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July 29, 2016 / 23 Tammuz, 5776

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Here Are The Lessons Israel Needs To Learn From The Holocaust

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Once a year the entire nation of Israel commemorated the six million that were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. At exactly 10:00 am, sirens sound throughout the Jewish State and most of Israel’s citizens (Except the Arabs who deny the Holocaust and some radical Ultra Orthodox Jews who call themselves religious) stood in silence to remember and give respect to those who were murdered, burned, gassed and dehumanized by the Nazis and their collaborators.

Some keep their eyes shut in total silence remembering a family member who was murdered and some whisper a prayer in honor of the six million innocent Jewish souls that were violently ripped from this world.

Most years, I belong to the second group, but this year, I was lost in thought asking myself, why? Why remember?

What is it about that horrible time in Jewish and human history that is so important to remember? My grandmother (Z”L) who survived numerous camps and saved other Jews will never be forgotten by me, so why is it important to have a national memory of such a tragedy? What exactly am I remembering?

Is there someone who actually believes that our memory will prevent another Holocaust from happening? Look around!

Syria is murdering tens of thousands of people by gas and chemical weapons, Russia is conquering Ukraine and let’s not even get started with the amount of people who are being slaughtered throughout Africa!

Has the world learned anything?

My answer is an absolute NOT A THING!

Obama is a joke and has threatened Syria time and time again that if they dare use chemical weapons, the US will be forced to react. Hello? Does Obama watch the news?

Some say that the Holocaust should not be mixed up with politics, I say WRONG! Only when we remember just how low human nature can stoop will one have total political clarity.

It is very important to remember an American President who flew fighter jets over the train tracks that led millions to their death in Auschwitz but refused to bomb them because he didn’t want political “trouble, or the silence of the world as millions of Jews were burned, gassed and shot. These facts gives us total political clarity and reality, Israel will protect itself!

On July 7, shortly after the U.S. War Department refused requests from Jewish leaders to bomb the railway lines leading to the camps, a force of 452 Fifteenth Air Force bombers flew along and across the five deportation railway lines on their way to bomb Blechhammer oil refineries nearby

To remember a British leader who met, shook hands and was actually on the brink of signing an agreement with Hitler because he didn’t believe Hitler was a real threat!

The Munich Agreement – “Peace In Our Time”

And let us not forget our Muslim neighbors who seek “peace” with the Jewish State and claim that all our problems started when the modern day State of Israel was born in 1948.

Taken in 1943! No State No Settlements Just Islamic Anti Semitism!

Brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers were burned, gassed and treated like animals and the world said NOTHING! Nothing from France, nothing from England, nothing from America, nothing from anyone!

What do I learn from the Holocaust? I learn that the State of Israel is the ONLY true safe haven for Jews and we cannot trust anyone with our safety, security, military or Jewish survival.

Barack Obama and John Kerry say they are our friends, but they have been pressuring Israel into handing over more parts of the Land of Israel to Muslim occupiers and have recently forced us to to agree to a ceasefire with a fanatic Islamic terrorists organization called HAMAS!

Instead of the US President and Vice president siding with the Jewish State that has the same basic values as the US, they have taken sides with the people who hold the same terrorist ideology that was responsible for the murder of over 3,000 people when they blew up the Twin Towers!

When Abu Mazen signs an agreement with the terrorist organization Hamas, John Kerry blames Israel and warns that if Israel doesn’t make peace (give in to their demands) soon, the Arabs will start killing Jews! Really? Does that sound like a friend to you? To me it sounds like blackmail!

This Is Hamas!

Then Kerry says it was Israel’s refusal to release terrorists as well as the building of houses and kindergartens in JERUSALEM that is to blame for the failed peace process. Of course the fact that Abu Mazen has completely refused to recognize a Jewish State has absolutely nothing to do with it, right John! I am not even going to get started with the Hamas missile fire that the White House said nothing about till Israel reacted!

When I say NEVER AGAIN! I mean it and the time is now! Unfortunately not only is the world ignoring the dangers Israel is facing, Israel’s leaders themselves are ignoring the imminent dangers and are dreaming of signing a “peace” deal with those who idea of peace is war.

Bibi, the Arabs have no right to this land! Can they live here in peace? Yes! The Druze do, The Christians do and yes, there are plenty of Muslim Arabs who just want to live, but the second they talk of a national country within the Land of Israel, it’s time to say it loud and clear, NO WAY!

Read Also: The History Of Palestine 101

The motto ‘NEVER AGAIN’ has nothing to do with the Nazis. They like the Romans, Greeks and the Mussolini’s are all gone.

Never again means we will never again be so naive to believe the world when they say they will do something about the powers of evil, especially when those powers threaten Israel or the Jews!

We now know that even our greatest allies and friends will fly right over our heads and ignore the flames that burn our flesh!

We know that their political standing is more important than morality and certainly more important than a couple of Jews burning or being blown up by Muslim terrorists.

What do I learn from the Holocaust? There is only God to rely on and he is given us back the Land Of Israel as well as the IDF so that NEVER AGAIN will this little boy march to his death with his hands up in the air!

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Rivlin at Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony: We Will Continue to Survive and Battle Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – President Reuven Rivlin said that the Holocaust is central to Israel’s identity and vowed to combat the “chronic disease” of anti-Semitism on Wednesday night during the official ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum.

“The Holocaust, whether we like it or not, has become a factor in shaping the standards of our understanding of ourselves, of understanding our relationship with other nations, and our role in the world,” Rivlin said. “The Holocaust places the Jewish people before basic principles, as a people and as a nation gazing inward at ourselves and outward toward all of humanity.”

Rivlin stressed, however, that the founding of the State of Israel was no redress for the Holocaust.

“The State of Israel is not, under any circumstances, compensation for the Holocaust,” he said. “However, the Holocaust put into perspective the necessity and crucial need of the Jewish people to return to its historical roots, as a nation that takes its fate in its hands.”

Rivlin emphasized that Israel not only allows the Jewish people to take control of its own destiny, but also allows it to defend itself as a collective against the continuing phenomenon of anti-Semitism.

“Anti-Semitism and the persecution of the Jews are not a fad, or something that can be taken lightly,” Rivlin noted. “It is a difficult, chronic disease that penetrates deep into the heart and history of nations.”

“The State of Israel will deal with this anti-Semitism by ensuring, first and foremost, a national home and a Jewish army that protects the nation of survival,” added Rivlin. “We are a nation that has survived and will continue to survive thanks to our resilience and strong spirit.”

Rivlin also addressed the Holocaust survivors attending the ceremony, asking for their help in extracting the meaning of the tragedy and lessons to be learned.

“These are the years in which we should take the opportunity to try to clarify along with you how you want to shape the memory of the Holocaust and its lessons for future generations,” he said. “The number which was tattooed onto your flesh is etched into the hearts of this nation for generations and has become the living will of the Jewish people.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Translating My Father’s Holocaust Memoir

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Shortly after the end of World War II, a young patient told my father, Dr. Ernst Bornstein, that she was under the impression that stories about the gassing of women and children in Auschwitz was anti-German propaganda.

She asked my father if he was a Jew. When he responded that he was in fact a Jew, she asked if it was really true – were there really concentration camps? He recalled the scene in his memoir:

Until then she had been of the belief that reports of this nature were pure propaganda disseminated by the occupying army to damage the reputation of the Germans. So I understood that this was the opinion of democratically educated post-war youth. If this youth believed that the bloody era of the Nazis was only an invention of the propaganda, I will play my part in shattering these illusions.

Though my father already knew he wanted to write about his experiences in the war, it was that moment in his dental clinic that convinced him of the need to record his story.

He realized it was imperative, especially in a world that was all too ready to forget, that he dedicate himself to raising awareness about what had happened to his family.

As someone who witnessed horrors in no fewer than seven concentration camps, my father also wanted to publicly address the question of how it was possible that large masses of people, numbering in the millions, could be led to their extermination without a fight.

And as a medical doctor, he sought to explain to scientists the psyche and social profile of survivors so that they could receive appropriate help to rebuild their shattered lives.

After my father was liberated in the wake of the infamous Death March, he stayed in Germany where he documented the oral histories of other survivors while working for YIVO. He then went to medical school and graduated with a double doctoral degree (M.D./D.D.S) in medicine and dentistry/oral surgery.

Afterward, despite being busy rebuilding his life and setting up his dental practice, he did not delay in penning his own memoir spanning the years 1939-1945. He dedicated himself to writing while his memories were visceral and raw.

His memoir was eventually published in 1967 in its German original as Die Lange Nacht (The Long Night). As one of the first post-World War II memoirs available to the German public, it was covered in major international publications including The Times Literary Supplement in London.

Ironically, even though the original German edition of The Long Night had a proud place in the middle of our family’s living room, neither my siblings nor I knew much about its content while we were growing up. It took the birth of my youngest daughter, Nina, twenty-five years later to galvanize me to translate it.

At the time, I felt as if a flame were rising within me. I had a great urge to disseminate my father’s experiences in the concentration camps he survived and the Nazi barbarism he and the Jewish people suffered simply because they were Jews. But as my motivation to translate the book grew, I knew I would need a tremendous amount of inner strength to address my father’s past.

My translation of the work soon turned into a labor of love that lasted three years. David Arnold, MBE, who used to coordinate the annual Yom HaShoah program in our community, assisted me with the translation, as he is particularly sensitive to the subject.

He gave me the discipline to address the subject at times when I didn’t feel like it or found it hard to go on. Of course, that brought its own guilt. After all, how could I find this task difficult as I sat in the comfort of my home in the UK when, in absolute contrast, my father had lived through such horrors? How dare I not bear it?

Noemie Lopian

The Holocaust: Many Villains, Few Heroes

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials, at which selected Nazi leaders were placed in the dock, we must ask some disturbing questions about those who were never tried for their complicity in the world’s worst genocide. It would have been impossible to carry out the mass murder of so many people without the complicity of so many governments, groups, and individuals. Perhaps there were too many guilty parties to put them all on trial, but it is not too late to hold the guilty morally accountable for what they did and failed to do.

To be sure, the guiltiest individuals were the Nazi leaders who directly planned and implemented the final solution.  Their goal was to in gather Jews from all over the world in order to kill them and to destroy what they regarded as the “Jewish race”.  They came very close to succeeding, wiping out nearly all of Europe’s Jews in a relatively brief period of time. These Nazi leaders had the help of many “willing executioners,” both in Germany and in the countries under its control.  Among the worst culprits were individual Lithuanians, Latvians, Hungarians, Slovakians, Poles, Ukrainians, and others.

There were some heroes among these groups and they are justly remembered and honored.  But the number of villains far exceeded the number of heroes. Then there were the guilty governments that cooperated and helped facilitate the deportations and round-ups.  The French government deported more Jews than the Nazi’s demanded.  Other governments, including those of Norway, Holland, Austria, Hungry, also helped the Nazis achieve their genocidal goal. Bulgaria, on the other hand, declined to cooperate with the Nazi genocide and its small Jewish population was saved.

There were also the countries that refused to accept Jews who might have escaped the Nazi’s had they been permitted to enter.  These countries include the United States, Canada, and many other potential places of asylum that shut their doors.  In the United States and Canada too, there were heroes who pressed their leaders to do more, but for the most part they failed.

Many Arab and Muslim leaders also played ignoble roles, siding with the Nazi’s and conducting their own pogroms against local Jews.  The leading villain in this regard was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who joined Hitler in Berlin and played a hands-on role in sending Jews to their deaths and in keeping the doors of Palestine closed to Jewish refugees.

Could more have been done by Britain and the United States to end the genocide?  Could they have bombed the rail lines to Auschwitz and other death camps?  These are complex questions that have been asked but not satisfactorily answered since 1945.

There were also the actions of those who pardoned and commuted the sentences of Nazis convicted at Nuremberg, and those who helped Nazis escape prosecution after the war ended.  That list too is long and disturbing.

The Nuremberg trials, by focusing narrowly on Nazi leaders and their direct henchmen, implicitly exculpated those who played important, but less direct, roles by their actions and inactions.  By their nature, courts are limited in what they can do to bring to justice large numbers of individuals who belong on a wide continuum of legal and moral guilt.  But historians, philosophers, jurists and ordinary citizens are not so limited.  We may point fingers of blame at all who deserve to be blamed, whether or not they were placed on trial at Nuremberg, or at subsequent legal proceedings.

There will never be perfect justice for those who helped carry out the Holocaust.  Most of the guilty escaped prosecution, lived happy lives and died in their beds, surrounded by loving family members.  West Germany prospered as a result of the Marshal Plan and many German industrialists, who had benefitted from slave labor, continued to benefit as a result of the perceived needs of the Cold War.  The scales of justice remain out of balance.  Perhaps this helps to explain why more than 6 million people have been murdered in preventable genocides — in Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur and other placed — since the world pledged “never again.”

There is, of course, the risk that by blaming all, we blame none.  It is important to calibrate the responsibility of those who played very different roles in the Holocaust. This is a daunting task, but it must be undertaken if future genocides are to be deterred.

Alan M. Dershowitz

Romania Expected to Facilitate Return of Property to Holocaust Survivors

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

The Romanian parliament is expected to pass a bill next week to ease the way for Holocaust survivors to submit restitution claims.

Lawmakers in Romania told Reuters they anticipate the measure will pass next Tuesday.

The law, if passed, will eliminate the obstacles that prevent Holocaust survivors from claiming their former property.

Hana Levi Julian

Austrian Rightwingers Banned from Café Say It’s the Holocaust All Over Again

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

This entire report should be read in the context of what happened in Austria last Sunday, when Norbert Hofer of the anti-immigrant Freedom Party (FPÖ) came a clear first with 35% in the first round of the national presidential election. The president of Austria’s authority is the same as that of the president of Israel and they both are modeled after the British queen, but still, it is a huge gain for the right in the land that gave us Mozart but then followed with Hitler. Hofer will face Alexander Van der Bellen of the Austrian Green Party in the second round on May 22.

Eva Trimmel, owner of the Fett und Zucker cafe in Vienna’s Leopoldstadt by Trimmel, has barred FPÖ supporters from her establishment following their party’s unprecedented success in Sunday’s Presidential election, The Local reported. When Trimmel opened for business on Monday, she wrote on the menu board on the sidewalk that customers who are “part of the 35%” should go look for another café. And below that exclusionary message she added the hashtag #rightwingNOTwelcome.

Fett und Zucker Café

Fett und Zucker Café

Now, as we hinted above, there’s a big difference between rightwing Jewish politics, or GOP politics, and Austrian rightwing politics, obviously because Austria in the past provided Germany with some of its best Nazis. So that when Austrians are voting right, even when they’re doing it in a justified response to the Muslim influx that’s been overwhelming all of Europe, Jews and other folks with long memories get just a tad concerned.

Critics of Eva Trimmel have compared her action to the Nazis excluding Jews from public spaces and from various establishments. One commentator, Philipp K, wrote on Trimmel’s Facebook post: “The same as 70 years ago! Then Jews were not allowed to go in, and now it’s [FPÖ] voters!”

Trimmel responded: “I have positioned Fett und Zucker as a queer-feminist, anti-racist café. I want no people with right-wing points of view to come in.”

OK, so she’s on the obnoxious side, intolerant and probably forgets your order and serves your cappuccino either tongue-searing hot or tepid, and her cupcakes must be stale. Nevertheless, barring voters she doesn’t like is still short of marching them to the nearest train station for a one-way trip to Poland.

Are Europeans really this bad with proportionality all the time?

JNi.Media

Arab MK Refuses Holocaust Day Invite, Says It Motivates Humiliating Arabs

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

MK Hanin Zoabi (Joint Arab List) on Wednesday refused an invitation to the final memorial rally of Holocaust Day at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai (named after Mordechai Anielewicz, commander of the Jewish underground in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising). Zoabi said that “the lessons of the Holocaust should not be taught in order to increase the motivation to defend oneself by humiliating and repressing [others].” The organizers, the Havatselet group, invited all 120 Knesset members to the event on May 5.

Zoabi began her letter to the group saying she was honored to “participate in marking a human tragedy that took the lives of millions of people, and showed how far down it is possible to dive to the depths of human horror, to the boundary of the absurd and the loss of the human image.”

Then she noted, “It is an honor for me to stand in memory of the victims, but it is just as important to sound the alert for you regarding that which preceded the Holocaust and paved the road to it. And precisely for that reason I decided to refuse your invitation.”

“The memory you are reviving is not the same memory the victims now symbolize.” According to Zoabi, “the learning of the Holocaust lessons in the state is done selectively and manipulatively. … You shouldn’t teach the lessons of the Holocaust by adopting a policy of closure, extortion, robbery and murder, extrajudicial executions, arrests without a trial, torture, gag orders, persecution of demonstrators and political activists. It would be a cynical, selective, distorted exploitation against the spirit of the Holocaust.”

“You shouldn’t teach the lessons of the Holocaust when you don’t recognize the frightening likeness between what’s going on around us today and what took place in Germany in the 1930s,” Zoabi wrote.

The Havatselet group released a statement saying, “The assembly is a-political and the memory of the Holocaust is important to all mankind regardless of religion, race or sex.”

JNi.Media

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