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Thursday, 19 May 2011


Mannie Sherberg
Europe, despite the countless books and articles and reports to the contrary, has never come to grips with the Holocaust. That's why so many Europeans have so eagerly embraced the cause of the Palestinans. By buying into the Palestinian claim that the Israelis are indistinguishable from the Nazis, they absolve -- or try to absolve -- themselves from the guilt that, deep down, gnaws at them. But apparently not even the belief that Israelis -- meaning Jews -- are the epitome of evil is sufficient to wipe out the guilt. Something even more radical is needed. And so we hear the plea from the Belgian minister that it's now time to forget the Holocaust entirely. Let oblivion do the job that the Big Lie hasn't been able to do: the job of extinguishing -- once and for all -- the never-ending guilt. It won't work, of course. Self-willed oblivion is a delusion; repressed memories always manage to return and wreak havoc. I find this story grimly satisfying. It shows us that at least some Europeans are still haunted, still burdened, by the fate of the Six Million. Good.

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