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Expiating Western Guilt

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Before the 1970s, there were few Holocaust memorial ceremonies. Survivors were “the other,” and we – the “pioneering subject.” This narrative had only one advantage: No one appropriated the suffering of “the other.”

Gradually, though, we all became victims, and the culture of memory in the school curricula, on television, in ceremonies, in the endless verbiage, only deepened the process of self-victimization. Now, “the state of the Jewish nation” – most of which doesn’t want to live here, and most of whose population, when all the territories under its control are included, aren’t Jewish – is hosting the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, bringing this process to a new, louder phase.

Remembering the Holocaust has flourished in the West as if it was there since the extermination ended. But it is only since January 27, 2006, in the wake of a UN resolution, that the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz is marked as a global day of remembrance, following a German resolution from 1996. Why did Germany wait until then? Why didn’t it pick a different date? (the introduction of the Nuremberg Laws?........

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