Today is Holocaust Day and there is a feeling of melancholy that pervades the atmosphere. The sirens around the country sounded at 10:00 am and I was at that moment at a very busy junction near the local shopping mall.
The only things moving were the traffic lights, changing from green to amber and red. All the cars, buses and taxis were suspended in a time warp and people were standing to attention at the side of their cars.
Yes, this day still requires a remembrance of what actually happened, not what so many Arabs and anti Semites try to convince the world with their “version” of what happened.
My wife was born in Amsterdam, nine of her Uncles and Aunts perished in the Holocaust and it is still painful for her to watch the programmes on TV recalling the events of the darkest of periods of mans inhumanity to man. Her family was also holed up in an apartment under similar conditions to Anne Frank as were many of the Jewish community of Amsterdam.
If anyone is in any doubt then the web site http://history1900s.about.com/library/holocaust/blholocaust.htm gives a very full account of what happened.
As the Arab propaganda machine churns out more and more distorted data, casting their doubts on what really happened, Palestinian Media Watch http://www.pmw.org.il/ report on a Hamas educational program that claims Jewish leaders planned the Holocaust to kill "disabled and handicapped" Jews to avoid having to care for them. As much of the world prepared to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Hamas TV presented its latest sinister twist on Holocaust denial.
The Hamas TV educational program, broadcast last week, taught that the murder of Jews in the Holocaust was a Zionist plot with two goals:
1- To eliminate "disabled and handicapped" Jews by sending them to death camps, so they would not be a burden on the future state of Israel.
2- At the same time, the Holocaust served to make "the Jews seem persecuted" so they could "benefit from international sympathy."
In response to one of my e-mails, one of my contacts writes “why do you exclude Christians? They too are and were deeply affected by this atrocity. In fact many Christians gave their lives to stop the monster that was Hitler and his henchmen?
We are all in this together and as time passes we are all under the same attack from Radical Islam.” And he is right, we should not forget the role so many of them played in risking their lives to save Jews and, of course, many of them gave their lives as a consequence. Yad Vashem here in Israel fully acknowledges the role played by Christians. Let’s also not forget the number of gypsies also murdered by Hitler. See the newly launched YOU TUBE videos at www.youtube.com/user/YadVashem