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Holocaust Memorial Day: A Horrifying Reminder of Where Prejudice and Intolerance Can Lead, VIDEO

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And despite the events that took place 70 years ago, you only have to watch the news to know that the hatred that created the Holocaust did not end with the Nazis. anti-Semitism still exists, and horrifyingly, is on the rise. Just this month a man


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Animae C (507)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 5:09 am
We must NEVER forget!


The semiquaver chugging of the train on the track
And the people on board who will never go back
And the terror in the eyes of all the young ones to go
With no one knowing as the train comes to slow

Those men at the station as the ramps drop down
Where humanity lost is the only crippled sound
Hope gone for those who stand behind the hard sharp wire
And the smoke in the towers rises just a little higher

And the blue ink stabs a little harder in the skin
Above the veins of despair where murder let it in
And the terror in the eyes of all those about to leave
Another train on the track no last minute reprieve

And the slow, cro...chet chugging of the train on the track;
And the people on board. Who will ne...ver go


By Charles N Whittaker

Beatrice B (112)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 5:10 am

Last year the Tower of London hosted the incredibly powerful art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red to commemorate the centenary of the World War One. To think that an event that took place one hundred years ago, an event that no one is now here to remember, could move more than 5 million to visit, struck a chord.

It made me think about our challenge at the Holocaust Educational Trust. For we are only too aware that it will not be very long before we are also marking one hundred years since the end of the Holocaust. For many people, visiting the art installation at the Tower was a personal pilgrimage, a way to remember family members who fought in the World War One. I began to wonder if people in Britain will feel the same way about the Holocaust in 30 years time. How will we identify with something that happened so long ago, something that most people have no family connection to at all? With only one exception, no Britons were murdered in the Holocaust. So there is a temptation to say, what does this have to do with us? And beyond this, even if it does have something to do with us, haven’t we all, around the world, said enough about the Holocaust?

There are some who strongly believe that learning about the Holocaust now, 70 years later, won’t change anything. It won’t bring back the six million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered by the Nazis and it won’t turn back the clock to prevent the subsequent genocides that have happened since. So, they say, isn’t it time to leave the past in the past?

It’s easy to see why this would be a compelling argument for a proud people, who may be looking to relinquish the role of the victim and write a new chapter of history in which they are defined by great confidence and strength.

But the fact is, despite this, there are many reasons why we must remember the Holocaust. Above all else, we have a duty to remember six million people – all of whom had lives, families, communities and stories of their own – and who were ruthlessly murdered at the hands of the Nazis. We should remember because the Holocaust altered our global landscape, and because even today the consequences of it continue to reverberate throughout our society.
And despite the events that took place 70 years ago, you only have to watch the news to know that the hatred that created the Holocaust did not end with the Nazis. anti-Semitism still exists, and horrifyingly, is on the rise. Just this month a man walked into a kosher supermarket in Paris and murdered four people, because they were Jews. Here on the streets of Britain, over 300 antisemitic incidents were recorded in July alone and reports have emerged of posters promoting Holocaust Memorial Day events being vandalised in East London. None of us are under any illusion that Holocaust education is a "cure-all" for anti-Semitism, but it is a powerful reminder of where that intolerance and prejudice can lead.

This year we mark 70 years since the end of the World War Two and the liberation of the camps. 70 years since the horrors of the Holocaust came to the attention of the world. 70 years since the survivors, finally liberated after years of imprisonment, starvation and torture, started to return home from the camps, to find that nothing was left. 70 years since the world first pledged that we would never forget.

On 27 January, we mark one of the most significant anniversaries in our calendars – the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. We remember the Soviet army entering the camp, seeing the evidence of the destruction and mass murder, and finding few survivors there to liberate. The majority of prisoners who entered the camp were gassed on arrival, and those who had any strength left had already been evacuated on one of the many "death marches" – forced by the Nazis to march to other camps within Germany and Austria to avoid the approaching Allied armies. The sick were left in the camp, with little food or drink and no medical supplies, and less than seven thousand were still alive when the Soviets arrived. Those who were forced on marches were starving, freezing, and were beaten if they stumbled, shot if they stopped. Many thousands of survivors of the marches ended up at Bergen-Belsen, where horrific overcrowding and sanitary conditions lead to huge numbers of fatalities before the arrival of the British Army, who liberated the camp on 15th April 1945.

Why should we remember the Holocaust? As Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel said: “if we forget, the dead will be killed a second time and then they are today’s victims.”. To honour the memory of those six million men, women and children who perished, to ensure that they are their stories are not forgotten, we must continue to remember.

Beatrice B (112)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 5:12 am
By Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust

David C (80)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 5:20 am
thank you. never again....for any group...

ALLEN G (19)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 6:13 am
Thank you Beatrice .

Barbara K (61)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 6:34 am
The world must never forget, and never let it happen again anywhere.

Gillian M (11)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 6:43 am
We all say never again but it is happening in our life time and people turn a blind eye. We are seeing the media reporting anti-Semitism so IT MUST be far worse than we are aware of!

This is also happening in the Middle East with the Coptic Christians and the silence is deafening.

. (0)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 9:34 am
Lest we ''forget'', i.e. 'succeed' in denying/repressing/ignoring/apologizing/'rationalizing' in order to continue the atrocities of human evil:

the Fourth Reich --i.e. the current capitalFa$ci$t globalized-on-gun-and-cruise-missile-point $y$tem-- is easily murdering more people PER YEAR (even not counting e.g. deaths from Cancer, (radioactive) poisoning, or those inflicted on future generations, e.g. by GW, and such) than the Third Reich in all the years its sorry existence. That's *human* people; let's not even start considering what it is doing to other species!
recmommended reading: N. Finkelstein - "The Holocaust Industry: The Abuse of Jewish Victims" 2000
" It is a poor service to the memory of the victims of the holocaust to adopt [the methods] of their murderers. "
-- N. Chomsky, quoted in "Manufacturing Consent"

Tuesday January 27, 2015, 10:38 am
Given the country you apparently emanate from and the arch villain that your country produced I guess you have to come up with a bunch of twaddle to ameliorate the crimes of your dark past.

Tuesday January 27, 2015, 10:39 am
That above remark applies to the weird el Lobo above!

P. L. Neola (21)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 11:07 am
Anti-Semitism is on the rise and has been since the 1970s.

When France, which desired to be THE LEADER of an Islamic Empire, and eight other countries signed contracts—or made commitments—with specific Arab nations for crude oil products, they agreed to intensify anti-Semitism in Europe by way of the media and universities and eventually through the Churches.

The United States stood with Israel until President Carter’s time. Unfortunately, the oil embargos of the 1970s affected the United States international political stance with Israel. We were being punished by the oil nations for our stance with the Nation of Israel. Shortly after the embargos and the Iranian hostage situation, the United States began walking away from Israel, and WE WERE WRONG TO DO SO!!!

Since the 1970s, the Arab nations, especially, Saudi Arabia, have been influencing and manipulating our media and universities. Now, these countries are trying to influence our churches!!!

Those churches that abandon Israel will feel God’s presence leaving them as well, because the Hebrew race is God’s people, the Nation State of Israel is God’s promised design, as well as Jerusalem being God’s Holy City. These PROMISES or COVENANTS made between God and the Hebrews—Abraham and King David—were eternal, meaning “FOR EVER,” as stated several times in the Holy Bible!!!


P. L. Neola (21)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 11:09 am
“Clearly we should be worrying.
I find the amount of money pouring into U.S. universities from the radical Wahhabi Saudis as revealing as it is distressing. As of this writing, the extent of influence peddling that has taken place is as follows: King Fahd has donated $20 million to set up a Middle Eastern studies program at the University of Arkansas; $5 million was donated to UC Berkeley’s program by two Saudi sheikhs linked to al Qaeda. Harvard received $22.5 million, and $28.1 million has gone to Georgetown. …
And now back to the list of Saudi funding: $11 million to Cornell; $5 million to MIT; $1.5 million to Texas A&M; $1 million to Princeton. Rutgers received a $5 million chair endowment, as did Columbia, which tried to conceal the source of funds. Other recipients of Saudi-tainted monies include Santa Barbara, John Hopkins University, Rice University, American University, the University of Chicago, USC, UCLA, Duke University, Syracuse University, Howard University, and countless others. We pump the gas; they pump their way into the hearts and minds of young freshman.
These endowed chairs give the Saudis ultimate power to influence the curriculum taught to vulnerable American students. This curriculum is typically anti-Western, anti-Christian, and anti-Semitic. What better way to combat the war on radical Islam and pave its way for its takeover of a culture than fifth column psychological warfare. It’s a great opportunity to openly fund some dawah (persuasion and reason) accomplished by taqiyya (lying and deception) protected by the right to academic free speech and endorsed by the boards of directors of U.S. colleges!”
—Brigitte Gabriel, author of Because They Hate: A Survivor Of Islamic Terror Warns America, and founder of ACT for America

“Here is an important distinction: it is not that they [young Muslim students across the United States] intend to perfect and correct Sharia in their own countries of origin and then gradually expand this perfected Sharia-driven society outward to the rest of the world. Rather, they want to supplant or transplant a way of life to America and the West—even though they know it has never worked and has left behind a trail of destruction, misery, stagnation, and cultural chaos in Muslim countries. Their intend is nothing less than the wholesale supplanting of Western civilization and constitutional law with their ideal of the perfect Sharia-based society, one that has never existed except in their fantasy of Andalusia Spain under Arab rule. …
Whenever I go to speak on U.S. college campuses, Muslim student organizations are defending Sharia and claiming it is Americans who need an education about true Islam and Sharia. Even young female Muslim students defend polygamy and are uninterested in my discussion of the tragedy of stoning and flogging of women going on right now in the name of Sharia in many areas of the Muslim world. Their reaction is always defensive, and their strategy is always to attack the messengers. I and a few others who speak out are those messengers.”
—Nonie Darwish, an ex-Egyptian Muslim, author of Cruel and Usual Punishment

P. L. Neola (21)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 11:12 am
I just learned recently, FOX News is 18% own by an Arab prince. It will not be very long before FOX News begins delivering the same anti-Semitic censored slant the other forms of media are providing nowadays!!!

Stan B (123)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 3:55 pm
Care 2. 27 million members doing good and only 35 can be bothered noting this story.
Good point Bernard. Apparently many of the concentration camp personnel were volunteers from Austria.

pam w (139)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 6:46 pm
Have you seen the HBO doc. "Night Must Fall?"

Please do.

It's a powerful collection of film taken by Russian/British and US personnel who liberated the camps. You'll never forget it.

Hilary S (65)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 10:29 pm
apparently to aid the 70th anniversary of auchwitz liberation today, the bbc recommended that it's time to forget the whole thing. my impression is that the bbc forgot the whole thing long ago, and has been doing its best to foment a new generation of anti-semites, ready to perform a re-enactment.

the british have also been guilty of other genocides - the australian aborigines for example - which they have done their best to ensure the world forgets. we need to remember our first excesses, as no-one is immune from the role of victim or perpetrator.

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 3:05 am
You can talk some crap Stan, and you go on about eI Lobo

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 3:12 am
Austria did have a concentration camp Try to remember Stan that Germany invaded Austria.

And what happened to the Jews must never happen again.

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 3:16 am
I will say one more thing it must never ever happen to any Race/Religion/creed etc again

fear-mongering doesn't help Stan

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 3:17 am
Hate has to stop !!!!!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 8:11 am
Thank you Beatrice, really sad isn't it Stan ? I always notice that too.
Noted & shared

Nancy C (806)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 9:25 am
chilling video...thank you memory. peace to all rational men. as for the rest, may you either subdue or destroy each other.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 11:06 am
Neither does sticking your head in the sand, Rose.

Jessica Rodriguez (4)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 11:45 am
Good article. Thanks!

Walter F (129)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 2:26 am

Thanks Beatrice...The holocaust.. Man's capacity for human intolerance and cruelty and his capacity for endurance and suffering . "Lest we forget, lest we forget,God of the nations spare us yet. lest we forget"..

Miriam AWAY Site issues (61)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 7:16 am
Thank you so much for sharing! Good article, noted!

Apolonia Pl (392)
Friday January 30, 2015, 6:49 am
THANKS for reminding about that horrific "factory of death"...
I'd like to remind that Concentration Camp Auschwitz was built for extermination of POLES. Almost 900 000 Poles were killed there. Other 200 000 killed were Jews, Romes and other nations. For extermination of Jews c.camps were built in Maydanek, Treblinka and Brzezinka.

Friday January 30, 2015, 10:26 am
Never before in history did a regime so cold bloodedly organise such a huge industrial scale killing machine to annihilate what they perceived to be "inferior" human beings and any who opposed that state. We need to remember this terrible time in order to prevent a repeat – at least that is the theory.

Right now there is a totally ignored reign of terror and genocide against some largely defenceless people on the other side of the world. This has been going on for over thirty years with the tacit approval of the UN and the UNHRC as well as Australian, USA, UK and EU governments who actually supply the aggressors with arms and support. Our illustrious ladies and gentlemen of the media choose to ignore (other than al Jazeera doing a splendid whitewashing job) this whole invasion – why? I am talking about the invasion of West Papua by Indonesia that began in 1962 and continues until today. As indigenous Papuans are slaughtered or driven across the border to Papua New Guinea there lands and property are annexed by Indonesian colonists. Note: This is a subject strictly AVOIDED by Care2 writers.

ALLEN G (19)
Friday January 30, 2015, 1:11 pm
There are films of Austrians and Germans together tearing down the border fence during the Anschlus . Hitler was Austrian , as was Eichmann and so many others . The s.s. had more Austrians then Germans serving in ranks . What invaded ? They were welcomed as the Ukranians welcomed the Wermacht to free them from the Russians . My father was an American soldier and 1 of so many that liberated Buchenwald and others he could not remember their names . My uncle was among the 1st American soldiers to liberate Dachau . They would never speak about what they saw there . Please people , do not re-write history .

ALLEN G (19)
Friday January 30, 2015, 3:01 pm
Noam Chomsky is leftist writer . I would not out much faith is what he say as I put no faith in the so called newspaper Ha Aretz .

Saturday January 31, 2015, 1:43 am
As the Nazi disease spread across the borders of Europe there were no shortage of people willing to cooperate with them and even join SS brigades. In Hungary, France, Holland, Austria and elsewhere conquered citizens lost no time in helping to round up Jews and other "undesirables" and load them on cattle trucks. Even the police forces like the French Gendarmes helped and received commendations from Herr Hitler. I have no doubt that should the UK have been invaded by the Nazis they would have had a high degree of the "quisling" factor - after all the UK Labour Unions for much of the war seemed to be operating for the "other side" and large numbers of deserters in the big cities operated substantial black marketing operations that impacted negatively on the war effort. Those not in denial of this cooperation ask "Why?" There are some uncomfortable facts worth looking at. The Holocaust was in many ways the culmination of 1200 years of Jewish persecution by the Catholic Church and the damning of Jews was a regular feature of canonical rhetoric spewed from pulpits across Europe. The Jew “Christ Killers” were a good scapegoat for anything that went wrong from plagues to economic woes to famines. Expelling Jews or locking them up in castles and setting alight to keeping them confined to ghettoes (a pope invented that idea) and the Inquisition were all seen as doing the “Lords work”. Later on in the early 20th century the new religion of Marxism appeared offering a “miraculous” (like all religions) path to “equality” whatever that means to individuals. Hitler who once was matey with his alter ego Stalin described himself as a Socialist and a champion of the working class and this if course gave in addition to religion, permissions to act in a disgusting fashion. Even today we see members of the clergy in Scotland and England and elsewhere reverting to their “Christ killer” roots. Sad through, if you think about it, until Christianity gained political and economic muscle by becoming the official religion of the Roman Empire it was a strictly pacifist religion.
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