Their deaths, though tragic, were not in vain, for we now know what people like Adolf Hitler can do given half a chance. We will in any case forgo the temptation to interpret the suffering of the Jewish people from our standpoint, in terms of saving history.
Numbers have their own importance; they prove, according to Piotr Rawicz, that God has gone mad.
But another fact seems to us worthy of attention: Sadly this has not proved to be the case. As a variation on Adorno, who was rightfully wary of the effects of aestheticizing the unspeakable suffering of the victims, it has been claimed that to build a monument to the Holocaust was itself a barbaric proposition.
If, then, in the s the problem was that the reenacted event was too depressing, in the s the problem is that it is too hopeful. There is in fact another significance to the Holocaust which is overlooked. It is therefore his later poem, Engfuhrung that wholly dispenses with any imagery, rhythm, balance, but is as disjointed, disoriented, verbally crippled, emotionally inexpressible as the memories of the survivors.
They must not be demonised, stereotyped, again nor must the highly charged political situation in the Middle East be used as an excuse to disseminate, under the heading of anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism. The irony of course is that the only country in which Muslims, in every sect of Islam can live in a democracy and where Christians and the Bahai can practice their religion as well as Jews, without persecution in the Middle East, other than Turkey, is Israel.
Great Britain had also received large numbers who settled predominantly in the East end of London, Leeds Manchester and Liverpool, but dispersing also amongst the smaller towns to build communities, prosper and assimilate with the local population within a generation, although most retaining their Jewish identity.
It is not enough to pronounce them absolutely evil. One must live with the tremendum, and living with it requires that it be perceived accurately to the extent that accuracy is possible about events as charged as theseclearly to the extent that looking into the charnel house can ever be unclouded and preciseand distinctly to the extent that it can be confronted as a constellated phenomenon which both does and does not indict all of Western civilized history, all of Christianity, all of silent humanity, and most of all, the history and faith of Israel.
It is not possible to sink lower than this; no human condition is more miserable than this, nor could it conceivably be so. Even intervention by the United States under the present administration may take time, and certainly through the United Nations might prove impossible.
Historians try to put meaning to it or even go as far as saying that it never happened. Eugenics which by the first quarter of the Twentieth Century had become a popular and important scientific study permitted, in its perverted and now discredited form, for the purpose of perfecting the human race the classification of races or ethnic types as superior or inferior.
Unless we can remind them of what prejudice lead the world to and get them to settle their problem before another Hitler may rise to power and all will be as it once was. Within the species, defined as intended, planned, and largely executed extermination, it is without precedent and, thus far at least, without sequel.The most obvious recent precedent of the Holocaust is the Turkish genocide of the Armenians in World War I.
Like the Nazi genocide of the Jews in World War II, this was an attempt to destroy a whole people, carried out under the cover of a war with maximum secrecy, and with the victims being deported to isolated places prior to their murder.
Reflections. The legacy of the Holocaust reveals itself in this series of articles by members of the Association and invited participants. The articles cover the ongoing impact of the Holocaust, both for the survivors themselves and. Reflections on The Holocaust The murder of the six million Jews by Germany during World War II was not just an anti-semitic and racist genocide.
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Photo from the Wikimedia Commons Reflections on the Holocaust By Ivor Weintroub There have been voluminous writings about the mass murder of the Jews ("the Holocaust") that took place during the Second World War from toDownload