Posts tagged ‘holocaust’

April 8, 2013

Holocaust Remembrance Day

This was ten years ago but I think it is a strong testament to the resilience of humanity despite the worst of horrors and our ability to triumph and seize a better future despite the challenges. Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day – Yom Hashoah.

From the Jersusalem Post at the time:

The Israeli F-15s, originally invited to Poland to celebrate the Polish Air Force’s 85th birthday, were escorted during the flight by two Polish air force fighter jets. The ceremony ignored marginal protests and heavily overcast Polish skies.

In the cockpits, the Israeli aircrews carried the names of all those recorded murdered in Auschwitz on this date exactly 60 years ago. They had picked the names out of the records at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem prior to flying to Poland last week.

The jets, displaying the blue Star of David, flew toward the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as slowly as possible, followed the railroad tracks leading into the camp and crematoriums and then peeled away.

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June 26, 2012

“God doesn’t punish for a life of love.”

If we are to listen to bigots ( such as those coming out of the woodwork and living under pond scum in T&T) who maintain that the main point of being human is reproduction ( rather like rabbits or wildebeest ) then one should safely conclude that giving the world minor things like, I dunno, the computer and cracking the Enigma Code count  for nothing.  I suppose the same people who suggest that gay people are somehow effete and not capable of real love and bravery might also scoff at the life of the remarkable Gad Beck who showed exactly what real love is all about:

Perhaps the single most important experience that shaped his life was the wartime effort to rescue his boyfriend. Beck donned a Hitler Youth uniform and entered a deportation center to free his Jewish lover Manfred Lewin, who had declined to separate himself from his family.

The Nazis would later deport the entire Lewin family to Auschwitz, where they were murdered.

Read the rest in the Jerusalem Post here.

Never judge other people based on your own flawed moralistic preconceptions. And never express your ignorance while typing on a machine that wouldn’t exist were it not for those people you hate.

RIP Gad Beck.  Love is what makes us all human regardless of our orientation. Still, I wonder how many bigots could come even close to matching your bravery? I imagine none.

April 19, 2012

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Via Stand With Us 

‎”Triumph of the Return” – On September 4, 2003, in a large ceremony, the Israeli Air Force flew three f-15 jets over the Auschwitz concentration camp in a show of the Jewish people’s continued strength and triumph over past adversities.During the Holocaust (1939-1945) 6 million Jews were murdered at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators. Millions of Jews and other victims of the Nazis were imprisoned, enslaved and murdered at Auschwitz and her sister camps.This visit was a testament to the world that the saying “never again” is not just a slogan.Many of the participants were the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

January 31, 2012

The triumph of Human Rights: dream or nightmare? (26 Jan 2012)

January 27, 2012

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day to mourn those who died at the hands of those who let hatred and ignorance prevent them  from seeing our shared humanity.

February 18, 2011

Hacker group Anonymous takes aim at Westboro Baptist crazies.

Rightly feared and completely invisible hacker group Anonymous has decided that they are fed-up of the ongoing circus that is the publicity whore  Westboro Baptist Church.

Open Letter to Westboro Baptist Church

AN OPEN LETTER FROM ANONYMOUS

February 16, 2011

TO THE CONGREGANTS OF WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH:

We, the collective super-consciousness known as ANONYMOUS – the Voice of Free Speech & the Advocate of the People – have long heard you issue your venomous statements of hatred, and we have witnessed your flagrant and absurd displays of inimitable bigotry and intolerant fanaticism. We have always regarded you and your ilk as an assembly of graceless sociopaths and maniacal chauvinists & religious zealots, however benign, who act out for the sake of attention & in the name of religion.
Being such aggressive proponents for the Freedom of Speech & Freedom of Information as we are, we have hitherto allowed you to continue preaching your benighted gospel of hatred and your theatrical exhibitions of, not only your fascist views, but your utter lack of Christ-like attributes. You have condemned the men and women who serve, fight, and perish in the armed forces of your nation; you have prayed for and celebrated the deaths of young children, who are without fault; you have stood outside the United States National Holocaust Museum, condemning the men, women, and children who, despite their innocence, were annihilated by a tyrannical embodiment of fascism and unsubstantiated repugnance. Rather than allowing the deceased some degree of peace and respect, you instead choose to torment, harass, and assault those who grieve.
Your demonstrations and your unrelenting cascade of disparaging slurs, unfounded judgments, and prejudicial innuendos, which apparently apply to every individual numbered amongst the race of Man – except for yourselves – has frequently crossed the line which separates Freedom of Speech from deliberately utilizing the same tactics and methods of intimidation and mental & emotional abuse that have been previously exploited and employed by tyrants and dictators, fascists and terrorist organizations throughout history.

ANONYMOUS cannot abide this behavior any longer. The time for us to be idle spectators in your inhumane treatment of fellow Man has reached its apex, and we shall now be moved to action. Thus, we give you a warning: Cease & desist your protest campaign in the year 2011, return to your homes in Kansas, & close your public Web sites.
Should you ignore this warning, you will meet with the vicious retaliatory arm of ANONYMOUS: We will target your public Websites, and the propaganda & detestable doctrine that you promote will be eradicated; the damage incurred will be irreversible, and neither your institution nor your congregation will ever be able to fully recover. It is in your best interest to comply now, while the option to do so is still being offered, because we will not relent until you cease the conduction & promotion of all your bigoted operations & doctrines.

The warning has been given. What happens from here shall be determined by you.

WE ARE ANONYMOUS.
WE ARE LEGION.
WE DO NOT FORGIVE.
WE DO NOT FORGET.
EXPECT US.