Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The USHMM teaches kids to hate Germans

"There does exist among some Jews what has been called "a Holocaust mentality." It also exists among most persecuted groups, including blacks and adults who suffered severe abuse as a child. It's the mentality that says, "Because of what we have been through, we are not capable of doing any wrong ourselves. "I don't mean to condemn all Jews or all blacks or all children of abuse, but only to say that this mentality is a danger to watch out for."
— Leon Zitzer, Manhattan. Letter to the editor, New York, August 2, 1993, p.8-9.

Kay Larson and her article on the USHMM which upset a lot of the Chosen Ones

Leon Zitzer's letter, which I've quote from above, was written in defence of New York's art critic Kay Larson and her article Where Does it End? (May 10, 1993, pp.66-68). Zitzer believed Larson had been vitriolically attacked in letters criticising her article, which were published in the May 24, 1993 (p.5) edition of New York—in which Larson had also responded to some of the criticism.

Below are a few quotes from her 1993 article Where Does it End?:

"On the Mall, official Washington honors people of all derivations: Africans, Asians, American blacks, American Indians, Europeans, the native-born from sea to shining sea. These people are represented through their art and culture. Only the Jews are remembered by a case of genocide.
Overriding these doubts is a deeper motive. The Holocaust museum is the revenge offered to the historical record by those now rich and powerful enough to exact it, for an ultimate barbarism that festers in the memory of the survivors even 50 years later."
"The museum is a semblance or construct of history; it is not the thing itself. Its historical view can be, at the same time, both true and biased. The Germans depicted here, for instance, are almost exclusively Nazis. The Bonn government is reportedly upset at the presence of this museum in the American capital; certainly most American children who endure the walk-through will think of Germans as Nazi pigs."
"And whilst the Holocaust receives its memorial, other genocidal barbarism sink into forgetfulness ... 
In Elie Wiesel's formulation, the Holocaust lies outside history and must never be absorbed into the normal human fabric. It must always stand alone, just as its museum does.
I beg to differ. Genocide is a strictly human invention. No other species does it. The Jews endured the most dementedly calculated and well-documented—but hardly the only—case. To separate the Nazi evil from other evils is understandable but Eurocentric. It trivializes all suffering but its own. It encourages reappearance, because an event that is "outside history" eliminates the need for vigilance. It awards special, extrahuman stature to the victims. Nothing that occurs inside Israel can be wrong, because Jews were gassed at Auschwitz. And so people set themselves apart from, against, and above others. Nothing could be more human than that."

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