Today in Israel is Holocaust Day. This is the one day each year we make sure to think about the horror Nazi Germany perpetuated against the Jewish people.
It is very difficult to write about the Holocaust in 800-1,000 words. The subject is too large. There are simply too many horrors to consider.
Six million Jews were murdered for no reason other than they were Jews. These murders weren’t an accident. They weren’t coincidental to World War Two. They were deliberate.
The seeds of the Holocaust were sown six years (1933) before World War Two (1939-45). It became a state-sponsored, state-run systematic persecution and process of annihilation developed to fulfil an ideological goal—to purify Germany (S.D. Stein, “Statements by Hitler and Senior Nazis Concerning Jews and Judaism”, phdn.org, 03/04/00).
Germany’s Adolf Hitler invented the mass extermination of Jews. He began the journey down that road slowly. He argued his case before the German public. He said that, if Germany was to get healthy once again (after being both devastated and humiliated in World War One), it had to rid itself of a poison called, ‘the Jew’. For example, less than two years after World War One had ended, Hitler was already arguing that the only way for Germany to become once again the “captain of her soul and master of her destinies” was, among other things, to turn against the Jew (D. Irving, The War Path: Hitler's Germany 1933-1939. Papermac, 1978, p.xxi). In August, 1920, he gave this speech in Salzburg, Austria, saying:
“…it is a problem of whether our nation can ever recover its health, whether the Jewish spirit can ever really be eradicated. Don't be misled into thinking you can fight a disease without killing the carrier, without destroying the bacillus. Don't think you can fight racial tuberculosis without taking care to rid the nation of the carrier of that racial tuberculosis. This Jewish contamination will not subside, this poisoning of the nation will not end, until the carrier himself, the Jew, has been banished from our midst (Applause)” (ibid).
Jew-hate was one of the favorite themes of Nazi discourse. It appeared in Hitler’s Mein Kampf. It showed up in Nazi speeches. It was a major theme of Nazi propaganda (Karthik Narayanaswami, “Analysis of Nazi Propaganda”, HIST E 1572: Holocaust in History, Literature, and Film, blog.harvard.edu, no date).
Adolf Hitler wanted to cleanse Germany of the last Jew (John Toland, Adolf Hitler. London: Book Club Associates, 1977, p.116). Between 1933-1945, he passed “More than 2,000 racist laws and decrees” (“The Nazi Rise to Power”, The Nazi regime, projetaladin.org, no date) to do that. The Nazi killing machinery showed everyone he meant what he said.
Some say the fate of Europe’s Jews was sealed at a place called, Wannsee, just outside Berlin, in early 1941 (Carla Brewington, “70 Years Later, Still No Answers on the Holocaust”, algemeiner, February 24, 2017). It was here that the Holocaust’s ‘Final Solution’ for the Jews is said to have been officially created. But that fate was presaged years earlier--the moment Hitler got elected in the 1933 Reichstag elections.
By 1945, Hitler had brought to the world a modern, mechanized Jew-hatred never seen before. He had instituted an anti-Jew racism more sophisticated than anyone have ever experienced. He had made that anti-Jew racism especially toxic because he linked it to the very survival of Germany: he declared that “the primacy and self-preservation of the German race” would, essentially, forever be stillborn so long as the Jew existed (Walter Zwi Bacharach, “Antisemitism and Racism in Nazi Ideology”, yadvashem, 2007).
Hitler spilt the blood of six million Jews—including more than a million children—trying to cleanse Germany’s soul. His obsession (to ennoble Germany primarily through murdering Jews) turned the most civilized nation in the world into its most brutalizing nation. That was the Holocaust.
On April 24, 2017, all of Israel pauses to remember what Hitler wrought. The entire civilized world would be wise to remember, too. Hitler’s Jew-hate hasn’t gone away. It’s become the driving feature of the ‘Palestinian Cause’.
One might argue that murderous Jew-hate was originally planted into the Arab-Muslim psyche through Haj Amin al-Husseini (1897-1974), a vicious anti-Semite who became Islam’s Grand Mufti of Jerusalem in 1921. During World War Two, Al-Husseini spread his vicious anti-Semitism (“Slaughter the Jews wherever you find them”) from Nazi Berlin. He collaborated with Hitler. He gave Nazi-style anti-Jew radio speeches to Arabs back home. He helped Hitler organize Muslim SS units.
He hated the Jew with a true Nazi passion. The Nazis are said to have called him, “the Fuhrer of the Arab world” (“Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini”, palestinefacts.org, 2011). He more than lived up to the title.
Between 1920 and his death in 1974, al-Husseini was “unrelenting in his espousal of a virulent Judeophobic hatred as the focal tenet of his” Arab nationalism (“Voices of Palestine: Haj Amin al-Husseini”, frontpagemag, November 7, 2011). That hatred became the foundation of the ‘Palestinian Cause’. It remains the favorite theme of the ‘Cause’.
When we remember the Holocaust, we must remember that virulent, Nazi-like anti-Jew hate is still alive and well. It lives in the ‘Palestinian Cause’, where Jews are still targeted for extermination (Cheryl K. Chumley, “Hamas cleric tells Jews: ‘We will exterminate you’”, washingtontimes, July 31, 2014).
Do not forget that.