Gila and Adam Milstein went to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland with 100 American scholars and philanthropists to learn more about the Holocaust. They learned about the inhumane conditions that Jews and Gypsies had to suffer in. They visited mass graves in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, where Nazi firing squads killed thousands of people. They went to the Rumbula Forest Memorial to commemorate the 2.4 million Jews killed by neighbors in the hidden Holocaust.
Many are unaware that the anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany could happen in America. The “Never Again” slogan should become a mindset and an action plan. The Holocaust was the result of discrimination, intimidation, and systemic racism. Europe had anti-Semitism for a long time. The Nazis used the hatred to marginalize the Jewish people and conduct history’s largest genocide. Over 400 decrees and regulations boycotted, delegitimize, and sanctioned Jews’ lives. The dehumanization led the public to agree with the final solution.
Adam Milstein says anti-Semitism has increased in America and Europe among the radical left, the radical right, and the radical Muslims. Jeremy Corbyn, with the help of the radical leftists and radical Islamists, has ignored and espoused anti-Semitism. Radical right figures in Estonia, Germany, Italy, Poland, and other places have denied the Holocaust. European officials placed on the blame on Germany, without placing any on their countries’ leaders who collaborated with them. Poland recently outlawed the use of the phrase “Polish death camps.” One of Germany’s parliament parties claimed the Holocaust was a “small spec of bird poop” compared to their long glorious history.
Adam Milstein says that when people don’t fight against anti-Semitism, they help it become mainstream. World powers did nothing to help the Jews during World War II. Jews should use the power they have now to fight back, before they lose it. Support Israel as a safe haven in times of crisis. The country accepted survivors of the Holocaust and those that were threatened by various governments.
Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel accompanied Gila and Adam Milstein to Auschwitz. The past tragedies should be turned into future lessons.