Saturday, January 27, 2007

Remembering the Holocaust

Beginning with Mel Brook’s song, Springtime for Hitler, this video, The Holocaust Project, addresses the Before, During, and After of the Holocaust.

On November 1, 2005, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution designating January 27 as International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. This year, because January 27th falls on a Saturday, the United Nations will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a ceremony in the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York. The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) will launch an online web resource, developed by Yad Vashem and the Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education at the University of Southern California (SFI). The website will serve UN information centers staff across the globe.

This year I believe the remembrance of the Holocaust and its victims is especially important because of (1) the recent Iranian Holocaust denial conference, which led the United Nations yesterday (January 27th, 2007) to adopt a resolution condemning any denial of the Holocaust and (2) a marked recent increase in anti-Semitism throughout the world.


  1. It is utterly disgusting that to this day, people chose to treat the Holocaust as a fairy tale, made up to teach you a lesson about the importancy of being open and accepting.

    I've heard many people say, Auschwitz isn't for real - they built it after the war, to show the morale of a story they wanted to teach people...
    I tell them to pray for an easy death, because it's too late to pray for a brain!

    Maybe I shouldn't let people get to me, but the most imbecile thing to do is to deny it has happened and allow for it to happen again.

  2. I can't understand how people can just dismiss that this ever happened. Its not like everything was destroyed, the camps were still left intact, documentations were still found, survivors are still alive today, etc.

    I'm sort of kicking myself really, I went to a college that has one of the largest Holocaust resource centers on the east coast of the US, yet I never even took one class related to this.

  3. Although we wish it had never happened, it DID and nothing will ever change that. Those denying it did are certainly into denial. The atrocious acts done on these victims will never be forgotten and very hard to forgive!!

  4. Hi Nick

    I've come over from Merle's and read your post with a lot of interest.

    I find it quite scary how the fanatics and fundamentalists from the Middle East are getting more and more inflammatory. Years ago, Islam was a rather mysterious and little known faith. Today, it's the symbol of hatred. How sad is that? And it's the vociferous few (relatively) who get the media attention, consequently tarring all Muslims with the same brush.

    Like this latest Holocaust denial. Everyone knows that it's a fact, why deny it? To inflame hatred and stir up anti-Semetic feeling - divide and conquer.

    Evil is about and unfortunately, there are many gullible people who will be taken in.

    Good thought provoking post.

    What a beautiful cat Alex is. My cat, Oscar, has a blog that Alex maybe interested in. It's called From Oscar's Chair. He'd love to hear from Alex.

  5. This is a most though provoking post. Thank you.

  6. Nick, thanks for the reminder. It's interesting to me that in some cases we haven't progressed much beyond the anger, fear and resentment of people of different races, religions and cultures. I'm glad we have remembrance days so that we can reflect on how we still treat each other and how we all have room for improvement.

  7. HEART OF DARKNESS: Yes, it is disgusting. And moreover, the radical Islamists use denial of the Holocaust as a means to deny Israel’s right to exist as a nation because they have it in their thick skulls that the only reason the United Nations created Israel was in response to the Holocaust. I was amazed to read that some Israeli Orthodox rabbis attended the Iranian anti-Holocaust conference primary to challenge that belief.

    SILVERNEUROTIC: People believe strange things. My ex-father-in-law was convinced that the pictures of the first U.S. moon landing were faked, that they were taken in some western U.S. desert.

    It’s never too late to visit a Holocaust museum. I kick my self that during the two years I was stationed in (then West) Germany I never visited any of the concentration camps. Of course, most of them were located in East Germany, which, I suppose, is kind of a lame excuse, except that with my security clearance I was not permitted to enter a Communist nation.

    PEA: I agree: nothing will change that reality and horror of the Holocaust. And I think it is important that people do take the time to remember, hopefully that it will never happen again, although it has, in Rwanda and Kosovo and the other former Yugoslavian nations.

    PUSS-IN-BOOTS: Thank you for coming over from Merle’s place. Yes, the Islamic fundamentalists seem to be leading the anti-Semitism movement at the moment, even though it was Europeans who were the primary offenders in the past. I find the hate Arabs especially show toward Israel bizarre, since they are themselves Semites and more closely related to Jews than any other peoples, both ancestrally and religiously. Yes, there are many gullible folks who are quick to jump on the hate bandwagon; not only in the Middle East, but here in the U.S. David Duke attending the Tehran conference and even being a primary speaker sickens me as much as his neo-Nazi politics.

    Alex has been by to visit you kitty’s blog and say, “hi.”

    ANGUS: You’re welcome, my old friend.

    ARI: I appreciate you visit and words. Shalom Chaverim.

    PEACH: Thank you, my friend. I agree: many continue to allow hate and prejudice to rule their lives. Thankfully, there are the few who do not.

  8. Nick,

    I'm not sure that I can watch this - but I will say that I believe that this is a powerful post - of a heinous period of history from the not-so-distant past...

    Had an elderly teacher who had numbers tattooed on her arm from that period of time.

    Recommended movie (a true story): The Pianist(2002)

  9. I cannot believe that you Americans are so dim-witted as to believe that jew propaganda.

  10. Hi Nick ~~ Great to follow that anonymous commentor with his own dim
    witted views. I did not know there was a Remembrance Day for the Holocaust, but your post was timely.
    With so much evidence, how can anyone deny it happened. A shame on Humanity
    Thank you for the post. Also tanks for your visit and kind words on my site. Take care, my friend, Merle.

  11. Timely words and excellent links, Rev. Saint. Thank you.

  12. There is always some ANON moron in the crowd.

    Thanks so much for informing us all about the date. I personally had no clue that there was such a day.

  13. There is an excellent documentary you might want to rent, Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.. It's in rotation on IFC this month, if you've got satellite.

    It takes one of the most prominent Holocaust deniers, and exposes him as a fool. It completely debunks every claim he makes.

  14. RHAPSODY: I understand those who are unable to watch the video; I have difficulty dealing with the horrors myself. Actually, I believe that meeting some one like your teacher who was a camp survivor is as powerful or more so than any video. My Uncle Frank had a friend named Mr. Marx (I never learned his first name), who was the only survivor of 4 generations of family. His siblings, parents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and grandparents all died in the camps. I remember him telling of the horrors before I was really old enough to understand; still, I carry his stories with me and they have informed my understanding of the Holocaust more than any book or movie I have ever seen.

    ANONYMOUS: We each have our own perception of history—and of truth. I should truly like to know who you are so that we may discuss the differences of our opinions.

    MERLE: Thank you.

    AZSONOFAGUN: You’re most welcome, Rex.

    MICHELLE: Thank you. Actually, I was not aware of the date myself until I heard a BBC broadcast last Friday and added it to my calendar.

    THOMAS: Thank you for the information. There are times that I do regret not having cable or satellite connections. This is one of them.

  15. You do a great job of covering the tough stuff Nick. Thank you so much!

  16. Very moving blob today Nick - I have 4 sons.... 2 still at school.... all three of the older lads have been on the school trip to Germany and the deathcamps...... I thought it was very important for them to learn this part of our European history.... so when each son reach Year 10 of our school system... off they went first of begrungenly (sp) thinking it was gonna be boring etc..... they were so very moved by all they saw on the trip, so very moved, each in turn told of their own feelings after their separate trips.... also in the trip with the history department was a visit to the war graves in france..... it was suppose to teach and learn these young people about such an important part of our history.... and it most certainly did.... to say they came back different people would be stretching it a little, but they certainly came back a little humble and with some anger as to how humans could act like this to other humans.....

    Next school year will be the turn of my youngest son Jacob..... it will also Im sure have a life lasting affect on this child......

    We should NEVER forget...... NEVER....