Why a Holocaust Memorial Day?

reposted from my old UoE blog:

Why a Holocaust Memorial Day?

01.28.2013 ·

Here is why

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/4445811.stm

http://www.soundportraits.org/on-air/bergen-belsen/audio.php

… and in order to remain vigilantantisemitism is not a thing of the past, but, as Robert Fine reminds us in the latest issue of the European Sociologist (p.4), is often mistaken as such even by those who should be most aware of these things (i.e. us sociologists)

One effect of this pastification of antisemitism is that if people say that there is antisemitism in the air today or that they themselves are victims of antisemitism, they must either be mistaken, over-sensitive, delusionary or worst of all dishonest. Those who complain about antisemitism, or fight against antisemitism, or even wish peacefully to study antisemitism, can’t be right since it is already established that antisemitism no longer exists except on the fringes of right-wing extremism.

 

 

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