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Ability and Accountability
By Richard Haddad, Prescott Valley, AZ
"[Children] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are."
"Please watch out for each other and love and forgive everybody. It's a good life, enjoy it."

-- Two of my favorite quotes by Jim Henson

Monday, February 13, 2012

New video clip helps educate teens about Holocaust

 Richard Haddad

A $100,000 YouTube video was recently posted that is designed specifically to raise awareness of the Holocaust among non-Jewish teenagers in the United States.
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I recently heard a group of local teenagers talking when one of them made a reference to Hitler and Nazi Germany. A young lady in the group asked, "What's a Nazi?"

One of the boys in the group started to explain the Nazi Party during World War II and the Holocaust.

It shocked me that a high school student would not have knowledge of a totalitarian group that caused the death of millions of European Jews and other minorities.

The thought immediately entered my mind, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Holocaust denial is a choice. It reflects a deliberate decision to ignore horrific events of the past. But ignorance should not play a role in Holocaust denial -- not in a day when we possess the greatest level of information-sharing technology the world has ever known.

A $100,000 YouTube video was recently posted that is designed specifically to raise awareness of the Holocaust among non-Jewish teenagers in the United States.

According to its producers, "Rainbow in the Night" is the first Holocaust clip ever to be made.

"There is an entire generation that is growing up in a fast-paced world, in which something new happens every moment. That young generation hasn't got the patience to learn about the Holocaust," said Daniel Finkelman, an ultra-Orthodox man behind the project. "For us it is an inseparable part of the Jewish history; for them it is another black and white entry in the encyclopedia."

The video starts with a panning view of a 1939 original oil painting of a synagogue being ravaged by the Nazis, shown at a private event in the survivor's home.

I love the music, a haunting song by Cecelia Margules, which doesn't really show up until about 2 minutes into the clip. It starts with a beautiful cello solo, which triggers memories in the survivor. The music clip itself is only about five minutes long. There is a minute of credits at the end.

The survivor in the video first recalls the warmth of his childhood home, then the shock and disbelief as people are forced to leave their homes and later taken to an extermination camp.

The survivor relives the inexplicable power that enabled him to persevere, the "rainbow" in the figurative night that promised better days to come.

This message of hope is one of the things that really struck me, something you do not always see when stories of the Holocaust are shared.

Finkelman encapsulates the horrors of the Holocaust while at the same time emphasizing the tremendous hopes of the Jewish people who suffered there.

As the number of Holocaust survivors decreases with time, so too do the voices that keep the memory of the atrocity alive, explained Finkelman. "As those voices fade, the voices of Holocaust deniers are amplified."

I pray we will keep those voices heard that call for unity and respect for all humanity.

Learning about the Holocaust

Last month, a new survey showed that only 6 percent of Israeli children cite history lessons as a significant source of learning about the Holocaust.

The annual survey, conducted by the Massuah Institute for Holocaust Studies among 919 students, shows school education has a very limited influence on shaping young Israelis' understanding of the Holocaust.

Only 0.5 percent said the Holocaust memorial ceremonies were significant in their Holocaust education.

Almost 40 percent cited survivors' testimonies as having the highest educational value.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012
Article comment by: Larry ThorntonLarryT

Another recent movie talking about the holocaust is called 180 Movie. Check out www.180movie.com

Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Alf Landon, you seem to be a liberal Marxist in disguise. The Holocaust should be a mandatory unit of teaching in 8-12 grades. Also the rise of Hitler and his competition with the Communists for control of the people of Eastern Europe should be taught as well. And it is time to purge the Marxist college instructors who push socialism over capitalism to our children in school. God only knows there are a lot of their "trainees" in the lame-street media today.

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: No Man Is An Island

"There are none so blind as those who will not see". Thank you, Mr. Grant for helping to open the eyes of those who would deny or minimize the Holocaust.

All around us, there are those who refuse to see the racism and bigotry that still exist in our world, in our state and in our town. Even some of our state and local leaders see ethic studies as a threat instead of as a means to educate our young so that they do not grow up following the same hates and prejudices of their elders. Whether we like it or not, we are all in this life-boat together and it's up to us whether we sink or stay afloat.

These words of the song , "Circle", break through the static and remind us of life's deeper truths and meaning...

"Some say the walls between us stand so tall they don't see there's just one sun shining on us all.
I say we each choose roads to call our own but none of us is traveling through
this universe alone.
And this circle just goes on and on...
It began before us, it will be here when we've gone.
And this circle just goes on and on and on, connecting our humanity
joining me to you and you to me.

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Article comment by: bob grant

just based on some comments here,the level of ignorance and ambivalence ,the world is quite able to keep repeating these behaviors,Like Americas moral majority that think their gods and values are absolute Germany was thought to be civilized .
Get off your Couches and try to get on a plane ,if you have any doubts about the holocaust just visiting the Auschwitz ,should educate all but the most obtuse .The camp was more than 10 miles across and seven miles deep.Think about that a place with only one function a death factory. They made grease for their tanks from HUMAN fat.They did make human skin lamp shades.
There are many who deny the numbers ,which are estimated and low.Just the numbers of Gypsies up to 5 million ,Jews 12 million .mentally and physically handicapped over 1 million.
The data gets changed as new information surfaces not by Israel but by the Hague ,UN and other government sources.

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Article comment by: @ Alf Landon

Repetition of the lessons of the Holocaust need to be repeated until we learn them because we failed to learn them the first time around. Like many people, perhaps you have missed the important points of the lessons, therefore history keeps repeating itself and we as a human species continue to commit atrocities against one another.

When will we ever learn?!

We need to break the cycle of prejudice, hate and violence then we will no longer have the need to 'throw anything in anyone's faces again and again'. We are a long way from that idyllic place. Why don't we begin right here in "Everybody's Hometown" to treat each other with respect, dignity and equality. If we did that, we could model for our children that it is okay to have people of color on our school murals and a diversity of religious and non-religious symbols on our park benches.

We would have no need to smash park benches under cover of darkness like Kristallnacht. We would know that a brown skinned child on a school mural is not an anathema to Prescott.

Despite freedom of speech, we would know that the words of Joseph Rizoli have no place in decent dialogue as they are meant to incite xenophobia. The Anti-Defamation League League classifies him and his cohorts as "anti-immigrant extremists and Holocaust deniers." Check the website listed in his comments and do a little "Googling" on him.

Is this REALLY what this community has come to and stands for? I think we're BETTER than that.

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Article comment by: One That Knows

To get the truth you need the Military Channell on DISH . Yoju don't get any info from the local cable.
The Nazi killed millions of Jews. They loaded small children and Babie on trains and hauled them to DEATH Camps. Took them off the train and direct to Gas Chambers.
This is what the German Nazi did to human beings, Cut off thier hair to use or sell., Nazis melted down the gold teeth they pulled out of the dead. I knew a man that had a tatoo on his arm, the mark given by Nazis, He was the only one in his family to servive.'
You people need to learn the TRUTH.
The Russians had the right idea , out of the hundred thousands of German Prisoners they took, less than 10,000 ever returned alive.

Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2012
Article comment by: alf landon

Enough already! Why do we have to have the holocast thrown in our faces again and again?

History is full of atrocities. Why is the holocaust so special?

Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Article comment by: Joseph Rizoli

I'm sorry, but the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of us living 60+ years past the event is terribly wanting for TRUTH.

If children and adults want to do themselves a favor I would suggest you start looking at what is written today about the stories about the holocaust. Lots of stories claimed to be the truth have been proved false through the years. the Stories of the soap to Jews, the Shrunken heads, has even been proven just propaganda by JEWISH historians.

The logistics of some of the testimony as to numbers killed, how they were killed is seriously being challenge and those making the challenge are winning to the chagrin of those who continue scientifically unproven documentary. The problem with all of this is WHO controls the media. It is NOT a sin to have another side of a story or a supposed historical event.

LAWS need not be made to throw people in jail for having opposing viewpoints, but that is what is happening today. I have researched the holocaust for over 15 years now and I can be quite honestly it isn't what you think happened.

Do real research, look at both sides of the argument. Beware of those who start making ad-hominen attacks right off the get go when different viewpoints are brought out no matter how against the norm the may appear to be at first.

Lots of our own American history is being challenged and those who challenge it are NOT being put in prison. The existence of God is being challenged and those who make that challenged are not being burned at the stake. Challenge the holocaust which is below the challenge of God, and you go to jail, are slandered, defamed and thrown under the bus. As one movie I saw said, "It isn't what it seems" That's what I'm telling your here about this event you all call the holocaust.

CCFIILE.com see our holocaust links

Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Article comment by: No Man Is An Island xxxxxxxx

The Holocaust deniers are threatening and disturbing but so are the indifferent and unconcerned among our citizens. I find the detached and indifferent ones equally troubling and dangerous, exemplified by the Reader Comments about this article and video.

The silence, detachment and unconcern of non-Jews allowed the evil to grow and permitted the Holocaust to happen.
Will your race, faith or ethnic group be the next victims? Will anyone speak out for you?

The truth of the following words by Edward Yashinsky resonate and are prophetic:
"Fear not your enemies, for they can only kill you. Fear not your friends, for they can only betray you. Fear only the indifferent, who permit the killers and betrayers to walk safely on the earth."

I am not a Jew but each man is my brother, whatever his faith. Our humanity unites us ALL.

Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

Never again!

Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Article comment by: Nancy Baumann

Another excellent resource for learning about the Holocaust is the new book Storming the Tulips . Written by Hannie J. Voyles, a survivor who went to school with Anne Frank, the book is an intimate encounter with history, as told by twenty former students of the 1st Montessori School in Amsterdam. They were children, contemporaries of Anne Frank, and this book is a companion to her Diary of a Young Girl. While Anne’s story describes her sequestered life in the Annex, Storming the Tulips reveals what children on the outside endured—on the streets, in hiding, and in the concentration camps.

Their friends disappeared. Their parents sent them away. They were herded on trains and sent to death camps. They joined the Nazi youth. They hid Jews. They lost their families. They picked the pockets of the dead. They escaped. They dodged bullets. They lived in terror. They starved. They froze. They ate tulip bulbs. They witnessed a massacre. They collected shrapnel. And finally, they welcomed the Liberation. Some lost their families, most lost their homes, but they all lost their innocence as they fought to survive.

Learn more here http://linkshrink.com/3pi

Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Article comment by: @ Cory Saz

No, Cory, you obviously do NOT know.

If only 6 percent of Israeli children have learned in school about the Holocaust, you can imagine how many in the U.S. have.

And if the political methods by which some 12 million souls (about 6 million were Jews) were considered "undesirables" and murdered without objection from the German citizenry can teach us a lesson today, it MUST be publicized.

If you understood how that could have been allowed to happen, you could just look around our country, especially our state, and see the same methods at work to demean and devalue other minorities.

Just ask your neighboring kids what they know about the Holocaust probably little to nothing. Then maybe you'll get off the "cramming" bit.

Posted: Monday, February 13, 2012
Article comment by: Ghost of the Real Prescott Patriot

More Zionist propaganda! The US and isreal just killed over a million in Iraq and Afghanistan and are now working on Syria and Iran!

Posted: Monday, February 13, 2012
Article comment by: Cory Saz

I'm not denying it happened (although the number has increased two fold since when I went to school, apparently we're still counting) but can we stop cramming it down our throats? Get on with your life, that's part of healing. There are a plethora of books, museums, movies ... We know!

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