Remembering each and every person who was lost, may their memory be a blessing.
Dedicated by Mina and Suzanne Goodman

Day 55

The Future for Jews in Europe

Dedicated by Pini & Sabine Dunner in memory of Aba Dunner z”l, a fighter for the cause of European Jewry, and his wife Miriam a”h, hidden in Holland during the Holocaust.

Seventy years ago, our greatest tragedy, the Holocaust, came to an end, as the Allied armies freed Europe from Nazi rule. The war ended, the camps were liberated and some survivors decided that, perhaps, they should stay in Europe, that maybe there was still a future for Jews there. Slowly but surely, they rebuilt their destroyed communities, their synagogues, and their families. They got married again, had children, and believed in the future. Indeed, for many decades, Anti-Semitism in Western Europe was banned as politically incorrect, and if it ever surfaced, it did so in a camouflaged version, in guises such as anti-Zionism. However, recent history has raised disturbing questions about long-term Jewish continuity and 2014 will go down as a year that Jews and Jewish targets were victimised across Western Europe – quite apart from the alarming gains made by many far right political parties at local and national elections.


Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt

Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt is the Chief Rabbi of Moscow,
Russia since 1993, head of the rabbinical court of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), president of the Conference of European Rabbis, and an officer of the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC).

Fact of the Day

Extermination through labor was a policy of systematic extermination – camp inmates would literally be worked to death, or worked to physical exhaustion, when they would be gassed or shot. Slave labour was used in war production, for example producing V-2 rockets at Mittelbau-Dora, and various other armaments around the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp

Under proper leadership, the Jews shall now in the course of the Final Solution be suitably brought to their work assignments in the East. Able-bodied Jews are to be led to these areas to build roads in large work columns separated by sex, during which a large part will undoubtedly drop out through a process of natural reduction. As it will undoubtedly represent the most robust portion, the possible final remainder will have to be handled appropriately, as it would constitute a group of naturally-selected individuals, and would form the seed of a new Jewish resistance. — Wannsee Protocol, 1942.

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Today's Video

Europe’s economic difficulties in recent years have led to a rise in radicalism and anti-immigrant sentiment, and the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks brought these tensions to boiling point. How are these changes affecting Europe’s sizeable Jewish and Muslim minorities, and how are they testing the limits of Western ideas of tolerance and free speech? Oksana is joined by Pinchas Goldschmidt, the president of the Conference of European Rabbis, to consider these issues.

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