Krauthammer: ‘Want to truly honor the dead? Make ‘never again’ more than an empty phrase’Posted: January 30, 2015
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Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe, and in the Middle East a new Holocaust looms
Charles Krauthammer writes: Amid the ritual expressions of regret and the pledges of “never again” on Tuesday’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a bitter irony was noted: Anti-Semitism has returned to Europe. With a vengeance.
It has become routine. If the kosher-grocery massacre in Paris hadn’t happened in conjunction with Charlie Hebdo, how much worldwide notice would it have received? As little as did the murder of a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse. As little as did the terror attack that killed four at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.
“From the Jewish point of view, European anti-Semitism is a sideshow. The story of European Jewry is over. It died at Auschwitz.”
The rise of European anti-Semitism is in reality just a return to the norm. For a millennium, virulent Jew-hatred — persecution, expulsions, massacres — was the norm in Europe until the shame of the Holocaust created a temporary anomaly wherein anti-Semitism became socially unacceptable.
“Europe’s place as the center and fulcrum of the Jewish world has been inherited by Israel, now the largest Jewish community on earth.”
The hiatus is over. Jew-hatred is back, recapitulating the past with impressive zeal. Italians protesting Gaza handed out leaflets calling for a boycott of Jewish merchants. As in the 1930s. A widely popular French comedian has introduced a variant of the Nazi salute. In Berlin, Gaza brought out a mob chanting, “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone!” Berlin, mind you.
European anti-Semitism is not a Jewish problem, however. It’s a European problem, a stain, a disease of which Europe is congenitally unable to rid itself.
From the Jewish point of view, European anti-Semitism is a sideshow. The story of European Jewry is over. It died at Auschwitz. Europe’s place as the center and fulcrum of the Jewish world has been inherited by Israel, now the largest Jewish community on earth.
The threat to the Jewish future lies not in Europe but in the Muslim Middle East… (read more)
- Watch the BBC’s Harrowing Drone Flight Video Over Auschwitz (resourcemagonline.com)
- Holocaust Memorials Around The World (buzzfeed.com)
- In the 70 years since the trauma of Auschwitz, what have we learned? | Ephraim Mirvis (theguardian.com)
- Bodies of four Jews killed in Paris arrive in Israel for burial – Haaretz (haaretz.com)
- Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin remembers the Holocaust to prevent future acts of genocide (inhabitat.com)
- Prince Charles: ‘The Holocaust is an unparalleled human tragedy’ – video (theguardian.com)
- Auschwitz: enduring testament to Nazi horrors (news.yahoo.com)