An Alternative for Honoring Survivors
We are bombarded by optimism about Holocaust Day.Â We are told that Holocaust Day is an expression of “Never Again,” even as genocide continues to repeatedly surface on the planet, and nuclear proliferation continues.Â
We are told that Holocaust Day will help silence Holocaust deniers and revisionists who seek to minimize the extent of the killings, as if we lack enough documentation to prove this as is, and as if conspiracy theorists who are so immune to documentation and official markings of any sort will be assuaged that they aren’t being further manipulated by a Jewish sponsored Holocaust Day.Â
We are told that each incremental Holocaust Museum will provide comfort and testimony to the remaining survivors.
I have a different suggestion.
The Jerusalem Post reports,
An estimated 250,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel. About one-third live in poverty, according to recent social welfare reports.
This is absolutely heartbreaking.Â How are we allowing this to continue?
Instead of building more museums and memorials all over America, let usÂ give the money directly (and not to the Israeli government) to these survivors in Israel living in poverty.Â In fact, let’s sell a few of them to help the survivors.Â Â It is egregious that we American Jews, who claim to have such concern for the tragedy they went through, are allowing them to live out their last years impoverished in the land of Israel.
How dare we universalize their tragedy and create and fund curriculums on the Holocaust–sometimes the only form of Jewish studies programs available in some universities–when these people are facing hunger and despair paying their bills, as we decide what their suffering means to ourselves and America.
Allowing survivors to live like this is a terrible sin for the Jewish people.Â
Let’s fight for them.