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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Holocaust Remembering Day

I usually "ignore" official Holocaust Memorial or "Remembering" events. To be honest, they make me feel rather "left out." Speakers, whether first generation survivors themselves or those my age who are called "second generation"  use too much of the "we" and "our" presuming that we all have the same sort of family history. No, I'm not from one of the Jewish communities from "Arab countries" that hadn't been affected by the the Holocaust. I'm just as Ashkenazic as your typical Holocaust survivor, but all my grandparents had moved to New York in the early twentieth century. Apparently, all of their relatives who had remained in Europe were killed in the Holocaust, but I never heard anything of it while growing up.

Bell Park Gardens, Bayside, NY, was a new neighborhood built for American military veterans after World War Two. All the other parents were raised and mostly born in America, just like mine. We grew up hearing of Anna Frank's Diary and then the legendary capture of  Adolf Eichmann and his trial in real time.

Mayor Moshe Leon and two "survivors"

But last night I found myself at a Holocaust Memorial event, davka, at the home of the Mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Leon. We heard amazing stories from these two men.

I've always wondered how people could find the strength to go on with living after experiencing the hell and cruelty of the Holocaust. The one on the right didn't want to talk about how he had suffered, only how he started a new life in Israel. The one in the middle had a truly amazing story. Two neighbors helped hide him and seven relatives for four years. First they had been crowded into a specially built "double wall." They couldn't stand, walk or speak during that time. Afterwards they were moved to the basement of a preschool, where they stayed until it was safe to leave. All but one of that group made aliyah, moved to the Land of Israel, which was under British rule at the time. The British tried to keep them out.

I'm glad to have had the opportunity to hear these brave men speak.

I recorded some of the talk, and posted it to youtube. If you understand Hebrew you can listen.













4 comments:

Mr. Cohen said...

Since the theme of this blog post is the Holocaust,
these valuable quick quotes are relevant:

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Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

“Too few of Israel’s critics seem
to understand the Jewish determination
to avoid another Holocaust,
this one in Israel. Too few understand
why Israel cannot and should not trust
its survival to nations that stood idly by
while millions of innocent Jews were destroyed.

Too many nations seem willing to
have Israel take risks for an
uncertain regional peace that they
themselves are unwilling to take
for a more important world peace.”

SOURCE: Chutzpah
by Alan M. Dershowitz (chapter 7, page 248)
published in year 1991 by Little Brown & Co
ISBN: 9780316181372 ISBN: 0316181374

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Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

“…if Israel’s military power were ever
to be diminished to the point that
the combined armies of the Arab world
could defeat it, I believe there
would be another Holocaust.

No Arab dictator who could defeat Israel
and forebore from doing so would survive
the continuing frenzy for jihad
[Islamic holy war against non-Muslims].

And an Arab military victory over Israel
– unlike the Israeli victories over
the Arabs – would not result in a mere
occupation or even detention of Israeli Jews.
It would result in a mass slaughter,
designed to rid Arab holy land of Jewish intruders.

Most Jews know this, though they rarely
speak of it openly.

But then again, most Jews did not speak
openly about the Holocaust before
it happened, while it was happening,
or for several years after it was over.”

SOURCE: Chutzpah by Alan M. Dershowitz
(chapter epilogue, page 352) published in year 1991,
by Little Brown & Co ISBN: 9780316181372 ISBN: 0316181374

===================================
Mr. Patrick Condell said:

“…if the Israelis were to lay down
their weapons, they would be massacred
- men, women and children alike."

SOURCE: Why I Support Israel
A YouTube video by Pat Condell, 2014 June 18
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHC8KC5cLs8

complete transcript of this YouTube video:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/09/why-i-support-israel-by-pat-condell.html

MICROBIOGRAPHY:
Mr. Pat Condell is an atheist,
who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE,
and raised in England as a Roman Catholic,
and educated in Church of England schools.
He has no Jewish ancestors and no religious
beliefs that might cause him to favor Jews.

Mr. Cohen said...

Mr. Patrick Condell said:

“It is often said, because it is true,
that if the Arabs laid down their weapons,
there would be peace; [but] if the Jews
laid down their weapons, they would be
massacred, because the Arabs
(that’s the Muslims Arabs for all you
hair-splitters out there) don’t want peace,
they want the Jews DEAD.”

SOURCE: Useful Idiots for Palestine
a YouTube video by Mr. Pat Condell, 2011 November 4
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeGYAfh9A1k

complete transcript of this YouTube video:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/09/useful-idiots-for-palestine.html

MICROBIOGRAPHY:
Mr. Pat Condell is an atheist,
who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE,
and raised in England as a Roman Catholic,
and educated in Church of England schools.
He has no Jewish ancestors and no religious
beliefs that might cause him to favor Jews.

===================================

Professor Abraham H. Miller said:

“AIPAC and other pro-Israel organizations exist,
in part, to ensure that Israel maintains a competitive
military and technological edge so that the
Arabs don’t overrun it and commit the
second Holocaust they repeatedly promise…”

SOURCE:
Progressive calls for Jews to support Rep. Ilhan Omar
by Abraham H. Miller 2019 February 20
www.jns.org/opinion/progressive-calls-for-jews-to-support-rep-ilhan-omar/

MICROBIOGRAPHY: Abraham H. Miller
is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science,
University of Cincinnati, and a distinguished fellow with
the news and public-policy group Haym Salomon Center.

Batya said...

oh, yes

Mr. Cohen said...

Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

The security of Israel is not assured.

Israel is the only nation in the world
whose very existence is threatened
by enemies, external and internal,
supported by a majority of the United Nations.

It is the only nation in the world whose
national movement, Zionism, has been
declared a form of racism by the United Nations.

It is the only nation in the world threatened
by genocidal war, the purpose of which
is not military victory alone, but extermination.


The genocide of Israel’s Jewish population
– a population roughly the size of the Polish Jewish
population at the beginning of World War II –
is not an unrealistic nightmare.

Nothing today prevents it other than Israel’s
military superiority over the combined
Arab armies and terrorist organizations.

If the Arab armies and terrorists were
capable of defeating Israel, destroying
its Jewish population, and “reclaiming”
ALL of current Israel, there can be
little doubt that they would try to do so.

Indeed, if any Arab leader were militarily
capable of destroying Israel, but refrained
from doing so, he would be replaced
by someone who would at least try.

...Although there are some moderate voices
within the Palestinian and Arab movements,
these voices are listened to only because Israel
is too strong today to be defeated totally.

SOURCE: Chutzpah
by Alan M. Dershowitz (chapter 7, page 247)
published in year 1991 by Little Brown & Co
ISBN: 9780316181372 * ISBN: 0316181374