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This Should Not be an Afterthought

In all the hoopla surrounding the federal budget, it would seem that people have forgotten the other important thing happening today: Holocaust Memorial Day. Try as I might, I can’t find much in the way of news, or even reference to it, outside of the UK – with the exception of the Chronicle-Herald, our local bird cage liner.

Today is the anniversary of the liberation of the death camp at Auschwitz, where 1.6 million persons were exterminated without mercy. January 27 has been chosen as an appropriate date on which to remember all victims of the Nazi death camps.

I wonder why there is no mention of the significance of the date? Is it because of the disastrous course of action embarked upon by Israel in its punitive attack on Gaza? Beijing York is just one of many bloggers out there who discuss the issue with passion and conviction. I sincerely hope that this is not the case, for it would be wrong to ignore the tragedies suffered by gypsies, homosexuals, slavs, etc. who suffered at the hands of the Nazis, and, quite frankly, opposing the actions of a government shouldn’t be interpreted as a statement of hatred for a people – as we have seen, there are those in the Israeli population who oppose the wanton destruction as much as any of us in other parts of the world. To condemn all because of the actions of a few is an example of the worst qualities of human nature, and the very thing we are trying our best not to repeat. And that is why this day is worth noting.

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5 thoughts on “This Should Not be an Afterthought

  1. Well, here’s the thing Dan. If you were to say the words “12th SS” around Benny the Rat I suspect that there would be a very uncomfortable silence and a lot of looking around for a distaction of some sort. In all honesty though I’m not particularly surprised about the lack of attention given to Holocaust Memorial Day. I don’t think that it’s the kind of thing that resonates much with someone who don’t have some connection, be it actual or percieved, to the event. I’m not saying that this is a good thing, just that it’s a factor in the lack of acknowledgment. Commemorations that mark events with no happy outcome are often ignored by those who where unaffected by the event itself.

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  2. ‘Benny the Knife’ sounds a bit too much like a stand-up guy, Kevv – Benny’s more the type to attack from behind, maybe ‘Benny the Weasel’?

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  3. .Flash, one of the reasons it isn’t more newsworthy is the fact that it commemorates the anniversery of the *Soviets* liberating Auchwitcz – the Americans would prefer to think of World War II as a all-American affair. Indeed, according to Wiki, they remember the Holocaust on May 8, of course it is Wikipedia, so take that into account…

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