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April 21, 2018

The Holocaust: don’t know, don’t care

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 2:35 pm

Obviously, I do care about the Holocaust: I write about it on a daily basis.  In the title of my blog post, I am quoting from a news article, which you can read at https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/apr/21/people-dont-know-about-the-holocaust-they-dont-care

The following quote is from the news article:

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Last week, the rather striking results of a survey were published, which found that 41% of Americans and 66% of American millennials do not know what Auschwitz is. On the day the story came out, this particular American was feeling especially au fait with the Holocaust because I was visiting Auschwitz with my father. (Should any of you be looking for an effective if intense parent-child bonding trip, allow me to recommend an excursion to Auschwitz.) My grandmother escaped to America before the war, but the rest of her family were not so lucky. Most of her cousins were killed by the Nazis and her older brother, Jacques, was murdered in the camp in 1942, three months after he arrived there by train. His younger brother, Alex, managed to escape and walked to safety by following the tracks in the opposite direction. He died in 1999.

Our trip coincided with the March of the Living, a little covered annual event in which Jews from all around the world march between Auschwitz and Birkenau as part of Holocaust Memorial Day. Our hotel was filled with Israeli teenagers and elderly Americans; there were even Israeli flags outside Auschwitz, a sight that would have made my great-uncle Alex cry: the camp that killed his brother, in the country where his family were terrorised by pogroms for decades, now covered in the insignia of the Jewish homeland, a place he dreamed of as a Polish child.

So, after such an immersive day at the camps, that survey about the widespread ignorance of the Holocaust should have felt shocking. And in some ways it did. Yes, the Holocaust happened almost 80 years ago, but the most mainstream of movies, from Indiana Jones to Inglourious Basterds, have long used Nazis as a plot device, and there is, I believe, something called the internet. So if people don’t know about the Holocaust, it’s because they don’t really care. And in this regard, the survey felt utterly unsurprising, because we swim in self-serving ignorance about antisemitism these days.

The day I landed in Poland I saw a headline on my phone: “Ken Loach says Labour MPs who joined antisemitism protest should be ‘kicked out of Labour’,” it said, referring to the recent rally in Westminster at which hundreds of Jews protested against Jeremy Corbyn’s attitude towards antisemitism. Loach later said the reported quotes “do not fairly reflect what I said”. Yet he gave a TV interview last year in which, when asked about Jewish MP Ruth Smeeth’s claim that she had “really come up against antisemitism”, Loach dismissed such allegations as merely “mischief”. “The aim is to destabilise Jeremy’s leadership,” Loach said, apparently unaware that suggesting Jews make allegations about antisemitism for their political or personal benefit is, in fact, one of the oldest antisemitic tropes there is.

End quote from news article

I have a lot of information on my web site about Auschwitz:

http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/index.html

Start reading here if you want to learn about Auschwitz: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/journal.html

 

 

4 Comments »

  1. I’m shocked. You’re clearly one of the few people left who read this rag. Pretty soon you’re gonna have to get your stories from another source. Their circulation has gone to shit. Guess that’s what happens when you let Libs run shit. Goes down the toilet. It’s pretty sad when a paper in Scotland sells more copies than a paper in Britain.

    Comment by Tim — April 21, 2018 @ 7:42 pm

  2. For those who have NO Clue what is going on the statement from the article you link to is just a pack of lies….

    . “In 1942, the four gas chambers at Birkenau had not yet been put into operation, but 70 to 75% of the arriving Jews were taken by truck to Bunker 1 and Bunker , where they were immediately gassed and their bodies buried in a mass grave, as there were no cremation ovens at that time”.

    No proof of any of this. Makes for a good Horror Disneyland story though.

    JR

    Comment by Jim Rizoli — April 21, 2018 @ 4:38 pm

  3. There is NOTHING more anti — “semitic” than truth.

    You can go to “Holocaust Handbooks.com” and purchase, or download for free, at least 37 books on the Holocaust; one of my favorites is “Dissecting the Holocaust”.

    Here is a link to download the book:

    http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?main_page=1&page_id=1

    “Hoax of the Twentieth Century” is another great book:

    http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?main_page=1&page_id=7

    Comment by Sockpuppet2012 — April 21, 2018 @ 4:32 pm

  4. People do care about the holocaust. People that care about humanity care. It’s only antisemitic hateful deniers that don’t care. Most educated people think neo nazi right wing sites like this are beyond ridiculous and not worthy of concern. I on the other hand tune in regularly because is a loony toon show.

    Comment by David — April 21, 2018 @ 2:59 pm


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