The biggest losers of World War II were not the Germans or the Japanese but the Jews, says Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick. "We lost one-third of our people."
That happened because no one came to the rescue. ""The Allies didn’t think it was in their interest. President Roosevelt refused to bomb the rail tracks to the death camps. He was reluctant to divert any part of the war effort to save Jews from going up in flames of the chimneys at Auschwitz. Plus they didn’t like us very much," Glick said.
Glick addressed a capacity crowd at the annual Memorial Observance for the Six Million Martyrs on Saturday night at Young Israel of Hillcrest in Queens. She was introduced by the synagogue’s Rabbi Dr. Richard Weiss and Yom Hashoa commemoration committee chair Marc Katz.
The response of the Jews after the Shoah was twofold, Glick said. Jews eagerly supported new initiatives of international law, universal human rights, the Geneva Convention.
But the world changed little. The lesson of the Holocaust, "Never Again," proved powerless, she said.
Genocide continued in such places as Cambodia, Darfur, Rwanda and the mass killing of their own citizens by some Arab regimes.
Israel is surrounded by many countries who seek to wipe it off the map. They are educating their people to believe it is their duty to destroy the Jewish state and eliminate the Jews.
"Their ideology is no different from the Nazis except they say God is telling them to do it whereas the Nazis said Hitler was telling them to kill us. Anti-Zionism has become the new anti-Semitism. It says Jews have no right to defend themselves, no right to exist."
The second response of the Jews, Glick said, was to create a Jewish state. "We realized that the only people who will help us are us. It is not about persuading others to protect us, but to stay strong, annex Judea and Samaria, maintain a strong army, and make those who wish us harm know they will pay a price. Only that way will we assure never again."