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The One Lesson of the Holocaust

Yom HaShoah comes and goes. A day for looking back at what has happened and a day for looking away from what will happen.

Millions of dollars have been spent building memorials to the victims of the Holocaust, even as Iran is spending its millions on building another kind of memorial to the Holocaust, in the form of nuclear technology that will be used to finish that piece of history that the Islamic terror state claims never took place.

Millions more are spent, by some of the same groups that claim an interest in Holocaust education, on bringing Muslim migrants to America and Europe to carry out the promise of an Islamic apocalypse in which, as the Hadith states, "The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him." That is what the Islamic Holocaust looks like. And it's underway.

A Jew is murdered in France. Another in Jerusalem. And another and another.

The Final Solution, with its immediate extermination of the Jews, has been replaced by the Two State Solution, an intermediate process in which the land on which Jews can live in security is partitioned into smaller and smaller pieces.

The Lebensraum of Islam demands ever more breathing room. And fewer breathing Jews. Israel is carved up into smaller indefensible ghettos. The number of places where the world decides that Jews can be allowed to live, shrink. The rest become "settlers" who must be evicted for the sake of peace. Even if the place they're "settling" is Jerusalem. The oldest Jewish city on earth.

And this Two State Solution, this intermediate process, has the almost universal backing of the major Jewish organizations who are so very deeply concerned about the Holocaust. It has the backing of the diplomats and politicians who put out canned statements urging that we learn the lessons of the Holocaust. The only lesson they have learned though is that another Holocaust needs better marketing.

It is comparatively easy to build a memorial. You hire the architect, raise the money, buy the land and then cut the ribbon. It is a much harder thing to do something about the need for those memorials in the first place. That is what learning the lessons of the Holocaust is about.

It is easier to build another memorial than to look into your heart and ask why two generations later, the majority of the American Jewish community was still too cowardly to stand up to a liberal icon in the White House... when the lives of millions of Jews were on the line.

From FDR to Obama, American Jewish leaders had two opportunities to stand up to a liberal icon and save Jewish lives. No amount of memorials can disguise the fact that they learned nothing.

The reassurances from American Jewish leaders that Obama meant well, that he will not sell out Israel and that he cares sounded familiar. The American Jewish leaders of the 30's and 40's echoed the same sentiments. Even as the St. Louis was turned back and its passengers were sent to the gas chambers, even as every effort made to aid or save Jews from the Holocaust was frustrated and shut down with the active complicity of the liberal American Jewish leadership who were loyal to FDR.

The same people who let millions die went on to light candles and issue their hypocritical sanctimonious statements of mourning for the dead.  More candles have been lit. More memorials have been built. But the lessons of the Holocaust continue to go unlearned.

Regardless of which administration is in office, the Two State Solution and any support for the Islamic terrorists seeking to exterminate the Jews, as they have already exterminated many of the Christians in the region, must be fought. When we fail to do this, then whatever our politics are, we abandon our obligations to the dead and to the living.

The most important lesson of the Holocaust is that the details of how it happened don't really matter. Had Hitler not come to power, had Germany not turned National Socialist, the Holocaust would have happened anyway. Stalin had one planned too before his death. Had it not been Hitler or Stalin, it would have been someone else. It still might be.

The Holocaust did not happen because of intolerance or fascism, as most liberals would like you to believe. It happened for the same overriding reason that any person or group of people is murdered. Because the Jews lacked the means of defending themselves against it.

There have been two Jewish responses to the Holocaust, on the one hand promoting tolerance and assimilation and on the other hand the State of Israel. Tolerance has done nothing to prevent the hatred and murder of Jews. In many cases it has actually served to promote it.

Every Muslim attack in Europe and America can be laid at the door of tolerance. When a Jewish woman is thrown out of a window in Paris or a Rabbi is beaten in Brussels, the true perpetrator is "tolerance".

The State of Israel stands as the only meaningful response to the Holocaust. Rather than building stone memorials and going back to business as usual, the State of Israel is not only a living future for the Jewish people, it is a response to the fundamental lesson of the Holocaust. The Holocaust happened because it could happen to a people who couldn't defend themselves. The State of Israel with its armies and borders was the best physical defense against it happening again.

Today the two responses to the Holocaust are battling out to the death, Tolerance and Assimilation vs the State of Israel. And the State of Israel is getting the worst of it. The teachers of tolerance blame Israel for the failure of their own ideology, manifest in the rising hatred of Jews around the world. If Israel wouldn't exist, somehow Jews wouldn't be hated, their thesis goes. As if Anti-semitism had been discovered lying around in a dustbin sometime after 1948.

But it is tolerance meanwhile that is killing Israel. The left has pushed Israel to the wall, because it represents the inversion of their ideology, it represents the reality that the best hope of the persecuted is not in multiculturalism or in tolerance classes, but in taking responsibility for their own safety and survival.


  1. Infidel24/4/17

    "They learned nothing."

    That seems to be one of the keys. I have been thinking a lot about that. Speaking as one who spent my life seeking knowledge, only to find myself surrounded and vilified by know-nothings whenever I speak the truth. Of course, I look back and see countless mistakes I made, wrong about so many things.

    1. They don't want to know. They don't want to face the truth.

  2. In case any of your readers missed listening to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks' latest video on mutating antisemitism. (Hope you don't mind the link) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UAcYn4uUbs

  3. Sultan, to be fair it is the Jews that are always pushing for tolerance and (false) utopia- a bastardized Tikkun Olam.

  4. Anonymous24/4/17

    And I might also add their eagerness to disarm themselves, and those who would side with them, in this country--ken

  5. Anonymous24/4/17

    If anybody needs lebensraum it's Israel. As Mid-East Muslims relocate to Europe and the USA, it would seem raum is becoming available. Syria Now Available For Immediate Occupancy!

  6. The Jews aren't the only ones, although because they are few in number they are easy targets. Muslims can't tolerate any non-Muslims.

    The entire left and a good fraction of the right don't understand this. I see anti-Semitism routinely on some right wing sites. Mostly they're angry over the fact that the leftists Jews are stupid and some of them are in positions of power. They're getting hysterical over Trump's daughter.

    The winner: Muslims. If Jews are evil then Israel is super evil and we must side with the (mostly Muslim) Palestinians. Ergo, Muslims are good because they hate Jews. It's a terrible situation for everyone except Muslims.

  7. On my Facebook page, all my Leftist Jewish friends are posting Yom Hashoah messages. They also all support the two-state solution and an increase in Muslim immigration to the West, including America. I chose to ignore Yom Hashoah on Facebook. It's a joke in the hands of the Left, an ugly, deadly joke.

  8. Tolerance of that which is unrecognized as but in reality is intolerable or leads to the intolerable reflects only the hope of Jews that they themselves will also be tolerated - for once... It's an error of an overly simplistic understanding of their reality. That excessive or unthinking "tolerance" can act to actually promote intolerant perspectives in others seems surprising at first but unchallenged attitudes lead to complacency. Sadly there are almost too many complacent Jews who take thinking about the Holocaust to be sufficient response to its reality. Glad to see that there are others who perceive more deeply. Yes, it can "happen again", it already has, but not against Jews, thanks to Israel.

  9. israel may be the only response to the holocaust but if that is the case why are you writing from America?
    I don't have the answer but my personal response to the holocaust is raising a family of committed Jewish children and grandchildren who know why they're here on earth.

  10. Anonymous25/4/17

    Great object lesson, Daniel. Tending to survival and success of Israel now is the only effective response. All else is impotent emotional flailing. Action always trumps talk.


  11. What's even more infuriating are these Europeans - like the Swedes - who simply won't recognize how Muslims are destroying civilization in their own countries. And we expect them to see how they're destroying anything that resembles civilized behavior in and around Israel.

  12. Anonymous25/4/17

    The sum of all the millions which have gone into the bricks and mortar of Holocaust Museums and memorials are not worth a damn if the visitors do not understand Daniel’s article and understand that there is a connection between the antisemitism of Christian Europe and the antisemitism of the Islamic Middle East and beyond.

    People must understand and join the dots from past to present and understand that the only hedge against another Holocaust is a strong and vibrant Israel with a Diaspora that supports Israel.

    The more I hear of Jews working directly or indirectly against Israel (or for Islamists which is the same thing) the more I worry that Israel is the only Island of sanity and refuge in a sea of barbarity.

    When the excuse to support your enemy is found in tikkun olam, then there is either something wrong with the concept itself or it has been purposely twisted by leftists for their own ends. It is the latter.

    I was speaking to a young left-wing Jewish student and he said that there is no problem giving “Palestinians” a state of their own because Israel is strong and can take it back if things go wrong.

    That is weird and flawed logic indeed and I wonder why these leftists think they can force the Jewish people to break their covenant with G-d, endanger Jews and give away The Land of Israel as if it were trash?

  13. I love the line ... the best hope of the persecuted is not in multiculturalism or in tolerance classes, but in taking responsibility for their own safety and survival

  14. As an Israeli, hearing Bibi continue to spout his support for the two state (final) solution makes me understand fully that until we shake off the Galut mentality and embrace our Jewish sovereignty, the true lessons of the Holocaust will never be learned.

  15. Anonymous25/4/17

    Tolerance is just another word for compromise.

  16. "No amount of memorials can disguise the fact that they learned nothing."

    A single sentence sums up the terminal weakness of the most advanced civilisation in world history.

  17. Anonymous26/4/17

    The worst part is that "human rights religion" (expression coined by Rabbi Sacks) - the human rights credo which was established post world war 2 to assuage the world's consciousness is now being used against Israel.

  18. Anonymous26/4/17

    The psalmist wrote, "If I forget thee Jerusalem, let my right hand whither and my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth." The garbled language of leftists is perhaps. evidence that the lack of perspective results in that outcome.

  19. Not quite, Daniel.
    "Tolerance" is not the reason for Jewish murders, it is the term masking the strategic alliance between the Islamic Nations and the EU, who made the price of their alliance the theft of Israel for Islam and the mass murder of Jews.

    Not tolerance. Deliberate orchestration.

  20. Daniel - Bullseye

  21. Well said, Mr. Greenfield.

    Michael Adams.(I try to comment under my name but they all tell me that the password is wrong or my name is already in use. Hell, yeah it is, by me! So, 'Anonymous' it is then.

  22. Anonymous27/4/17

    "Si vis pacem para bellum" . The Roman formula has been true since prehistoric times. If you want peace, be prepared for war. Not only it applies in case of naughty neighbours. Sometimes it is useful to draw a red line, and show it to everybody, friend and foe. Every endurance have some limits, and limits need also some endurance. Mr Netanyahu made this quite evident to German FM Mr Gabriel during his recent visit to IL. We did greatly appreciate Mr Netanyahu for his deed, more eloquent as thousand words.

    Clelia&Eric, Italian province, Eurabia

  23. Tolerance is just another word for accepting subjugation.

    Thank you for continuing to speak out for the lives and freedom of the Jewish people, Mr. Greenfield.

  24. Check out the preponderance of liberal/socialistic/progressives in teaching positions and you will find elite ineffectual "Jews" who no longer are incapable of comprehending the real world. They are the enemies within........

  25. Anonymous27/4/17

    No one need worry about islamic expansion and its attendant violence. Except for maybe the Jews. But...besides the Jews...nobody needs to worry. Well, except for the Maltese. But...besides the Jews and the Maltese...nobody needs to worry. Well, except for the Armenians. But...besides the Jews and the Maltese and the Armenians...nobody needs to worry. Well, except for the United States. But...besides the Jews and Maltese and the Armenians and the United States...nobody needs to worry. Well, except for Europe. But...besides the Jews and the Maltese and the Armenians and the United States and Europe...nobody needs to worry. Well, except for the Filipinos, Indonesians and the Japanese. But...besides the Jews and the Maltese and the Armenians and the United States and Europe and the Filipinos and the Indonesians and the Japanese...nobody needs to worry about islam.

    Hmmm...there is that whole mess with islamic sectarian fighting and all the troubles in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Somalia, India and Egypt.

    Never mind. Forget what I said.

    King WesternMan

  26. Socialism is the religion so many of these people were raised in and educated in. They were taught that the only valid "Judaism" is socialism. Like many Jewish secularists all over the political spectrum, they use Jewish imagery but do not engage the religious core of Judaism; instead they mock it.

  27. Y. Ben-David8/5/17

    I see two lessons from the Holocaust:
    (1) How EASY it was to do it. Six years of state-sponsored antisemitic propaganda by way of radio, cinema and the press was enough to get an entire nation to support a sadistic, genocidal policy. Today, with social media, the message can be, and is being spread even more quickly.

    (2) A people who is not capable of using armed force to defend itself, and instead relies on "liberal world opinion" doesn't have a chance.


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