ISRAEL: THE STATE OF HISTORICAL CONFLICT.
This is regrettable but most of younger Israelis do not have a good idea what the holocaust was all about since what they are learning at school is morally sanitized . What they are presented with is a binary, black and white tale devoid of major facts or political realities of that time that does not allow them to truly understand how the political divisions, and the internal class conflicts and inequalities within the Jewish Diaspora in Germany and Eastern Europe were insidiously turned against them by the Nazis, in their murderous drive to genocide, especially by those Nazis intimately familiar with the Jewish culture, religion and social structure such a Hitler himself was or he thought he was.
Jewish immigrants to the US, the holocaust survivors, were told not to discuss what they saw, not to stir any anti-American feelings after it was revealed that the Polish Underground provided the US and British intelligence in 1942 and 1943 with irrefutable proof of the systematic holocaust of the Jews in Eastern Europe as early as 1941 by providing thousands of documents as well as thousands of pictures and many hours of the film coverage from the inside of Auschwitz acquired via clandestine operation of the Polish Underground that infiltrated the camp and collected the data for over nine months to be later extricated via organized from the outside escape operation as well as via other means.
The Polish courier named Jan Karski personally delivered the data to the Churchill and Roosevelt security advisers with the recommendation from the Polish Government in exile in London what to do to stop it.
They proposed, delivery of the advanced weapons to the Polish Underground to be able to destroy railroad infrastructure in the region of GG (General Government) to paralyze human transports to Auschwitz and Birkenau and other death camps in the GG and later advocated bombing of those railroad installation from the air.
According to their assessment the 50–80% of all transports to Auschwitz alone could be stopped since Germans had no alternative to the railroad system due to the lack of crude oil. Those operations would have also impeded the German military logistical system for the eastern front since the areas contained critical communication nodes used for the German war effort. Also they advocated the wide spread coordinated western media campaign, especially after the Stalingrad defeat when German public was vulnerable to the political influence and for the first time quite willing to temper their unconditional support for Hitler, a propaganda tactic much more effective that any indiscriminated bombing of the cities which only increased the resolve of population and support for the Nazis.
Instead of doing something or at least letting know Hitler and his military echelon that the West have direct evidences of the Nazi war crimes in order to perhaps motivate them to restrain the extermination program they classified all the documentation as top secret, buried it in the archives and issued gag order for anyone who was involved exactly at the time when the worst mass murder was taking place.
Only many years later, an explanation of such a inexplicable lack of action of the US and British governments was found namely the US lucrative corporate relations with the Nazi regime (IBM, Ford etc.) before and after 1941 and the West’s full prior knowledge of the scope and scale of the Nazi atrocities committed on the Jews as well as on gays, communists and the slave labor kidnapped from the Eastern Europe to support German war effort perpetrated even before the war. In other words, Karski brought them nothing that they did not know before and kept to themselves all along.
Of course you won’t read about it in the Israeli or American textbooks since it would disturb a fairy tale about US-Israeli friendship that never really was.
An there are thousands of such a “unbelievable” stories that Jews are not aware of or just do not want to talk about, such as massive abandonment of Jewish religion for atheism in Europe before and during the war especially among young Jews who were appalled by consoling or even acquiescent attitude of the Jewish leadership to the horrible events. After the war it became clear that, according to thousands of Jewish eyewitnesses, and by examining the trough of documentation, many Jewish elites went beyond the pale of acceptable human conduct and collaborated with the Nazis in the extermination of their kin under twisted often naive morality notion of actually saving them.
Facing such a horrible reality of the moral decay within the Jewish elites during the war, most of the remaining alive younger Jews from the Central Europe and elsewhere embraced the ideology of communism and the armed struggle of national liberation and later constituted the core of the new Israeli state created/recognized on the Soviet initiative over abstention (absence, officially against it) of the US by the UNSC in 1948. The uniquely Jewish flavor of the socialist and communist propaganda was a superficial embrace of the centuries old Zionist movement, as providing the nationalistic base and appeal and a cover to solicit support from older Jewish Diaspora, since the Soviet internationalism, that many founders of the state of Israel subscribed to, programmaticaly minimized the nationhood as of no importance in the global proletarian revolution.
The establishment of the state of Israel was just an element of the wider Soviet anti-colonial strategy used to later spread the socialist revolution throughout the Middle East region e.g. Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Yemen etc., as an alternative to the post-colonial western capitalism.
What was ironic and tragic that young Jewish settlers/refugees from Europe, already skilled in art of war turned their revolutionary fervent not only against the British imperialists, as the communist doctrine required, but also against the Palestinians who themselves were engaged in the anti-colonial struggle against Britain receiving mostly of the political support from the Nazi Germany, an enemy of the British, adding to the confrontational pastures of both sides.
All that confusion was skilfully used by the British and western colonial powers to instigate the regional war of 1948 against newly established state of Israel and to fuel the Jewish-Palestinian conflict and through further British colonial moves regarding agrarian reform and land ownership sowed the seeds of today’s seemingly unending conflict in the Palestine as well as else in the Middle East.
Most of Palestinians had the land titles issued during the reign of the Ottoman Empire which were mostly ignored by the British colonists and often used as “legal” base for denying Palestinians’ right to return to their land after they fled or were expelled from the battle field areas in late 1940-ties.
The state of Israel was resurrected, without any meaningful Palestinian input, on the Soviet communist foundations not by and accident or mistake, but to right the wrongs existing prior the war among Jewish community also as result of the total failure of the Jewish elites facing the genocide and hence Israel was built by the Jewish communists, the only unequivocally antifascist political formation among the Jewish Diaspora and their supporters, friends of the Soviets until 1967.
It is only more tragic that the state of Israel was funded in the circumstances, purposefully setup by the Colonial Britain, of basic legal and ideological corruption of the political forces supported by both Jews and Palestinians that pursued the struggle for their basic human rights and the right to their homeland and national identity by denying the rights and identity of the others.
The Jewish religious fundamentalists, mostly from Hebrew tradition that dominate Israeli politics, government and the state itself today are mostly much later import into the state Israel from the Jewish world diaspora and reminding local Jews. Although the Israeli political arena was for decades dominated by politicians that grew up in the Yiddish tradition of the Eastern Europe e.g. Golda Meir, socialist with close ties to the Soviet Union.
All that conveniently erased from the past.
It is uncanny that the Americans had to wait about 40+ years before the Hollywood dared to say something about those days via simplistic Schindler’s list or even Shoah eight years earlier when majority of the holocaust survivors who where in the position of leadership of Jewish organizations, knowledgeable about the reality of the times, were dead or incapacitated by old age.
All that while in 1950-ties and 1960-ties there were made tens of movies, like “The Last Stage” or “The Passenger” and documentaries like “Requiem for 500 Thousands” and written books like “Five Years of Imprisonment” and many others published and distributed in Poland and in the Soviet Union containing direct testimonies of the Jewish survivors including Jewish Warsaw Ghetto Uprising leadership, such as Marek Edelman, with fresh memories recorded just few years after the war, completely ignored by the western and Jewish media since they did not lent themselves to binary narratives of good and evil as well as due to ideologically motivated lack of willingness to listen to the “commies”.
What Jewish society cannot admit however, and probably will never admit, is the horrifying realization about the torn apart Palestinian nation and its corrupted leadership, committing self-destructive acts under tremendous existential threat presented by the state of Israel (not the Jews) and perpetrating the chaos and breeding Palestinian radicalism and self-mutilation, running around in political circles adding to the collapsing the Palestinian society amid inhumane total economic blockade by Israel, only deepening the pain and suffering of Palestinian community, behaving not unlike the Jewish communities forced into dehumanization by the Hitler’s policies and brutal actions before and during WWII with regretful intentional and unintentional contribution from the Jewish elites.
There is no equivalence of the suffering of one peoples vs. the others and there is no blaming victims or whitewashing the perpetrators on both sides since any violence and genocide is unique and equally call for condemnation by the humanity.
What is disturbing the Israeli establishment is that Palestinians provide a mirror for Israel nation to see, to some degree, what Jewish nation went through during the Holocaust and hence they must be destroyed in the Israeli national consciousness of unquestionable victimhood which became, perhaps the only national glue perceived by the politicians as critical for Israel’s very survival. And until they realize that they are wrong they will be no peace in Palestine and the Middle East.