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    • 07.08.07 | 12:09 (IDT)

    "Various estimates talk about approximately 7,000 needy survivors. They must be helped immediately, with any sum that is required." This is a top, immediate priority. "The prime minister should blame only himself. By wanting so badly to be Santa Claus, he has with his own hands brought the humiliation on himself." This is Olmert's most frequent mistake. His complaints ring hollow. You cannot cut the holocaust out of a survivor and there is no shame in such a person donning the clothes that were part of that experience to make a point. He/she wears them internally forever. Those who objected most vociferously to being confronted by striped uniforms and yellow stars did so because they did not wish to be confronted with survivor reality not because there is anything shameful in the actual act. Holocaust memorial ceremonies in countries once occupied by the Nazis are always attended by survivors in their uniforms, who march - yes, proudly - under their associations' banner.

    from the article: The price of populism
    First published 00:00 07.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 07.08.07
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