Our Israeli correspondent MC reviews the history of the Holocaust, which, as he points out, “was put to the service not of memory but of ideology”.
So who has really benefitted from the Holocaust?
The belief that the Jewish State of Israel arose out of regret for the Holocaust is to ignore everything that happened in Mandatory Palestine from the Balfour declaration (in 1917) onwards.
Proto-Israel came into being in 1922 with the inclusion of the Balfour Declaration into the Palestine Mandate of the League of Nations (which passed into the UN as ‘International Law’).
Back in Europe, those countries who participated in the Holocaust by assisting the Nazi genocide had to look very carefully at their attitudes to ‘foreigners’ and why such things could have happened on their soil and perpetrated by their people.
This bred an awareness of the idea of ‘racism’ and of a ‘far-right’ culture of racial intolerance intimately linked with Nazi race theory and its resulting contempt for human life.
France willingly rounded up its Jews and sent them to the death camps courtesy of SNCF. Slovakia ‘paid’ the Germans to transport their Jews to annihilation.
All occupied Europe has a history in this sense, but two countries stand out, Denmark and Italy. The Danish King, and subsequently many Danish (non-Jewish) citizens wore the Yellow star armband. The Danes also managed to get almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark to safety.
In Italy, Nazi demands for the exclusion of Jews was quietly resisted until the German coup d’état in 1943. Mussolini, the original Fascist, did not share the anti-Semitism of the Nazis.
The UK was not occupied, and therefore did no soul-searching of its role in the Holocaust. Its violations of international law in refusing entry into Palestine of the Jews of Europe directly contributed to the huge death toll, and when Britain had a chance to save some 800,000 Hungarian Jews, it took active steps to ensure that they went to the crematoria at Birkenau rather than to Jerusalem.
But the industrial murder of possibly up to twelve million Slavs, Jews, Roma and Christians did not take place in isolation. Actions have consequences, and as the truths of the horrors became public, the willing collaboration of many acolytes of Nazism in the occupied countries became known, in places such as Jasenovac manned by priests, monks and nuns. So most countries of Europe looked back in horror.
In this way came the emergence of the ‘race’ industry and a huge exercise in social engineering to ‘exorcise’ the past:
History and morality might justify being specially mindful of Franco-Jewish history, but the country’s constitutional principles made that history a source of mischief, a useful stick with which to beat the French public. In the 1980s and 1990s, political activists — then a leftist vanguard, now a multicultural establishment — found it useful when demanding special privileges for asylum-seekers, immigrants and racial minorities, to cast them as the modern-day incarnation of what Jews had been in the 1930s and ’40s. Among the most egregious offenders was SOS Racisme, an anti-racist group set up by the Mitterrand-era Socialist Party. Any misgivings about high levels of immigration, or high levels of immigrant crime, were analogised to collaboration in the deportation of Jews to Auschwitz in the 1940s. Anti-anti-Semitism became grounds for shutting popular opinion about many issues out of the national conversation altogether, much as anti-racism did in the US or the UK.
A similar process was encouraged in all the countries of the European Union, playing on vulnerabilities born of a history of Nazi collaboration and the abhorrence of what Europe had done with its Jews. So Europe was laid open to a repeat performance, only this time the target would be the Christian majorities.
Make no mistake in this: Jews are an insignificant minority in Europe, and the real target is the Christian majority. The focussed hatred of Islamofascism to Jewish ‘apes and pigs’ is existential, because they can get away with it, and, believe me, the failure of the European authorities to deal with this is going to cause major grief to Christians once the demographics permit it.
But the UK was never occupied, and its indirect contribution to the Holocaust is not generally understood, so the picture is different. In the UK two influences were at work: first the Hollywood influence, the notorious ‘West Coast (leftist) Cabal’, which, according to itself does not exist, and the propensity in the UK to trust and rely on academia.
This academia started by demonstrating that Britain’s colonial past was every bit as bestial as the Holocaust, and that Britain was also a racist concern. The British needed to become ‘tolerant’ and ‘share’ their ill-gotten wealth with those whom they ‘exploited’ and ‘robbed’.
This was strongly reinforced by Hollywood and its portrayal of slavery as an exclusively ‘white’ oppression of the ‘black’ man. In other words, that we are guilty of the deeds of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers.
But, hey, wait: one of my grandfathers was an illegitimate coalminer; the other was a stoker, son of a chimney sweep. They were part of the exploited, not of the exploiters, and here are the sons (and daughters) of the exploiters telling me that I must bear the burden of the sins of their forefathers.
The net result is that I must move over in order to accommodate this alien invasion of my culture and the wealth of my land.
The history of the Holocaust was put to the service not of memory but of ideology. A bulwark against anti-Semitism became a citadel of multiculturalism. The main beneficiaries of Holocaust memory were France’s 5 million or so Muslims, descendants of a mass immigration from North Africa and elsewhere after the 1960s, but there was an odd twist. Particularly after the blossoming of political Islam in the 1970s, their main geo-strategic grievance was with the Jewish state, and many Arabs in France showed considerably less ability than even de Gaulle to distinguish between the Jewish state and the Jewish people. [Ibid]
If we think the Holocaust ended in January 1945 with the Russian advance into Poland, then think again. Once started, this phenomenon will not stop until we are prepared to tackle the tyrannies behind the beliefs in the political and cultural effectiveness of mass extermination held by the forces of Socialism and of Islam. Someone out there wants civilization destroyed, and has motivated the forces of evil to do it, but at the same time, has rendered the forces of good weak and divided.
The left is well-funded, and in a society that worships money, wealth is power. Judeo-Christianity brought a light into this world, but that light grows dim as its supply of energy is strangled. It is kept alight by volunteers who channel their own meagre funds, talents and energies to the purpose, hoping that the 3am knock on the door will not come, but that, even if it does, that their efforts are worth the expenditure.