Yom Hashoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is Erev Yom Hashoah, the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.  In Israel, it is a poignant moment honored by every citizen (or at least, every Jewish citizen).  In the rest of the world, it is a moment to be forgotten, ignored, or denied.

Back in the 1930s, no one could believe that the Germans, considered the most civilized and advanced of all Europeans, could become so bestial.

The tragedy today is that, when we look at the Islamists, we’ve already seen how bestial they are, and still nobody believes their oft repeated goal of reinstating the Holocaust.

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Long ago, Tacitus said “Proprium humani ingenii est odisse quem laeseris. (It is a principle of human nature to hate those whom you have injured.)” Or as people have more recently noted, the Europeans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz.

UPDATED: Thanks to Sadie for reminding me that I wanted to include a video showing just how strongly Israelis feel about Yom Hashoah’s two minutes of silence. Can you imagine Americans coming to a halt this way?

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Without hate, most people will refuse to hurt another human being. Only special cases exist where another emotion or motivation has taken that place.


    And for a moment the world stops to remember as the sirens wail.

    • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

      Sadie:  Thank you for that.  I’d meant to include a video of Israel coming to a halt, which is incredibly moving, but by the time I published (after umpteen interruptions from everyone), I’d forgotten.

      • SADIE

        The first time I heard the sirens, witnessed the throngs of people existing their vehicles and standing in solemn grace and silence, I realized that the collective conscience of Israelis was intact. It truly is the Holy Land.

        • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

          Yes.  That notion of a “collective conscience” is a deeply important one.  We in America seem to have lost that.

          • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

            Consciences are only individual. Social authority and morality substitute internal judgment for external obedience to morality as determined by society. Israel’s society is merely bound by different philosophical, cultural, and religious ideas.
            It is in no way superior to an individual’s conscience. An individual wouldn’t have allowed the Palestinians to exist for 50 years killing their children, after all. Only a society, and the obedience to that society, can command people to suffer this and be glad that they are “better” than the so called Palis.

  • http://conservativlib.wordpress.com/ eric-odessit

    I have to apologize for posting a comment that is not directly related to the topic of your post, although it is related to the Holocaust and its history.  I just could not find any other way to send you an e-mail to attract your attention to what I am about to tell.
    I recently watched a documentary called “The Soviet Story”.  Here is the link to the movie’s official site:
    This film tell about the origins of the genocidal ideology and proves that comes from the Left (from Marx).  It also tells about cooperation between 2 most evil regimes in European history – Hitler’s and Stalin’s.  This story needs to be told as much as possible because it exposes the Leftist collectivist ideology for what it is: murderous and anti-human.  In fact, it turns out that the Soviets murdered many more people than the Nazis.  The main difference was that the Soviets were “equal opportunity” murderers: they did not concentrate on specific ethnic groups like Jews and Gypsies.
    The film is mostly in English, but it also has some Russian speakers and a couple of people who speak Latvian.  It has English subtitles for that.  It is available from places like Amazon, also can be watched for free here:
    I sincerely hope that you might be able to watch this documentary and post the information about it on your blog: this story needs to be told.
    Best regards,

    • SADIE

      Here’s a story that may never be told. USSR/Russia before and after WWII – nothing has changed.
      Spring 2010
      “Pavel Stroilov, a Russian exile in London, has on his computer 50,000 unpublished, untranslated, top-secret Kremlin documents, mostly dating from the close of the Cold War. He stole them in 2003 and fled Russia. Within living memory, they would have been worth millions to the CIA; they surely tell a story about Communism and its collapse that the world needs to know. Yet he can’t get anyone to house them in a reputable library, publish them, or fund their translation. In fact, he can’t get anyone to take much interest in them at all.”


      • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

        People like Horo and his communist professor friends that are expert authoritarians on the Soviets, like to keep the competition and riff raff out. As they have access to a higher truth that they don’t want be challenged from. Same applies to Dana West.
        Just as people didn’t know even 10% of what the Leftist alliance was doing in the dawn of the 21st century, what people thought they knew about the Soviet Union was on similar scales of order.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    In reference to totalitarianism and the German way of saying Papier, Bitte (papers, please at every military, paramilitary, civilian, and civilian Hitler youth checkpoint).
    That’s an example of a game created as art. Not all artists are individuals beholden to One Man, One Will, Death to Tyranny kind of thinking, but the true artists are like that. The reader reviews at the bottom should give you a good encapsulation of what they have achieved with that low graphics, independently funded, pc game.
    This connects back to what Book was saying about indoctrinated youths being exposed to mental simulation games. The Left uses a special kind of propaganda, what I call limited freedom propaganda, that slots a rat down a pre chosen route and has it end in death, tragedy, or stupidity. True art, however, must provide for unlimited or metaphysical, choices. Due to humanity being diverse, if an artist can only draw a reaction, a single one, out of people, then that is limited. If an artist can draw different reactions from all kinds of humans, then that is the Truth in and of itself. The truth is that being explicit and direct is tanjun, or simplistic, and does not cover all the shades of individual differences in humanity. It is the Left’s method of selective free will, as in the illusion of free will where the slaves think they are free yet everyone thinks alike, dresses alike, says the same things, and thinks the same allowed thoughts.

  • Jose

    A couple days ago I watched the documentary No Place on Earth on, if I remember, the History Channel.  It was an amazing true story of a small group of Ukrainian Jews who hid from the Nazis, and their own neighbors, until the Russian invasion.  They spent about a year and a half hiding in caves for the most part.  They also resorted to bribery and subterfuge when necessary.  They eventually made it out to Canada and the US, and the several of the survivors speak through the film.  I highly recommend it.

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