Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Holocaust vs Her Majesty

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, memory to memory

It is absolutely monstrous that there are people in England right now who want the Holocaust removed from history classes in schools because it offends the disbelief of a growing group of people. I am so angry about this ignorant thinking that I must calm down as I write this! How can anyone not believe that the Holocaust happened? Yet the president of Iran is one such believer. Why is this happening? Do these non-believers think that the preserved death camps are a German version of Disneyland? Also do they believe that the films showing backhoes carrying the remains of piles of dead bodies was some form of performance art with manikins. Why are people inclined to deny this one aspect of World War II? How is it that no one ever denies that Hitler existed? Or that PolPot happened? Or that there was mass genocide in Africa between the Hutus and the Tutsis,? This selective educating, or I should say, mis-educating is both shocking and appalling! I cannot find enough strong superlatives to state just how disturbed I am with this despicable situation. How can such a thing be allowed to happen? What next, denying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is real? What about denying that currency exists and just walking into places, eating, picking up clothing and living anywhere you choose to end up! Naturally if anyone chose to do that they would be arrested immediately, so why the ambivalence to do the right thing about the facts of a dark period in the last century? A period I might add that has really not ended all wars.

Oh, and by the way, how come all of these non-believers never believe in peace, a peace process or in some sort of solution to war? They prefer to deny reality instead! Scary! Those who refuse to remember are destined to repeat it, and god help us if we are alive for that level of stupidity and do nothing! WAKE UP ENGLAND! Germany didn't and their whole country for generations must now live with the shame of one man who was considered harmless at one point and allowed to thrive. Teach painful histories, talk about it, get every perspective. Don't sweep things aside and act as though they don't matter. - Adele

2 comments:

Rory said...

For their part, many Jewish historians (with L. Kroeber as the architect) have attempted to magnify the Jewish holocaust as The Holocaust, and minimise the significance of other genocidal perpetrations. Such examples include the relative silence on the slaughter of 22 million Slavs and Gypsies during WWII as compared to 6 million Jews. Or the deafening silence on the American Holocaust where Aztec, Mayan, Inca, and most recently, American Indian cultures were obliterated by Spanish conquistadors followed-up by their progenitors / geographic neighbours. The pre-Columbus population of the Americas is estimated to have been 125 million which crashed to mere hundreds of thousands in 3 centuries. Lord J. Amherst (US military hero) summed up American sentiment best with regards to Native Americans: in his own words, "to extirpate this execrable race" -1755.

BarbadosInFocus / PictureInFocus said...

People will deny all that is ugly if it is to further their point of view. Lies are blurred and truths sometimes are misguided. So for someone to say the Holocaust did not exit is trying to pull the wool over his fellow man’s eye.

For some time I have been fascinated by World War II. It is not a fascination with death, but it is one with the lengths at which one would inflict pain on others without regard, or morality. It is about the absolute resilience of the oppressed to survive through such horrific times.

That led me to read:
I Was a Doctor in Auschwitz by Dr. Gisella Perl
The Grey Zone: The Director's Notes and Screenplay by Tim Blake Nelson
Destined to Witness: Growing up Black in Nazi Germany by Hans J. Massaquoi
The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945 by Wladslaw Szpilman
The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer (one of a few books from the point of view of a common German soldier)

Also, 60 Minutes tonight had a piece on The Horrors of the Holocaust. You can find this at (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/12/14/60minutes/main2267927.shtml).

PEACE.

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