Holocaust Memorial Day
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.