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Monday, April 25, 2016

Is There Another Holocaust on The Horizon?

Anne Frank pictured in 1940
Adolf Eichmann
Unlike many of my peers of Jewish Ashkenaz-European background, I wasn't raised with any Holocaust awareness, stories, survivors etc. You can stress the "awareness," because I knew absolutely nothing about targeted Jewish death/murder in Europe during World War Two until the Diary of Anne Frank got a lot of publicity when made into a movie in the late 1950's and after that the Eichmann capture and Trial at around the same time. There may have been some earlier mentions in Hebrew School, but I did not feel particularly connected.

Last week, just before Passover, when I was sitting shiva for my father, many of the comforters who came to the shiva were surprised that my paternal grandfather's family, the Spiegelman's of Neshelsk/Nasielsk, Poland had moved lock, stock and barrel to New York well before Hitler had taken over Germany. My father and his two siblings had grown up with two sets of grandparents, also his mother's parents and most of his aunts (and families) had left Rogotshov, Belarus, well before the Holocaust, and lots of cousins on both sides.

So many other Jewish families are plagued and haunted by stories of grandparents, great-grandparents who refused to read the writing on the wall, were opposed to Zionism and even refused the precious visas that their relatives had gotten for them to facilitate moving away from Europe. They refused to recognize the dangers that were sprouting around them. There had to be some GD given wisdom in my great-grandparents to have made the decision to leave.

Deja vu...  Today, when I read the news I see that the future will only get worse for Jews all over the world.  It is so obvious to me. The "best" universities in the United States delegitimize the State of Israel, support BDS and Arab terrorism against us, and that includes me personally and all my family and friends. Nobody today is surprised when yet another antisemitic/anti-Israel statement comes of the United Nations and other international and foreign bodies. We all shrug our shoulders; so, what else is new? We've lost the ability to be shocked at the antipathy that Isrel suffers from all the time all over the world. Another Israeli official is threatened by a foreign country with a lawsuit for alleged terror? Big deal, not the first time.

We shouldn't let these things roll off like liquid on teflon. We should be fighting it and World Jewry should be on their way home to the HolyLand!! 


Neshama said...

My first reaction is anger and the desire to hit back in some way, but then I remember that Mashiach is nearly here and when He does come the remnant of Am Yisrael will be weeping uncontrolably – – – out of joyful relief, finally that our enemies will have gotten their due. Like at Yam Suf, we were exuberant over the destruction of the evil mitzriim that tortured us. The world cannot go on this way any longer, Mashiach is poised to do what needs to be done.

Jeff Neckonoff said...

99% of Ashkenazi Jews in America (including all my 8 great grandparents and their families)came here from Poland/Russsia in the years between 1900 & 1921. It had nothing to do with ruach hakodesh. It was to have a better life. Some did leave due to pogroms.

I disagree with your premise that the United States will turn on the Jews like Germany did.

I love Israel, but if all of us moved there, it would be ever so easy to wipe us all out with two or three nuclear bombs.

Anonymous said...

The comment by Neshama hit the mark! Right on! No more holcausts for the Bnei Yisrael - Moshiach is on his way, hopefully around the corner. The Jews of the diaspora are the ones who are in most danger, but those with true emunah and bitachon in H' will all be saved. Jews, religious and secular, have so distanced themselves from true Judaism, that it's hard for them to even fathom the coming of Moshiach; they will be in for a big surprise - so wake up, yiddelach.

Marcel Cousineau said...

A conversation between Jews in Germany, November 9, 1935

What happened to the Christians in Armenia at the hands of the genocidal Turks could never happen here in Germany, we're much more civilized then they are.
We German Jews are citizens and we have a government of laws, and we are much more advanced, liberal culture, unlike Turkey.

So we have come to the conclusion that Germany will not turn on the Jews like the Turks turned on the Armenians.
It's not possible.

Batya Medad said...

In Germany people didn't believe it could happen
Sins are from meb's free will

Garnel Ironheart said...

Unless you realize that in an age of nuclear weapons, putting most of the world's Jews together in one small strip of land actually increases the change of someone trying to pull off another Shoah

Batya Medad said...

You can imagine any sort of doomsday if detrrmined.

NancyB said...

Excellent article!

Batya Medad said...

Thank you