Ministry of Lies: The Truth behind the Nation of Islam's "The Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews"

By Harold Brackman | Go to book overview

EPILOGUE:
GENOCIDE IN
BLACK—JEMSM PERSPECTIVE

"Black Holocaust" imagery of slave ships as "holocaust ships," Jewish slave owners as concentration camp guards "much like the Nazis," and slaves as "holocaust survivors" permeates The Secret Relationship. 198 Rather than illuminate the Black experience with comparative insights, the result is more propagandistic distortion of African and African American history as well as defamation of the Jewish people. Our very different purpose is to identify the stake that Blacks and Jews share in understanding each other's often tragic history.


"Genocide" and "Holocaust" Defined

In 1946, the UN General Assembly defined "genocide"—murdering people for the purpose of destroying the group to which they belong—as a crime under international law. About ten years later, a second term became popular to describe the murder by the Nazis of six million European Jews. This was "the Holocaust"—from a Greek word meaning the all-consuming fires of destruction. 199

In recent decades, the meaning of "genocide" has been broadened in ways that are sometimes useful, but sometimes not. People now talk about "cultural genocide" when a group like Native Americans have been stripped of their way of life. On the other hand, the term was trivialized a few years ago by an older

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