LOS ANGELES, April 9, 2013—Holocaust Remembrance Day came and went, but the holiday known abroad as Yom HaShoah is facing irrelevance.
How can this possibly be? How can a holiday to commemorate the slaughter of six million Jews become irrelevant? What happened to “never again?”
The sad reality is that time changes the lens with which history is viewed until that history is erased permanently.
My father is a Holocaust survivor. His (now deceased) parents were. The Holocaust was something that actually happened to them. They lived it, with my father still baring the scars today.
I grew up with it. It was drilled into me through phrases like “never forget the core of who you are.”
In fifty years, it will be something that people read about in textbooks. Young Jews will be as mystified as young black children are today trying to comprehend slavery.
Many people will insist that HRD teaches the world, and how important it is that we all learn about the horrors of the Holocaust.
The problem with this is that the world does not care, and is not being taught anything.
Some Jews care. Many evangelical Christians care. Outside of North America, billions of people either do not know or do not care.
The fact is that nothing has been learned. The Jewish people currently face two existential threats, and are doing absolutely nothing to save themselves from extinction.
The external threat is Radical Islam. Islamists want to blow up the entire world to bring about the twelfth Imam and spread a global caliphate. Eliminating Jews and “Little Satan” Israel from the Earth is a major part of this plan. The Jewish response is impotence, also known as “dialogue,” “diplomacy,” and “sanctions.”
The internal threat is intermarriage. The Jewish intermarriage rate stands around 52%. Very rarely do these marriages produce children with a Jewish identity. The typical result is a Christian home or an unaffiliated one. What Hitler failed to do to my family, Jews are doing to themselves through assimilation. Jewish birthrates are alarmingly low, and half of Jewish women aged 34 and higher have no children. Feminism, materialism, and other movements that deemphasize the family have contributed to this problem. This is before getting to social issues such as abortion and gay marriage.
Orthodox Jews are the pleasant exception to this misery. They have many children, instill Jewish pride in them, and want to crush enemies of the Jews and Israel with as much force as possible. Yet organizations such as Chabad and other Orthodox groups only make up about 10% of American Jews. The remaining 90% range from those with zero Jewish identity to Jews who care somewhat about Judaism, but not as much as environmentalism or other left-wing activist causes. Orthodox Jews cannot save Judaism from extinction by themselves. They are strong in spirit but not in numbers.
Some will say that the Jews always survive. They are a 6,000 year miracle. Yet God helps those who help themselves. American Jews used to be willing to support those who fight and win wars to protect Israel. American Jews used to marry other American Jews and have Jewish children. Now many of these Jews have embraced secularism, liberalism, anti-war extremism, and anything but actual real Judaism.
Showing Holocaust videos to Orthodox Jews is preaching to the converted.
Germans learn about the Holocaust because they are forced to do so. This needs to be done with the one billion Muslims in the Middle East. Leaders in Iran and Syria need to be forcibly removed as was done in Iraq. Steps should be taken to make sure Islamists do not take over as was done in Egypt and Libya. These governments like to indoctrinate their people with Jew-hatred. It is long past time that installed pro-Western governments bombard the Muslim people with Jew-love. They do not need to be converted, but they must be forced to learn about Jews in a positive light. The key word is force.
The same needs to be done with the world’s leftists, who are predisposed to violence every bit as dangerous as that of the Islamists.
Teaching people who already believe in Judaism about Jewish history accomplishes very little. Teaching it to the rest of the world is when real change happens.
Forcing leftists and Islamists worldwide to watch Holocaust videos is a start. Tough steps will be required to make sure nobody leaves the viewing room until the videos are completed and the stories are seared into denying skulls. Viewing must be mandatory, and fully enforced by any and all measures.
In the Gaza Strip, Palestinians should hear the truth blared over loudspeakers. Entrance to every checkpoint should require watching a short Holocaust video. Make the children cry and force their parents to justify suicide bombers.
Only when animals realize they are animals do they finally confront themselves and consider joining the ranks of civilized human beings.
Failure to force Jewish enemies into submission is tacit approval to allowing them to plan the next Holocaust.
Once enough Jews grasp this, then maybe Holocaust Remembrance Day will truly matter again.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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