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West German reparations to Israel byNicholas Balabkins;The Myth of Holocaust Supremacism Doing Something Good (“Opening the Door” To Non-Jewish Restitution Efforts)

jan peczkis|Thursday, November 16, 2017

This book is excessively French- and Swiss-centered on the question of non-German reparations to victims of the Nazi era. Its value is that it provides some little-known information.




ONCE UPON A TIME, GENOCIDE RECOGNITION EQUALITY REIGNED. AND THEN CAME HOLOCAUST SUPREMACISM

One argument used to legitimize the preeminence of the Holocaust, over all other genocides, is that it sets an example for other aggrieved peoples to seek reparations. This is an exculpatory narrative! Non-Jews never needed the example of Jews in order to seek and obtain restitution for German crimes. Rebula remarks, “Moreover, the inclination to hold up the West German model as the ‘gold standard’ of subsequent restitution movements has nurtured the myth that postwar reparations were primarily about the Holocaust and designed to address the ‘Jews and the State of Israel’ before being ‘extended to other victim groups’—an assumption that is incorrect. None of the early reparations schemes were exclusively or explicitly geared to the Jews, nor was the Holocaust the main reason for the nascent reparations regime after the Second World War.” (p. 3). Clearly, the notion that the Holocaust Industry is something good, insofar as it sets a precedence for justice being done to non-Jewish victims, is patently false.

The author then lapses into Holocaustspeak in support of Holocaust supremacism, which is a form of racism, as it implies that the genocide of one particular people is more significant than the genocides of all other peoples. Thus, Regula refers to the Shoah as “the touchstone of evil” [WHO DETERMINED THAT?] and “the unprecedented and distinct nature of the Jewish catastrophe”. (p. 3). [SAYS WHO?]

NOT ONLY JEWS! THE MANY VICTIMS OF NAZI GERMANY

Author Ludi Regula at least puts everything in perspective, as she writes, “With 36 million Europeans dead, human loses almost tripled the casualties of the Great War. At least 19 million, more than half of the dead, were civilians. The portion was the highest in the East, where the Nazis had waged a merciless war of annihilation against ‘subhuman races.’ Poland, for instance, lost one-fifth of her prewar population: 3 million Jews and almost as many non-Jewish citizens. In absolute numbers, the Soviet Union paid the highest toll, with 25 million dead (according to recent estimates), of whom between 8 and 9 million were military casualties.” (p. 13).

POLES SOMETIMES KILLED RETURNING HOLOCAUST-SURVIVING JEWS OVER PROPERTY DISPUTES. GET A CLUE!

This book alludes to such incidents (p. 198), but the author fails to make the connection to her earlier statement, in which she plainly states that, “In most of Europe, years of scarcity, unemployment, and SEVERE HOUSING CRISIS followed the end of the Second World War.” (p. 13. Emphasis added).

Is it any wonder that a house to live in--a basic necessity--sometimes became something over which to kill others? Of course, American readers have no idea about this fact because of the dominant Judeocentric narrative on WWII. West German reparations to Israel byNicholas Balabkins
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