... Like the rest of humanity, the Germans seem to show some clear signs of 'Shoa fatigue'. They appear to prefer to withdraw responsibility from the Nazi past and to leave Ukrainian POWs to take the heat. Similarly, we could expect that at a certain stage America and Britain may decide to use the same tactics and to charge their collaborators in the Arab world for the death and carnage they themselves left behind. Israel, that is now facing pressure for its mounting record of crimes against humanity, may also put the German trick into action. It may also want to cherry pick some Palestinians and charge them for being accessories to the crimes against the Palestinian people.
But there is a much more interesting twist to this evolving shameful legal case. While Demjanjuk denies being an accessory to the Nazi crime, Mr Blatt freely admits working for the SS and assisting in what he himself describes as a death machine: "Another job was to cut the hair of women about to be killed", says Blatt. "Those from places like Holland believed the lie," he maintains. "The women would say to me: 'Please don't cut my hair too short!' But the Polish Jews - they already knew. They had heard too many stories, smelled the bonfires at night." Blatt continues, "they would say 'How can you do this? How can you work for the S.S.?' I did it to survive."
One may wonder why Blatt's will to survive is more Kosher than an Ukrainian prisoner's desire to come home. In other words, considering Blatt's admission in assisting the SS, why isn't he charged by the same German court for being an 'accessory' for the Nazi crime?
One possible answer is that Blatt is a Jew and Demanjuk is a Goy. As sad as it may be, in the eyes of the Munich court, a Jew's will to 'survive' must be superior to an Ukrainian's desire to make it to the end of the war in one piece. If this is indeed the case, the German court fails to operate ethically and universally. more >>
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Holier than thou
From The Shoah Must Go On, by Gilad Atzmon: