Does Education Fuel Anti-Antisemitism? – Forward.com:
There is a psychology about Holocaust Studies that is fixated so exclusively on Jews that even the authors of this study did not even think about including it.
They manifest their own version of this error in a slight wave of the hand toward the end of the article:
It actually doesn’t seem very complicated. While there has been a resurgence of Jewish communities in some German cities, the Jews are still alien beings to most Germans. Help people feel the presence of those who once lived among them, reduce the “Otherness” of the Jews — as well as Roma, gay men and lesbians, and other Nazi victims — and the systematic machinery of extermination becomes an affront to everyone.
Note that even the paragraph that mentions all the other victims of Nazi brutality makes them afterthoughts deserving of just incidental mention.
Therein lies that grandiose error of not just all the Holocaust studies that I have seen, but in Hollywood World War Two movies, and even all the multitude of studies about “anti-Antisemitism” in general.
The evil of groups of people attacking other groups is not limited to one group!
In World War Two it was not limited to Jews, either!
We are taught that there were just as many NON-Jews who were massacred in Nazi Germany as there were Jews.
The author mentions “Gypsies, homosexuals, and other Nazi victims” and fails to enumerate those “other Nazi victims”, and that is a BIG OMISSION!
The FIRST Nazi victims were the handicapped, Hitler’s “useless eaters”. Forgotten in that list is also the fact that the homosexuals of the Brownshirts were even used in extreme violence during the 1930s before Hitler allowed the military to eliminate them as a rival armed power.
Sure, Hitler got the Germans fixated mostly on the Jews but it wasn’t just the Jews, it included non-Aryans, non-Germanics, non-Nordics. “Everybody else”.
And not just racial types either. The general population is now just discovering that the SS was an occult organization and its official ceremonies were pagan flashbacks to ancient Teutonic religions.
The fixation on the “Jewishness” of the Holocaust does a great disservice to both history and to Jews themselves.
For Jews, because it misses one important lesson. This narrative provides an immunization against realizing that Jews themselves, or that some Jews, can also fall victim to the same malady of “anti-Semitism”, that is, despising “otherness”, or even the idea that the lesson cannot be applied to Jews or Israelis as brutalizers.
This leads to a psychosis of sorts that feeds a need to label extreme criticisms of Israeli policy, for example, as “psychosis” itself, and a need to justify Zionism as if its principles were not subject to question at all.
The fact that the most devout among Jews are among the ones who question militant Zionism, or question the “Jewishness” of the state of Israel, is testimony that all such issues are not so clearly defined, and using terms like “Jew flu” only help preserve the confusion in the minds of the victims of the popular “Holocaust” mentality.
The author lamented that his unquestionably devout and Kosher Jewish friends tend to treat lightly the brutal crimes against Israelis by Palestinians.
What he misses is the opportunity for the lessons of the Holocaust that would lead to equally serious outcry against Jewish participation, or complicity, in atrocities like Sabra and Shatila, or consideration of the history of Deir Yassin, obliterated in an Irgun and Stern Gang operation.
Those were incidents worthy of a Nuremberg-like trial, mass murders of civilians, women, children, and unarmed men, and in the case of Deir Yassin, a town that had been friendly to Jews that had declared neutrality in the battles between Jews and Arabs of 1948.
Fixation of the Jewish lessons of the Holocaust miss not only the equal importance for the non-Jewish victims of Hitler’s Nazis, but tend to make light of atrocities perpetrated against other victims for their ethnicity or race or religion, and distort discussions of matters Jewish.
The biggest lesson of the Holocaust is to watch for the signs that in 1930s Germany led up to the massacres, and the lessons we learn from other genocides of recent centuries.
The Armenians in Turkey, some villagers in Bosnia, and millions of Christians in Soviet Russia and in Mao’s China are also examples of brutal mass murders that deserve attention.
Let us remember also that the historical brutalities committed in Europe against Jews were also inflicted upon Christians, and sometimes with more ferocity. Bible-believing Christians who protested the hierarchy were burned at the stake possibly in greater numbers than the Jews were over the centuries.
Blaming Christians for “the Holocaust” is a mistake akin to blaming Jews for something they have nothing to do with. It was two nations that were still culturally and spiritually Christian who gave their own lives by the millions to stop the madness, it wasn’t just Schindler and the neglected heroes like Bonhoeffer of the Christian clergy who denounced the evils of the day.
And one last thought.
The fixation in the United States with the need to support Israel is an example of how this kind of thing may be actually harmful to the interests of Israel.
The United States has provided twice or three times as much aid in the Middle East to Israel’s enemies as it does to Israel itself, and the aid to Israel also stunts their own self-defense capabilities because there are always understandings and strings that come along with such aid. Israel not only is capable of building its own impressive nuclear arsenal, but could build its own aircraft, but instead purchases American-made jets and armaments.
The aid to surrounding hostile nations is given in the hope of helping them exercise restraint, but is also used for military acquisitions by countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
This is the view of Rafi Farber, a Ron Paul supporter who manages the website World of Judaica:
(Disclaimer: I suspect he would have some objection to some of my points in this article)
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.-Romans 12:18