The danger of diluting the Holocaust

Next week marks the annual commemoration of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, as the world remembers the heinous Nazi pogrom in Germany and Austria that took place on November 9-10, 1938.

Unleashing their terrible hatred, the Germans destroyed 267 synagogues, attacked 7,000 Jewish-owned businesses, and arrested tens of thousands of Jewish men who were sent to concentration camps, all within a few hours.

Remembering this horrible event, which served as a prelude to the Holocaust, should evoke solemnity and reflection and remind us all of the unique horror perpetrated by Germany and its collaborators against the Jewish people.

But rather than bow their heads respectfully at this time of year, it seems that many prefer to dilute the memory of the Holocaust rather than dignify it.

In fact, in recent days, a wide range of people around the world have made comparisons to the Holocaust with wild abandon bordering on sheer insanity.

This is an insult not only to history itself, but especially to the 6 million Jews who were murdered. And it cannot be allowed to stand.

Take, for example, none other than the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, whose paternal family was Jewish.

In a BBC interview at the UN Climate Change conference in Glasgow, he hinted that global warming is potentially worse than the Nazi genocide, and said that leaders who fail to address environmental issues will be seen by future generations. ” in much stronger terms than we speak today of the politicians of the 1930s, of the politicians who ignored what was happening in Nazi Germany. “

Furthermore, he said, climate change “will allow genocide on an infinitely larger scale.”

After his comments sparked a storm of outrage, Welby tweeted an apology, correctly noting that “it is never correct to make comparisons to the atrocities committed by the Nazis, and I regret the offense caused to Jews by these words.”

THE DESTRUCTION of this Munich synagogue during the Kristallnacht pogroms of 1938 haunts its Jewish community to this day. (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

But this begs the question: why did you feel the need to mention the Holocaust in the first place, which has nothing to do with carbon emissions in today’s society?

Across the pond, in the US state of Kansas, a similar level of callousness was displayed when the memory of the Holocaust was exploited by opponents of a federal vaccination mandate in the most blatant terms.

Speaking to the Health Committee of the Kansas state legislature, union leader Cornell Beard compared the treatment of people who refuse to be vaccinated to that given to European Jews in the previous century.

“We’re basically saying you’re the modern Jew,” Beard told lawmakers, adding, “You’re going to wear that star … and we don’t give a damn if you complain or not.”

Surprisingly, none of the legislators present objected or protested the comparison, and one of them, State Representative Vic Miller (D) of Topeka, later said that he did not “understand the reference.”

Sadly, it appears that Holocaust images have become a popular tool in the hands of those who oppose COVID-19 vaccines around the world.

Last Saturday in Melbourne, Australia, a protester against mandatory vaccinations donned a replica of a concentration camp uniform and displayed a sign that read: “History repeats itself.” When confronted by some Jewish passersby, he refused to back down.

That same day, in the northwestern Italian city of Novara, protesters also donned Nazi-style concentration camp uniforms and some even wore numbers, a not-so-subtle reference to the way Germans tattooed them. Jews in the death camps.

And in the Netherlands, a reformist rabbi named Tamarah Benimah caused a stir when she said in a speech that while those behind the coronavirus restrictions mean well, “as a Jew, what happened in Nazi Germany is a warning to me. Everyone in power had the best of intentions. Also when they declared the Jews a danger to “public health”. Also when they declared war on the ‘virus’ of those times ”.

Not make mistakes. These kinds of statements simply demean and degrade the Holocaust, reducing it to a mere analogy.

And inevitably, the obscene and the absurd end up meeting, as when the coach of Bristol Rovers, an English football team, recently lamented the poor performance of his players in the loss of a game to “a Holocaust, a nightmare, an absolute disaster.”

It shouldn’t need to be said, but apparently it does: the Holocaust is not a topic of political conversation. Nor should it be.

The Holocaust was the systematic attempt by the Germans and their comrades to murder the Jewish people and wipe them off the face of the earth. It was the last act of evil, the worst atrocity committed in the annals of mankind.

And neither politicians nor activists have the right to invoke their sacred memory to advance their political interests.

So to all those who so whimsically cite the Holocaust, whether in relation to COVID vaccines, climate change, or football, I say: Stop. Only for.

He may mean well, but he’s just diluting the Holocaust and its lessons, which is almost as bad as denying it.

The writer is the founder and president of Shavei Israel (, which helps lost tribes and other hidden Jewish communities return to the Jewish people.

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