the power to support them, and their opportunities to survive, overcome or overthrow are diminished.
“I’m tired of hearing about the Holocaust.”When something is really done to end the threat or actuality, then I want to hear.Politicians, please keep your empty platitudes.Do something. Do something real.Then tell me “Never Again!”
Actively support a US and an international strike force that will intervene promptly.
Stop supporting the United Nations’ platform for tyrants.
Stop belittling or hogtying the few allies who have the survival or moral stake to stand up to tyrants.
Repeatedly, loudly denounce those who set themselves on the path to genocide and send aid to those within their grasp with the courage to fight back.
Until then, “I’m tired of hearing about the Holocaust” will be common, and even justified.
My middle name is Neach, Neal in English, named after my grandfather’s brother, principal of a Jewish college (that’s an academic high school) in the Pale, he and his family beaten over their heads with shovels by Germans and locals and tossed into pits.I too am tired of hearing about the Holocaust as the tired BS from too many among our hypocritical or dangerously misguided politicians, most notably now President Obama.
This isn’t a Jewish issue.This is the human issue. Simon Wiesenthal: “For your benefit, learn from our tragedy. It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews.”
Cynics warp the Holocaust as not a special instance, as there were and are other genocides.But, they actually make the point of why the Holocaust is so important as our first modern technologic precursor, and still the most murdered. Others try to confuse the issue by calling anything they want to denounce a holocaust if it is alleged done by the West, to weaken the West’s self-respect and resolve, and to weaken Israel.
Holocausts, genocides, and how we speak and act reveal what we create, what we tolerate, what we are. As does the integrity of our focus, their prevention, our actually fighting, reveal our morality.
I never tire of hearing about the Holocaust, if the topic is "How should it have been prevented" and "what are we doing now to prevent or enable another such." Hitler was an evil madman, but a single man can't do that kind of damage. People had to help him, ordinary people who were not as mad or as evil as he was.
Quite interesting how many reply with "I never tire hearing about it, we need to learn from history" . The hypocracy is absolute, we have check-points, apartheid-laws in Israel among alot of other things reminding us of WW II . If the victims themselves seemingly havenÂ´t learned anything from "history", why should we?
It was Israel's Labor Zionists that tacked on the "Heroism" bit. The image of Jews going to slaughter like sheep did not jibe with the "New Jew" they planned on creating. They also, quickly "tired of hearing about the Holocaust".
So they over-emphasized the Warsaw ghetto uprising and other spots of Jewish opposition - and shamefully forced most survivors to shut up about their experiences.
Part of that was political - they certainly didn't want to be reminded that the Nazis were socialists...
As an observant Jew, I am tired of those secular Jews who use the Holocaust as a touchstone of identity, or the sole justification for Israel's existence. There is more to being Jewish.
i never see the Holocaust as being in any way about the Jews --it's about the human condition. The Jews are the first burned when a flare from Hell erupts --that's pretty good historical evidence of something pretty heavy in the sense of the Bible being considered by so many for so long to be such an important message --mankind's survival guide.
One of the very first projects I ever did on my blog was a mirror of a set of posts of another blogger who had found some photos of the camps that were not generally public. It grew into its own site. Ohrdruf
The Germans are busily removing the remains of dozens of sub-camps and in a few years it will be possible to say: "These camps couldn't have killed so many people." All the camps that fed the main camps will be erased from history and, of course, the few camps preserved could not have murdered that many.
It is important to remember that the camps were a large and intricate system and not just a few horrible sites. We should not forget.