The Necessity to Remember.
by Steven Shamrak.
Since the end of WW2, May 2nd has been established as an auspicious day, Yom Hashoah – Day of Remembrance, in the Jewish calendar! It is one day each year when Jews around the world remember the six million Jewish lives that were lost during the Holocaust. It must never happen again; we say it again and again. Please remind your friends and members of your family. Israeli and other politicians especially need this reminder. It seems that they have forgotten it! Someone wrote:
“When my grandfather left Europe in 1935,
a graffiti on the walls said:
Jews, go to Palestine!
And now, when I visit Europe, they say:
Jews, get out of Palestine!
What short memories these Europeans have!”
Make no mistake, the region of the Middle East commonly called “Palestine”, is historically, spiritually and legally Jewish land! The sooner we all realise it, the sooner we’ll be able to free Eretz-Israel of its enemies and bring peace to Israel. It is time to look for workable, alternative solutions to the conflict. The bogus peace process does not work. It is easier to deter external enemies! We said, “Never again”, but have continued to allow enemies of the Jews to terrorise Israel for over 70 years.
At the same time, non-Jews must realize that the remembrance of the Holocaust is not about Jews only. It is also about death of 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians including 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated by Nazis with the help of ordinary Germans, Austrians, Poles, Latvians, Ukrainians, Russians and others who looked the other way or actively participated in genocide! It is also about millions of Germans who lost their lives; it the madness of WW2 and their children and the grandchildren who carried the shame of Nazi Germany.
Remembrance of the Holocaust, contrary to common belief, is not about guilt, shame or even financial compensation. It is about the future of the humanity! We must end the pattern of hate and violence of human society. It destroys humanity and our planet. Since WW2, the world has again allowed genocides in Cambodia, Ruanda, Yugoslavia and Sudan! It is time for humanity to learn the lesson!