For it is very reminiscent of the very kind of hatred any fanatical nationalist has against those who refuse to take a monomaniacal and one dimensional interpretation of the way the Holocaust has become caught up in current propaganda battles.
The Holocaust was one genocide amongst many in the twentieth century and nowhere was it based more fanatically and with such racialised zeal than with Nazi Germany's domination of Europe during the Second World War.
To state that though is a heresy'. As it was when I compared the theft of the Auschwitz sign with Saakashvili's destruction of the Glory Monument.
One commenter AbeT claimed that I had distorted the meaning or Borowski's This Way for the Gas Ladies and Gentleman
”The first duty of Auschwitzers is to make clear just what a camp is. ? But let them not forget that the reader will unfailingly ask: But how did it happen that you survived? Tell, then, how you bought places in the hospital, easy posts, how you shoved the 'Moslems' [prisoners who had lost the will to live] into the oven, how you bought women, men, what you did in the barracks, unloading the transports tell about the daily life of the camp.? But write that you, you were the ones who did this. That a portion of the sad fame of Auschwitz belongs to you as well.?”
My reply was that Borowski was seeing the "concentration camp universe" as a distilled and refined microcosm of the cruelty human inflict on others and that racism is rationalisation of psychopathological competition for land and resources and has been throughout history which is the history of genocide and enslavement.
Borowski made that clear when he wrote in Chapter 7 of Auschwitz Our Home ( A Letter )
We carry huge sacks of cement, lay bricks, put down rails trample the earth....We are laying the foundation for some new, monstrous civilisation. Only now do I realise what price was paid for building the ancient civilisations. The Eygyptian Pyramids, the temples and the Greek statues-what a hideous crime they were !The world is one large concentration camp in space and time in Borowski's part of the world and this is history in the making. The disconcerting message was the nihilistic one-All higher culture is based on cruelty.
How much blood must have been poured on to the Roman roads, the bulwarks, and the city walls. Antiquity-the tremendous concentration camp where the slave was branded on the forehead by his master, and crucified for trying to escape ! Antiquity-the conspiracy of free men against slaves. "'You know how much I used to like Plato.
Today I realise he lied. For the things of this world are not a reflection of the ideal, but a product of human sweat, blood and hard labour. It is we who built the pyramids, hewed the marble for the temples and the rocks for the imperial roads.... We were filthy and died real deaths.... What does ancient history say about us?... We rave over the extermination of the Etruscans, the destruction of Carthage, over treason, deceit, plunder. Roman law! Yes, today too there is a law!."
If the Germans win the war, what will the world know about us? They will erect huge buildings, highways, factories, soaring monuments. Our hands will be placed under every brick, and our backs will carry the steel rails and the slabs of concrete.
They will kill off our families, our sick, our aged. They will murder our children.
And we shall be forgotten, drowned out by the voices of the poets, the jurists, the philosophers, the priests. They will produce their own beauty, virtue, and truth. They will produce religion.
The civilisation of the West, including Israel is founded on the suffering of people in Muslim land whose nations have been regarded as semi-oil colonies for decades
Ostensible racism is merely one way of concentrating power and Hitler had ambitious plans he wanted to realise quickly in his gamble for global hegemony when threatened with the rise of the Soviet Union to the East, an enfeebled France and increased US dominance in the Western hemisphere.
In 2009 the USA is the power faced with the great gamble for global hegemony and afriad of the ascendency of China.
That is what Iraq was about in 2003. The deaths of hundreds of thousands of Arabs is a consequence of the higher power of History which requires victims so the new world can be built, The victims will be forgotten once the new world comes into being.
This was as true of the Soviet Union as it has been a strand of neoconservative thinking in invading Iraq and launching the War on Terror.
The differences between the USA and Nazi Germany are vast. The USA has no intentional genocidal plan based on race as the Nazi Empire was. Yet most Empires are ruthless.
The US Empire bears more similarity to the Roman Empire as it is not racially exclusive and based on the pursuit of material enrichment, oil to fuel it's high octane economy, minerals and the principle outlined by Michael Ledeen, who admires Mussolini, and think that that the USA is in the business of "creative destruction".
Israel is part of the geostrategic plan to retain dominance over the Middle East and the Great Game for the resources of Eurasia.
As with Israel, the USA is a highly militarised democracy, something that allows critical Americans and Israeli's to speak out against their governments aggressive policies.
That kind of analysis is strictly verboten though with fanatical right wing Zionist who run CiF Warch. A chap called Brian fulminated,
"You ignorant SOB, Naylor, AbeT is referring to your interference with Tadeusz Borowski’s work, for which there are no words. He’s countering the lies in many of those comments on CIF, that far from Jews trying to own the Shoah, some fight even now for the recognition of other victims, hence Gorin’s article. There isn’t anything else you’ve said I care to comment on".Well I have not read Gorin's argument. I can't read everything. But the point is that Borowski's message is that cruelty is not the sole property of any one nation for all time and nations once on the right side can become bad and corrupted.
Anyway, AbeT can counter as many lies as he wishes so long as he does not distort or misrepresent what I have said. I have the right to respond and defend myself from smears and false allegations of anti-semitism. I'm not an expert on the Israel-Palestine question which is complex.
There is no "interference" with Borowski's work, whatever "interference is supposed to mean. The reason you won't comment on the rest and resort to abuse is simply the reaction of the uneducated mind frightened by one that puts forward an argument that is logical and clear.
The historical vandalism of the Glory Monument is one erected to commemorate the defeat of Hitler's Nazi Germany. The regime that initiated the Final Solution. It was not a commemoration of Stalin but of the Red Army soldiers who died.
The destruction of the monument was an unnecessary act of state driven vandalism based on ideology and an insult to the 300,000 Georgians who died in World War II.
This kind of iconoclasm is part and parcel of the same attempt to wipe out history and rewrite it, erasing all traces. The kind of nationalism of which Nazism was the most extreme version. There is nothing remotely anti-semitic in pointing that out.
Salome Zurabishvili, who formerly served as foreign minister under Saakashvili, said the demolition showed blatant disregard for Georgia's wartime sacrifices. The monument was demolished. The Polish government said nothing about an act as disrespectful as the theft.
Why are you so bigoted and closed minded that you cannot see the double standards. The reason is that Israel is an ally of Saakashvili and even though Georgia has allied with 'revisionist' right wing governments in the Baltics, anybody who points out that is "anti-Israeli".
Some years back Ariel Sharon, hardly the most popular Israeli leader, paid homage to the Jewish contingent in the Red Army that liberated Auschwitz. It would not be too much to ask for leading Israeli politicians to reprimand Saakashvili.
Imagine in Poland if an entire monument to the Jewish ghetto Rising was simplt demolished. That would rightly mean an international condemnation. But Soviet lives lost in a struggle along with Russia to free Europe from genocidal anti-semtic Fascism mean nothing.
Zurabishvili attacked the president as a "barbarian" and saaid "This is a memorial to those people who fought for freedom against Nazism. Georgians and non-Georgians, Europeans and Jews who were killed in World War II,".
The Auschwitz theft was appalling but the demolition of this Glory Monument was non news in the West, though it killed Eka Tsutskhvashvili-Jincharadze and her daughter Nino when flying chunks of concrete caused by the blast hit them.
Saakashvili has made no secret of his dislike for the Glory Monument's creator, 82-year-old sculptor Merab Berdzenishvili whose previous sculpture of King David the Builder was moved from central Tbilisi to an outlying street several years ago on Saakashvili's direct orders.
It is shocking that those who remember the Holocaust have nothing to say about the destruction of the Glory Memorial, which featured an armed horseman stabbing a Nazi with a spear, an image reminiscent of St. George, a patron saint in Georgia, slaying the dragon.
The Dragon is Nazi Germany. As the artist stated,
"It's an antiwar statement. It's a very complex composition, with a lot of interwoven motifs. Every epoch has its dragons. And for the 20th century, it was fascism."If anything is shocking it is that those who claim to care about the Holocaust for its cruelty and mass murder feel wholly incapable of condemning this action merely because of the lucrative arms contracts and geopolitical alliance Israel has with Georgia.
Condemning people who oppose the particular foreign policies of governments as "anti-semitic" is close to those who labelled opponents to Hitler "un-German". It is a way of smearing the legitimate criticism of double standards.