Holocaust; New & Improved
By Amir Tajik
20 June, 2008
I discussed the issue with representatives of the Jewish community in Tehran, including a Jewish member of the Iranian parliament (Majlis), and also the head of the Iranian Jewish Community.
Everyone was saying the same thing: "The Holocaust is a historical event which happened during World War II."
I went to the Bishop of the Episcopalian Church in Tehran who gave his insight into a perspective often ignored. He pointed out that not only Jews were targeted for "special treatment" during WWII. He said Christians, gypsies and other ethnic minorities were among those taken to the labor camps. Nearly 52 million people were killed during WWII, the overwhelming majority of them non-Jewish.
Among that 52 million were people also deliberately targeted by the Nazis, in particular ethnic Slavs, including Russians and Serbs. It is curious that their suffering has not received quite the same coverage as the suffering of the Jews.
Part of the answer to the slaughter can be found in Hitler's book "Mein Kampf" (My Struggle) published in 1919. In his book, Hitler blames Jews for the failure of Germany during World War I. He promised to take revenge on the Jews if he came to power.
They knew exactly what Hitler's policies were towards Jews, but despite that they supported Hitler and helped him win the elections. Lennie Brenner in his book "Zionism in the Age of Dictators" reveals Nazis and Zionists had a common interest in Germany: Sending German Jews to Palestine!
It became clear to me that the term "Holocaust" should refer not
only to Jews but to other innocent people who were murdered as a result of the
Nazi regime's policies.
Years later, in 1988, the "Leuchter Report" corrected the figure which was based on an official re-evaluation as 1.1 million.
No reference was made to the "missing" three million people. If
the figure of 1.1 million is correct, and if that related to executed Jews by
the Nazis in Auschwitz, it is still a comparatively small figure compared to
the 52 million innocent civilians killed during WWII. The justification for the
varying figures suggests: There was a need to draw the information from Israel
after the War.
It became apparent to me that it made no sense to describe as blasphemy any call for an inquiry into the holocaust of the Jews. Why is it so important to remember the Jews who were killed during World War II, and not remember the 2-3 million Japanese civilians who were incinerated by American bombs? Or the 50-60 million civilians that "Uncle Joe" annihilated.
On and on it goes. Death is death. All holocausts are equal and according to
professor Finkelstein's book "The Holocaust Industry," this is
something that the holocaust industry relies on heavily, the belief that no one
will check or can check the facts.
A new version of the Holocaust; new and improved is underway in Palestinian's lands. Something must be done about it. Palestinian people should not be paying for the actions of others. They have lived in horror for decades. They have sacrificed their lives to defend their existence and their right to live.
I was deeply disturbed, and found it difficult to watch the horrifying
reports on the collective punishment of Palestinians in their homeland. Are
they paying the price for the slaughter of Jews during World War II?
I know that eventually the truth will prevail and people around the world will do their best to stop the new and improved version of the Holocaust currently underway in Palestine. We have to break through the barriers and tell everybody the truth. We cannot allow history to repeat itself. Ironically, it is those who keep the story of the Holocaust alive, are now the ones creating another.
Amir Tajik is a freelance journalist and documentarian. He is the director and producer of the documentary "Holocaust; New & Improved". Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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