The anti-Trumpers need to lighten up on the “outrage”. Some things are worth protesting; some outrage is just “trumped” up.
Case in point: the anti-Semitism charges after President Trump’s Holocaust Remembrance Day statement sympathizing with “all who suffered”. Multiple people/groups are claiming that this is insensitive to the Jewish people, that the Holocaust was all about the Jews. Facts don’t support the accusation. Trump’s son-in-law is Jewish, and Trump respects him so highly that he made Jared Kushner a senior White House advisor. Trump has also already been dubbed the most Israel-friendly president, something complained about by many of the same people now calling Trump an anti-Semite.
One could say the President’s statement was poorly worded. But you could also say he was being inclusive – and historically accurate. Yes, Jews were the group rounded up in the largest numbers by the Nazis. But Hitler had enough hate to go around to others too. The following facts come from this link:
* Five million of the total 11 million victims were not Jewish. (above link, fact #6)
* About 220,000-500,000 Gypsies (Romanies) were Holocaust victims. (fact #16)
* The disabled, Hitler’s political and religious opponents, Romanies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals were targeted by the Nazi regime. (fact #18)
* The first concentration camp was built at Dachau. It first housed Hitler’s political enemies, including politically active Catholics. (fact #30)
* The first Nazi victims killed by gas were 1100 Polish mental patients in Poznan, Poland. (fact #50)
[This article had 91 “facts”. I chose to stop reading after 50 because the information is so disturbing. Feel free to read the other 41.]
An explanation of the outrage over Trump’s relatively benign statement is that the term Holocaust evolved to refer primarily to Jewish victims of Hitler’s regime, as mentioned at JewishVirtualLibrary.org. Further discussion of this can be found in this scholarly paper.
Remembering the slaughter of at least six million Jewish people in the Holocaust is an important lesson against genocide. So is remembering the Gypsies killed by Hitler and the approximately five million Ukrainians murdered by both the Nazis and the Russians during World War II. The Jewish, Christian and Jehovah’s Witness victims of the Nazis remind us of the danger of religious intolerance. The experimentation on and killing of the mentally ill, experiments on twins and sterilization of black children by the Nazis is a call to protect the most vulnerable among us.