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Stand With Us poster sends truly universal message – accidentally

Controversial poster juxtaposes Holocaust survivors with IDF soldiers. The only thing is, the Nazis’ victims in the picture are probably not Jewish.

Ami Kaufman reported here on a tasteless Stand With Us poster, politicizing the memory of the Holocaust in order to support Israeli policy and the IDF. Here is the poster, and I urge you to read Ami, who makes all the important points. (UPDATE: Stand With Us took the picture off their Facebook wall)

Stand With Us poster juxtaposing Holocaust survivors with IDF soldiers

I, however, want to bring attention to an interesting fact (pointed out by a commentator on the Stand With Us Facebook page): the survivors in the poster are probably not Jews. They have single, not double triangles on their shirts, which means that they could be political prisoners, or those deemed criminals by the Nazis (from homosexuals to the mentally ill). Check out the Wikipedia entry on Nazi concentration camp badges for more details.

The original picture was taken in Buchenwald, Germany – a camp known for the diverse group of prisoners who were sent to it – Jews, Gypsies, political prisoners, Soviet soldiers and many more. Actually, this very same picture is used in another article to illustrate the Nazi classification system.

Prisoners standing during a roll call. Each wears a striped hat and uniform bearing colored, triangular badges and identification numbers. *”Buchenwald, [Thuringia] Germany, 1938-1941. [http://www.ushmm.org/ United States Holocaust Memorial Museum]

Chances are, therefore, that those prisoners in the picture are not Jews, which transforms the Stand With Us poster into something completely different. The image takes a life of its own, and without taking anything away from the memory of the Jewish tragedy, it leaves us with a humanistic and universal lesson: not just that the Holocaust should never happen to us again, but rather that this should never happen to anyone.

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    1. Khaled Khalid

      This is just the tip of the iceberg of cynicism – Holocaust surivors living and dying in poverty in Israel. And no politician is held to account of that fact. Just the Holocaust used as a political tool and excuse to get reparations for the survivors.

      Dr Norman Finkelstein has personal experience of the Holocaust Reparations racket being run. His parents were both survivors of the Holocaust and to his surprise he found money being withheld by the very Jewish organizations set up to claim in the their name.
      According to Norman they held on to Billions of dollars whilst the Holocaust Survivors died in Poverty.

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    2. Kolumn9

      And if the world is such where it can and does happen to anyone [again] and can happen to ‘us’ [again]?

      I know someone will come along and say the Holocaust can’t happen again, but then again it already has – in Rwanda for one (and that isn’t the only place) – and the world did nothing. So, I suppose the humanistic and universal message is that it shouldn’t happen again but it already has and probably will again in the future so you are really on your own there to make sure it doesn’t happen to ‘us’.

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      • –So you do whatever you think needs to be done, and we’ll just sit back and clap. If that includes putting settlers in territory you own because otherwise there will be a Holocaust–who could possibly say no?

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        • Kolumn9

          Clap or don’t clap, but don’t pretend that your country will send a single soldier if we are threatened with destruction when you pontificate about how we should be sacrificing security for your lofty morals.

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    3. “not just that the Holocaust should never happen to us again, but rather that this should never happen to anyone”

      The lesson I took from the Nazi archive films. I would suggest that this be the aim of global civilization.

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      • Aaron Gross

        A fine sounding sentiment, but you run into trouble when you try to implement it. Look at the awful things done in the name of R2P, for instance.

        Seriously attempting to achieve the goal of “never again to anyone” is going to cause some really, really bad unintended consequences. Maybe those consequences would be less bad than genocide, maybe they’d be worse. Anyway, they shouldn’t be ignored when making policy.

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        • So the Americans were right to not “waste sorties” and (not) bomb the crematoriums?

          I would assume the ideal would evolve in implementation–for reasons of effect and cost, as well as other consequence. That does not mean one never tries to expand the range of efficacy.

          Your logic seems to reduce to: No one will be there for us so we will do whatever we think necessary to others so it will never happen to us again. Which I suppose is all fine–if you are in the right “us.”

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          • Aaron Gross

            You’re reading all kinds of things into my comment that I didn’t say or imply. I meant what I said.

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          • Kolumn9

            I think the last part for me. My answer to it is, yes, it is better to err on the side of caution because no one will be there for us. This is a reasonable approach regardless of who is ‘us’.

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    4. Tony Gratrex

      Regarding the Holocaust, it is scandal how Israel has treated many of the survivors that went there after WW2. As reported in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on 07/08/2007. A quote from one of the survivors:
      “I want the Germans to know where the money they gave Israel went,” he said angrily. “I want the Germans to know that Israel took the money we should have received. I want them to answer one question: Where did our money go?”
      See:- http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/890263.html

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    5. Zephon

      That ‘montage’ should NEVER have happened.

      It’s SICKENING that the time was taken to do it at all. That so many eyes and so many minds saw this and never thought twice.

      Those victims are not a card to play and never should have been. But now it has finally crossed the ethical line – they deserve better than to be treated as scapegoats for the maniacs and propaganda for political agendas. Period.

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    6. bluto

      ‘not just that the Holocaust should never happen to us again, but rather that this should never happen to anyone’

      Exactly right – though sadly this is beyond what most of the Chosen are able to glimmer and grasp. Like in Palestine…

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      • Kolumn9

        Oh no, I think most of the Chosen get the principle, but the implementation of that principle is practically non-existent in the modern world (Rwanda, Sudan, Syria, Bosnia, etc..), so it of limited value.

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    7. Empirical Conservative

      The use of this photo speaks to the perverse sole ownership of The Holocaust(TM) that Zionists claim and reflexively use as a deflection for all the injustice they perpetrate. That Stand With Us would use the above photo and just assume that the people in it were Jews speaks to their blind tribalism and embrace of, to use the words of Dubya, a “culture of victimization.”

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    8. > A disturbing visual image
      > used by some…even if the real image is not of jews…
      > yet again appropriating human and specifically Jewish suffering…
      > one’s initial reaction is sympathy
      > empathy
      > “Never Again!”
      > Jewish Power and might
      > a response to Jewish impotence
      > “Muscular Judaism”
      > but on another level
      > our whole exile experience for the last 2 thousand years
      > and the prophetic message has always been
      > “NOT by the sword”
      > but by the WORD sayeth the Lord
      > by MY word’
      > so what disturbs me
      > is that this reflects a primal response to threat
      > defense
      > but we must be more than that
      > we must proclaim
      > “we were 6 million murdered by the NAZIS …out of a total of 12 million human beings
      > so more war and more might and more military is only a local solution
      > but we the “Priestly People”
      > demand more
      > and end to war
      > a change of the human heart
      > an empathy to ALL HUMAN SUFFERING

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