Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

German president explained well at Yad Vashem how Germany has changed forever

There are reports in the English press that the German President has said that “Germans haven’t learned lesson of Holocaust.” This comes from reporters not understanding the subtleties of long Germanic (or Dutch) sentences. In English, one almost always needs to cut up such sentences into several parts to make them digestible to the English mind. But that often reduces beautiful ways of understanding into easy base slogans.

Let me first acknowledge how difficult it can be for allies of oppressed groups to think through a fog of guilt feelings in our heads. Many men as allies of women know this, many cis-straights as allies of LGBTQ+ know this, many WASPs as allies to non-Caucasians, Jews, and non-native English speakers know this, many adults as allies of so-called kids (young people) know this, many temporarily able-bodied so-called sane people know this as allies to those with more limitations, etc.

Rather, the German president actually said literally: “… I wish I could say that our remembrance has made us immune to evil. Yes, we Germans remember. But sometimes it seems though, that we understand the past better than the present. The spirits of evil are emerging in a new guise. Presenting their racist, antisemitic authoritarian thinking as an answer for the future, a new solution to the problems of our age. And I wish that I could say that we Germans have learned from history once and for all. But I cannot say that when hatred is spreading….”

In other words: Germans cannot rest assured that everyone has have learned this lesson so well that no one needs to be vigilant still. Remnants of the old hatred are still here and need to be fought continuously.

He also didn’t say that ‘he stands “laden with guilt”.’ Rather, he said: “I stand here laden with the heavy historical burden of guilt. Yet …” talking about taking responsibility for the future and not just being stuck in guilt feelings of the past. That is quite different from being laden with guilt.

My conclusion is that therefore the German People as a whole has learned its lesson. That the fight against Jew-hatred is not over.

Therefore, I’d like Germans Gentiles to take the lead and visit all Muslim countries and teach why it would befit them to befriend Jews and Israel.


The heading: “The world turned its back on us: Full text of Netanyahu’s Holocaust Forum speech” is wrong too. Netanyahu said literally: “the world largely turned its back on us.” The word ‘largely’ is essential here.

But this faulty impression he caused. He should have said: the countries that would end up fighting Nazi-Germany and defeating it, and losing millions of lives themselves, had first largely turned their backs on us.

Because Asian, Pacific, South-American, African and Russian countries didn’t. The Philippines, Chili, Morocco, Russia, China, Australia, etc. did not send away Jews. Switzerland, the Netherlands, England, the US did.

Those who wanted Prince Charles to voice his regret over this waited in vain. As I haven’t heard the King of the Netherlands utter such words.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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