Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Holocaust - Get over it

Yesterday was Yom HaShoah.
By Bradley Burston

He was well-meaning. I'm convinced of it. His words were meant to be helpful, and, in the way of many well-meaning people, they were also deadly.

This is the fourth Holocaust remembrance day since the letter came in. Responding to an
article about astronaut Ilan Ramon and the imagery of the Shoa that framed the doomed flight, a reader from Kennewick, Washington headed his letter: "Get over the Holocaust!"

"The nation of Israel", he wrote, needs "to mature and get over the Holocaust. It is like water under the bridge, the past, history. Americans must get over the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Viet Nam, Grenada, and Iraq (Desert Storm). That is life. Experience it for all God gives you and get over the past!"

It's a sentiment that makes a certain sense, at least from 9,000 miles away. You want to help, so you advise people who are still pained, still grieving, to move on, to get on with their lives.

It's a sentiment that also proves that it's a long way from Washington State to Auschwitz, and farther still to this place, which manages to find room to hold all of the ghosts of Auschwitz and hosts more, from as far back as the Inquisition, the destruction of the Temple, slavery in Egypt. All of them, and this month's Passover terrorism as well.

There are readers, many of them, who at this very moment are thinking "Oh no, here it comes, the litany, the ostentatious suffering, the reveling in victimhood, the endless preoccupation with the woes of the Jews."

There are readers who at this very moment are thinking, "These Jews, with all due respect, they learned nothing from the Nazis - they're just as bad in their treatment of the Palestinians, if not worse."In fact, one of those who chose this Holocaust Remembrance Day to tell us to get on with our lives was Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Continue reading
Learn about the inspiring stories of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust.

Jewish teenagers visit Rwanda to learn about the genocide that happened there in 1994.

Never forget means never forget. Jewish communities are leading the campaign across the nation to heighten awarness and advocate for action in Darfur. Who wants to join me to represent the Jewish community of Santa Cruz to march in San Francisco this Sunday, April 30 to protest the human catastrophe?


Blogger G-D SQUAD said...

I'm interested. Let me know the det.'s if you're serious about going. Great post, btw.

Wed Apr 26, 03:03:00 PM 2006  
Blogger G-D SQUAD said...

Oh, and if we actually go, maybe we could pick up the Izzy's bagels that you had mentioned at the SCIAC meeting last week for the Yom HaAtzma'ut celebebration...

Wed Apr 26, 03:18:00 PM 2006  

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