Steve Wenick

What Makes the Holocaust Unique?

Indeed, why is the attempted genocide of the Jewish people different from all other genocides? Have there not been other genocides in: Armenia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, Darfur, and the list continues.

It is because it is the only genocide that has been going on continuously for 3,500 years. A genocide where some populations want to rid the world of the Jewish culture, history, religion, traditions, rituals, practices, and people. Yes, the Holocaust was unique, for it was the attempted genocide of something far greater than the sum of its parts; it wanted to eliminate Judaism.

So what is it about Judaism that motivated such hatred? It is because Judaism introduced to the Western world a theology, which takes Darwin’s idea of the survival of the fittest and endeavors to elevate it to the idea of the survival of the best we can be. It did that by introducing a moral code which pits our finer impulses against our baser instincts. Judaism transformed a world of primordial ignorance into a world embroiled in a struggle between right and wrong, the survival of the fittest against the survival of the finest.

Consequently, the world has never forgiven us for introducing the conflict between might and right and tragically that has hampered it from learning the lessons of the Holocaust.

About the Author
Since retiring from IBM Steve Wenick has served as a freelance book reviewer for HarperCollins Publishing and Simon & Schuster. His reviews and articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Algemeiner, Jerusalem Online, Philadelphia Inquirer, Attitudes Magazine, and The Jewish Voice of Southern New Jersey. Steve and his wife are residents of Voorhees, New Jersey.
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