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Friday, January 27, 2006

Auschwitz: Never More Relevant than Now

Today marks 61 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. Given the ongoing nutty commentary from Iran's president, the admonition to "never forget" seems as relevant as ever. Of course, some groups, such as the Muslim Council of Britain, would rather not remember. And even some Muslims who are willing to honour this day appear to be possessed of the need to parse:

In her first interview, Ms Huda, 44, said Holocaust Memorial Day marked not only the deaths of six million Jews but also the killing of gypsies and other minority groups by the Nazis, and more recent genocides including those in Bosnia and Rwanda.
She said: "I feel very comfortable that we are looking at genocide issues, that we are looking at racism, that we are looking at Islamophobia, that we are looking at anti-Semitism in the round."

But what if this day were "only" about the Holocaust? Would Ms. Huda not be able to participate? If so, that's pretty scary. Is the Holocaust not unique and horrific enough to deserve that? Certainly, admitting as much does not take away from anyone else's suffering. Why the need for calibrations all the time? I don't get it, and I find it a particularly hideous kind of anti-Semitism. It almost seems like a polite way of revising the Holocaust.
On a more positive note, Kofi Annan, for whom I generally don't have much time, made some good comments.

Cross-posted at Wonkitties.

Posted by wonkitties on January 27, 2006 in International Affairs | Permalink

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Ontario refuses to remember the Holocaust thanks its favorite son, Ernst Zundel, now exiled to Germany for speaking the truth that Ontarians prefer to believe. This is why Ontario, and particular the Grotesque Tronna Area has the most active anti-Semitic movement in North America.

Ontario actually wants to bring back Apartheid! A Toronto schools chancellor of African descent said that segregated schools should be introduced. So much for multiculturalism!

For the rest of us, it is a day to remember those who perished in the Holocaust and subsequent acts of genocide. It is still shocking that such an act was organized and ruthlessly enforced with industrial ferocity, but it clearly did. We should also remember those who risked life and limb to end those events, particularly the veterans of the Second World War from the many countries who contributed to the defeat of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan.

Posted by: Scott | 2006-01-27 7:00:42 PM



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