Holocaust Day (Yom HaShoah in Hebrew) is today, Thursday, May 1. Holocaust Day commemorates the over six million Jews and heroes who died under the Nazis. In an age of holocaust denial and revision, worldwide recognition of Holocaust Remembrance day is essential. Never in my lifetime did I imagine that this day would become an historical refutation of the new lie.
In 1941, Haj Amin al-Husseini fled to Germany and met with Adolf
Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joachim Von Ribbentrop and other Nazi
He wanted to persuade them to extend the Nazis� anti-Jewish program to
the Arab world.
responded to the call of Muslim leaders and joined our side because of
their hatred of our joint Jewish-English-Bolshevik enemies, and because
of their belief and respect for, above all — Our Fuehrer."
Photo: Ilan Halimi
- Holocaust Heroes’ and Martyrs’
Remembrance Day 2008 – President Shimon Peres
Six million Jews, a
third of the entire Jewish people, were annihilated simply because they were
Jewish. But we did rise again, and gathered in our people. We returned to our
Homeland, we resurrected our language, and we opened our gates to Holocaust
survivors. We fended off seven military attacks and two intifadas designed to
If the countries of the world had not delayed, and would have
identified the Nazi threat in time, they could have prevented Hitler from
murdering tens of millions of people. (President of Israel Spokesperson’s
- Martin Luther
King Jr. and the Jews – Clarence B. Jones
I was Martin Luther King
Jr.’s lawyer and one of his closest advisers, and I can say with absolute
certainty that Martin abhorred anti-Semitism in all its forms, including
anti-Zionism. "There isn’t anyone in this country more likely to understand our
struggle than Jews," Martin told me. "Whatever progress we’ve made so far as a
people, their support has been essential." Martin was disheartened that so many
blacks could be swayed by Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam and other black
separatists, rejecting his message of nonviolence.
When American cities
were burning in the summers before he died, Martin listened to any number of
young blacks holding matches blame Jewish landlords or Jewish store-owners in
the inner city – no matter that Jews were a minority of landlords and store
owners. He asked them, Who else might have bought the buildings that we lived in
and rented us apartments? Who else was willing to come in and open stores and
sell us the things we needed? The writer is co-author, with Joel Engel,
of What Would Martin Say (Harper, 2008), from which this was adapted.
(Wall Street Journal)
Trivialization – Manfred Gerstenfeld
Holocaust trivialization is one
of the categories of Holocaust distortion. It is a tool for some ideologically
or politically motivated activists to metaphorically compare phenomena they
oppose to the industrial-scale destruction of the Jews in World War II by
Germans, Austrians, and their allies. Examples include environmental problems,
abortion, the slaughter of animals, the use of tobacco, and human rights
Those abusing Holocaust comparisons for their ideological
purposes want to exaggerate the evil nature of a phenomenon they condemn. With
the Holocaust symbolizing absolute evil for many, they use it as an instrument
for their purposes. Holocaust trivialization manifests itself partly in the
growing use of language concerning a large number of disparate events that have
no connection to genocide. Other trivializers operate out of commercial or
artistic considerations. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
Remembrance Day’s Torch-Lighters (Jerusalem Post)
Six Holocaust survivors lit torches at the state ceremony at Yad Vashem in
Jerusalem on Wednesday night:
- Menachem Katz was born in 1925 in Berezhany, Poland. Together with 30 other
people, Katz’s family hid in a secret room in the ghetto and escaped
deportation. Later, Katz hid with his mother and younger sister at the home of a
Polish farmer. Katz studied architecture at the Technion in Haifa, won many
prizes in his field, and designed the museum at Kibbutz Baram in memory of the
Jews of Berezhany.
- Noemi Shadmi, nee Spitz, was born in 1931 in Debrecen, Hungary. In 1944,
Shadmi’s father and older brother were taken to a forced labor camp and
murdered. Later her mother was taken away at gunpoint. She survived in the
Budapest ghetto. In 1948, Shadmi enlisted in the IDF, serving as a combat
officer and receiving an award for bravery. She served in the Israel Police for
20 years, retiring with the rank of commander.
- Zvi Unger was born in 1929 in Sosnowiec, Poland. In September 1943, Unger
was sent to Birkenau. When he got off the train, an inmate whispered to him that
he should say he was 18. Thus he survived the selection, and later many others
by hiding under benches in the work camp. In 1948 he fought in the War of
Independence and in 1949 he was among the founders of Kibbutz Malkiya on the
Lebanese border, where he still makes his home.
- Ester Samuel-Cahn was born in 1933 in Oslo, Norway. In the summer of 1942,
her father, Rabbi Yitzhak Julius Samuel, the rabbi of Norwegian Jewry, was
arrested and later murdered in Auschwitz. In November 1942, a member of the
Norwegian underground and friend of the family warned them of the impending
arrest of the Jews, and she was hidden with Christian neighbors. The family
later fled to Sweden. In 2004, Prof. Ester Samuel-Cahn was awarded the Israel
Prize in Statistics.
- Michael Maor was born in 1933 in Halberstadt, Germany. After the Nazis’ rise
to power, his parents fled to Yugoslavia. The family lived in Italian-held
territory and in an Italian concentration camp. After the Italian surrender to
the Allies in September 1943, Maor’s family fled to an area controlled by
partisans. In June 1945, he arrived in Israel and later served as a paratrooper
and officer. He established the intelligence branch of the Border Police,
serving as their national intelligence officer for 15 years.
- Meir Brand was born in 1936 in Bochnia, Poland. In August 1943, sensing the
end of the ghetto, his parents decided to smuggle him out. Arriving alone in
Budapest, he joined the refugees and orphans who slept under bridges by night;
by day, they collected food scraps from the markets. In August 1945, he
emigrated to Israel and participated in Israel’s wars, from the Sinai Campaign
to the First Lebanon War. Brand studied agricultural economics and later managed
a division of the Tnuva food products cooperative.
See also My
Father’s Will – Naphtali Lau-Lavie
Yes, there is bloodshed all over
the world; it has existed since Cain murdered Abel. But the terms "Holocaust"
and "genocide," in the sense of the industrial-scale and systematic destruction
of an entire people, are specific to us, the Jews. My father’s life was taken at
Treblinka. At our last meeting, he said: "If you manage to get out of here, go
and return to the land from which we were expelled, because only there will the
Jewish people be itself and become strong enough to prevent such tragedies."
The writer is a former Israeli diplomat and former consul-general in New
York. (Jerusalem Post)
UPDATE: Cindy in Florida sent me this:Parkland synagogue vandalized with spray-painted swastikas
UPDATE: Patrick Poole: Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, and remembering CAIR’s censorship of it
The Promise of a Second Holocaust from the "Palestinians" (that word is a disgusting joke)
Going to be in Chicago on Sunday? Then GO!
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