Yes, it is Holocaust Appreciation Day.
|This priest wisely apologizes for the horrors of the Holocaust|
Now, I've been speaking out for some time now on this issue of great importance: We need a Holocaust Appreciation Month for the world to celebrate, not simply a single day. It must be a month with at least 31 days in it (no short February like the Blacks in the US received). I recommend December as that's the time of the 'Winter Holiday' where we celebrate the most famous Jew's life (Jesus the Jew) so it would be, I believe, appropriate to recognize the suffering that month, too.
I urge all readers to write to our friends at the Anti Defamation League or the JDL or whichever pro-Jewish/pro-Israel organization you regularly support with your donations, and urge them to organize their politicians in DC and their friends in the UN to run with the idea for a month-long celebration. And (this should go without saying, but...) it should be worldwide.
This is one way in which we can assuage some of the shame and guilt we collectively possess for our part in causing the holocaust. We are all to blame.
I regularly cut my wrists on April 8. Not deep enough to take my life, but deep enough to cause pain and fairly extensive blood loss. I want to feel, for a few brief moments, a twinge of the pain and fear and suffering God's Chosen People had to face during the 10 or so years that Germany operated the Death Camps. I also strip naked and spend the night out in the nearby woods, shivering and miserable in the cold. I'm not looking forward to that tomorrow as it is only in the high 30's right now and a frigid rain has been falling incessantly for 3 days. But a naked night shivering with blood dripping off my fingers is nothing compared to what was endured by our heroes. Were I a real man I'd spend a month or even a year like this. Alas, I am not a Jew.
One of my heroes, and I'm sure one of yours, is the Estimable Shimon Peres.
A few hours ago Mr. Peres delivered a heart-wrenching speech in regards to this very issue. I present it below, in full, for you to read and reflect. Please - do what I did - insure you have a large, new box of Kleenex handy. You'll need it as you blubber along to his words:
The Jewish people are a small nation in number, but large in spirit. That spirit cannot be burned in the ovens. From the ashes of the Holocaust rose spiritual redemption and political rebirth. We rose and we built a state of our own.
Heartbreaking, isn't it?