Sunday, January 27, 2008

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today, for the first time, the bodies representing Britain’s Muslims will join in events to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The day was initiated by the European Parliament in 2000 and further supported by a declaration of the United Nations in 2005. Britain’s churches have been involved from the outset, but the mosques have tended to boycott the commemoration, following the lead set by the Muslim Council of Britain. This has now ended. Their concern had been about not negating the significance of other acts of genocide while specifically remembering the Nazi one.

In another first, Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial is attempting to combat Holocaust denial in the Arab and Muslim world with the development of an Arabic-language website. Ghaleb Majadle, Israel's first Muslim cabinet minister, said: ‘From now on, Arabic speakers will also be able to learn the truth about the Holocaust without intermediaries that act from hate’.

While Iraninan President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called the Holocaust a ‘myth’, and said Israel should be ‘wiped off the map’, and further played host to an international conference of Holocaust deniers, Jordan's Prince Hassan says: ‘This educational website on the Holocaust in Arabic presents a unique opportunity to learn about and understand the issues which are not only of historical import, but are also vital to our lives today’.

In light of the Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism prevalent in Arabic countries, they want to offer an alternative source of information to ‘moderates’ in these countries, to provide them with reliable information about the Shoah.

The site not only includes material which explains the history of the Holocaust, it also tells stories of Islam’s ‘Oskar Schindlers’ – the Muslim ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ from Turkey and Albania who saved many Jews from the death camps.

Yad Vashem has experienced a tremendous growth in the number of visitors from Islamic countries, and Cranmer is pleased to hear of the enlightenment of Muslims from Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the Emirates, Blackburn, Bradford and Oldham.

The nation must remember Auschwitz, Dachau and Birkenau. While we were silent, six million disappeared like smoke before our eyes. The history is to be repented of and learnt from. Never again should we remain silent as calls to destruction echo throughout the world.


Anonymous nedsherry said...

The EU violins strike up, the Socialist Workers choir begins to hum the Internationale and Comrade-Archbishop Cranmer, onion in hand, begins to preach on the central event in the Christian calendar:

The nation must remember Auschwitz, Dachau and Birkenau. While we were silent, six million disappeared like smoke before our eyes. The history is to be repented of and learnt from. Never again should we remain silent as calls to destruction echo throughout the world.

Tony Blair could have put it no better. That should give His Grace pause for thought, but I doubt that it will. Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat.

27 January 2008 at 12:41  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Nedsherry,

Nescio quid dicas. Abundant dulcibus vitiis. Et quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.

27 January 2008 at 12:55  
Anonymous hudson said...

An excellent post, and one which reminds us that in our own land, and in many others, the voices of innocent millions slain before birth still go unheard.

27 January 2008 at 13:21  
Anonymous billy said...

Well done, your Grace and how about translations of the Latin for those of us (the majority?) with lesser educations?
State schooling, vocational qualifications and polytechnic has left no time for Latin.

27 January 2008 at 13:40  
Anonymous דניאל said...

Ezekiel 37

The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,

And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,

And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and for all the house of Israel his companions:

And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?

Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.

And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.

And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.

Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.

And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.

And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.

Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.

My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

Am Yisrael chai - The people of Israel live.

27 January 2008 at 14:19  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

i really dont know how anyone can be a holocaust denyer , why would you want to fake it in the first place??

but it wasnt just the jews it was anyone who the nazis felt was subhuman , when they went into russia they didnt carry prisoners.

when suchov took berlin , he used mongol troops, who were apparnetly worse than the ss it was considered revenge.

it is good that we remeber the holocaust , but considering rawanda and now kenya , it appears that the conditions for a repeat are never far away when insoluble differences are forced to vye for the right to power .

27 January 2008 at 14:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

never forget xxx

27 January 2008 at 14:35  
Anonymous mickey said...

Your Grace,

One suspects that the reason for Holocaust denial in Muslim countries is primarily a response to the arguments put forward as justification for Israel's existence. Both sides in this dispute, in a legalistic style, disassemble all opposing arguments and attack/undermine/deny each of these as a matter of course.

So, for this reason alone, one should not expect to see any decline in Holocaust denial in the Muslim world so long as the Israel-Palestine situation remains determinedly unresolved.

As to your final point, it would seem that we have been no more successful at halting genocide since WW2 than we were beforehand. If there is a way of dealing peaceably with this demonic aspect of the human psyche then, I would suggest, we have yet to find it.

27 January 2008 at 17:32  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat is easy to find on the web: "Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first drives mad." The Latin is more concise and more traditional. What is not traditional in the slightest is Holocaust Memorial Day. It embodies all the more outstanding qualities of the man who introduced it: the deeply insincere, self-serving and dishonest Mr T. Bliar.

"Rome is welcome to him. The Church of England is best purged of such hypocrites."

27 January 2008 at 20:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet the Jews celebrate their genocidal victories as religious festivals.

Holocaust Memorial Day is intended to remind the goyim that they are not entitled to their own country, but the Jews are.

27 January 2008 at 21:55  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

I'm with Ned Sherrin on this. As for דניאל, can't you just give a link to an on-line Bible, in case we want to read the whole thing?

28 January 2008 at 12:00  
Anonymous DocBud said...

"While we were silent, six million disappeared like smoke before our eyes. The history is to be repented of and learnt from. Never again should we remain silent as calls to destruction echo throughout the world."

Although persecution of Jews, and others, started before World War II, the systematic mass extermination of Jews and others only began in early 1942. What would Bishop Cranmer have had the allies do beyond fighting a life and death struggle with the Third Reich? I agree we should always strive to learn the lessons of history, but that doesn't mean that every event, however, significant or tragic, should become hostage to the modern penchant for wallowing in self-guilt or victimhood. If I'm to do any repenting, it will be for something I was responsible for, not something my forefathers or foremothers supposedly were, with the benefit of hindsight, guilty of.

"Their concern had been about not negating the significance of other acts of genocide while specifically remembering the Nazi one." Yeah, pigs fly and fairies live down the bottom of my garden. They seem pretty keen to negate the significance of the Armenian massacres.

I'm off to put a saucer of milk (low fat) out for the fairies.

29 January 2008 at 02:40  
Anonymous Bernie the Bolt said...

I think your history at the start of your story is slightly awry Your Grace. On 10 June 1999, in reply to a parliamentary question in the House of Commons from Andrew Dismore, MP, Prime Minister Tony Blair replied: ‘I am determined to ensure that the horrendous crimes against humanity committed during the Holocaust are never forgotten. The ethnic cleansing and killing that has taken place in Europe in recent weeks are a stark example of the need for vigilance.’ Government officials convened a working group to develop proposals for wider consultation. This group included representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Education and Skills (then the Department for Education and Employment), the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the London Borough of Barnet, as well as organisations with experience and expertise in Holocaust education and remembrance. A consultation document was issued in October 1999. Replies were received from 237 organisations and 284 interested parties, the majority of who expressed support for an inclusive and forward-looking Holocaust Memorial Day. The first UK Holocaust Memorial Day was held in January 2001 and has been held each 27 January ever since. That date marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. So now you know what I know!

Kind regards

29 January 2008 at 04:44  
Blogger dizzyfatplonka said...

Holocaust rememberance should be inclusive
Here follows a short piece from the above link

[Remember Professor Johnson and his statement, “Organized religion has caused more suffering, wars and violence than any other cause”? Professor Johnson just baited his students, and as the good professor tells us, “Almost all the students raise their hands in agreement.”
“I then demand that they provide dead bodies as evidence. They usually mention the Crusades and one or two other religious wars they might have heard of but in none of their examples can they come up with a million deaths…I then point out that most of the people who have died as a result of war, have done so in the Twentieth Century and that most of the killing was done in the name of secular ideologies. I then ask them who is the ‘baddest’ of them all. Most guess Hitler. I then tell them that he is rated #3. Some then guess Stalin and I inform them that most scholars place him at #2 with 20 million killed. Almost no one gets #1 who, of course, is Mao who starts with an estimated 40 million. I then point out that the top two were Communists and Hitler was a radical proponent of Social Darwinism. All of these ideologies are based on atheistic systems.”]

29 January 2008 at 13:33  

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