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December 20, 2011

Holocaust denial = anti-Semitism

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:45 am

If you are not familiar with a blog with the title “Inconvenient History,” you should check it out.  Currently, the blog is featuring an article by Richard A. Widmann.

Widmann’s article starts with this quote:

The terms “Holocaust denial” and “anti-Semitism” are hopelessly bound together in the public consciousness.   In an article published this November on a blog page of the Chicago Sun-Times, it was reported that the US State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Hannah Rosenthal, would pay particular attention to a growing level of Holocaust denial.  The article goes on to report that Rosenthal, the daughter of a survivor of the Buchenwald camp, conducted a group of seven American imams and Muslim community leaders to the sites of the former concentration camps of “Dachau and Auschwitz where millions were systematically murdered by Nazi Germany.”  The article concludes with the statement that Rosenthal managed to get from the imams bearing witness to the tragedy of the Holocaust.

Ms. Rosenthal made a mistake when she wrote this after the trip to Dachau:

As soon as the imams decided to pray by the Dachau sculpture commemorating the 6 million Jewish lives exterminated, I knew history was being made.

The International Monument at Dachau commemorates all of the prisoners who suffered and died there, not just the Jews.  I previously blogged about the imans and their visit to Dachau here.