JTA: Op-Ed: Vatican

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

JTA: Op-Ed: Vatican’s response to denial must be Holocaust education

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft · February 9, 2009

NEW YORK (JTA) — Richard Williamson, one of the four excommunicated bishops whom Pope Benedict XVI wants to bring back into the Roman Catholic fold, is not the only Holocaust denier in the Society of St. Pius X, an ultra-right-wing splinter group of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Italian branch of the society announced that it has expelled the Rev. Floriano Abrahamowicz for telling the northern Italian newspaper La Tribuna di Treviso that “I know that gas chambers existed at least for disinfection, but I don’t know if they were used to kill people or not.” Abrahamowicz, who called Jews “the people of deicide,” also has described the reforms instituted by the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, commonly referred to as Vatican II, which absolved contemporary Jews of responsibility for the death of Jesus Christ, as “worse than heresy.”

Abrahamowicz’s expulsion came in the wake of the firestorm over Williamson’s declaration on Swedish television that “I believe that the historical evidence is largely against, is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler.” Later he said, “I believe there were no gas chambers” and that between 200,000 and 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, “but none of them by gas chambers.”

Williamson is also openly anti-Semitic. He has endorsed the authenticity of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” the notorious Russian czarist forgery that purports to depict a Jewish conspiracy to rule the world, and has written publicly of “the false messianic vocation of Jewish world-dominion to prepare the Anti-Christ’s throne in Jerusalem.”


UK: The Guardian: EDITORIAL

Distinguishing between anti-Zionism and antisemitism has become a growth industry for every university department of cultural criticism. It is time the debate came out into the open, away from the classrooms and the academic journals. On average, there is an antisemitic attack of some kind every single day in the UK: graffiti, vandalism, arson and occasionally actual physical assault. Jewish schools have been granted extra protection. The Community Security Trust, which monitors incidents, issues frequent advice and warnings. According to the Trust the number of such incidents has risen again since Christmas, and the assault on Gaza. The government acknowledges that there is a growing problem. Responding to a two-year investigation by an all-party committee, it was decided that from this April, every police force will be required to keep a record of antisemitic offences.


Star Tribune: Complicity still haunts the church

Michael Gerson: Complicity still haunts the church
A Holocaust controversy reopens Vatican wounds that are all too recent.

By Michael Gerson

WASHINGTON – I recall sitting at a Kigali restaurant with a Tutsi woman who described the death of her younger sister, a university student, during the Rwandan genocide. The girl had been given up for murder by one of her own teachers, who was a nun. The survivor across from me, previously a Catholic, had never attended church again. In the sacrifice of the Mass, she could only see the sacrifice of her sister.

Many items on the list of horribles laid at the door of religion are libels or exaggerations. But this charge — the indifference or complicity of many Christians during the great genocides of modern history — is one of the genuine scandals.


The Arts: Imaginary Witness. Hollywood and the Holocaust

The Movie:
Hollywood is, of course, Ground Zero for glamour, glitz and artificiality. All of which makes for inconceivable incompatibility when thrust up against the unimaginable horrors of that most real evil of the 20th century, the Holocaust. Imaginary Witness is an unusually intelligent examination of Hollywood’s sometimes not so noble relationship with portraying the terrors of the Nazi regime from the earliest films of the 1930s which haltingly acknowledged the growing threat of Hitler’s order to what I guess you could call the halcyon days of such films as Schindler’s List, some sixty years later.
Originally produced for and aired on American Movie Classics, Imaginary Witness takes a more or less chronological look at the way the Holocaust has been portrayed by Hollywood, not only in feature films, but also in such associated fare as newsreels. In fact in one of the more bizarre clips featured (aside, perhaps, from a brief snippet of Laurel and Hardy actually speaking in German) is an early 30s newsreel showing Nazi Youth book burning parties, which the reel chalks up to youthful hi-jinks with an almost carefree air.

Once the documentary moves into the late 1930s and the first feature films to actually address the growing Nazi menace, like Confessions of a Nazi Spy from 1939, the tone of the piece grows substantially darker, as might be expected. It may also be surprising to some viewers to hear that it was Warner Brothers which actually was the most active at the beginning of this trend. While most, if not all, of the major studios were headed by Eastern European immigrant Jews, all of the honchos were of the “assimilate first” variety and didn’t want to be seen as espousing a uniquely Jewish point of view. This led them, incredibly, to uniform caving when Germany insisted that Jewish employees of the companies in Germany be fired. If you find yourselves disgusted by our current Congress, wait until you get a load of the mid- to late-30s version decrying Jews, including Hollywood executives, as being more dangerous to America than Hitler.


Israeli Teens: Survivors are disempowered and weak, 82% Believe Another Holocaust Possible

82% of the Youth: Another Holocaust is Possible

by Hillel Fendel

(IsraelNN.com) A poll of teenagers, students and soldiers conducted in 2008 by the Massuah Institute for the Study of the Holocaust finds that 82% of Israel

The Jewish Standard: They aren't just memoirs

They aren

LATIMES: Who exactly are the New Nazis????

‘Go back to the oven! You need a big oven, that’s what you need!”

This is what one young woman thought passed for acceptable discourse last week during an anti-Israel rally in, of all places, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Other chants were similarly unlovely. You can watch it on YouTube, if you like.

Gaza: Full coverage of the conflictBut why bother? The Fort Lauderdale outburst is just one window on the upside-down world of Israel hatred. Across the Islamic world, and in too many points West, it is still considered a penetrating and poignant insight to call Zionists the “new Nazis.” For instance, in Sunday’s Gulf News, Mohammad Abdullah al Mutawa, a sociology professor at United Arab Emirates University, penned an essay titled “Zionists are the new Nazis.” He began: “Today, the whole world stands as a witness to the fact that the Nazi Holocaust was a mere lie, which was devised by the Zionists to blackmail humanity.”

At a Saturday New York protest against Israel’s military assault on Gaza, some carried signs that read: “Israel: The Fourth Reich”; “Holocaust by Holocaust Survivors”; “Stop Israel’s Holocaust”; “Holocaust in Gaza”; and “Stop the Zionist Genocide in Gaza.”