December 20, 2005

by Reb Yudel
That was then, this is now...

Here's what Rabbi Marc Gellman wrote about the Holocaust back in May:
I rarely speak about or write about the Holocaust. I don't defend my reticence, but I have my reasons. Mainly I don't like the way the Holocaust is never just remembered and mourned, but so often manipulated and used.
He further wrote:
I don't like the way the word Holocaust has been used to describe every instance of oppression that has ever existed. In this way, this attack on the Jews is universalized to the point that its distinctly and uniquely Jewish elements evaporate. I will not withhold a single tear of compassion for every act of human cruelty. I do not want to deny in any way that in the same concentration camps where 6 million Jews were murdered, 5 million Christians and others were also murdered. However, the camps were not built to exterminate the others, they were built to exterminate Jews. It was only the excess capacity of the killing machine that allowed non-Jews to be caught in its maws. I reject the false choice of either demeaning the suffering of non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust and other genocides or pretending that the Holocaust was about man's inhumanity to man and not man's inhumanity to Jews. I mourn for the murder of each and every innocent person of any faith and of no faith who perished in what Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has called the Kingdom of Night, or in other nights and other kingdoms. However, I will not accept, and I do not believe, that the Holocaust was the same, either in size or intent, as the Turkish slaughter of the Armenians, the janjaweed slaughter of the Muslims of Darfur, the Hutu slaughter of the Tutsis of Rwanda, the Serb slaughter of the Bosnian Muslims or, yes, this is suggested, the AIDS pandemic. The Holocaust was a calculated attempt to kill all the Jews in the world, and it very nearly succeeded.
Funny, but Gellman was awfully quick to play the Holocaust card -- and at great length -- when called upon to defend the Bush war. I wonder what changed? TrackBack
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What changed? Oh. He probably remembered that using the Holocaust to defend Bush's war is the best way to get people to support Israel against Palestine. The Religious Right is the most powerful support people like Gellman have ever had now that their head boy is in office.

Posted by: Diane at January 3, 2006 11:43 PM
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