You know how people always say that we (Americans) learn about the Holocaust in public school because it was a white people killing white people genocide? And then they use that to point to the fact that our education system/curriculum is painfully inadequate at showing non-western European history. And while that is obviously true (that our education system focuses on Western European history to the exclusion of the rest of the world), we REALLY don’t learn about the Holocaust.
All we learn is that it happened and that people were
murderedstarved to death or contracted typhus and died (looking at you John Green). We really don’t learn about the details of the what, why, and how the Holocaust happened. We don’t learn about the other groups of victims. Except as a footnote where they’re referred to by a slur.
We don’t learn about the resistance movements: the partisan movements, the ghetto uprisings, the uprisings in the actual concentration camps. We don’t learn about the rise of the Nazi Party (other than that the economic destruction and devastation of Germany following WWI somehow made for fertile ground for the Nazi party; as if hundreds of years of institutionalized antisemitism had NOTHING to do with it). We don’t learn about the Damascus affair or the Dreyfus affair. We don’t learn about the pogroms.
We don’t learn about how the Holocaust reached all the way into North Africa and the Middle East. We don’t learn the connection between the Holocaust and Farhud. Because they’re somehow not connected? Even though the German embassy in Iraq published and promoted antisemitic materials translated into Arabic. Materials like, you know, Mein Kampf. Even though Hitler publicly voiced his support of Iraqi nationalists. Even though the Farhud occurred in June of 1941 and the Holocaust occurred from the institution of the Nuremberg Law in 1935 to the liberation of the camps in 1945.
We NEVER learn about the aftermath of the Holocaust. We never learn about the camps for displaced persons. Because they couldn’t “go back to Poland.” All their property and homes had been taken by their gentile neighbors. We never learn about European and North American countries turning away Holocaust survivors by the boat load. We never learn about how the British limited Jewish immigration into Palestine and would send any “illegally” smuggled Jewish survivors whom they caught into a new DP camp on Cyprus (because both Palestine and Cyprus were under British control at the time).
We never learn about the 4.500 Jewish survivors on the ship “Exodus” who were fired upon by British troops when the were closely outside of Palestine; killing and wounding Jewish Holocaust survivors. The British threatened to sink that ship. And they returned all those Holocaust survivors back to Europe, where they were forcibly carried off the boat by British troops.
So we learn that the Holocaust happened, but we don’t really learn about the Holocaust.
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unfinished fics? I love those. the way they just (clenches fists)
*university voice* unfortunately… we have too much money… so we have to raise tuition so we can build a place to keep all the other money in… so sorry unavoidable