The ultra-orthodox in Israel desecrated the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial this past week, and though one cannot really condone the act, the graffiti extensive as it was, is an expression that the narrative of the holocaust has been appropriated by those running the state, the ruling secular elite, to use the holocaust as an underpinning for Zionism, and positing the necessity of a Zionist project in light of the tragedy. It is basically a secular and racial argument with little religious undercurrent dominating the dialog which is presented as secular enlightenment forces opposed to the counter-enlightenment reaction spilling into mass murder. Events such as the transfer Agreement of the 1930′s negotiated by Mapai, labor Zionists, with the Nazis that permitted 70,000 German jews to leave with their assets in exchange for purchasing industrial goods is not mentioned.
Effectively, it left the Easten European jews to their sort without so much as a blink of conscience, then disparaged the Holocaust survivors that eventually made it out of the DP camps into this “promised land”; an attitude of condescending import and derision even; Arendt’s account of holocaust testimony at the Eichmann trial is proof enough that the real banality of evil is in part the treatment of secular elitist jews against the Eastern, traditional Europeans.
( see link at end)…The poor women – most of them believed that their husbands and fathers were really working, and they hoped to see them again. It seems that the murderers forced a number of people before the slaughter to write letters to the families. The Meschans from David-Horodok brought the letters and sucked the last piece of clothing or jewellery from the women in exchange for the letters….
…The women believed deep in their hearts that this was all an illusion. They wanted to believe that God wouldn’t do such a thing. I knew the men would never come back. But I didn’t want to spoil their wive’s little bit of hopeless hope. They were murdered by the S.S. stationed in Luniniec with help from the local residents of David-Horodok. From Luniniec they came to Lachina, David-Horokok. That was on a Sunday. With the excuse that there are damaged roads and a bridge to be fixed, all men 16 and older had to be gathered in one place called the Grebli, near the bridge of the River Horin….
….There were about 2,700 of them. They marched them 10 or 12 kilometres from the city, put them in rows and machine-gunned them one row after the other. They told the poor victims to get undressed for inspection in case somebody had a weapon. Many were only wounded. Just the same, they put them in the graves, one row on the top of the other. The ground was trembling and shaking. The people were still alive in the graves and tried to get out. No one got out alive. The fresh, warm blood flowing and the dead bodies pressing on them – vanished in agony….
…Our holidays – the New Year and Yom Kippur – got nearer. On New Year, in the evening, we had services at the synagogue. The second day of Rosh Hashana, the S.S. arrived in Stolin. I can’t describe the way they were driving through the streets. Through the windows we saw their murderous faces. Suddenly there was a knock on the door. Our house was surrounded and three drunken, bloodthirsty faces of the locals rushed in the house and dragged our brother away. How they missed me, only God knows! This was the last time I saw our brother Maishe. Three days later we discovered that he was tortured to death. They stabbed him repeatedly with daggers, tore him limb by limb and poured salt and iodine on the wounds….