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Sun Jan 26, 2020, 08:50 PM

The Guardian View On Holocaust Memorial Day: As Necessary As Ever

'The Guardian View On Holocaust Memorial Day: As Necessary As Ever.' Editorial, The Guardian, Jan. 26, 2020.



- A commemoration ceremony in Sweden.

The horrors of Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps will soon be lost to living memory. But the recent rise in xenophobic nationalism underlines the need never to forget.

Four years after the liberation of the largest Nazi extermination camp, on 27 January 1945, the German philosopher Theodor Adorno observed: “To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” He came to revise that view, along with its implication that a kind of silence was perhaps the only possible response to the horror of the Holocaust. Later, he wrote that “perennial suffering has as much right to expression as a tortured man to scream”.

Survivor testimony has always been crucial in keeping alive the memory of a unique episode of human depravity. The courage and mental fortitude of those who have borne witness to the industrialised murder of 6 million Jews has played a vital role in helping inoculate European societies against the virus of antisemitism. But that era of witness is coming to an end. During the last five years, almost half the remaining survivors have passed away. On Monday, some 120 Holocaust survivors from around the world will attend a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Red Army’s arrival at the gates of Auschwitz; it is likely to be the last gathering of its kind at a significant anniversary.

But the need to remember and retain the lessons of what became the Holocaust – from its insidious and incremental beginnings in 1930s Germany to the mass factories of death that began their infernal activities in 1941 – grows rather than diminishes. As the experience of the death camps begins to fade from living memory, there are signs that, in a period of resurgent nationalism and xenophobia, postwar taboos are losing some of their force and historical revisionism is being deployed to buttress senses of national self-esteem. In the eastern German state of Thuringia, the nationalist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party recently outperformed the centre-right Christian Democrats in elections, under the regional leadership of Björn Höcke. Mr Höcke has in the past railed at the construction of “monuments of shame” such as the Holocaust memorial in Berlin. He has said: “This laughable policy [in Germany] of coming to terms with the past is crippling us.”

In Hungary, the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has pursued a prolonged dog-whistle campaign against the Jewish philanthropist George Soros, whose arguments in favour of accepting Muslim migrants from the Middle East have been presented as “endangering the Christian culture of Europe”. Meanwhile, in the UK, the Labour party’s failure to effectively combat the use of antisemitic tropes by some members led to a breakdown in its relations with the Jewish community...

More, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/26/the-guardian-view-on-holocaust-memorial-day-as-necessary-as-ever

- International Holocaust Remembrance Day https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Holocaust_Remembrance_Day

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Sun Jan 26, 2020, 09:13 PM

1. Some deny the holocaust... Some openly brag about it.

Some deny the holocaust... Some openly brag about it.

America fought a war against the Nazis and supposedly won.

Yet here they are in Charlottesville marching to "take back America".

When did the Nazis have America?

KKK Conservative boasting:

“We killed six million Jews the last time,” he answered. “Eleven million is nothing.”

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article167939222.html

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