Could the Holocaust, or an event similar to it, occur again in modern times?
It’s a question many have mocked, called “impossible,” or refused to even acknowledge, yet surely the sociological and psychological factors that fueled the rise of antisemitism prior to World War II existed long before the Holocaust, and has of course survived long after.
Just as many white people don’t feel comfortable discussing slavery and racism in America, those who fanned the flames of antisemitism or have doubts as to whether or not the Holocaust actually occurred (despite the mountains of actual empirical evidence and eye-witness testimony under oath) may not want to acknowledge, that as sad and as unfortunate as it may be, antisemitism and European culture seem to be an inseparable couple with a long history of quarreling and then reuniting during tough economic conditions.
In an interesting piece by Sara Farris of Al Jazeera, the author discusses possible commonalities between the rise of antisemitism prior to the Holocaust and the recent rise of Isalmaphobia.
Is there a causal relationship? Personally, I don’t see it materializing yet. But “yet” is a big word when discussing the spread of racism and discrimination.
You tell me.
English: Rows of bodies fill the yard of Lager Nordhausen, a Gestapo concentration camp. עברית: שורות של גופות מאות אסירים בחצר מחצה הריכוז נורדהאוזן. בתמונה נראות פחות ממחצית הגופות של האסירים שמתו ברעב או ביריות אנשי הגסטפו. Italiano: File di cadaveri di prigionieri riempiono il cortile del lager di Nordhausen, un campo di concentramento dalla Gestapo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cover of The Diary of Anne Frank
You’d think after all the Holocaust movies, all the kids forced to read the “Diary of Anne Frank” (and rightfully so), Americans would know about the Holocaust, know that it must have occured to have video, textual and eye-witness verification. But apparently eating too much junk food erodes brain matter, at least in the US where the school system has been on the skids for decades now.
An article from “The Jewish Week” tells us that not only is the future dark, it’s also dumb as a post. The article cites an ADL (Anti Defamation League) poll indicating that “Anti-Semitic stereotypes are so pervasive that fully 26 percent of adults surveyed worldwide — representing an estimated 1.09 billion adults — are ‘deeply infected,’ even though 70 percent have never met a Jew.”
Anti-Semitism (the hatred of Jews and Jewish culture) is so rampant and widespread that almost every person who isn’t a Jew thinks Jews are all rich or somehow members in an NWO type of secret society that rules the planet (or at least the US) behind closed doors, the poll seems to indicate.
Yes, I’m exaggerating somewhat for the sake of pointing out extreme views that aren’t based on reality or factual support (who needs that?), but it’s quite shocking for any Jew to read and certainly for non-Jews to read and understand. We don’t all rule the world, have huge sums of cash (Interrace Today would be alot slicker and get alot more hits I can assure you if that were the case) or sit around counting pennies all day long.
It’s a rather disheartening poll to say the least but one nonetheless that everyone should read and be aware of.
Austin Anti-Defamation League Presents: True Colors – Celebrate Diversity, See With Your Heart (Photo credit: Do512.com). Oy vey!