The loss of six million Jewish people in the Holocaust confirms that when anti-Semitism festers, the ultimate result can be catastrophic.
We should be aware what happened after 1918 and how there grew a hatred against certain groups of people, starting with Jews, then Roma, continued by the prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses and all that contradicted the way the government foresaw the best community to live in. All refuters or protestors had to be silenced, and because non of the onlookers dared to react it became quite easy to continue to deport people.
Today, as global anti-Semitism rises, we must go beyond solemn moments of remembrance and speak out against anti-Semitism (hatred toward the Jewish people and Israel) and anti-refugees as well as any hatred against other people or religious groups. After World War I many thought it would never again, but just a few years later in 1939 a new and even more horrible war was at the doorstep of Europe that was going to fall in pieces.
When Europe got to hear what Nazi Germans did to Jews, nobody wanted to believe it, at first.
Regarded as exaggeration and Polish war propaganda, a lot of the reports sent to different news agencies and governments were simply not believed
Despite “strong demands” by the Polish and Jewish resistance for Britain or the US to bomb the railways leading to Auschwitz and other death camps,
“the military’s attitude was: ‘We’ve got to concentrate on military targets, not on civilian things’,”said Davies, an authority on Polish history.
“One of the targets that the (British) military did bomb was a synthetic fuel factory near Auschwitz”in 1943-44, he added.
Although British warplanes flew over the death camp itself, incredibly, no orders were given to bomb it.
Professor Dariusz Stola, an expert on the history of Polish Jews, echoes this assessment.
“Military leaders didn’t like civilian politicians meddling in their business,”he said.
For Allied military leaders, bombing Auschwitz, or its supply lines
“was looking like a humanitarian operation and they didn’t want it,”said the former head of the Warsaw-based Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest of all Nazi Germany’s death and concentration camps and the one where most people were killed. And it is the only one to have been preserved as it was when it was abandoned by the Germans fleeing the advancing Red Army.
Operated by the Nazis from 1940 until 1945, Auschwitz was part of a vast and brutal network of death and concentration camps across Europe set up as part of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution” of genocide against an estimated 10 million European Jews.
Once Europe’s Jewish heartland, Poland saw 90 percent of its 3.3 million pre-war Jewish citizens killed under Nazi German occupation between 1939 and 1945.
Even after the liberation of the first camp by Russians, other camps had to be seen by Americans, to have more people to come to the realization that the unseen horror could really have been something which had to overcome thousands of people.
We must never forget those who suffered during the Holocaust. For the sake of the Jewish People and all people everywhere, we must never forget what happened so that it will never happen again.
We should listen to the voices of the survivors of those inhuman detention camps and should see what is going on at the moment in Europe and the United States. Everywhere around us we can see politicians who want to be very popular and who do not mind twisting the truth or even to tell lies to enlarge their popularity.
Again people shall have to choose if they are going to stand by and be silent or if this time they shall react in time!
By the commemoration of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp #1 Finding a solution to a created problem
Find more about this terrible political and human offence: Endlösung der Judenfrage (Final Solution to the Jewish Question):
- Black page 70 years Release – commemoration Auschwitz
- World remembers Auschwitz survivors
- Polish commemoration of the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
- Is it really true that Anti-Semitism will never be tolerated?
- Auschwitz survivors providing a warning of rising anti-Semitism and exclusion of free thinking