Have we forgotten yet?

This weekend saw the passing of another historical icon in the fight against fascism. Samuel Willenberg, the last living survivor of the Treblinka death camp passed away in Israel at the age of 93. He never forgot the horrors he witnessed at the camp in which almost every inmate died at the hands of their Nazi captors. Their only ‘crime’ was to belong to the wrong religion (or as the Nazis saw it then and now – the wrong race).

Samuel Willenberg last Treblinka survivor

Willenberg dedicated his long life to keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. He regularly returned to Treblinka to help each new generation understand just what human beings are capable of given the right circumstances. His was a life dedicated to the principle ‘Never again’.

As I look around modern UK and the still embryonic but very definite revival of fascist ideologies; As I witness the neo-nazism of hate groups like Britain First and the EDL; As I watch these deplorable organisations distort the memory of those brave men and women who fought the Nazis in WW2 I have to ask myself…

Have we forgotten yet?

It seems that many of us have.

Many of us know nothing of the horrors that Nazism inflicted on the world so few decades ago. Still worse, some modern neo-nazis actually deny that these things happened at all, so desperate are they to sanitise the horrific ideology they support.

SwastikaMany modern supporters of divisive hate groups are so misinformed about the reality of the Holocaust and all its perpetrators stood for they actually believe that they are part of some vague opposition to Nazism when in fact they are its keenest supporters.

Have we forgotten yet?

It seems that many of us have.

I ask any members of Britain First, the English Defence League, Pegida, The New British Union or any of the seemingly endless list of far right organisations cropping up across the Western world to stop and consider for a moment. Do you really, truly understand what you’re getting into? Do you really want to be part of a movement that wants to murder anyone who doesn’t agree with its own policies and ideologies? Do you really believe that anything good can come out of the wholesale persecution and slander of an entire religion?

Have you forgotten yet?

Well… have you?

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