If a netherworld truly exists, then its most infamous denizen, one Adolf Hitler,
must be rubbing his hands in glee. During his lifetime, when he preoccupied the
entire world with his war, he never ceased to proclaim hysterically that his
paramount aim was annihilating all Jews. Obsessively he reiterated his resolve
to cause all nations to unite in recognition of inborn Jewish
To some extent he already succeeded among his contemporaries.
The Allies never sincerely cared about Jews and never fought for them. They
protected their own skins. Europe’s Jews were eventually liberated via the
much-belated byproduct of Germany’s defeat. The enormity of the Holocaust could
have been lessened, but it was nobody’s priority.
indifference derived from their own Judeophobia, albeit of lower grade than the
Nazi variety. Mere months before World War II’s outbreak, when the Holocaust was
about to be kick-started, Britain published its notorious White Paper ruling out
this country as a viable asylum for refugees from Hitler’s hell. Germany’s Jews
were already shorn of citizenship and fleeing, stateless, in all
directions. Hitler’s threats were well recorded, shouted in the world’s
face and hardly kept secret.
The White Paper encompassed all the dubious
goodwill the international community could reluctantly muster, lest “changes on
the ground” occur that might rile Arabs in and around the Jewish
YET THE fault wasn’t Britain’s alone. Hitler tauntingly
invited all democracies to take his Jews, if they were so fretful about them. He
knew that for all their self-righteous rhetoric, these states wouldn’t accept
his provocative challenge. After 1938’s Anschluss
, their representatives met in
Evian-les-Bains, on Lake Geneva’s French shore, to decide what to do with
Nazism’s desperate victims, pounding on their gates in search of sanctuary. They
never even called them Jews, lest they incur the fuehrer’s wrath.
turned into a great Jew-rejection fest. Britain bristled at any hint of
allowing refugees into Eretz Yisrael, mandated to it to administer as the Jewish
National Home. Progenitors of today’s Palestinian terrorists made sure
endangered Jews wouldn’t be sheltered, and His Majesty’s government appeasingly
The vast empty spaces of Canada, Australia and New Zealand were
The American humanitarianism of Franklin Roosevelt,
who unreservedly shared the predispositions of his European counterparts,
consisted of tossing the undesirable hot potato into the international arena,
because Jews weren’t wanted in the Land of the Free, either.
toyed with the notion of shipping German Jews to Ethiopia or Central Africa. The
UK favored the jungles of Venezuela or Central America. Mussolini changed
direction northward. Instead of exposing Berlin’s urbane Jews to the
rigors of the tropics, he opined that the Siberian arctic might be a preferable
The competition was on: who’d suggest a more remote and less
hospitable exile in which to dump those whom the British Foreign Office
shamelessly labeled “unwanted Jews.”
The motivation wasn’t much more
beneficent than Hitler’s initial choice of Madagascar.
These were the
seeds. Once war erupted, all attempts to rescue Jews were rejected. The
Allies couldn’t even be bothered to bomb the railways into Auschwitz or the
crematoria therein, though they did drop leaflets at a POW camp
MADDENINGLY, IF he could peek into our reality today, a gloating
Hitler would discern a world which had turned against the Jewish state in almost
knee-jerk unison. The sovereign Jewish aggregate is treated like a
despised pariah among the nations.
Pro forma none of this bears Third
Reich hallmarks. The cynical pretense is that of enlightenment and benevolent
antagonism to Nazism. The sappy “universalist” lesson learned from the Holocaust
suggests that history’s greatest premeditated crime wasn’t particularized but
had something nebulous to do with human nature and hate for nameless
The identity of both victims and perpetrators has conveniently
been scrapped from history – the Jewishness of the six million and the Germanic
faces of their murderers. A convenient mythology of German victimhood and lack
of culpability is now the prevalent liberal theme. Holocaust atrocities
were committed by indeterminate Martians called Nazis. Something bad
happened about which nobody knew and for which nobody is
That essentially was the recurrent refrain of Pope Benedict
XVI’s frosty homily at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2006. To hear the bishop of Rome,
no occupied country colluded in deporting its Jews, none spawned greedy looters
and collaborators, while the occupiers themselves were an alien band of no
distinct ethnicity, known generically as Nazis, or, in his words, “a ring of
Germany found itself embroiled in the unpleasantness almost
incidentally. Gone from public discourse is the fiendish underside of German
Jew-revulsion (the very term anti-Semitism was minted in 19th-century Germany).
(Jew-sow) was, for example, a shocking popular cultural mainstay of
German religious and institutional artwork from medieval days and beyond. It’s
still proudly exhibited on cathedrals, churches and public
Most notable is the bas relief on the Wittenberg Stadtkirche,
where Martin Luther preached. Luther himself commented: “Here on our church in
Wittenberg a sow is sculpted in stone. Piglets and Jews lie suckling under
her... A rabbi lifts her hind leg, holding her tail high and looking intensely
under her tail and into her Talmud, as though reading something acute or
extraordinary, which is certainly where they get their ShemHaMphoras [God’s
The roots of the Holocaust are embedded deep in
Germany’s psyche and cannot be explained away as mere aversion to foreigners.
Analogies to Islamophobia are spurious. Jews resided in Germany from the dawn of
its history and were more Germanized than Germans. They were hardly outsiders
and certainly not Germany’s enemies.
And yet the past is conveniently
shunted aside. At the very most, Jews and Germans are viewed as players
inadvertently cast in given roles as the genocide drama unfolded. These roles,
we’re told, are eminently interchangeable.
BY UNIVERSALISM’S distorted
yardstick, bloodstained Germany can under fortuitous circumstances transform
into spotless, progressive New Germany, while Jews (whose life-affirming,
justice-affirming and peace-affirming ethos is the antithesis of what Germany
generated) can become the New Nazis.
This has seeped into Israel’s
discourse, too. Political-correctness purveyors make sure we don’t dwell on our
fears of falling victim to a new genocide but that we admonish ourselves for
being potential New Nazis – vis-à-vis genocidal Arabs, illegal infiltrators and
even elderly Holocaust survivors.
Instead of teaching our young not to
count on the conscience of other nations, we inculcate in them sensitivity to
the demoralizing narratives of those who slander the Jewish
Self-flagellating demagoguery reigns supreme among us,
painting ourselves blacker than black, while absolving our enemies of any sin
(foremost the inimical descendants of Nazism’s avid Arab
If Holocaust Remembrance Day obliges us to anything, it
is to see the Holocaust again through Jewish eyes and resist universalism’s
toxic saccharine. Otherwise, Hitler will have won. Syrupy sanctimony demonizes
our national revival and simultaneously dulls our vigilance in the face of
threats from Hitler’s Islamic torchbearers.www.sarahhonig.com
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