Holocaust Day resonates even deeper, now

RASHMEE ROSHAN LALL January 24, 2024

A world history of genocide and a novel on the perils of perpetual victimhood

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The Big Story:

Commemorations of International Holocaust Remembrance Day have a troubling resonance this year, 15 weeks into Israel’s punishing military operations in Gaza.

The Backstory:

  • The United Nations established January 27 as Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005 with the aim of “education, in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide”.
  • The date was chosen to mark the liberation in 1945 of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp.
  • Article II of the 1948 Genocide Convention defines the crime as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such”.
  • The word ‘genocide’ was coined to describe the Holocaust – atrocities committed by the Nazis on Jews and others – which Stanford historian Norman Naimark calls “the most extreme case of genocide (but one that) needs to be compared with other episodes over time and space”.
  • But international horror did not prevent subsequent genocides, not least Cambodia in the 1970s, Rwanda, 1994 and Bosnia, 1995.

This Week, Those Books:

  • An expansive view of the history of mass killing.
  • A novel on the tendency to hold on to victimhood.
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