“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

The Shoah and Attitudes.

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Attitudes towards the Shoah and its remembrance have a habit of revealing some people’s truer attitude towards Jews, particularly nowadays with the increase of antisemitism and the nasty streak of animosity which has entered the public discourse.

Invariably the Shoah, Israel and the current conflict in the Middle East are linked, but it is perfectly possible to have distinct and different views on these three separate topics.

It is perfectly possible to acknowledge the indescribable horror of the Shoah without disparaging Jews or Israel.

It is perfectly possible to think that events in the Middle East are brutal, terrible and unnecessary without disparaging the memory of the victims of the Shoah.

Yet does that always happen? No, certainly not.

It is common amongst people that have a strong animosity against Jews (call them what you will: antisemite, Jew hater, Jew baiter, Holocaust denier, Holocaust revisionist, white supremacist, inveterate conspiracy theorist or neo-Nazi, it is all the same), it is common that they will not acknowledge the magnitude of the Shoah, its horror, its brutality or extent.

It is common among these people that they would rather bite off their tongue than make a comment which shows a degree of empathy towards the suffering of the victims of the Shoah: Jews.

But that is an extreme fringe in society, or at least we like to think it is?

Consider how certain people will metaphorically cough, look the other way or change the subject when the issue of remembrance and the Shoah comes into view.

Now they may not share any of the views held above by those nasty extremists, and yet you have to wonder why certain people are almost embarrassed to show the slightest degree of empathy towards the suffering of the Jews in the 1930s and 1940s.

That above all reveals their innermost attitudes, and how little some parts of humanity have learnt from the past 60 plus years.

So if you are one of these certain people that are uncomfortable showing any compassion toward Jews on Holocaust Memorial Day, then it’s probably time to reflect on your innermost thoughts, neuroses, bitterness and what your subconscious attitude tells you about your truer character.

That is, if you have the courage.

Written by modernityblog

28/01/2007 at 00:54

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Have you read the “NAZI Doctors”?
    Some of the best prose on the subject. See if you pick out the most amazing statement as pertaining to your exact question. First chapter, near the first, maybe even the first paragraph.

    Here’s another one:
    Eichmann was thoughtful, orderly, and unimaginative. He had a profound respect for system, for law and order. He was obedient, loyal, a faithful officer of a great state. He served his government very well. The sanity of Eichmann is disturbing. We equate sanity with a sense of justice, with humaneness, with prudence, with the capacity to love and understand other people. We rely on the sane people of the world to preserve it from barbarism, madness, and destruction. And now it begins to dawn on us that it is precisely the sane ones who are the most dangerous.

    Currently reading and suggested reading:
    “Denying the Holocaust” Deborah Lipstadt
    “In the Shadow of Death” Gordon J. Horwitz

    Katy Ellison

    20/08/2008 at 08:56

  2. No I haven’t read Nazi Doctors, thanks for the recommendation, I can only take so much at one go…


    20/08/2008 at 13:07

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