Antisemitism and the Holocaust

Antisemitism is one of the oldest hatreds

Antisemitism was the driving force behind the Final Solution, the Nazi plan for the extermination of the world’s Jews. Two out of every three Jews in Europe were killed. The total number was 6,000,000. This horrific time became known as the Holocaust, which occurred from 1939-1945.

Before the mass murders there were early signs of danger.

The Nuremberg Laws restricted the civil rights of Jews and stripped them of citizenship. Unfortunately, at the time the laws were imposed it was too late for many Jews to escape.

In this picture, Jews are being rounded up for murder.

Death camps such as Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Dachau can be visited until this day. The goal being that we must never forget the Holocaust, else history will repeat itself.

Although the pictures look old, the hatred has never died and continues to morph and mutate like a cancer in our societies. It’s also important to note that antisemites don’t all wear swastikas.

For purposes of exactitude, here is the exact definition of antisemitism below. Please learn it, and educate yourself regarding how contemporary antisemitism presents itself.

Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:

  • Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
  • Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
  • Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
  • Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust
  • Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
  • Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
  • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.