Thursday, July 19, 2012
July 18 Confronting the Phenomenon of Holocaust Denial. How do we define "denial" of the Holocaust? Holocaust revisionism, relativism, and reversal- definitions. Is Holocaust denial a new form of Antisemitism?From which countries does this emanate? How can we combat this phenomenon. These are the challenges we face today as educators. These issues were presented by Ephraim Kaye along with primary documents retrieved that can dispel any person who denies the Holocaust did not happen.Although the Nazi's seldom recorded or wrote actual commends of murder there does exist documents that were sent over wireless methods and decoded that clearly reveal the intent to murder the Jews of Europe. We also had a workshop by Herb Keinon of the Jerusalem Post about the Problems facing Israel today. This was very honest, open and somewhat unsettling as he talked about a situation without a resolution. What was the hope of the Oslo accords of 1994 and why have they failed to produce a peace agreement between PA and Israel? Is there any hope between Israel and the Palestinians? The fundamental issues that plague the region can be short lived solutions t exist but long term seems very allusive, The afternoon dealt with the Righteous among the Nations- those that risked their lives, their families in order to save Jews. We traveled to the nearby Christian cemetery to see Oskar Schindler's grave site and had a stirring ceremony by two Schindlerf survivors who met at Schindler's factory and are together over 60 years. Nachum and Genya Manor attribute their survival to Schindler, We were given a copy of the actual list in which Nacham showed us both his name and Genya's name on the list. We ended the evening with a beautiful farewell dinner at a lovely vegetarian restaurant Ticho House. We were treated to all kinds of salads, carrot and bro coli quiche, mushroom and pesto ravioli and dessert choices. We had to bid farewell to some people flying home today. This morning began with a lecture by Prof Rafi Israeli n the Antisemitism and the Global Jihad- very (unfortunately) apropos in light of the bombing yesterday inn Bulgaria of a tourist bus of Israeli's. Seven young people were killed in the name of Jihad. We were given an in depth explanation of the roots of Jihad that seems to be so fundamental that there is not room for negotiating when their belief is that Jews do not have a right to exist in the land of Israel. Quotes from the Qua ran that are used over and over again to show that Jews have sinned against Allah hence do not deserve to be in the Holy Land, however ignore all the positive quotes about Jews in the same holy book. We are on a break and will continue with the elite of the elite Yehuda Bauer on the topic of Current issues in Holocaust Education.