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    • victornz
    • 13.04.10 | 03:49 (IDT)

    As a diaspora Jew, I see little purpose in insisting on the uniqueness of the Shoah. All that does is compartmentalize the subject and turn it into something that only Jews, Roma etc. need to concern themselves with. If we can't learn from Auschwitz that we are all members of the same human family and responsible for what happens to all our fellow humans, then Hitler has won. Having said which, there are a number of unique characteristics of the Shoah that pose questions to us all and are of universal significance. The most unique thing about it was that it was carried out by a modern, efficient bureaucracy recruited in a highly-developed and extremely well-educated country, known for its scholarship, intellectual and technological achievements and deep respect for legality. The bunch of gangsters controlling that country had gained power by largely legal and constitutional means. More to come

    from the article: The Holocaust isn't just about Jews
    First published 03:18 09.04.10 | Last updated 11:00 09.04.10
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