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texture of Memory: Holocaust memories Babi Yar Memorial Park in Denver: Ukrainian-Americans Push Back Against Holocaust Supremacism. Bravo! Poland's Jewish Cemeteries

jan peczkis|Wednesday, October 25, 2017

This book includes details on the early-postwar memorialization of what became known as the Shoah. It also provides details on the post-1970’s boom in Holocaust promotion.



THE CULT OF THE HOLOCAUST--INDEED

In common with many other authors, James E. Young alludes to the fact that the Holocaust has become a substitute religion for American Jews (at least). He quips, “In fact, without the traditional pillars of Torah, faith, and language to unify them, the majority of Jews in America have turned increasingly to the Holocaust as their vicariously shared memory…Over time, the only ‘common’ experience uniting an otherwise diverse, often fractious, community of Jewish American has been the vicarious memory of the Holocaust. Left-wing and right-wing Jewish groups, religious and secular, Zionist and non-Zionist may all draw different conclusions from the Holocaust. But all agree that it must be remembered, if to entirely disparate ideological ends. As a result, while Jewish day schools, research institutes, and community centers run deficits, millions of dollars continue to pour into Holocaust memorial projects and museums.” (p. 348).

All this is fine for the Jews. But, as elaborated below, when this causes the slighting of others’ sufferings, it then becomes a problem.

PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS OF HOLOCAUST SUPREMACISM

This is also called the Jewish “triumphalism of pain”, and it has led to competitive victimhood and Victimhood Olympics. How could it not? In fact, Young quips, “Where are the national monuments to the genocide of American Indians, to the millions of Africans enslaved and murdered, to the Russian kulaks and peasants starved to death by the millions? They barely exist.” (p. 21). [No kidding].

BABI YAR PARK IN DENVER: FOR ONCE, A CRUSHING REBUFF TO HOLOCAUST SUPREMACISM

Not surprisingly, initial plans, for a memorial of the Babyn Yar (Babi Yar) Nazi-German mass-shooting site at Kiev, were in accordance with the standard only-Jews-matter mentality. What subsequently happened can serve as an inspiration to all who recognize Genocide Recognition Equality.

Let author James E. Young tell what happened, “But when the model and inscriptions were publicly announced, representatives of the local Ukrainian community rose to protest. There was no mention of the massacre of Ukrainians that took place at Babi Yar in 1942, they argued, which included the martyrdom of the nationalist poet Olena Teliha, among others. After several rounds of negotiations between the Babi Yar Foundation and a newly formed committee of Ukrainian Americans, the foundation agreed to change the monument’s inscriptions to reflect the Ukrainian dimension of the killings at Babi Yar between 1941 and 1943. In return, the Ukrainian group would contribute $25,000 to finish the memorial. Two massive, polished chunks of charcoal granite at the entrance of the Babi Yar Memorial in Denver now commemorate the ‘Two Hundred Thousand Victims Who Died [at] Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine, U.S.S.R., September 29, 1941—November 6, 1943. The Majority Jews with Ukrainians and Others.’” (pp. 295-296).

OLD JEWISH CEMETERIES IN POLAND: FACTS AND INSINUATIONS

There is assorted information on the long-unused Jewish cemeteries in Poland. The reader also learns that Jewish men and women had been buried separately. (p. 200).

The Germans destroyed countless Jewish cemeteries. When the Gestapo commanded the dismantling of one Jewish cemetery and ordered that the matzevah (tombstones) be reused as paving stones, Polish laborers put these matzevah upside-down in order that the pedestrians’ feet and wheel of carts would not erase the inscriptions. (p. 200). However, Polonophobes have leveled the accusation that the matzevah were buried upside-down so that the Poles could forget what they are walking on. [This makes no sense. How could a Polish laborer under the German occupation foresee the fact that his act was permanent--that most of Poland’s Jews would actually be wiped out by the Germans (with nearly the remainder emigrating soon after the war), and would never return to reclaim and rebuild the cemetery? He must have had a very effective crystal ball.]

Remember, this book was written 25 years ago. Nothing has changed: The Holocaust-related blame-game, notably as directed as Poles, never ends. 1 comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse| Permalink   Comment Jan Peczkis14 hours ago Report abuse .

HOLOCAUST SUPREMACISM IN LEADING ENGLISH-LANGUAGE NEWSPAPERS

[In Canada, UK, and the USA. Based on search of the PROQUEST NEWSTAND database, covering July 3, 2007—July 3, 2017. Using these respective keyword combinations: (Roma or Romani or Sinti or Gypsy or Gypsies) genocide; (“Great Famine” and Ukraine) or Holodomor; Armenian Genocide; “Holocaust” or Shoah]:

MENTIONS OF THE GENOCIDES APPORTIONED:

NEWSPAPERS....GYPSIES....UKES....ARMENIANS.....JEWS

Toronto Star...........16...........30..........103...........1,357

Globe and Mail........14...........39 .........103...........1,369

Montreal Gazette.....11...........14............95...........1,876

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The Sun...................3.............0............24...........1,235

Daily Mail...............10.............7.............50...........2,392

Evening Standard......3.............2.............18.............630

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Wall Street Journal.....0.............3...........110...........1,098

New York Times........32.............8...........245...........4,654

USA Today ................5.............0.............23.............365

NOTE: The virtual monopoly of Jews and the Holocaust is even more severe than appears from the table above. This, in the case of the Canadian newspapers, owes to the skewing effects of the large numbers of politically-active Ukrainians in Canada. In other English-speaking nations, the Holodomor barely registers.

As for the Armenian genocide [Aghet], it got a “bump” of publicity surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide (2015) and the ongoing Turkish-counterclaim controversy. Even so, it has gotten a paltry fraction of the recognition of the Holocaust.

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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


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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SOME MANIFESTATIONS OF HOLOCAUST SUPREMACISM

There are 16,000 titles, in the U. S. Library of Congress (the largest library in the world), on the Holocaust:

Why?: Explaining the Holocaust

Hollywood has produced 175 films on the Holocaust between 1989 and 2008:

Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History by Finkelstein, Norman(June 2, 2008) Paperback

In May 1978, 120 million Americans viewed the HOLOCAUST series on television. Now (May 2011), there are 75 museums and monuments worldwide containing the word "Holocaust":

Holocaust: An American Understanding (Key Words in Jewish Studies)

As of June 2017, the ASSOCIATION OF HOLOCAUST ORGANIZATIONS Directory lists 198 institutions, the world over but mostly in the USA, promoting Holocaust studies:

http://www.ahoinfo.org/membersdirectory.html
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