OP-ED Teaching the Holocaust is important, But it won?t stop anti-Semitism today

By Kenneth Stern NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (JTA) – Holocaust Remembrance Day will be observed in many parts of the world on Jan. 27 thanks to a landmark 2005 U.N. General Assembly resolution designating that day. One might say, “It?s about time,” as it took 60 years for the United Nations to memorialize the Holocaust, or “perfect timing,” given Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?s ongoing public denial of the Holocaust, which is not unrelated to his desires to obtain nuclear arms and wipe Israel off the map. Remembrance of the Holocaust is important for many reasons, from recalling the enormity of the tragedy that befell European Jewry to reminding us all how easily the human capacity for hatred can be harnessed into genocide. But as we recall the horrors inflicted by the Nazis, we must not delude ourselves: Neither Holocaust remembrance nor Holocaust education should be considered an antidote to contemporary anti-Semitism.

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