Holocaust Remembrance Day
Holocaust exhibits vandalized by anti-semites
Adena Muskin is the President of Hillel at CSU.
On April 19, many who passed through the Innerlink on our campus may have been perplexed to see blue tape on the ground pointing them in the direction of the law building. Some may have noticed that the tape ended at Cleveland Marshal Law School's exhibit of German lawyers during WWII and the Holocaust.
But what students did not see were the signs lining the walls of the Innerlink explaining facts about the Holocaust. This is because most of these signs were rudely destroyed before Holocaust Remembrance Day even began.
Thursday, April 19 marked the 67th anniversary of the abatement of the Holocaust, the worst human travesty of the 20th century. In barely a decade, Nazi Germans murdered, maimed and tortured 11 million innocent people, including 6 million Jews.
To commemorate this day of remembrance, students chose to inform the university community of the horrors of the Holocaust with an educational walk through the Innerlink. They spent hours posting signs across campus. But by the time they finished, someone had already torn down the signs they had worked so hard to create and post. Ruining a public exhibit is against university policy. Removing signs, posters and fliers is forbidden. The educational walk was approved by the Department of Student Life and Conference Services. Destroying the signs violated university regulations.
These actions closely mirror those of Holocaust deniers. Holocaust deniers reject the deaths of 11 million innocent Europeans at the hands of racist supremacists. It denies that a fascist government systematically committed mass murder and genocide.
This blatant dismissal of history has been rapidly growing in recent years. It is problematic to say the least, yet many people overlook it. Holocaust denial skews historical fact. It not only rejects the murder of 6 million Jews, it also denies the murder of 5 million homosexuals, mentally ill, Jehovah's Witnesses, Roma, Slavs and Soviets.
Holocaust denial rejects the freedoms for which American and Allied troops fought in WWII. It rejects the inalienable rights of life and liberty of every human being. Holocaust denial exonerates mass murder. It rationalizes genocide. It justifies discrimination. Holocaust denial allows human tragedies to happen again and again.
America has always acknowledged the devastation of the Holocaust. Holocaust denial is illegal in 14 countries, including Germany. The perpetrators of this tragedy accepted the consequences of their actions. So why do we allow others to deny it?
As the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, I cannot allow justification of genocide. As a Jew, I cannot allow desecration of heritage. As an American, I cannot allow suppression of freedom. As a human being, I cannot allow mass murder. And neither should you.
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