I don’t often write on the insanity of hate - most often surrounded by the stench of death, but there comes a time to speak out clearly without political, religious, and non-literate bias.
This column brings with it no solutions, no superior thought, and obviously no hint of ending humanity’s embrace of hate. I want you to read this not once with a quick review - I want you to read this twice with the love of family, especially our children.
Auschwitz Camp I - first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners, who began to arrive in May 1940. The first extermination of prisoners took place in September 1941, and Auschwitz Camp II at Birkenau went on to become a major site of the Nazi “Final Solution to the Jewish question.” From early 1942 until late 1944, transport trains delivered Jews to the camp’s gas chambers from all over German-occupied Europe, where they were killed with the pesticide Zyklon B. At least 1.1 million prisoners died at Auschwitz, around 90 percent of them Jewish; approximately one in 6 Jews killed in the Holocaust, died at Auschwitz - gassed and then cremated.
When the war ended, those who lived in the surrounding area claimed that - “we were unaware of what was going on” — that they had no idea Auschwitz — “was a death camp.” That was a lie — I find it impossible to believe that they did not recognize the stench of over one-million burning bodies. The bodies of innocent men, women, and children - seems it escaped their senses. There is no doubt that hate can hide even when surrounded by death, decay, and rivers of blood.
The Jews have never lived in the arms of peace — their “Genesis” reflects war, hatred, and the constant fear of annihilation at somebody’s hands — especially those of different faiths. Following World War II, the British withdrew from their mandate of Palestine, and the UN proposed partitioning the area into Arab and Jewish states, an arrangement rejected by the Arabs and deeply supported by the United States.
Nonetheless, an Israeli state was declared in 1948, and the Israelis subsequently defeated the Arabs in a series of wars without ending the deep tensions between the two sides. Israel has struggled to retain its honor, freedom, and nation. All those nations that surround them have tried to evoke their own “Final Solution” — to date unsuccessful.
The election of Hamas to head the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006 froze relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority — it is difficult dealing with those who believe the road to peace is predicted on the destruction of Israel. Those who, similar to the Nazi, attempt to annihilate the Jews have no morality, ethics and very few are literate enough to understand these three words — faith, hope, and love. Those who put even their children in death’s path to create rage among the uneducated and religiously biased, much like the Jihadists — simply will not succeed.
I wish people of every nation could, for just a moment, in their life have their minds and hearts embraced by the devastation of losing family to a “Final Solution” — that each could sense absolute hate, smell the stench of death and see the millions of children stacked for cremation. I believe in freedom, education, and the premise that all of us are equal — in that belief I embrace these words — “the United States of America must and should never allow a radical and deeply disturbing religion destroy Israel — for Israel is our family.”