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World Holocaust Forum and the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

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HRH Prince Charles Addresses the World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem Articles: i24news.tv/en Live: video.i24news.tv/page/ live?clip=5a94117623eec6000c55 7fec Replay: ...
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This video is Charles' entire speech to the Forum.

Shoshana Chen, a survivor's daughter: "It's not enough to say never again. Paris Jews are afraid to walk in the street."

[Haaretz of Israel, The New York Times, The Times of Israel, and the Chicago Tribune are all covering in detail the World Holocaust Forum going on in Yad Vashem, in remembrance of the liberation of concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. So much US attention is focused on the Impeachment proceedings that I felt it imperative to compile this article, LEST WE FORGET.]

Not many Auschwitz survivors remain as the 75th anniversary approaches. The afternoon ceremony recalled the Jan. 27, 1945, liberation of Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp in occupied Poland where 1.1 million people perished, by Red Army troops. However, it also pointed contemporary connections to the resurgence of Antisemitism across Europe and North America. This was the largest political gathering in Israel's history; Jerusalem was crowded with police officers; some schools closed, and the main highway from the airport closed because of the many motorcades of arriving heads of state.

Vladimir Putin called for vigilance to spot 'the first sprouts of hatred" and he hinted at a deal to free an Israeli woman, while Ukraine's leader gives up his seats to Holocaust survivors and Vice President Pence urged a battle against a 'rising tide of vile anti-Semitism.'

Putin: "We certainly all bear responsibility to make sure that the terrible tragedies of the past should never repeat themselves. We have to make sure that future generations remember the horrors of the Holocaust. We have to be vigilant not to miss when the first sprouts of hatred, of chauvinism, of xenophobia and anti-Semitism start to rear their ugly head."

Charles, Prince of Wales joined the group of European leaders in Jerusalem on Thursday morning at the hillside memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem, a demonstration of resolve to fight anti-Semitism.

Prince Charles called the Holocaust's lessons "searingly relevant to this day. Hatred and intolerance still lurk in the human heart, still tell new lies, still adopt new disguises and still seek new victims," and that the language used too often "turns disagreement into dehumanization. Real violence ensues, and acts of unspeakable cruelty are still perpetrated around the world against people for reasons of their religion, their race or their beliefs," Charles said.

According to Times of Israel coverage, Charles apparently chose to snub Vice President Pence. Buckingham Palace denied that there was ever any intended snub. Check out the footage here and see what you think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26THRPlgYSI and https://www.timesofisrael.com/prince-charles-appears-to-snub-pence-at-holocaust-forum/

As he arrived for the event in Jerusalem, Charles shook hands with the event's organizer, Moshe Kantor, then walked by Pence, looking him in the face, before continuing on to shake hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Pence stood silently as the prince walked by and patted him on the arm. The US vice president's office played down the encounter, noting the two men had just met before entering the hall, and that they shook hands following Pence's speech at the ceremony. "Shortly before the Yad Vashem memorial event began, the prince and Vice President Pence had a warm and friendly chat, which is why they did not greet each other again in the room," a statement from the office of the Prince of Wales said.

Netanyahu said Israel was "eternally grateful" to the Allied powers defeating Hitler, but noted quite accurately that during Hitler's rise, "when the Jewish people faced annihilation, the world largely turned its back on us." He called Auschwitz "the ultimate symbol of Jewish powerlessness. Today, we have a voice, we have a land, and we have a shield," the Israeli armed forces. "The tyrants of Tehran that subjugate their own people and threaten the peace and security of the entire world, they threaten the peace and security of everyone in the Middle East and everyone beyond."

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The Chicago Tribune's coverage focused on Poland's president, Andrzej Duda, having been invited to this forum but ultimately chosing not to attend over what he interpreted as snub in that he had not been given a speaking slot, though Putin was. The two nations; have been engaged in a bitter dispute for months, with each accusing the other of trying to rewrite - and weaponize - history: Putin depicts USSR as saving the world from Nazism, hoping to ignore its own 1939 nonaggression pact with Germany, and has framed Poland as more a perpetrator than a victim of the Holocaust.

Duda argues that the Soviet agreement with Germany paved the way to war (and extermination of the Polish Jews), and that Putin is reviving old Stalinist propaganda as a modern-day cudgel. "I am sorry to say this, but President Putin is knowingly spreading historical lies," Duda said in an interview with Israeli public television that aired Tuesday.

To this armchair American amateur historian/pundit, I think there is truth to both of their points of view, but I lean to the point of view of the Polish President. What was the Non-Aggression pact for, anyway? To further parse who is more truthful would require a great deal more scrutiny on my part.

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Thanks for the report. I didn't quite make it through all of Prince Charles' speech, though, and I thought you were a bit over balanced in Russia bashing, since I believe Putin has made many good comments lately about antisemitism and the need to honor the WWII fight against the Nazis. But it sounds like it was a very moving and generally successful commemoration/remembrance.

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It was an Israeli paper, Haaretz, that was the most skeptical of Russia's participation, not the US papers, and if you are referring more to the Non Aggression Pact between Hitler and Stalin, there is no question that the president of Poland is correct: it did absolutely give carte blanche to the BLITZKRIEG of Poland, in which the Germans rolled over the whole nation in about two weeks.


Any student of history knows that, so to cite those facts is hardly "Russia bashing," not at all. Putin simply can't cop to it, and even if he could, I believe he wouldn't.



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Right about the Hitler-Stalin pact, but on the other hand, the Allies made nice with Hitler too, and one can't say that Poland took a high road towards their Jewish population.

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All of the deportations began after the German Blitzkrieg, not before. There was no "high road" to take at that point.


I think the best response was Denmark's and the worst two were

France's stance and Hungary's. Hungary still has a problem with bigotry towards Jews, as you know.



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All of the deportations began after the German Blitzkrieg, not before. There was no "high road" to take at that point.


I think the best response was Denmark's and the worst two were

France's stance and Hungary's. Hungary still has a problem with bigotry towards Jews, as you know.



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Thanks for the feedback. I'm ignorant on the specifics of Polish deportations of Jews, and, in fact, I don't know exactly what the term would mean, except for the period under German occupation, when Jews were taken from their homes and sent to labor and, later, death camps. I was mainly considering Poland's long general antisemitism and thinking that I haven't heard much from Poland, compared to Russia, for example, in recent years discussing it. Perhaps I just haven't been paying attention. Also, and you can correct me, was there not some collaboration between German occupiers and many Poles in the mistreatment of Jews?

I'm uncertain as to what you're referring about France. Was it the situation Shoshana Chen, the survivor's daughter, was describing?

And, no, I don't know about Oban's policy towards Jews. The video you posted was somewhat interesting but didn't seem to have to do with his posture towards Jews or anyone else. I *have* read that he is very much against unrestricted immigration and also did read a report that some of his supporters have acted in threatening ways towards Romanis.

I'm always happy to be further educated, however.

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The best book I read on the Holocaust was by Hannah Arendt, and she noted that local Jewish leaders were among the most valuable cooperators with the Nazis. They did not have freedom to make a good choice about collaboration, and some thought they might get a better deal for their local Jews by cooperating at that time, as they lacked the information of what would happen in the future. Some likely had the motive of trying to save themselves and their families at the expense of those they were betraying, human nature being what it is.


I have little knowledge of the Polish majority treatment of the two primarily Semitic peoples, the Jews and the much smaller group of Muslims. I am likely descended from both, as my father's hometown had notable populations of both. The family farm was, according to a bit of family lore I learned at much more than second hand, was awarded to a Tatar warrior as payment or reward for his services supporting the Polish military.

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Watch Herman Wouk's series, Winds of War then War and Remembrance, the best I have seen on these related subjects. This is the ending of this 24 hour long series, so brilliantly done....



The Winds of War Ending I was reading up on the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 reportedly shot down near Ukraine-Russia border & it made me think of this clip.
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