Remembrance Day, 27 January
the occasion of the Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January,
it should be recognised that the Holocaust was not merely
a Jewish calamity, but that it had an international political
dimension. I believe that the Six Million died not so much
as racial victims, but as hostages for the Free World in
the hands of Germany, for the following reasons:-
In 1939, on the 30 January, in a speech at the Reichstag,
Hitler threatened that if World Jewry would again embroil
Germany in another world war then all the Jews of Europe
would be liquidated.
Before the war Hitler co-operated with the Zionists by allowing
training camps in Germany for would-be olim to Palestine.
During the war, Nazi policy against the Jews did not follow
racial lines. Karraite Jews were exempted from the provisions
of anti-Jewish policy.
Arabs ranked below Jews in Hitlers racial catalogue,
but Egyptians were granted the status of honorary Aryans.
Nazi policy followed religious lines after the Konkordat
with Pope Pious XII in 1939.
At all times, Hitler kept attacking the Jews as capitalists
The Holocaust also had a strong Palestinian dimension. Up
to 1941, Hitler was interested in getting Jews out of Europe.
In November 1941, Mufti Amin Husseini metHitler and impressed
on him the need of not allowing Jews to leave Europe and
thus end up in Palestine, if he wanted to obtain Arab sympathy
for his campaigns in Africa and the Middle East. This led
to the Wannsee conference of January 1942 which sealed the
fate of the Jews of Europe.
In 1944 the Jews of Hungary were openly held as pawns to
be traded for transport lorries from the Allies.
Realising all the above facts would make it possible for
the Holocaust to be remembered for what it is and for the
Jews who perished in the Shoah to be honoured as having
died for the Free World.
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