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    But what's the meaning of not forgiving? How does it help the survival of the Jewish people? Maybe it's better to forgive but not forget. The Holocaust cannot be reversed, but but we can prevent another one by studying it from every perspective, from the causes of the Holocaust to the exact mechanism that brought the Nazis to power. The only time history doesn't repeat itself is when we are totally prepared for it. Remember the last episode of the "Godfather" movie, where the aging Al Pacino becomes the mentor of the new young Mafia members who will ultimately replace him: when one of his apprentices expresses anger against the enemies of his Corleone family , then Al Pacino roars and tells him "Don't hate your enemy, it affects your judgment!!!". Thus it is important to be very objective and unemotional when you are taking action, and in order to prevent another Holocaust, we need to understand the psychology of the anti-Semites, and the only way we can fully understand this is by putting ourselves in their position and figure out how they are thinking. Instead of hating the Germans, it's better to investigate them, to find out what they have in common with future manifestations of anti-Semitism elsewhere in the world. Reverse all steps, re-construct history scene by scene, figure out who trained Alfred Rosenberg in Russia. Find out the high school experiences of Reinhard Heydrich. Figure out why the Jews were used by the Nazis to gain power.

    from the article: Poll: Israeli Jews still don't forgive Germany for the Holocaust
    First published 06:05 22.11.10 | Last updated 06:05 22.11.10
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