What to do about rising hatred against Germans?

 

From: Adelaide Institute
Sent: Tuesday, 6 September 2005 9:41 PM
Subject: For our German readers


It is important that individuals are permitted freely to express their thoughts about Adolf Hitler so that they may feel easy inside and not be afflicted with a guilt complex that emotionally and intellectually cripples them to the point of suicide, self-destruction.

German law is designed to extinguish any Germanism because it is feared that the Hitler times will return, which they will not.

However, enslaved peoples' minds, if still normal, will with advancing age cry out for freedom. There is nothing more shameful than to see grown individuals grovelling to Jewish matters.

Horst Mahler has shown how Germans, who still want to be Germans, can liberate themselves from the Jewish conceptual prison that is the Holocaust.

There is no need for any form of violence because moral and intellectual liberation takes place within one's head, one's mind - the brain that cries out for the normal state of affairs to be brought about asks for work - and thinking is hard work!

Now, Germans, get to it - start to think through the problem facing you within the conceptual prison that is the Holocaust.

Show the world that you have the courage to care and to share -and the following items provide material for reflection.

 

 

1. Special treatment for Jews - at World Cup
2. Re-educated Germans

3. Monument to Hitler's allies to be demolished

4. Holocaust education program

5. Holocaust survivor

6. Turks present competition in building industry

7.  Swastikas in Oslo

8. Why hate exists: The haunting of Elie Wiesel

9. Holocaust Memorial in Macedonia


 

 1. From: Geoff Muirden
Sent: Tuesday, 6 September 2005 5:55 PM
Subject: Re: Special treatment coming up for Jews from Germany


Why not let the EPOs (eternally persecuted ones) win in advance, to stop their TERRIBLE SUFFERING?

It would be an act of Antisemitism for the non-Jews/Goyim to win over Israel



    GOOD FOR THE JEWS: Johann Vogel, right.
Reuters
                

 
Bad for the Jews - a protest against Jews

Last update - 12:57 05/09/2005
Vogel: Jews suffered, so Israel deserves spot at Germany
By Ouriel Daskal


"Israel represents the Jews and the Jews suffered in the Holocaust because of Germany. Therefore they deserve a place at the World Cup in Germany. "It would be important for Israel and for soccer," he said. Haaretz

 

 

Anti-Israel Protest during Soccer match in Switzerland
George Rishmawi-IMEMC & Agencies - Sunday, 04 September 2005


The Israeli and Swiss soccer teams and the spectators were shocked to see several peace activists running into the soccer field carrying slogans in support of the Palestinians during a match that joined the Israeli team with the Swiss team in Switzerland.


At around the 52 minute of the game, several peace activists rushed in to the field carrying big banner reading, “Free Palestine”, “End the Apartheid” while other protestors carried Palestinian flags, and ran around the field.


In response, some pro-Israeli spectators jumped into the field carrying Israeli flags.


The security guards managed to get the protestors out of the field and held them for questioning. The might be fined for breaking the law.
This World Cup qualifying match was held in Basel, and ended in a 1-1 draw.


Apparently, the reason behind choosing a soccer match is that protestors wanted to manifest their rejection to the occupation and the construction of the separation wall, often called the “Apartheid wall” by the anti-occupation groups, to a wide audience.



...and German Empire - Deutsche Reich - dreams appear on the Internet

 


2.  ...but hot on the heals the following -
 


Die Deutschen sind völlig verrückt… Wo man hinschaut (sub)-kultivieren sie die abstrusesten Sachen .

Hauptsache sie machen, wie trotzige Kinder, das Gegenteil von ihrem Vater, Adolf Hitler dem Grossen:

- hat er Gutes getan, so machen sie Schlechtes;

- hat er Intelligentes getan, so machen sie Dummes;

- hat er etwas Mutiges getan, so tun sie Feiges;

- hat er Gradliniges getan, so tun sie Krummes;

- hat er sich verteidigt, so greifen sie an;

- ist er vorwärts gegangen, weichen sie aus;

- hat er Sauberes gefördert, fördern sie Schmutziges;

- hat er Reines erreicht, streben sie Trübes an;

- Suchte er das Licht, verwirklichen sie die Finsternis;

- wo er Jüdisches in die Schranke verwies, machen sie aus ihnen Götzen;

- Sagte er die Wahrheit, so lügen sie;

- Liebte er die Gesundheit, lieben sie alles krank Machendes;

- wo er das Leben unterstützte, unterstützen sie den Tod;

- wo er Gesundes, sie Abartiges;

- wo er Gerechtigkeit, sie Unterdrückung;

- wo er eine Erwachsene Kultur verwirklichte, sie eine infantile Subkultur;

- wo er Demokratie, sie geistigen, seelischen und materiellen Terror;

- wo er Sachlichkeit, sie Subjektives;

- wo er erzog, verwahrlosen sie;

- wo er die Wahrheit suchte, sie den Irrtum;

- wo er Menschheitliches zur Sprache brachte, sie Untermenschliches;

- wo er Anständigkeit verlangte, sie Dreckiges;

- wo er den Charakter setzte, sie dessen Mangel;

- wo er moralische Eliten berief, sie die widerlichsten Lumpen;

- wo er das wahre Christentum hoch in Ehren hielt, sie den Widersacher;

- wo er Gott, sie den Mammon;

- wahrlich, wo er sie emporgehoben hat auf seinen starken Armen, werden sie jetzt den Abgrund geschleudert.

- und er ist da und wird sie verschlingen.

- aber nicht verzagen, sonder nüchtern bleiben!

Die Schwedischen und die übrigen Nordischen Kameraden bei Demonstrationen gegen die Usurpatoren rufen: „Adolf Hitler, ein Dreifaches Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil



3. From: debunks - debunks@sbcglobal.net

Sent: Tuesday, 6 September 2005 5:25 AM
Subject: Monument to Hitler's allies about to be demolished


Front page / Russia / Politics / Authorities
A monument to Hitler soldiers has been standing for 11 years in central part of Moscow
09/05/2005 16:05

 

The monument was unveiled in 1994, in the period of liberalism and democracy's wild outburst, when money was the strongest instrument


It has become some sort of a fashion to call things politically correct or incorrect. Today, not only Americans but also Europeans and people in Asia are anxious about the liberal ideas standing for the rights of different minorities and other aggrieved people. It seems strange at first that today many countries in Central and Eastern Europe, those where the Soviet authority was rather strong some time ago are rehabilitating the German national socialism and the Third Reich Fuhrer particularly. Now, when these countries feel they are free from the Soviet yoke they smash monuments mounted in honor of Soviet warriors fighting fascists for peace and instead build monuments to honor those who were fighting the Soviet Army being Wehrmacht soldiers. And European human rights institutions do not think it is a really serious problem. They say that it would be politically correct for the small Baltic republics to resist the totalitarian Soviet empire and for this purpose even send their soldiers to fight the Soviet army together with German troops.

 

Russia is certainly indignant at mounting such monuments and demonstrations of Wehrmacht veterans that Fascists organize from time to time in Tallinn and Riga. But no criminal and administrative proceedings are instituted against these doings of fascists in the Baltic republics, and protest notes of the Russian Foreign Ministry issued in such cases are as a rule ignored. Today, when Latvia and Estonia are independent countries authorities of these countries and not those of Russia are responsible for the order there. And who is to prevent building of monuments to Hitler soldiers in Russia?


This is astonishing but a monument to leaders of the White movement and Kazak atamans, to the Russian corps, to Cossacks of the Kazak stan and the 15th cavalry corps has been standing near the central part of Moscow for eleven years already. Among the names mentioned on the monument there are the names of atamans Krasnov, Shkuro, Sultan Klych Girey, General von Panwitz (a SS-Gruppenfuhrer). Did these people defend their native country when they betrayed Russia and were at war with the Soviet army together with the Third Reich army? After the victory, many of them were convicted and executed as war criminals. The 15th cavalry corps was part of the Wehrmacht and consisted of former Russian Empire subjects and recruited Soviet captives; that was a punitive unit acting severely on the territory of the USSR, Yugoslavia and Italy. At the end of the war it became part of Germany's SS troops.


The monument was unveiled in 1994, in the period of liberalism and democracy's wild outburst, when money was the strongest instrument and could help even build such monuments. Young lawyer Ilya Kramnik has formed an initiative group seeking demolishing of the monument; he says "the monument must and will be certainly demolished." The lawyer appealed to the Prosecutor's Office and stated that any monument to war criminals is humiliating for the Russian people who seriously suffered from their crimes during WWII.


Russia sacrificed the lives of over 20 million people to bring the Third Reich down. Almost every Russian family lost at least one man during the war. Russia contributed more than other members of the anti-Hitler coalition into fighting fascism, and no matter what liberals want it will never be the home of total political correctness. The Russian people must always remember the terror of the war and never rehabilitate fascists and those who betrayed Russia to become Hitler soldiers. Future generations must honor those who sacrificed their lives to stop spreading Fascism in the world.

Read the original in Russian -translated by: Maria Gousseva.





4. Des Moines starts Holocaust educational program


DES MOINES, Iowa Des Moines is the second U-S city to start a Holocaust educational program in schools and the public library.


The program includes 52-thousand videotaped testimonies from Holocaust survivors, liberators and other witnesses -- including 17 Iowans.


Movie director Steven Spielberg's group -- the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation -- was the driving force behind the project. The group collected interviews in 56 countries and 32 languages.


The project took more than eight years to put together.


The testimonies are available at the Des Moines Public Library and all middle and high schools will get information from the foundation.
Jackson Mississippi was the first city in the U-S to get the program.


Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


5. Posted on Mon, Sep. 05, 2005
Wiesel urges students to, above all, care
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR HONORED AT CENTRE
By Art Jester
HERALD-LEADER STAFF WRITER


DANVILLE - Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel urged Centre College students last night to embrace the privilege of their education and to reject indifference in everything they do.


Wiesel, 77, an honored author and one of the world's most famous Holocaust survivors, said that "to this day I don't understand the silence of God" while the Nazis executed 6 million Jews and others in World War II death camps in Germany and Eastern Europe.


Wiesel recalled the travails of the biblical character Job, a righteous man who thought God had abandoned him.


"He said, 'Where are you? Where are you? Job was angry at God for his indifference." But when God finally replied to Job, Wiesel said, "Job gave in."
For himself, Wiesel said, "My faith is here, but it's a wounded faith."


Wiesel, who lives in New York City and has been named University Professor at Boston University, addressed the opening convocation of Centre's new academic year.


Centre awarded an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters to Wiesel, who has written more than 40 books, including Night, Dawn, A Beggar in Jerusalem and the just-published novel The Time of the Uprooted.


Before and after his address, Wiesel was given long standing ovations from an overflow audience of more than 1,670 in Centre's Norton Center for the Arts. Among those present were former Gov. Brereton Jones and his wife, Libby Jones.


Centre President John Roush said this fall's enrollment of 1,120 "is the largest Centre has ever been." This included a record number of freshmen, 318.
Wiesel said that in retrospect one of the horrible paradoxes of the Holocaust was that many Nazi officers in the death camps were well-educated, with master's degrees and even doctorates.


"How can you study the beauty of Goethe, the cadence of Schiller, the depth of Bach and Beethoven and kill children, and go home and behave as a good father and good husband? How was that possible?"


The crowd listened intently as Wiesel, speaking without a text, also discussed the importance of the relationship between teachers and students.
"I love students," he said. "It's my life."


Teachers and students must maintain mutual respect, he said.


Students, he said, must "learn, learn, learn. Don't stop. As you read, go deeper into every page. Always choose a friend with whom you will discuss the lesson of the day."


"Be sensitive," he said. "Humanity is determined by my relationship with the other -- with you."


Recalling his experiences and those of the United States' civil rights movement, Wiesel said change is possible, but it requires people who accept the moral obligation to stand up and even be willing to die in the pursuit of justice.


He also urged Centre's students not to underestimate the power of words.


"It is possible to create change with words, provided you reject indifference as an option," he said. "Indifference is never an option.



Reach Art Jester at (859) 231-3489; 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3489;


http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/12564505.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp


Surely, you jest, Art!
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Attendant with this indoctrination, of course, is the fact that a 'visceral hatred of all things German' ala Elie Wiesel, will also be a necessary by-product. Would Jews stand for such defamation of their own race?

http://www.whotv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3807153

 


6. Turks present competition in building industry

 

But competition from Turkish Germans

Gründungs-Boom türkischstämmiger Unternehmer in Deutschland

In Deutschland gibt es zunehmend Firmengründungen von türkischstämmigen Unternehmern. 60.000 sind es mittlerweile, dreimal so viel wie vor 20 Jahren. Die meisten sind Kleinunternehmen mit bis zu zehn Mitarbeitern, die vor allem serviceorientiert sind.

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7. From: x-915552
Sent: Sunday, 4 September 2005 7:30 PM
Subject: Swastikas in Oslo
Dear Friends


I have attached a photo of an entrance which can be seen in Oslo, Norway. The entrance is to the old offices of Oslo Elektrisitetsverks Hovedbygning, Main Offices of Oslo’s Electricity. The building was erected in around 1920. Jews have many after WWII complained about the swastika sign which can be seen from the Drammensveien, Drammen Street, the street where the US Embassy is located.

 

In fact the picture is taken some 500 metres away from the Embassy. Each time the Jews have complained the building owner has answered the sign is an old Norse/Germanic sign and that the building was erected long before WWII.


If you ever come to Norway and visit some of the old stave-churches, wooden churches from 1100-1300 you would see a lot of swastikas carved into walls of the churches.


In Oslo you can see a lot of swastikas outside the old university building. I am sorry I do not have pictures of those signs, but I will send you some later this year.


Stay true to your blood
 




8. From: Promajority
Sent: Monday, 5 September 2005 4:18 AM
Subject: Why hate exists: The haunting of Elie Wiesel

Ottawa Citizen; Sep 4, 2005; Page: 1
 

Why hate exists: The haunting of Elie Wiesel
Life was blissful for the Wiesel family in 1941, writes JENNY JACKSON.
Then the Nazis came.


The book that launched Elie Wiesel’s life work opens in a tiny Jewish town nestled in the Carpathian mountains. It is 1941, and Mr. Wiesel is just 13 years old, living blissfully with his parents and three sisters.


He is already deeply devout and hoping to study the Kabbalah, Jewish teachings on the nature of divinity, the soul, and the role of human beings.


His father, a shopkeeper, discourages him, saying it is too esoteric, but still, Elie finds himself drawn to a barefoot mystic called Moshe the Beadle.
Moshe is a simple caretaker at the synagogue yet the teen falls into long conversations with him. Over and over, the beadle tells Elie that man reaches towards God with questions; that every question has a power that lies far beyond its answer.


"A conviction grew in me that Moshe the Beadle would draw me with him into eternity, into that time where question and answer would become one."


Two years later, as his family filed into Auschwitz, the youth received the questions that would haunt his life: "Why does hate exist? How could educated, cultured people exterminate six million souls? How could the rest of the world turn away? And why does it all continue today?"


In 1958, Mr. Wiesel wrote his landmark book Nuit, and became one of the first writers to really capture the horror, coining the word "Holocaust."


He devoted himself to ensuring that the suffering and death are never forgotten, believing remembrance to be humanity’s best hope against another slide into unbridled evil. In 1986, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.


Now, almost 77, he is still relentless. On Wednesday, he comes to Ottawa’s Westin hotel to address a sold-out audience at the launch of the annual fundraising campaign for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa.


This spring, he published his 45th book, The Time of the Dispossessed, a novel about a Czech Jew who escaped to Hungary as a child during the Second World War.


He and his wife, Marion, travel regularly to Israel to oversee two centres for Ethiopian Jewish children. In the U.S., they administer the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, which, among other things, sponsors regular meetings of Nobel Peace Prize laureates.


And he continues teaching at Boston University where he has been the Andrew Mellon professor in the humanities for the past 35 years.


Mr. Wiesel has fulfilled the vow he made in that first book, a passage that falls somewhere between a curse and a prayer: "Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. ... Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never."


Mr. Wiesel told the Citizen in an interview from his New York home that he still sees it as his duty to speak out: "Why did I survive? I have no idea. I didn’t want it. I didn’t fight for it. I was too young, too weak, too sick. I have to give meaning to life now, retroactively almost."


He has been true to his word. All over the world, he is seen as a tower of intellectual and moral strength. David Aikman, a senior correspondent for Time magazine, and author of Great Souls: Six Who Changed the Century, included Mr. Wiesel with Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn as having "enormous, perhaps incalculable impact on their own societies or the world as a whole."


"(Mr. Wiesel) forces us, again and again, to address the profundity of evil of which the human race ... is capable."


In addition to the Nobel, he has won the Prix Médicis, France’s highest literary honour, the French Legion of Honour, the United States Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Who could have foreseen what would happen as it all began Sept. 30, 1928, in a tiny, impoverished town or shtetl in Transylvania?


Mr. Wiesel adored his mother and could barely be apart from her. He revered his upright, rather reserved father, and hoped constantly for his approval. On the way to the synagogue, his father would hold his hand, but drop it if another man drew near. Mr. Wiesel wondered if his father was somehow ashamed of him. "Did he have any idea how much that hurt?" Mr. Wiesel has written.


As a boy, he attended school while his older sisters Hilda and Bea worked in their parents’ shop. Little Tsipouka was the baby of the family.


Hungary annexed the Carpathian Mountains in 1940, but the townspeople believed they were safe from the war gathering across Europe. Then in March 1944, Nazis invaded. The Wiesels’ devoted Christian maid, Maria, came to their door and begged them to come into hiding at her mountain cabin. They would be safe there, she swore in the name of the Lord. They politely refused.


Not long after, the family was shipped to Auschwitz. "Men to the left, women to the right!" the Nazi soldiers barked, and with that, the family was separated.


Mr. Wiesel has often spoken of the following year as a kind of parallel universe of darkness, as if hell itself had clambered up to Earth and spread its rule.


He was liberated in April 1945, and went to France where he studied at the Sorbonne and scratched out a living in journalism and translation.


The creation of the new Jewish homeland, Israel, gave him hope, and he believed "the memory of evil will serve as a shield against evil; that the memory of death will serve as a shield against death" as he wrote later.


The one thing he did not write about was his experience in the camps.


It was while interviewing the French novelist François Mauriac that the dam finally burst. Mr. Mauriac, a devout Christian, kept harping on Jesus throughout the conversation. Finally, Mr. Wiesel burst out: "I knew Jewish children every one of whom suffered a thousand times more, six million times more than Christ on the cross. And we don’t speak about them. Can you understand that sir? We don’t speak of them."


In the shocked silence that ensued, it became apparent the time had come to speak of them.


The result was Mr. Wiesel’s first book, titled appropriately, And the World Has Remained Silent. Twenty publishers turned it down, some saying it was too sad. Two years later, in 1958, it was abridged and released as Night, a book that many critics say is still the most moving account of the Holocaust.


It also catapulted Mr. Wiesel out of journalism and into the realm of the legitimate author. He emigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen. In 1969, he married Marion Rose, his English translator. Three years later they had a son, Elisha.


The intervening years have been full of a happiness Mr. Wiesel had not expected. Elisha is married and Mr. Wiesel, who hesitated about getting married, then agonized over having children, is hoping to become a grandfather someday soon.


There has been sorrow, too. Hatred did not die with the defeat of Nazi Germany as he once believed. Remembrance of evil has not been able to prevent the massacres in Sudan, Rwanda and Kosovo.


"The hatreds are still there. I have to ask, ‘what are we doing on this planet?’ It makes no sense."


He believes the 21st century scourge of terrorism is so contagious and destructive that it must be stamped out. Yet his conviction puts him in the odd position of supporting U.S. President George W. Bush’s war in Iraq.


Even his writing seems more fatalistic. One review of his most recent book said: "The novel’s structure sometimes represents the refugee
experience: buffeted from one place to the next, never sure of the journey’s goal. Though the story ends on an optimistic note, this remains a bleak and unsettling novel, an exploration of the power and mystery of stories, as well as their ultimate failure to change the world."


These days, he meets the idea of evil, with a pained shrug. He has no immediate solutions. "Education," he says. "It’s all I have."


Some commentators have found that insufficient. The grumpy columnist Christopher Hitchens has called him a windbag, and Martin Peretz said in the New Republic that his constant campaigning is somewhat narcissistic.


" ‘L’histoire c’est moi’ has always been his favourite theme."


Some Holocaust survivors have found the melancholic grace of his prose almost an affront, as if it romanticizes something so brutal as to be literally unspeakable, or as if Mr. Wiesel is suggesting he can speak for everyone, or that his experiences were more painful than others.


Yet if Mr. Wiesel has no easy answers for us, he also has none for himself and his questions are still far more pressing. He will never know why his father had to die of starvation and exhaustion just months before liberation, or why his mother and baby sister had to die in the camps as well.


His sisters, Bea and Hilda, survived, Hilda settling in Nice, France, and Bea working for awhile in Ottawa, and then in Montreal where she died of cancer in 1974. What happened to them in the camps? He never asked. It was something they did not speak of. As the beadle said all those years ago, questions extend far beyond the simple answers.


That beadle was deported from Sighet very early in the war when the Hungarians took over, and forced to dig mass graves for murdered Jews.


He managed to escape and came back to the town to warn the town. He went from house to house, person to person, trying to tell them what evil awaited them.


Nobody listened. They thought he was mad. Why would such a thing happen, they asked. How could anyone do such a thing?


He had no answer for them.


Elie Wiesel speaks at Ottawa’s Westin Hotel on Wednesday as part of the annual fundraising campaign for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa.
The event is sold out.


ERIC FEFERBERG, AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE Time Magazine said of Elie Wiesel:
‘He forces us, again and again, to address the profundity of evil of which the human race ... is capable.’ Mr. Wiesel will speak at the Westin Hotel on Wednesday in a fundraiser for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa.

 

 



9. From: Promajority
Sent: Monday, 5 September 2005 4:55 PM
Subject: Holocaust Memorial in Macedonia
Ottawa Citizen; Aug 30, 2005; Page: 14
The souls of the departed
ANDREW COHEN


SKOPJE, Macedonia:
On March 11, 1943, they came for the Jews. First they herded them into a tobacco factory. Then they sent them off to Treblinka in Poland. Of the
7,148 who were arrested here and around Macedonia that day — 98 per cent of the Jewish population — none returned.


The Bulgarians rounded up the Jews and handed them to the Germans.


Jewish property was seized, Jewish institutions erased. That, it seemed, was the end of an old, storied community. Yet by December, 1944, when the Nazis were driven from Macedonia, some 200 Jews returned. While other European Jews were going to Palestine or America, they were determined, as people of history and faith, to come home.


Today there remain 200 Jews among the two million people of Macedonia, one of the republics of the former Yugoslavia. It is uncertain how many of them are actually considered Jews under the laws of a religion that require one’s mother to be Jewish. Not that it matters to them, though.


"If you marry out, you marry in," says Zdravko Sami of the modus vivendi of "a non-religious community." People here are unencumbered by doctrine, he suggests, determined to maintain their identity. If that means embracing outsiders, so be it.


Mr. Sami has lived here most of his life. He is an engineer by training.


His two brothers have emigrated to Toronto, his daughter is in California. Yet he stays in Macedonia, a nation struggling against poverty, corruption and prejudice and the past, where Jews could be seen as just another aggrieved people making their claim on memory.


His father survived the war because he was in a Bulgarian detention camp and his mother survived because she wasn’t Jewish. That Mr. Sami might not be Jewish either draws a shrug. "After what I’ve done, who cares what anyone thinks?" he says with resignation rather than immodesty.


Indeed, as donor and activist, he has done much. He proudly shows a visitor the three-storey Jewish community centre on dusty Borka Taleski.


It has offices, a library and a social hall. It supports many activities and causes, including some that aren’t Jewish.


On the top floor is Bet Jakov Synagogue, which was destroyed in the Skopje earthquake of 1963. It is framed by stained glass windows, plain wooden pews and an embroidered ark containing the torahs. The synagogue is rarely full. Weddings are few, bar mitzvahs fewer. Someone leaves the country and Mr. Sami frets. ("There goes one per cent of my community!" he sighs). Yet the Jews carry on amid the anxiety. In fact, the centre’s windows and doors will be reinforced, allows Mr. Sami, "to resist a hand grenade."


Remember, this is Macedonia, which author Robert D. Kaplan likens to "the chaos at the beginning of time." It is where, as Mr. Kaplan reminds us, "the ethnic hatreds released by the decline of the Ottoman Empire had first exploded, forming the radials of the 20th century European and Middle Eastern conflict."


Why stay, then? In a place that has run with the blood of Muslims and Christians, of Serbs, Turks, Greeks and Bulgarians, which has been called "a quiet Kosovo" of restive Albanians, where neighbour has set upon neighbour and could do so again, where they were fighting only four years ago, why bother anymore? Why not leave?


Probably because this is your life, your land, your love. Because your ancestors are buried here, even if their gravestones are gone. Because your synagogue has the scrolls and the spirit of your forefathers.


And so, this Friday, before the gathering shadows of the Jewish Sabbath descend upon the tiled roofs and soaring minarets of this worn capital, the prime minister of Macedonia and others will gather in what was once the Jewish Quarter. There they will break ground on an ambitious memorial to the Jews of Macedonia who died in the Holocaust.


The memorial, which will include a theatre and a museum, is to cost about $14 million. The money will come largely in the form of compensation from the government for Jewish property confiscated during the war. In a place where everyone has a memory, the Jews will find a way to mark their own — with the enthusiastic support of the government of Macedonia.


It is a deep, emotional splinter in a people’s psyche, this need to remember, even if the attention it garners risks fanning anti-Semitism.
"Why do this?" asks Mr. Sami. "It’s for the souls of the departed."


ANDREW COHEN is a professor of journalism and international affairs at Carleton University.

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