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June 2, 2017

Koreans are not taught about the Holocaust in school

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:20 am

The title of my blog post today is a quote from this news article: https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/opinion/2017/06/667_230509.html

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In a no-holds-barred battle of replies on Facebook, a foreign friend of mine pointed out that Koreans are not taught about the Holocaust in school. I don’t remember what the subject was but he rested his case, when I pointed out White House spokesman Sean Spicer’s controversial Syrian vs. Nazi comments. My rationale was that education is important but it doesn’t always have the intended effect.

That got me thinking about why Westerners and Middle Easterners are sensitive in different ways about Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Holocaust and other atrocities committed by Nazi Germany, but less so about the comfort women, the corps of sex slaves under Japanese colonial rule here, and Unit 731, which specialized in barbarous experiments on living people.

Other Asians also suffered from Japan’s invasion so they often commiserate with Koreans.

True, it goes the other way as well, as Koreans are still at pains about the misdeeds committed against their ancestors, but less so about Jewish victims.

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In America, there are news articles, every day, about the Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. In my humble opinion, the Holocaust can in no way be compared to the “comfort women” who were forced to have sex with soldiers. Nothing compares to the Holocaust.

 

April 16, 2017

Wolf Blitzer — the son of two Holocaust survivors

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 2:56 pm

What are the chances that two Holocaust survivors would marry and produce a son who would become a world famous journalist?

Wolf Blitzer Grills Sean Spicer on Holocaust: Did You ‘Not Know’ Nazis Used Gas Chambers?

Quoted above is the headline of a recent news article: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/11/wolf-blitzer-grills-sean-spicer-on-holocaust-did-you-not-know-nazis-used-gas-chambers.html

The following quote is from the article:

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A pained-looking Sean Spicer faced off with a disgusted Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday evening in a tense exchange that did not leave the White House press secretary in better shape following his outrageous claim earlier in the day that Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons” in World War II.

First, Blitzer just wanted to know why Spicer decided to make an analogy between Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and the perpetrator of the Holocaust in the first place. “As you know, 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, many of them with poison gas,” the CNN anchor reminded his guest.

“I was obviously trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad had made against his own people last week using chemical weapons and gas,” Spicer said. “And frankly, I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which frankly, there is no comparison. For that, I apologize. It was a mistake to do that.”

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Excuse me, but I don’t think that a world famous news man should complain about someone not mentioning the Holocaust. Wolf Blitzer will cause more people to deny the Holocaust. What kind of Holocaust is it when two people are left alive, to produce  a world famous journalist?

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