Seek the good in everyone and reveal it, bring it forth
– Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
Shoah or the holocaust was the first sign of the sixth human extinction. No one can comprehend what one gets to see in Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Dachau, Herzogenbusch, Mauthausen, Treblinka and other concentration camps, be it photographs, videos or those painful visits. A human society that was thought of as one of the most evolved one, failed; to accept fellow humans, to help them integrate, to enable them to become a part of their society and most importantly to do justice to the homeless and the slandered. Some of the most intelligent and talented people were shown the door due to their color, race, ethnicity and religion.
The list of people who were refused acceptance as fellow humans includes, scientist Norbert Berkowitz, nuclear physicist Hans Bethe (Nobel Prize in Physics), human geneticist Sir Walter Fred Bodmer, physicist and mathematician Max Born, theoretical physicist Albert Einstein (Nobel Prize in Physics), physicist James Franck (Nobel Prize in Physics), physicist James Franck (Nobel Prize in Physics), chemist Fritz Haber (Nobel Prize in Chemistry), organic Chemist Richard Martin Willstätter (Nobel Prize in Chemistry), physiologist and Nobel laureate Otto Heinrich Warburg, inventor Emile Berliner, mathematician Robert Aumann (Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences) and this list goes on to include thousands of the finest writers, musicians, sportsmen, entrepreneurs, educationalists, linguists, historians among others in the history of mankind.
This reminds me of a profound thought of Theodor Herzl, where he summarizes the events as;
“We have sincerely tried everywhere to merge with the national communities in which we live, seeking only to preserve the faith of our fathers. It is not permitted us. In vain are we loyal patriots, sometimes super loyal; in vain do we make the same sacrifices of life and property as our fellow citizens; in vain do we strive to enhance the fame of our native lands in the arts and sciences, or her wealth by trade and commerce. In our native lands where we have lived for centuries we are still decried as aliens, often by men whose ancestors had not yet come at a time when Jewish sighs had long been heard in the country” (from Der Judenstaat 1896).
Even today Herzl’s words fill our skies with countless thoughts on why human civilization as one conscience, failed to evolve. Even today humanity feels ashamed that we could not improve our situation. This world of ours in 2020 still suffers from Antisemitism, Racism and Religious Hatred. We still have Schengen Areas (European region, where Asians and many other ethnicities are not welcome for a livelihood or shelter), White Zones (South Africa, twenty-five years after apartheid, black people cannot live and work in this small South African city of Orania) and the infamous Caste System (a fraudulent hierarchical system in Hinduism, introduced by manipulation of religious texts, most likely by the clergy in India to demoralize and degrade everyone else other than so called ‘Brahmins’).
Herzl’s dream for an evolved, united and compassionate world is yet to become reality. A great soul, Herzl dreams of a better world for everyone, whatever be the origin, descent, color or religion. He opposed Antisemitism, Racism and Religious hatred by calling for equality and compassion in this world. Herzl says “Let me tell you that my friend and I do not discriminate between humans. We do not ask what race or what religion he is from. He has to be a human being. That is all that’s important for us” ( from Altneuland, 1902). The ultimate aim of Zionism according to Herzl is “the good of humanity”.
It is time that we humans understand what Theodor Herzl wants to tell the world when he says “The world will be liberated by our freedom, enriched by our wealth, magnified by our greatness. And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind” (from Der Judenstaat 1896). We must destroy Antisemitism, Racism and Religious Hatred by helping each other to create a better world.
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