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March 2015

Do we really mean ‘never again?’

Seventy years since the liberation of Auschwitz

In his weekly column in The Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer writes on January 29, 2015:

Amid the ritual expressions of regret and the pledges of “never again” on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a bitter irony was noted: Anti-Semitism has returned to Europe─with a vengeance. It has become routine. If the kosher-grocery massacre in Paris had not happened in conjunction with Charlie Hebdo, how much worldwide notice would it have received? As little as did the murder of a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse. As little as did the terror attack that killed four at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

The rise of European anti-Semitism is, in reality, just a return to the norm. For a millennium, virulent Jew-hatred with persecution, expulsions and massacres was the norm in Europe until the shame of the Holocaust created a temporary anomaly wherein anti-Semitism became socially unacceptable. The hiatus is over. Jew-hatred is back, recapitulating the past with impressive zeal. Continue reading

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