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Thursday, January 27

In Memoriam...

I mentioned this a few days ago, but 60 years ago today, Soviet troups liberated the largest of the Nazi death camps, Auschwitz-Birkenau. In response to a comment on my original post, I wanted to post a clarification today, and i hope you will excuse my double-posting in the comments and here.
Hi Julie, Keep in mind that we Europeans let the Shoah happen, and in our case (the French) actively participated by supplying the Nazis with victims who thought they were safe on French soil. Our own police arrested and deported jews, including in the part of the country that wasn't under direct occupation. Plus we still have a problem with century-old antisemitic actions, and decades-old revisionist thought, coupled with resentment from our population of arabic origin for Israel and the plight of the Palestinians, and a general lack of knowledge/interest of our history amongst our youth. We can't let that stand, and our media, and our politicians and intellectuals, have been busy for a week reminding us of this. We are fortunate in that we still have some survivors who can bear witness, but soon, that will no longer be the case. In other words, there is definitely something in this for us, and we're doing this for very selfish reasons. As for the US, I watched another show on how the perception and knowledge of the Shoah in America evolved over time, particularly with Hollywood's take on it, up to Schindler's List. It was quite interesting, and showed that your country is far from ignorant or disinterested. Have any of you seen any coverage of this anniversary on American media recently?
In memory of the victims, and of our lost innocence. Location : Beauvais, France

4 Insights :

Blogger Aussie Mama intuited...

This anniversary is so important, important that we don't forget the horror, the depravity and most of all the suffering. Our newspapers have been interviewing survivors, to this day I cannot believe this could happen on such a scale.

1/27/2005 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous intuited...

Mathieu-- it's odd how it goes-- my first visit to your site (thanks for your kind words at mine) and it is the anniversary of events that are with me everyday because I was raised in an environment where it all felt like it had just happened-- my dad (and his family) ended up living in Algiers for 2 years because they got out of Belgium the morning of the day it fell to the Nazis.

I do fear it will get lost and forgotten. I believe humans are capable of repeating this, but then I'm a terrible misanthrope that way.


1/27/2005 09:35:00 PM  
Blogger Alekx intuited...

This aniversary shows as a stark reminder of how the voice of one man can ring out infecting so many with a belief. It is something that should never be forgotten so that we can attempt never to recreate it. Unfortunatly with man's propensity to destroy ourselves it's sad to think this could happen again, on a larger or smaller scale. Hopefully one day we will reach enlightment and just quit with our happy horseshit and just get on with living....
Thanks for the reminder.

1/27/2005 09:35:00 PM  
Blogger wendy intuited...

I think one of the most interesting memorials is the Paper Clip Project started by a middle school in Tennesse.

Here's is a link about the beginning of the project-

Here's what it has become-

1/27/2005 11:43:00 PM  

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