What People Don’t Know (but Think They Do) About the Holocaust
Nine historical facts to remember about the Nazis’ mass murder of Jews at this most solemn time of year
Millions of people around the world are remembering the outrageous mass murders that took place decades ago under Adolf Hitler’s reign in Germany. Holocaust Remembrance Day began on Sunday night, April 23, and concludes Monday the 24th at sundown. In Hebrew, the day is called Yom Hashoah.
“I think the important thing to understand about this cataclysmic event is that it happened in the heart of Europe,” Sara Bloomfield, the director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., said in a video produced by the museum.
“Germany was respected around the world for its leading scientists, its physicians, its theologians,” Bloomfield said. “It was a very civilized, advanced country. It was a young democracy, but it was a democracy. And yet it descended not only into social collapse but world war and eventually mass murder.”
Here are nine things to remember about the Holocaust genocide.
1.) The Holocaust lasted from January 1933 to May 1945.
2.) The Nazis murdered approximately 11 million men, women and children. About six million of those murdered were of Jewish ancestry. Other groups murdered included gay people, priests, gypsies, and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
3.) Some of those killed during the Holocaust were professing Jewish Christians. “During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many Jews turned to Jesus as Jewish redeemer and the universal savior, intermarrying with non-Jews, and assimilating into the German nation,” Judith Rood wrote on JewsforJesus.org.
4.) “When Allied troops entered the concentration camps, they discovered piles of corpses, bones, and human ashes — testimony to Nazi mass murder,” according to the website of the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum.
5.) Jews who fled Germany caused a refugee crisis in Europe. “President Franklin D. Roosevelt convened a conference in Evian, France, in July 1938,” according to the Holocaust museum. “Despite the participation of delegates from 32 countries, including the United States, Great Britain, France, Canada, and Australia, only the Dominican Republic agreed to accept additional refugees.”
6.) “Every arm of the government played a role” in the annihilation of the Jewish people, according to factretreiver.com. It adds: “Parish churches provided the birth records of the Jews. The Finance Ministry took Jewish wealth and property. Universities researched more efficient ways to murder. And government transportation bureaus paid for the trains that carried the Jews to their death.”
8.) Pregnant woman were sentenced to death in concentration camps. “Miriam Rosenthal was four months pregnant, starving, bone-tired, cold, filthy and afraid when an SS officer in big black boots and a crisp uniform appeared before the barracks in Auschwitz with a loudspeaker in hand,” the Canadian National Post reported in 2012. “‘All pregnant women line up,’ he barked. ‘Line up, line up — your food portions are being doubled.'”
“Even women who were not pregnant stepped forward,” Miriam Rosenthal told the publication. “I was standing with my younger cousin, but I wouldn’t go.” She and her unborn baby somehow survived — while more than 200 women went to the gas chamber that day, the National Post reported.
9.) At the worst of it, almost 6,000 Jews were gassed each day at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest killing center, in Poland, according to multiple sources.
It is tolerance meanwhile that is killing Israel
The One Lesson of the Holocaust
April 24, 2017 By Daniel Greenfield
Yom HaShoah comes and goes. A day for looking back at what has happened and a day for looking away from what will happen.
Millions of dollars have been spent building memorials to the victims of the Holocaust, even as Iran is spending its millions on building another kind of memorial to the Holocaust, in the form of nuclear technology that will be used to finish that piece of history that the Islamic terror state claims never took place.
Millions more are spent, by some of the same groups that claim an interest in Holocaust education, on bringing Muslim migrants to America and Europe to carry out the promise of an Islamic apocalypse in which, as the Hadith states, “The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him.” That is what the Islamic Holocaust looks like. And it’s underway.
A Jew is murdered in France. Another in Jerusalem. And another and another.
The Final Solution, with its immediate extermination of the Jews, has been replaced by the Two State Solution, an intermediate process in which the land on which Jews can live in security is partitioned into smaller and smaller pieces.
The Lebensraum of Islam demands ever more breathing room. And fewer breathing Jews. Israel is carved up into smaller indefensible ghettos. The number of places where the world decides that Jews can be allowed to live, shrink. The rest become “settlers” who must be evicted for the sake of peace. Even if the place they’re “settling” is Jerusalem. The oldest Jewish city on earth.
And this Two State Solution, this intermediate process, has the almost universal backing of the major Jewish organizations who are so very deeply concerned about the Holocaust. It has the backing of the diplomats and politicians who put out canned statements urging that we learn the lessons of the Holocaust. The only lesson they have learned though is that another Holocaust needs better marketing.
Why two generations later, the majority of the American Jewish community was still too cowardly to stand up to a liberal icon in the White House
It is comparatively easy to build a memorial. You hire the architect, raise the money, buy the land and then cut the ribbon. It is a much harder thing to do something about the need for those memorials in the first place. That is what learning the lessons of the Holocaust is about.
It is easier to build another memorial than to look into your heart and ask why two generations later, the majority of the American Jewish community was still too cowardly to stand up to a liberal icon in the White House… when the lives of millions of Jews were on the line.
From FDR to Obama, American Jewish leaders had two opportunities to stand up to a liberal icon and save Jewish lives. No amount of memorials can disguise the fact that they learned nothing.
The reassurances from American Jewish leaders that Obama meant well, that he will not sell out Israel and that he cares sounded familiar. The American Jewish leaders of the 30’s and 40’s echoed the same sentiments. Even as the St. Louis was turned back and its passengers were sent to the gas chambers, even as every effort made to aid or save Jews from the Holocaust was frustrated and shut down with the active complicity of the liberal American Jewish leadership who were loyal to FDR.
The same people who let millions die went on to light candles and issue their hypocritical sanctimonious statements of mourning for the dead. More candles have been lit. More memorials have been built. But the lessons of the Holocaust continue to go unlearned.
Regardless of which administration is in office, the Two State Solution and any support for the Islamic terrorists seeking to exterminate the Jews, as they have already exterminated many of the Christians in the region, must be fought. When we fail to do this, then whatever our politics are, we abandon our obligations to the dead and to the living.
The Holocaust did not happen because of intolerance or fascism, but because the Jews lacked the means of defending themselves against it
The most important lesson of the Holocaust is that the details of how it happened don’t really matter. Had Hitler not come to power, had Germany not turned National Socialist, the Holocaust would have happened anyway. Stalin had one planned too before his death. Had it not been Hitler or Stalin, it would have been someone else. It still might be.
The Holocaust did not happen because of intolerance or fascism, as most liberals would like you to believe. It happened for the same overriding reason that any person or group of people is murdered. Because the Jews lacked the means of defending themselves against it.
There have been two Jewish responses to the Holocaust, on the one hand promoting tolerance and assimilation and on the other hand the State of Israel. Tolerance has done nothing to prevent the hatred and murder of Jews. In many cases it has actually served to promote it.
It is tolerance meanwhile that is killing Israel
Every Muslim attack in Europe and America can be laid at the door of tolerance. When a Jewish woman is thrown out of a window in Paris or a Rabbi is beaten in Brussels, the true perpetrator is “tolerance”.
The State of Israel stands as the only meaningful response to the Holocaust. Rather than building stone memorials and going back to business as usual, the State of Israel is not only a living future for the Jewish people, it is a response to the fundamental lesson of the Holocaust. The Holocaust happened because it could happen to a people who couldn’t defend themselves. The State of Israel with its armies and borders was the best physical defense against it happening again.
Today the two responses to the Holocaust are battling out to the death, Tolerance and Assimilation vs the State of Israel. And the State of Israel is getting the worst of it. The teachers of tolerance blame Israel for the failure of their own ideology, manifest in the rising hatred of Jews around the world. If Israel wouldn’t exist, somehow Jews wouldn’t be hated, their thesis goes. As if Anti-semitism had been discovered lying around in a dustbin sometime after 1948.
But it is tolerance meanwhile that is killing Israel. The left has pushed Israel to the wall, because it represents the inversion of their ideology, it represents the reality that the best hope of the persecuted is not in multiculturalism or in tolerance classes, but in taking responsibility for their own safety and survival.
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