Saturday, June 22, 2019

Concentration Camps, Again


  1. We now have some Jewish authors suggesting that the misuse of the term "concentration camp" takes away from the presumed singularity of the Holocaust:

  2. As Jan Peczkis notes, I find it interesting that some Jewish opiners (my word), e.g., Dr. Raphael Medoff, Rabbi Shmuley Teachout, Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz, and Seth Frantzman (in the JPost piece in Danusha’s June 24 post), find it necessary to equate AOC’s concentration camps remark with dishonoring the purported uniqueness of Jewish suffering. Shmuley insists that her remarks “desecrate the Holocaust” (look up the definition of desecrate). Dershowitz says her comment constitutes “Holocaust denial”. Medoff cherry-picks the Merriam-Webster definition of concentration camps, i.e., “used especially in reference to camps created by the Nazis in World War II for the internment and persecution of Jews and other prisoners.” I would simply point out to these opiners that AOC’s remark dishonors all who survived or died in the concentration camps, not just Jews.

    1. I agree. I hope you saw my piece that focused on a Polish girl photographed and murdered at Auschwitz.

    2. I did and it’s an excellent piece. It’s exactly as you say; CzesĹ‚awa Kwoka was murdered because she was a Pole. To a very large extent, academic sources, Jewish media, as well as European and US media, together with Holocaust memorials, ignore Polish victims and focus on Jewish victims. When mentioning the concentration camps in which my father was a prisoner, I’m still invariably asked if I’m Jewish.


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