The Abuse of Holocaust Memory

In 1945 US General, Dwight D. Eisenhower when inspecting the horrors of the holocaust death camps famously said:

"Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses -because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.”

That moment has long since past. And although it is important to keep in mind that there are many false claims made today, such as the one that asserts that all Muslims deny the holocaust, and  myriad emails ceaselessly circumnavigating the globe that allege that British schools had banned teaching the holocaust for fear of insulting Muslims,  more recently there has indeed been a move in this direction. Ostensibly, according to Lord Baker of Dorking, this is because “It doesn’t really make us favourably disposed for a start, present-day Germany.”

That there are many who would deny or water down the holocaust is, however, without doubt. Should Christians today concern themselves with this or should these horrors of the past be relegated to ancient history?

In his Introduction to the E-Book pictured above left, Abraham H. Foxman says:

In my lifetime of work combating anti-Semitism, hatred, and bigotry of all kinds, I have been committed to overcoming these stubborn ingrained ills of society first by forthrightly identifying them and presenting the truth and then by activating and enlisting the support of good people who respect the truth to join me in the struggle against prejudice. In 2003, I wrote:

Within living memory, we’ve seen what can happen when a nation or a continent experiences an unrestrained outbreak of anti-Semitism. The Jews of the world – and all people of goodwill who share their desire for a just and free society – learned a series of critical lessons from the tragic history of the twentieth century.

Today we understand how important it is to recognize the emergence of new forms of anti-Semitism so that we can warn the world and stave off the worst effects. If we are to succeed in overcoming the atmosphere of permissiveness that has made it so much easier to diminish the meaning and lessons of the Holocaust, we must be able to clearly describe the phenomena of Holocaust denial, distortion, and abuse we face daily. As leaders in the fight against anti-Semitism, the ADL recognizes the need to have the best means possible to achieve that success. . ." 

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