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The World Must Know: The History of the Holocaust as Told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum;Correction of Title: The World Must Know ALL Genocides, Not Just the Jews’ Holocaust

jan peczkis|Friday, May 4, 2018

Jeshajahu Weinberg at once informs the reader about the scope of the USHMM (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum):

“The museum consciously avoided including in its permanent exhibition or its Learning Center genocidal events other than those that occurred in the framework of the Holocaust of 1933-1945. This does not mean that the planners of the museum were unaware of the strong intellectual and moral relevance of many such events to the Holocaust.


 However, it was their mandate to build a Holocaust museum rather than a museum dealing generally with genocide in human history. [Editorial comment: Why Holocaust supremacism, especially in the nation’s capital?] However, by no means does this thematic distinction preclude the inclusion of materials pertaining to other genocidal events, such as the Middle Passage of African slaves, the Armenian massacres in Turkey in 1915, or the Cambodian events after the Vietnam War, in the museum’s library and archives or in its educational activities.” (p. xv).

Author Michael Berenbaum adds that, “Who were the victims of the Holocaust? Are the word and the event it signifies restricted to Jews alone or do they encompass all the Nazi victims…the question is unresolved.” (p. 2). Berenbaum also warns of “dejudaizing the Holocaust”, which has become a common meme in Holocaustspeak.

The message is clear. Non-Jewish genocides are welcome at the USHMM (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum), but only as long as they “know their place” as second-class genocides.

This book was now written 25 years ago (1993), and nothing has changed. If anything, it has gotten worse. For an update on the scale of Holocaust supremacism in the western world, see the first-posted comment under this review.

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JEWISH AUTHORS CONFRONT HOLOCAUST SUPREMACISM
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I. BECAUSE IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY UNFAIR TO THE GENOCIDES OF OTHER PEOPLES

Phillip Lopate:

Testimony: Contmporary Writres Make the Holocaust Personal

Jacob Neusner:

Stranger at Home: The Holocaust, Zionism, and American Judaism (Studies in the History of Judaism)

Jack Novick:

The Holocaust in American Life

Avraham Burg:

The Holocaust Is Over; We Must Rise From its Ashes

Yitzhak Laor:

The Myths of Liberal Zionism
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II. BECAUSE IT IS “REPELLANT CHAUVINISM”, AND IS A TOOL FOR SECURING SPECIAL RIGHTS

Norman Finkelstein:

The Holocaust Industry Publisher: Verso; Second Edition

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III. BECAUSE IT DISTORTS JEWISH SELF-IDENTITY, AND REPLACES GOD

Rabbi Byron Sherwin:

Sparks Amidst the Ashes: The Spiritual Legacy of Polish Jewry

Rabbi Michael Goldberg:

Why Should Jews Survive?: Looking Past the Holocaust toward a Jewish Future
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