Hatred Fueled Holocaust, Survivors’ Feelings
Too many people are forgetting, or denying, the Holocaust happened, according to speakers at the Holocaust Education Conference on Friday at the Jones Center. The conference, the 15th held by the Holocaust Education Committee, focused on the growing number of people who deny that 6 million Jews died in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
Deborah Lipstadt, author and professor at Emory University in Atlanta, said the number of people denying the Holocaust is not huge. The ideas they embrace, however, are disturbing.
“This is not a clear and present danger,” Lipstadt said. “It’s a clear and future danger.”
“The Holocaust seems illogical. It doesn’t make sense,” Lipstadt said. “It is beyond belief, but true.”
Hatred is also the reason people deny the Holocaust happened, according to Lipstadt.
The people are denying the most documented genocide in history, Lipstadt said. Web sites are put up with wrong or twisted information which seems true at first glance, but can be broken down under examination.
“These people are anti-Semitic,” Lipstadt said. “They are motivated by hatred of Jews.”
Anti-Semiticism, racism and hatred of women go hand in hand many times, Lipstadt said.
“There is so much hatred,” Lipstadt said. “Hatred blinds you.”
The Morning News