|German soldiers accost Jews concentrated in the Warsaw Ghetto|
Holocaust Remembrance Day is celebrated on Nisan 27th in Israel, America, and in other Jewish communities around the world. It relates to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Polish Jews 2 weeks before May 10, 1943. The history of the holiday is traced by Elon Gilad in Ha'aretz: "The history of Holocaust Remembrance Day" How Israel and the world contended with the challenge of selecting a single date to mark an unspeakable tragedy that happened every day for years.
|Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Jews (Photo: World Jewish Congress)|
Watch examples of the vigilant Jewish Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto 1943 in these scenes from the theatrical documentary "Uprising" (2001).
The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust staged an annual Holocaust Remembrance Commemoration in Pan Pacific Park. The event featured tribute speeches by Los Angeles civic and religious leaders. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Israeli Consul General David Siegel addressed the gathered audience, which included a number of Holocaust survivors. J.J. Goldberg, liberal columnist (and former editor-in-chief) of The Forward.com, was selected by Gary Schiller's committee to deliver the keynote address at this year's gathering. In this playlist of the luminaries' speeches (and the children's choir singing before host Jonah Goldrich, "Al Shloshim Devarim") we feature Mr. Goldberg's 13-minute speech. We also include excerpts of Mr. Goldberg's video interview with us in which we discuss how Jewish public criticism of Israel has contributed to anti-Semitism becoming mainstreamed. We start off with Randall Schoenberg, the chief of the L.A. Museum of the Holocaust, sharing his thoughts on the day.
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|Jewish World Watch avoids anti-Zionism (Photo: David Crane LA Daily News|
They marched to recall the systematic slaughter of millions of Armenians, Jews and Rwandans during respective genocides perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks, by Nazi Germany and by Hutu tribes during reigns of terror that spanned the 20th Century.However, Jewish World Watch typically avoid reference to the sought genocide of their Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel by Palestinians, Islamist Iran, Hezbollah, and, indeed, the entire Islamist jihad. I wonder whether the Warsaw Ghetto fighters would approve of this on the day set for remembering their vigilance and averting future catastrophe.
They took each step to recall more recent atrocities committed in Darfur, Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, home to some of the world’s highest incidents of civilian murder and systematic rape.
The liberal editorial tone towards Israel preserving Jewish safety against Islamic antagonism of The Forward evokes republishing this The People's Cube published (2006) satire of liberal Western conventional-criticism of Israel fighting-back against aggressors as disproportionate- and how it would be depicted if today's New York Times editors were in charge in 1943:
Europe's view of the present Israeli offensive against Hezbollah as an "overreaction" and "disproportionate use of force" is rooted in relatively recent history, say progressive researchers. In 1943, Europe itself suffered from a similar Jewish overreaction to some controversial German policies, in an event known as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when Zionist radicals attacked the National Socialist German Workers Party that was loved by the German people for its far-reaching educational and social welfare services. In fact, many academics who teach Peace Studies at prestigious universities believe that it was the Zionists' "disproportionate use of force" that had ruined hopes for peace in Europe and caused a humanitarian crisis that could have easily been avoided if only Jews had shown restraint and tolerance towards the democratically elected German government. In fact, the reaction of world's media to the current Middle Eastern crisis is almost identical to that during the 1943 Warsaw crisis when, as modern historians claim, militant Zionists jeopardized the fragile peace that European leaders and progressive intellectuals had been trying to achieve by civilized means - as evidenced by the following collection of quotes and headlines of the time.