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)
Kaïfeng Jews (Honan), or chinese jews. End of the XIXe century, or begining of the XXe century. Caption read: “©JewishEncyclopedia.com” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to a recent piece in TabletMag.com, by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, it is widely believed throughout China that Jews in fact run the United States of America. Jews run the show, dominating mass media and financial markets. The author goes on to state that popular books line Chinese bookstore shelves on how to make money the ways Jews do, how to turn quick profits to be just like Jews and so on.
Now, having never been to China, much less traversed China, I have no way of definitively knowing whether or not this is accurate and factual. If it is factual, it’s kind of mind-blowing that one of the most powerful (if not the most powerful) nation on Earth has such a view of Jews that is so widespread. If it’s not true, than the speculative claims need to be clarified and corrected…but we don’t know if this is true or not.
Perhaps one of our dear readers can shed light on Chinese antisemitism? Or is it antisemitism, but misinformed adulation?
Oh, now, not our darling brothers and sisters across the pond in the United Kingdom! They can’t be racist, too, can they?
An attempt at a discrimination graphic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia). Pale, ghostly white people with no facial features and rounded shoulders need not apply!
Afraid so, at least according to a Jobs Editor, Louisa Peacock, of The Telegraph, who cites a report from a charity called Race for Opportunity.
According to the report, minorities are not only racing for opportunity, their tripping over the bodies of those who have tried to come before them and being blocked from crossing the finish line by their lighter-skinned fellow job hunters.
Here’s a link to the article referencing the report, if you are so inclined: