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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Yom HaShoah Today by Nadene Goldfoot

Nadene Goldfoot
The Holocaust killed 6 million Jews in Europe. On April 12, 1951, we started a universal remembrance establishing and starting on that day, Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Day, a day to remember these people who died.

We've been observing this day ever since then. This year it falls on this day, the 27th of Nisan. This occurs 8 days before Yom HaAtzmaut, or Israeli Independence Day. We do a lot of remembering. That makes us good historians.

It's good we do this. Iran has been trying to white-wash these facts by denying the Holocaust. So have other anti-semites. The fact is that Hitler and his followers tried to eradicate all the Jews in the world and that's a horrendous thing. It's a traumatic lesson to us. After living in Germany since the Middle Ages and being good citizens, Jews were then the scapegoats for whatever problems the country had. Suddenly they became less than human to the average German through Hitler's rantings and ravings. The whole country except for a very small few turned against them, and they were led to slaughter.

Yes, we did realize at that point the necessity of having and living in our own country where we could control our destiny. It became of the utmost importance to establish Israel after the war when the opportunity finally arose after 2,000 years of praying daily for our return to our homeland.

It's shocking to me that Iran is calling Israel a racist state when Muslims have 23 countries that are Muslim and we are trying to hold onto Israel, the only Jewish state in the world. We have a million Muslim Arabs living in our state while they have no Jews. Who is the racist?

It's even more shocking to me that the world seems to be going along with their warped logic and is accepting their charges. When will people wake up? I guess they are true followers of Hitler. If you say a lie long enough, people will believe it. I think that's the true evil in the world; the lack of reason.

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