Magazine article Tikkun

No Cause for Celebration

Magazine article Tikkun

No Cause for Celebration

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In August of this year a group called Omega will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by bringing together people "who have transformed their experience of the Holocaust into heroism, hope, and healing." We blame Holocaust deniers (and rightly so) for pretending that the mass murder of European Jewry never took place; what are we to say of those "holocaust deniers," including, alas, rabbis and survivors themselves, who agree to join in a venture that promises to extract from this painful legacy "transformation and new life"?

A few months ago I interviewed a woman who outlived the Holocaust. She spoke of her mother's twelve sisters. All were married, and each one had from three to six children. We tried to reach a total number, and arrived at the approximate figure of seventy family members. "Not one of them returned," she murmured. "All gassed." Probably in Auschwitz.

Nonetheless, Omega is proposing a summer weekend workshop honoring the liberation of that death camp "in which we experience the triumph of the human spirit in the face of unspeakable evil." Never mind the millions murdered: "This works a kind of healing magic," the brochure tells us, "on our own struggles with good and evil. …

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