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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)– Europe remembered Sunday, January 27, the killings of six million Jews and others the Nazi’s didn’t like, amid concerns about rising anti-Semitism in Hungary and other countries.
Holocaust survivors, politicians, religious leaders and others marked the annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day with solemn prayers.
Pope Benedict XVI warned that “the memory of this immense tragedy, which above all struck so harshly the Jewish people, must represent for everyone a constant warning so that the horrors of the past are not repeated.”
Events Sunday took place at sites including Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former death camp where Adolf Hitler’s Germany killed at least 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, in southern Poland.
Sunday was the 68th anniversary of the liberation of the camp by Soviet troops in 1945.
Holocaust survivor Bat Sheva Dagan still searches for answers. “Why did I survive that hell? Was it God above? luck? Or my destiny? who knows.. I simply can’t tell,” she said during an emotionally charged cceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.
In Warsaw, prayers were also held Sunday at a monument to the fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.
Yet, the annual memorial day was overshadowed by concerns about rising anti-Semitism, especially in countries such as Hungary.
Recently, a legislator of Hungary’s far right Jobbik party suggested to draw lists of Hungarian Jews who he said are “a threat” to the nation’s security.
The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, expressed outrage.
“There is anti-Semitism in Europe. There is a free-elected member of a member state of the European Parliament asking for registering Jews,” he said at the ceremony.
“This is a shame in Europe,” Schulz added, prompting loud applause.
The mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, agrees. He said lights of the ancient Colosseum in Italy’s capital would be dimmed Sunday, January 27, to protest Jobbik party statements and wider antisemitism in Hungary, including threats against Jews and the desecration of Jewish graves and Holocaust monuments.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has come under pressure to distance himself from extremism in a nation that is still confronting its past as a former ally of Nazi-Germany when 600,000 Hungarian Jews were killed.
Orbán said Sunday, January 27, that his government “protects all citizens and condemns all forms of anti-Semitism.”
Hungary isn’t alone.
European Jewish leaders say 2012 also saw a sharp rise in expressed hatred towards Jews elsewhere on the continent, as extremists search for scapegoats to blame for the continent’s economic crisis.
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(BosNewsLife strongly disagrees with the comment below. We have been debating whether to publish the anti-Semitic comment from Peter Pan, which is obviously not the writer’s real name. We publish it, unedited, to underscore the mounting hatred towards Jewish people. Tell us what you think?)
The heat is on. Good. First, most of the European Jews are not Semites. Here is the Genome research. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/02/03/johns-hopkins-genome-study-of-jewish-origins/
Second of all, one will never see another nation’s dual citizen in the government. For instance, you’ll never see Serbian American or Russian American as a Chief of Staff in the White House. Let’s stop lying to ourselves. And why the European leadership remembers only Jewish victims of WW2? Let’s look the table here:
I don’t see any holocaust memorials to Yugoslavians, Polish, Chinese, Russians, etc. Who cares about those stinking goym anyways? The goal is to exterminate as many of them as possible. The Europeans begin to blame crisis on Jews. Who are they supposed to blame it on? Mongolians? Jews run the media, they run all financial institutions of the World – IMF, WB, Federal Reserve, Bank of England, etc. They are in charge of the economic policies, they give themselves Noble Prizes in economics, the run the biggest “investment” banks. I suggest the readers watch the best documentary of 2010 “Inside Job”. Let’s see who would you blame after watching this movie, even though it scratched the surface of the problem without going too deep in the rabbit hole. Last thing. They sentenced a Hungarian man for denying holocaust, yet the Nazi collaborator who publically admitted it on TV in the interview with Barbara Walters still enjoys freedom and privileges. I am talking about George Soros. Common people, this is all theatre. Yes, it is true that not all Jews participated in this Kingdom of Thiefdom (to list just a few: Gilad Atzmon, Norman Finkelstein, Brother Nathaniel, Roy Tov, Mordehai Vaninu, etc.), but it makes it more important to expose those who did, to avoid blank punishment or a new holocaust. Mind you, people are very close to snapping, especially when they hear that Lloyd Blankfein is “doing God’s work” by robbing Greece and other European countries.
First of all, I don’t care about your labels. Second of all, I know you use it as a tool to divert discussion in a different direction and you are stupid enough to admit it publically.
Thirdly, I cannot be anti-Semitic towards non-Semites. Read the previous post for links of proof. Forth, you label is just as idiotic as calling those who ask Italian people to investigate Koza Nostra anti-Italian. Last one. Let’s see if you have balls to post this message as well, cowards.
Dear Peter Pan,
Unlike you, I use my real name. So much for having balls. And as you can see we posted your messages. Know I don’t use it as a tool tool to divert discussion in a different direction. I may be mistaken, but I don’t see any link between a news story on a man being sentenced for Holocaust denial, whatever we may think of it, and the IMF. I am not sure whether the court and whoever you mean with “they” are all Jewish. To be honest I never asked. Because I don’t think it’s important. But apparently you think differently. Yes I called your comment anti-Semitic. Or should I have called it pro-Jewish?
Stefan J. Bos, BosNewsLife