Thursday, January 27, 2005

27th January 2005.-THE LIBERATION OF AUSCHWITZ- The 60th Anniversary

27th January 2005. On this date, 60 years ago, the 27th of January, 1945, Soviet Red Army troops entered the gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau with the words "Arbeit mach frei" (work makes free)above them, and liberated the concentration camp, where millions of people were killed, most of them Jews. Those young men who first entered the gates of hell could not believe their eyes. The horrors they had suffered on the battlefield had not prepared them for their entry into the world of the living dead.

The physical appearance of the walking skeletons caused those young men to beg their officers to be allowed to leave, the sight was too hard to bear. As they went from barracks to barracks they discovered that the unbearable physical condition was overshadowed by the appalling psychological condition of the poor souls who survived, their hollow eyes reflecting every family member torn from their arms, every beating, every body found in the morning, every time the shots rang out followed by the acrid smell of burning flesh reaching out over the death camp, an all enveloping reminder of what the morrow may bring.

As a people we must never forget what happened in Auschwitz; never forget with what ease hatred can be whipped up by the rhetoric of evil tyrants; as a Jews we must never forget that we live in a world which is capable of doing it again.

The Allied Governments knew what was happening in the death camps; the leading nations of that time knew of the slaughter, massacre, torture, what is known today as "ethnic cleansing"; that horrific, politically correct way to describe the most heinous of crimes. The British Government, so deeply into the war from 1939, came to know at least some of the details of what occurred in these Hadean hellholes as did the United States Government who did not enter the war until 1942. How could these leaders whose every speech talk of fighting for freedom, ignore the awful information their intelligence services gave them?

Winston Churchill, bulldog of democracy, defender of freedom did not act on information given? The age old question as to why they didn't simply bomb the railroad tracks is still unanswered in the UK and the USA, two countries which pride themselves on transparent government.

We know they flew over the camps, photographed them and bombed just 2 kilometres from the ovens, one explosion could have saved thousands, even millions of lives.

Todays media tries to paint a picture of "the Jew" so similar to the work of Goebbles in its insidious anti-semitism We cannot afford to fly over the problem and ignore it. We must shout and scream and retract our advertising and readership until the truth is told. The effectivity of the insidious television news representation of Jews and Israelis in two countries whose State TV stations represent Israel as the oppressor has resulted in a sharp rise in anti-semitic attacks, in Russia and Great Britain, two countries who fought the Third Reich with all their might. When referring to the BBC anti-semitic broadcasts Tehila Nahalon, who is the advisor to Minister Natan Sharansky on anti-Semitism, said: "You can't brainwash people for four years that Israel is an illegitimate country and that Israelis are like the Nazis and that Israelis are monsters and expect that nothing will happen to Jews."

We are all responsible for what happens now. Will we be dehumanized until we go like sheep to the slaughter or will we fight? Then we had no choice and no source of pride, now we do. We have Israel, the only place in the world where we are safe. I am not suggesting that you all pack your bags and run here, but a major part of the dehumanization of Israel and Jews has caused Jews to lose their pride in Israel. Don't allow yourselves to be fooled, this is a great nation, they tried to destroy us but we rose like a Phoenix from the ashes of the Holocaust, out of the horror that was Auschwitz-Birkenau a truly miraculous thing happened, a united people was re-born. Those who survived the Holocaust, viewed their rebirth as a gift and became great scientists, doctors, economists, politicians and entertainers, making this world a better place. Those who lived the Holocaust understand why Israel exists, they know that we had to go home to be safe; those who now question our right to be here have lost the essence of Judaism, the Holy Land, Jerusalem and Israel, home.

Aeroplanes, F15 fighters of the Israeli Air Force, some flown by descendants of Holocaust survivors, conducted a fly past in the skies above Auschwitz. They used aerial photographs of the camp, taken in 1944 as their guide. The lead pilot described his sensations thus "As we flew over the camp we felt we were carrying the cries of the dead with us. Our aeroplanes bore the blue Star of David, our badge of freedom, the emblem of our land, over the place where Jews were forced to wear the yellow Star of David, the star of bondage. We flew over Auschwitz, remembered, cried and then flew home, home to Israel.

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