“A very solemn day on the Jewish Calendar”

Yid with Lid:

Tonight [Last night] at sunset begins a very solemn day on the Jewish Calendar, Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance day.  It is observed on the 27th day of the month of Nisan, which marks the day when Allied troops liberated the first Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany, in 1945. The full name of the day is Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah, which means the “Day of (remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.”

On the morning of April 12th, 1945 General Eisenhower met Generals Bradley and Patton at Ohrdruf Concentration Camp. Afterwards Eisenhower also ordered every American soldier in the area who was not on the front lines to visit Ohrdruf and Buchenwald. He wanted them to see for themselves what they were fighting against. On this Yom HaShoah their words are much more moving then anything I could say:

During the camp inspections with his top commanders Eisenhower said that the atrocities were “beyond the American mind to comprehend.” He ordered that every citizen of the town of Gotha personally tour the camp and, after having done so, the mayor and his wife went home and hanged themselves. Later on Ike wrote to Mamie, “I never dreamed that such cruelty, bestiality, and savagery could really exist in this world.” He cabled General Marshall to suggest that he come to Germany and see these camps for himself. He encouraged Marshall to bring Congressmen and journalists with him. It would be many months before the world would know the full scope of the Holocaust — many months before they knew that the Nazi murder apparatus that was being discovered at Buchenwald and dozens of other death camps had slaughtered millions of innocent people.

General Eisenhower understood that many people would be unable to comprehend the full scope of this horror. He also understood that any human deeds that were so utterly evil might eventually be challenged or even denied as being literally unbelievable. For these reasons he ordered that all the civilian news media and military combat camera units be required to visit the camps and record their observations in print, pictures and film. As he explained to General Marshall, “I made the visit deliberately, in order to be in a position to give first-hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to ‘propaganda.’” 

His prediction proved correct. When some groups, even today, attempt to deny that the Holocaust ever happened they are must confront the massive official record, including both written evidence and thousands of pictures, that Eisenhower ordered to be assembled when he saw what the Nazis had done. Source

Yid includes this moving video that ought to be viewed by every human being:

To think there are those today who would deny this ever took place, or those that would again call for the destruction of Israel and the Jews, is a sad commentary on the depravity of some.

And the ignorance and insensitivity evidenced in the following disgraceful tweet on the eve of this day of remembrance is, in my less than humble view, as depraved:

Disgrace

One hopes that the timing of the tweet is sourced not in willfulness but in complete ignorance.

If not, might God overcome the depravity.

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Posted by on April 19, 2012.
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  • jim_m

    Every year it feels like “Never Again” seems less like defiant resolve and more like wishful thinking.

    And yet people question why they are considered antisemitic when they believe every last bit of propaganda from a people whose favorite book after the Koran is Mein Kampf.

  • ackwired

    To equate the one picture with the other is irrational and immoral. 

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      To deny the relevance of the comparison is immoral and irrational.

      • jim_m

         The only difference between the two pictures is that the first picture reflects the aspirations of the people who made the shirt in the second picture.

    • http://www.brutallyhonest.org Rick Rice

      You sir or madam, are exhibiting the behavior with that statement of a complete ignoramus.

      • ackwired

        And you sir, demean the gravity of the holocaust by equating it to the Palestinians desire for a homeland.

        • http://www.brutallyhonest.org Rick Rice

          Equate?  Explain your idiocy… use as many words as you can, if you can.  To attempt to suggest what you’re suggesting is to engage in the lowest form of stupidity but hey, I’m game so please, wow us with your eloquence.

          • ackwired

            Consider what it means to be a Palestinian. Suddenly all Palestinian land is occupied by Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. You have no homeland. Many Palestinians only know life in a refugee camp. When Israel decided to place “settlements” in occupied territory, land was taken from Palestinians to “settle”, and then land was taken from Palestinians to build roads to the “settlements”, and then Palestinian houses were knocked down if Israel decided that they were too close to the roads. Palestinians have been unwelcome and abused by all nations in the area, and by their own “leaders”. The Palestinian people have much more in common with the Jews in pre-WWII Europe than they do with the Nazi’s.

            As for your juvenile insults. They reveal more about your character and intelligence than they do mine.

          • jim_m

            Go learn about the mandate period.  Jordan did not exist until the partition.  You are suggesting in your limited understanding that somehow Jordan took Palestinian lands. 

            By saying that you demonstrate your complete ignorance of history and the fact that you have bought into a bunch of historically illiterate propaganda.

            Your comparison to Pre WWII Jews is repugnant and ill informed. European Jews were not offered a homeland that they refused multiple times. Palestinians also are avid followers of Hitler making Mein Kampf one of their best sellers. Lastly, you ought to know that the modern Baathist party is nearly a direct descendant of the Nazi party.

            :Like many leftists you buy into this BS revisionist history without ever bothering to examine what actually happened.

          • Brucehenry

            I won’t start with you about your other points, Jim, but you are incorrect in saying that Jordan did not exist until “the partition,” if you are referring to the 1947 partition of British Palestine.

            The Hashemite kingdom called “Transjordan” was created, along with Iraq, by the British in 1921. It’s called simply “Jordan” these days, but the same dynasty still rules there.

          • ackwired

            It’s a good thing you were not raised in one of those refugee camps.  With your tolat inability to empathize and your inability to consider another’s position and situation, you would be a perfect candidate for terorism.

          • jim_m

            Ackwired, Thanks for the death threat.

             You do realize that the whole reason the refugee camps exist is not the Israelis but the arabs who refuse to allow the refugees to leave Israel.  The refugees were leaving not because they were being driven out but because they didn’t want to live near Jews.

          • jim_m

             Oh, And I will notice that you never bothered once to address the substance of my posts, but like the ignorant coward you attack me personally.

          • ackwired

            Death threat?  The point is that you have the perfect qualities to become a terrorist if you were raised in a refugee camp.

            As for you other remarks, please see my above post about the mistreatment of the Palestinian people by vurtually anyone who had access to them.

            Enough!

          • http://www.brutallyhonest.org Rick Rice

            I’m accused by you of equating the two pictures (and particularly diminishing the holocaust by the alleged comparison) when I did nothing of the sort… with the accusation, it would seem you’d have an issue with that equating (if logic were to prevail)… but then you follow up with comments doing what…

            Equating Palestinian ‘suffering’ with that of the holocaust.

            Incredible level of fuzzy headed thinking.

            Thanks ackwired for the exchange.  

            It’s revealing.

          • ackwired

            Well, let’s clarify.  The purpose of the article was to imply that a tee shirt with the word Palestine on it was about carrying on the holocaust.

            I said that the Palestinian people had more in common with the pre-WWII jews than they do the Nazi’s.

            The fuzziness may have resulted from your spin.

          • http://www.brutallyhonest.org Rick Rice


            Well, let’s clarify.  The purpose of the article was to imply that a tee shirt with the word Palestine on it was about carrying on the holocaust.

            At least we now know comprehension is your problem.The t-shirt is, I’m sure, an affront to all Jews… but especially on the day when Jews are commemmorating their most solemn of days… That’s what it was about…Sigh…

        • jim_m

           If the Palis desired a homeland so much then why, when the mandate was partitioned, did they refuse their homeland?  The Peel Commission recommended a 2 state solution and the Palis rejected this in 1939.  At every opportunity the Palis have rejected peace in order to pursue genocide against the Israelis.

          • jim_m

            And when you are done explaining that away try this:

            In 2000, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered to withdraw from 97 percent of the West Bank and 100 percent of the Gaza Strip. In addition, he agreed to dismantle 63 isolated settlements. In exchange for the 3 percent annexation of the West Bank, Israel said it would give up territory in the Negev that would increase the size of the Gaza territory by roughly a third.

            Barak also made previously unthinkable concessions on Jerusalem agreeing that Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem would become the capital of the new state. The Palestinians would maintain control over their holy places and have “religious sovereignty” over the Temple Mount.

            According to U.S. peace negotiator Dennis Ross, Israel offered to create a Palestinian state that was contiguous, and not a series of cantons. Even in the case of the Gaza Strip, which must be physically separate from the West Bank unless Israel were to be cut into non-contiguous pieces, a solution was devised whereby an overland highway would connect the two parts of the Palestinian state without any Israeli checkpoints or interference. The proposal also addressed the Palestinian refugee issue, guaranteeing them the right of return to the Palestinian state and reparations from a $30 billion fund that would be collected from international donors to compensate them.

            Arafat rejected it all and reignited a war only months later.  The Palis have never negotiated in good faith.  The only people either stupid enough or antisemitic enough to deny this are the leftist tools.

    • Commander_Chico

      Elie Wiesel agrees with you, but what does he know about the Holocaust compared to Rick Rice or Rodney?

      http://www.timesofisrael.com/elie-wesiel-dismisses-comparisons-between-irans-intentions-and-holocaust/

      • jim_m

         No one was claiming that the pictures were equivalent.  The point was that they were relevant.  Unfortunately, antisemitic tools like you and Ackwired couldn’t see past their hate.

        • Commander_Chico

          You mean antisemitic tools like me, Ackwired and Elie Wiesel, don’t you?

          • jim_m

             Somehow I doubt that Weisel would claim that arab antisemitism has nothing to do with Nazism.   And he would be able to distinguish between something being called related and being called equivalent, clearly something you lack the capacity to do.

  • Guest

    Leave it to the right to politicize the holocaust for their own political purposes.

    • jim_m

       So you deny that the Holocaust has any political implications?  It has nothing to do with the formation of the state of Israel? It has had nothing to do with European politics in general and German politics specifically?

      Now who’s hiding their heads in the sand?

    • John_LC_Silvoney

      How on earth could you discern anything within light years of “politicization”, Sybil?
      You didn’t even read the article ,did you?
      Get a hobby.

    • wolfie773

      Leave it to the left to perpetrate holocausts.

  • Hank_M

    My father-in-law served in WWII. He often talked about the battles he was in, what it was like being in a tank destroyer, boot camp, meeting Patton, etc. But the one thing he could not and would not talk about was what he saw when he was part of a group first on the scene of a concentration camp about to be liberated. It was that unspeakable.

    Thanks for noting this day in history.

  • Gmacr1

    Also of note on this day Janet Reno, the FBI, BATFE and others incinerated Waco.

  • The_Queen_of_France

    These images always chill my soul. And to think, God still loves us despite our ability and willingness to do things like this. That also gives me chills.