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Should the Holocaust be Forgotten?

by Naim Dangoor

A Reform Rabbi has suggested that the time has come for the Holocaust not to be commemorated separately, but to be relegated to the bin of the Ninth of Av, the date reserved every year for major Jewish tragedies of the past.

Our friends also, seeing how painful the memory of the Holocaust remains in the Jewish conscience, counsels us to forgive and forget. Should the Holocaust, therefore be forgot and never brought to mind? Certainly not! This unique experience in human history still has to be dealt with.

First and foremost, the Holocaust was a sin against God and against humanity. One of the first commandments of the Bible is - Whoever sheds human blood, by man his blood must be shed. No room for forgiveness there. No pleas for manslaughter can be offered. It was deliberate and premeditated genocide.

The Holocaust was also a crime against its victims and these victims are in no position to forgive, nor is there anyone in a position capable to forgive on their behalf. Whenever people raise the question "Where was God during the Holocaust?" It is cleverly dogged by the reply "Where was Man during the Holocaust?" Which is not an adequate answer.

- Abraham: How come you always answer my question by another question?

- Moshe: Why not?!

Are we to understand that God took no notice or interest in the fate of the Jewish people. If that is the case, then we may have to reconsider our attitude towards religion.

Where was God during the Holocaust? Answer me! I shudder to think that while we prayed and fasted and opened our hearts to God, the Jewish people were led to the slaughter - gassed and burned in the extermination camps, day after day, month after month, year after year!

But above all, the Holocaust was a challenge to the entire Jewish people. Our enemies declared war on us, intent to erase the House of Israel from the face of the globe. They failed. We have survived. God has delivered Germany and its allies into our hands. The proper question to ask now is: Where is man after the Holocaust?

The difference between the Holocaust and other Jewish disasters is that our enemies are still around us. But who are our enemies, seeing that the perpetrators of the Holocaust are almost all dead? Our enemies are all those who say Hitler was right to kill the Jews, all current anti-Semites, and racists, all the neo-Nazis raising their ugly heads in Germany, France, Poland and elsewhere. All those who say Death to Israel and all those who deny that the Holocaust ever took place.

The Jewish people are at a defensive war against our enemies. Modern science has developed weapons a thousand times more potent than Zyklon B. The Holocaust book cannot be closed until the enemies of God and of Man are laid low, until the memory of the Neanderthal beast of Europe is obliterated from under the sky - don't forget!

Recent research has revealed that the Allies were seriously considering assassinating Hitler either by a bomb or by anthrax, but in the end, they decided against it because they thought that Hitler was making many mistakes in the war, and should be allowed to continue making these mistakes. What a daft and bizarre attitude! Hitler's death would have been his ultimate mistake and the war would have come to an early end. What the Allies did in effect, was to give Hitler ample time to finish off European Jewry. You can say that again! ... And again.


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