|The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mikal Veale /Choice Imagery )|
The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. I visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) during one of my trips to Washington D.C.
As I walked through the halls of this very impressive museum, I thought to myself: How could a group experience such terrible suffering, yet, in an ironically tragic role reversal, shockingly participate in inflicting the same type of suffering upon others? Look at the tremendous suffering of the Palestinian people. Witness the documented involvement of Jewish people in developing the architecture of White Supremacy and Jim Crow.
According to the USHMM’s directors, since its dedication in 1993, it has welcomed more than 37.3 million visitors, including 96 heads of state and more than ten million school-age children. In fact, when I was there during my visit, an all-Black middle school class from Maryland, numbering about 40, took the tour of the building and many exhibits.
I reflected as I stood quietly looking at the flame in the Hall of Remembrance. I looked closely at the dreadful black and white photos of the emaciated bodies of many who perished. I read the long lists of those whose names are known but faces aren’t. I stared at the portrait of Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns, the Black man who was gunned down protecting those inside the USHMM when crazed 88-year-old White-Supremacist James Wenneker von Brunn came into the USHMM shooting a rifle on June 10, 2009.
|A quiet moment of reflection in the Hall of Remembrance. (Photo: Mikal Veale/Choice Imagery)|
I found it ironic that in the foyer, there is an inscription with words from the Declaration of Independence: “All men are created equal;…They are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights...among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” There are some Jewish people who don’t consider anyone to be their equal and if you’ve read any of my previous writings, you know my position on that.
I found two exhibits particularly fascinating: “A Dangerous Lie: Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and “The Nuremberg Trials: What Is Justice?” What is justice? What an excellent question!
No one finds it unreasonable that Jewish people desire to hunt down anyone, anywhere, who had a role in their suffering. In fact, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s “Operation Last Chance” was formed just for that purpose. Don’t believe me? Consider this from the project’s website:
“Operation Last Chance is a campaign to bring remaining Nazi war criminals to justice by offering financial rewards for information leading to their arrest and conviction. To date the initiative has been launched in Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Romania, Austria, Croatia, and Hungary.”
Here are some of the names from their “Most Wanted” list of Nazi war criminals: Gerhard Sommer, 93, (Last known location: Germany), Vladimir Katriuk, 93, (Last known location: Canada), Søren Kam, 93, (Last known location: Germany), Theodor Szehinskyj, 91, (Last known location: United States), Helmut Oberlander, 91, (Last known location: Canada).
They have successfully hunted down and arrested men in their 90s who were later found for medical reasons to be unfit for trial. They will not rest until they obtain justice and the offenders are made to pay for their crimes. No “turn the other cheek” or “forgive and forget” teachings exist in their realm.
Having read and heard so much about The Protocols in my life, I thought about the creation of this publication that has taken on a life of its own. The Protocols have been published, republished, circulated, translated and have reached almost every part of the planet. The document is significant by all accounts, even if its veracity is still questioned by many. It should be noted that because of its impact, it warranted its very own featured exhibit at the USHMM.
|The Exhibit “A Dangerous Lie: Protocols of the Elders of Zion” examines the influence of this infamous document that has been translated and spread throughout the earth. (Photo: Mikal Veale/Choice Imagery)|
Prior to exiting, I talked with one of the women acting as chaperones for the junior high school students near the bookstore. My intense focus and concentration during the tour intrigued her. My questions caused her to think deeper about what kind of historical realities are being planted in the minds of our youth. I’m not implying that there is anything wrong with them taking a tour of the USHMM, it’s just that regrettably, after the pre-teens walked through the USHMM, do they know more about Auschwitz and Storm Troopers, than they do about Gorée Island and Slave Traders?
It was indoctrination at its finest, but what do you expect? The curators of the USHMM are telling their story and they are doing it with over 18,000 objects of art and artifacts, 76.6 million pages of archived data with 134 million digital images, 89,000 historical photographs, 1,050 hours of archival video footage and over 14,000 oral history testimonies from survivors, witnesses and perpetrators.
Perhaps the most important fact, is that they have a Base Operating Budget of $87.6 million in Fiscal Year 2014. ($52.4 million in federal revised appropriation; $35.2 million in unrestricted private donations and investment income.)
Any self-respecting people interested in transferring generational knowledge must tell their own stories.
The Charles Wright Museum in Detroit, Michigan; the DuSable Museum in Chicago, Illinois; and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio are all wonderful repositories of information related to the Black Holocaust. Have you visited any of them? Have you taken a weekend to take your teenage children to visit them? Have you supported them financially by becoming a member, or donating?
If we are to have institutions that will tell our stories, we must build them, and once we build them, we must support them as responsible custodians and guardians of our sacred truths.
Holocaust ‘Denial’ and Zionism’s critics
Contrary to what has been presented via the decades long smear campaign of the ADL, neither the Nation of Islam nor Minister Louis Farrakhan has ever engaged in what is called “Holocaust Denial.” Far from denying it, we submit that the Black Holocaust is in fact the worst crime against humanity to ever occur. Yes, I know what they mean when they refer to the Holocaust. They believe what took place at the hands of Adolph Hitler and his henchman is unrivaled in the annals of history.
In fact, I shook hands with an Auschwitz Holocaust survivor, Hajo Meyer, when the 2011 “Never Again For Anyone” tour came to Chicago. He wrote a book titled “The End of Judaism” which he autographed for me. The book accuses Israel of using the Holocaust to justify their oppression and crimes against the Palestinian people. He passed in the summer of 2014. I had never heard a more staunch and vocal critic of Zionism.
Another critic of Zionism who has suffered personally and professionally because of his honesty is Dr. Norman Finkelstein. One of his many books is titled “The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering.” He is also the son of Holocaust survivors. A courageous man.
| With Dr. Norman Finkelstein after one of many his lectures in Chicago. |
(Photo: TEI Enlightener News Service)
And of course, I’ve had the opportunity on numerous occasions to talk to Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss of Neturei Karta International, an anti-Zionist grouping of Haredi Jews who are outspokenly critical of Zionism. One of my most memorable moments involving them is in 2009, when I was in the halls of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and well-known Zionist lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Rabbi Weiss almost had a physical altercation! Mr. Dershowitz was the aggressor. I saw it with my own eyes.
|Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss of Naturei Karta International in 2009 at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. |
(Photo: TEI Enlightener News Servuce)
And on another occasion, I was in Tampa International Airport last year on my way back to Chicago, and I saw the “high priest” of the Holocaust religion, Elie Wiesel, live and in person. We didn’t exchange greetings or anything. I saw him, he didn’t see me, plus, he doesn’t know me. I raise his name in this particular context to remind you that he was the one who famously said:
“Every Jew, somewhere in his being, should set apart a zone of hate—healthy, virile hate—for what the German personifies and for what persists in the German.”
His words are instructive.
Again, no “turn the other cheek” or “forgive and forget” teachings exist in their realm.
As a testament to their awesome control of public knowledge, the enemies of truth focus only on that which they feel it is “safe” for you to know. Whether in the area of politics, history, economics, or science, many books—especially those designed for academic use—are presumed to have been thoroughly evaluated by impartial scholars and fact checkers. Such is not the case. As we have learned, misrepresentation is the rule, not the exception—especially when it comes to dealing with Black history.
In all cases, a review of previously accepted historical realities is necessary. As time goes on, new information becomes available challenging previously accepted views. Don’t be afraid to investigate unpopular or controversial views for yourself. The truth is out there.
(Ashahed M. Muhammad is the executive director of the Truth Establishment Institute and Assistant Editor of the influential weekly The Final Call. His interviews and writings are widely read by those looking for balanced information and alternative viewpoints. He hosts a weekly radio show 'Take Another Look' Wednesdays at 9PM Central on Know1Radio.com. On Twitter @AshahedM )