Posted on 29 January 2009 by Paolo Bernardi

January the 27th was declared “Remembrance Day”: the memories are these of the Holocaust. That day and during the previous ones I’ve heard and read so many things about Jews and Holocaust that I decided to write down something about it for peace of conscience. I really feel for the Jewish victims of such atrocity; actually I feel also for every victim of it, but what the Remembrance Day is really just about Jews, as the Italian law that created it (the link is in Italian) clearly states:

“The Italian Republic recognizes January the 27th, date of Auschwitz’s gates’ falling, as the “Remembrance Day”, in order to remember the Shoa (Jewish people extermination), the racial laws, the Italian persecution of Jews citizens, the Italian that suffered deportation, confinement, death, as well as these that, also in other fields and sides, opposed themselves to the extermination project, and risking their life, have saved other lives and protected the persecuted.“

Maybe some day the other victims of Nazi’s extermination will get a remembrance day for themselves too, guaranteed by the Italian law, I really hope so.

As I said, I’m writing this for peace of conscience: it’s not like I had a role in the Nazi’s eugenic programme, nor my family did. Anyway, because I feel that such memories needs respect, I’m going to mention  a little example of people who  damage them and that, in my opinion, isn’t underlined enough by the so-called “official information”; I’m not going to cite other notorious examples just because they’re already well known.

In my opinion, the worst kind of disrespect for the memories of the Holocaust is the one that comes from the descendant of the people who suffered it. No, I’m not talking about the murder of Palestinians, that’s already well known (for example, see here, here, here and here).

Here I would like to underline how vile and shocking is the operate of these who damage historical memory by making up fake happenings; and no, I’m not referring to the usual negationists (who I still despise), they are also well known.

Some of these that should care more for the memories of the happenings of their own kind actually mocks them just by writing stories: hoaxes about the Holocausts, written by Jews (or supposed ones, keep reading…). I’ll just cite two (actually, three) examples:

  • Misha Defonseca, in her book “Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years”, she described her Holocaust experience, in her childhood: she lived with wolves to escape the Nazis, she killed a German soldier for self defense and she traveled about 5000 kilometres through Europe to find her parents. She later admitted that such stories were completely made up by her; she isn’t even Jewish.
  • Benjamin Wilkomirski wrote a book called “Fragments” about his remembrances of the Holocaust as child. In the book he describes with a direct and crude language the horror of the Holocaust as he remembers it. His true name is Bruno Grosjean, he’s not Jewish and he lived in Switzerland during the whole Holocaust. Ironically he was found out because he claimed to know another fake Holocaust survivor, Laura Grabowski; the latter invented her fake Jewish identity to sell a book as well and get money with donations.

Shame on them and on every other jackal who exploits such tragedy for their petty ambitions: they just contribute to raise suspicions and hate about the honest Holocaust victims, Jewish and otherwise.

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