I have heard enough about the Holocaust. Perhaps this feeling started while I was stationed at the American Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, in 1995, the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. The Holocaust was everywhere, because of Americans, not so much because of the Poles or the Germans. Now it’s 25 years later, and the Holocaust industry is still going full steam.
I think it has been amplified by the recent turn against Southerners in the US. I am a Southerner, and I find the general public attitude is that killing a Jew in the Holocaust was terrible thing that should be condemned by the world but killing a Southerner in the Civil War was a wonderful thing that should be praised by the world. Memorials to dead Confederates are being destroyed all over America, while new memorials to Holocaust victims are still being created.
Southerners fought for what they believed in, while Jews in Europe did not. They should have died in the streets of Berlin, Paris, and Warsaw instead of in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. There was a one-month Ghetto Uprising in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw, but it had relatively little effect on the Nazis or on the ghetto residents. The Warsaw Uprising by the ethnic Poles did have an effect, but it was put down brutally by the occupying Nazis. The advancing Soviet army waited for the Germans to put down the Warsaw Uprising and destroy almost every building in Warsaw before the Soviet troops occupied the city.
The Holocaust was an example of some Jews’ ability to survive horrible conditions. There is a question of how many survived because they cooperated with the Nazis as “kapos,” although some survivors who did not cooperate would have known who the kapos were. Conditions were so terrible that it is not surprising that some prisoners would have chosen to make their lives a little easier by cooperating. But surviving Auschwitz may not always be a mark of heroism.
It is time for the Jews to let the rest of the world move on past the Holocaust. Israel and Jews around the world can certainly commemorate and memorialize the Holocaust but let the rest of the world get on with their lives. Jews use it as a weapon against Americans, making Americans feel guilty for letting the Holocaust happen, for not accepting more Jewish refugees before the war, and for not invading Europe earlier to free the prisoners in the death camps. Underlying all the talk about the Holocaust is a smoldering hatred of America and non-Jewish Americans, an accusation of cowardice against President Roosevelt and the American generals leading the war in Europe. If the Jews accuse Americans of cowardice, then I accuse the Jews who walked meekly into the gas chambers of Poland of cowardice as well. They should have died on the streets, not in the gas chambers.
So, Jews, please make the Holocaust a Jewish thing and don’t blame me and hate me for it. You bear some responsibility for it, too.