Points of View: Keeping Perspective on the Holocaust

The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), February 1, 2002 | Go to article overview

Points of View: Keeping Perspective on the Holocaust


Byline: JD, Ballymena

ON SUNDAY, Northern Ireland formally remembered The Holocaust. One wonders why such an event was necessary.

The Holocaust is one of the most vividly remembered incidents in the history of the human race. We are not likely to forget, but neither are we likely to be able to put it in perspective.

In the course of this week television channels, both terrestrial and satellite have filled our homes with images of Jewish death and Nazi persecution. Hollywood blockbusters, mini series and cinema presentations have for years filled screens across the world with depiction's of Jewish suffering.

Local papers, ran double page spreads showing pictures of Nazi concentration camps and reported on the recollections of survivors and tourists to the "factories of death".

In recent years teams of lawyers from organisations representing survivors of the Holocaust and their families have scoured Europe in an effort to seek restitution for the ills suffered by the Jews at the hands of the Nazis some 60 years ago. Swiss banks have been dragged through the courts and some of Europe's largest manufacturing companies have been forced to pay hundreds of millions in restitution, not to mention the millions paid to individuals and to the state of Israel by the German government.

Holocaust museums are appearing in all major cities of the Western World assisted by mobile exhibitions touring schools and colleges lest our children forget the tragic events that befell the Jewish populations of Europe. …

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