The Shoa Must Go on

Last week saw Holocaust survivor Thomas Blatt, 82 give testimony at the trial of John Demjanjuk. Blatt stated that he still has nightmares about his time at the camp at Sobibor, “I go there in my dreams, they are so real. In them I am still there. I can’t get it out of my head. This is the price I paid for getting out.”

Ukrainian born John Demjanjuk, 89, is accused by the Munich court of being an ‘accessory’1 in the death of 27,900 Jews at the Sobibor camp while being a German POW. As it happens, the German Justice system is now chasing ‘accessories’ to the Nazi crime. Embarrassingly enough it doesn’t do very well in the current case. Demjanjuk denies anything to do with the crime referred to him and furthermore, the German prosecution lacks any evidence whatsoever that supports or links Demjanjuk personally with murder or any other holocaust related criminal event.

Mr Blatt does not remember John Demjanjuk either, nor can he say if he is guilty as charged of helping to gas 27,900 Jews. “More than 60 years have passed” said Blatt. “I can’t even remember the faces of my parents. The court must decide if he was there. If he was there when I was there then I can imagine he shoved Jews at bayonet point to the gas chambers”.

According to The Mirror, Blatt was brought to the court “to give a living voice to the horror instead of a dusty historical account”. Seemingly in our current state of hyper realistic world affairs, historical documents and fact are diminished to “dust” while a personal narrative, saturated with speculation, associations and emotions are realised as a persuasive ‘living voice’. At the end of the day, Demjanjuk, a geriatric man is accused here of assisting in the death of no less than 27,900 people. The German court better bring something concrete rather than mere speculations.

Mr Blatt maintained that “Ukrainians ‘like Demjanjuk’ were the worst of the worst. We were more afraid of them than we were of the Germans.” There were “120 Ukrainian guards compared with only 17 S.S. men at any one time” said Blatt to the German court. Blatt clearly ‘got away’ with generalisations. I wonder whether a Palestinian boy suggesting that Jews ‘like Blatt’ who killed his family a year ago dropping bombs on a UN shelter in Gaza, would also be welcomed at the Munich court. For some bizarre reason, within the context of the Western liberal discourse, where Jews are concerned, generalising is okay and so is freely employing racial categories and even suggesting guilt by association. Somehow the rest of humanity is advised to avoid such a manner of speech.

However, such crude blanket accusations of the Ukrainians as a people that apparently pass as evidence in the Munich court, may actually throw light on the sinister motivation behind the current court case. Like the rest of humanity, the Germans seem to show some clear signs of ‘Shoa fatigue’. They appear to prefer to withdraw responsibility from the Nazi past and to leave Ukrainian POWs to take the heat. Similarly, we could expect that at a certain stage America and Britain may decide to use the same tactics and to charge their collaborators in the Arab world for the death and carnage they themselves left behind. Israel, that is now facing pressure for its mounting record of crimes against humanity, may also put the German trick into action. It may also want to cherry pick some Palestinians and charge them for being accessories to the crimes against the Palestinian people.

But there is a much more interesting twist to this evolving shameful legal case. While Demjanjuk denies being an accessory to the Nazi crime, Mr Blatt freely admits working for the SS and assisting in what he himself describes as a death machine: “Another job was to cut the hair of women about to be killed”, says Blatt. “Those from places like Holland believed the lie,” he maintains. “The women would say to me: ‘Please don’t cut my hair too short!’ But the Polish Jews — they already knew. They had heard too many stories, smelled the bonfires at night.” Blatt continues, “They would say ‘How can you do this? How can you work for the S.S.?’ I did it to survive.”

One may wonder why Blatt’s will to survive is more kosher than an Ukrainian prisoner’s desire to come home. In other words, considering Blatt’s admission in assisting the SS, why isn’t he charged by the same German court for being an ‘accessory’ for the Nazi crime?

One possible answer is that Blatt is a Jew and Demanjuk is a Goy. As sad as it may be, in the eyes of the Munich court, a Jew’s will to ‘survive’ must be superior to an Ukrainian’s desire to make it to the end of the war in one piece. If this is indeed the case, the German court fails to operate ethically and universally. Accordingly, it would be reasonable to argue that the Munich court fails to draw the necessary and elementary lesson from Germany’s Nazi past. German Justice somehow differentiates between people according to their race and ethnicity.

  1. An ‘accessory’ is a person who assists in the commission of a crime, but who does not actually participate in the commission of the crime as a joint principal. []

Gilad Atzmon, now living in London, was born in Israel and served in the Israeli military. He is the author of The Wandering Who and one of the most accomplished jazz saxophonists in Europe. He can be reached at: atz@onetel.net.uk. Read other articles by Gilad, or visit Gilad's website.

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  1. jon s said on January 25th, 2010 at 9:16am #

    Do you really not see the difference between a Jewish death-camp inmate, forced by the Nazis to carry out some of the ” dirty work”, such as cutting hair and also extracting gold teeth and disposing the victim’s bodies, and a SS man at the camp, the difference between a victim and a perpetrator?

  2. bozh said on January 25th, 2010 at 11:30am #

    yes, we do see the differences btwn ‘jews’ supervising other ‘jews’ and a german or an uke supervising ‘jews’.
    Aparently german ‘law’, or rather, the interpreters of it, also see the difference btwn german guards, uke guards, and ‘jewish’ guards. Go figure!

  3. MichaelKenny said on January 25th, 2010 at 12:59pm #

    The odd part of all this is that Demanjuk has already been acquitted of being “Ivan the Terrible” by, of all people, the Israeli courts! It’s hard to imagine a more cast iron acquittal than that! I suspect that when happened is that the Holocaust Industry crowd, furious at the Israeli judges and trying to keep the pot boiling, bullied about the only country Jewish groups can still bully outside the US, namely Germany, to mount a trial. They probably hope that Demanjuk will die before the trial comes to judgment, so that they can say he “wasn’t acquitted”. I’d laugh if the old boy lived to be 100 and dragged through every level of appeal in Germany and even up to the European Court of Human Rights! And when you think that these are the very same people who constantly claim that Islam is a hate-driven religion!

  4. kalidas said on January 25th, 2010 at 1:32pm #

    With friends like these…
    (no wonder I laugh a lot)

    “if demjanjuk were to die, they could still bring ariel sharon to testify against him
    (he has some unused diplomatic immunity vouchers)”

    “That Sharon idea is very Lovecraftian indeed: we could have the two of them, Denjanjuk and Sharon, in tanks in the courtroom, side by side. But how to collect their testimony?”

    “we cannot be party to their secrets until we are in our own tanks someday – not sure if that passes for rapture.”

  5. closedownthebbc said on January 25th, 2010 at 5:19pm #

    “Do you really not see the difference between a Jewish death-camp inmate, forced by the Nazis to carry out some of the ” dirty work”, such as cutting hair and also extracting gold teeth and disposing the victim’s bodies” and also burning concentration camp inmates in ovens.

    So, you think extracting your fellow inmates tooth fillings and then putting their bodies in ovens is acceptable given the conditions? Says a great deal about you. A normal person would rather die than oppress and terrorise another person. Also, please remember Hitler had many thousands of jewish soldiers (check out “Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers), I suppose you’ll respond with “can’t you see the difference between a goy Nazi and a jew Nazi who was obviously ‘forced’ to work for Hitler!” well I guess that’s the point of the article. Zionism is identical to Nazism, the fact that jews see themselves as exclusive and superior (the myth of the ‘chosen’ people, same as the myth of the aryan white race) allows them to freely oppress and deny rights to any other human being.

  6. Rehmat said on January 25th, 2010 at 5:46pm #

    “God’s House”, is a film by American Jewish photographer, Norman H. Gershman that shows Muslim tolerance towards Jews during the time when 150,000 Jews served in Nazi Army and the leaders of the World Zionist movement refused to help the European Jews being persecuted by the Nazis. Gershman chronicles the stories of Muslims, especially in Albania, who saved the lives of the Jews during WW II. Albania, Muslim country with a population of 3.6 million gave refuge to and hid 2,000 foreign European Jews. “These Muslim people in this small little country did something miraculous,” Gershman says in the film.Fritzi Weitzman 85 – then 13-year-old, was one of the Austrian Jews saved by the Muslims.

    The film (watch two videos below) is a behind-the-scenes look at how Gershman tracked down the heroic Albanians, the rescued Jews and their progeny for his book, “Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews in WW II”. Fritzi was thrilled that she had finally been able to share with the world the story of how a Muslim man faced up to anti-Semitism and saved the lives of her and her entire family. “For 70 years I’ve been trying to tell the world what King Zog did,” she said.

    “God’s House”: Muslims saved Jews from Nazis
    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/gods-house-muslims-saved-jews-from-nazis/

  7. Mulga Mumblebrain said on January 26th, 2010 at 9:10am #

    The Demanjuk trial, or legal lynching if you prefer it, is plainly part of the Zionist Holocaust Industry’s relentless brainwashing project. Israel, a tiny, colonialist, terror state, that has spread death and destruction throughout the world, but primarily in the Middle East, needs unceasing propagandising to attempt to hide its crimes. As a first resort they have the cynically duplicitous and mendacious Western mainstream media, which they control, directly and indirectly, that puts forth an endless stream of crude Manichean agit-prop, where the Zionist child-murderers, ethnic cleansers and blockade enforcers are purer than the driven snow, incapable of any ill, and their victims, the Palestinians and Lebanese in particular, but Iraqis, Afghans etc as well, are fiendishly evil ‘terrorists’, doubly so if they resist their betters, triply so if, like Hezbollah, they kick their backsides.
    The construction of the secular religion of ‘The Holocaust’ and its imposition on the world, the West in particular, is an interesting experiment in crassly racist double-standards, in the realm of suffering. For while ‘Holocaust’ Museums, dedicated, in the very great majority, solely, or predominately, to Jewish suffering, proliferate like mushrooms, no museums have been erected, no great cenotaphs erected, to the victims of less politically correct (in the true sense) genocides like those of the American ‘Indians’ or the victims of the African slave trade. Apparently in our world of compulsory selective moral judgement, only Jewish suffering is sacred. Even the Soviet victims, five times as many as the Jews, are ignored, or worse, their memorials are being bulldozed by neo-fascist stooges of the US Fourth Reich, like the psychotic Saakashvilli in Georgia.
    What is most detestable, however, and illustrates the true nature of the Zionism, is the manner in which the horror of the Nazi Judeocide is cynically utilised as some sort of justification for Israel’s crimes since 1947. Every time Israel commits an atrocity, such as the brutal and cowardly onslaught on Gaza, not only are we subjected to the usual tsunami of lies and humbug regarding cause and effect and responsibility, but you can be certain that a new ‘Holocaust commemoration’ or other will be celebrated, with the clear implication that the Nazi crimes and the resistance of Israel’s victims are somehow linked. Not only is this a risible and putrid untruth, but the most diabolical insult to the memory of the victims of Nazism, whose suffering is being used to attempt to justify the suffering of others, and to exonerate their tormentors.