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Holocaust observance vital

Charles Krauthammer bats a double, not a home run with his March 12 column.

I agree Jews are more than the Holocaust. But the Holocaust is undeniably part of our identity. How could an event that wiped out one-third of our total worldwide population not be? As Krauthammer wrote, Jews (all Jews, not just “liberal Jews”) are commanded to repair the world. Teaching the lessons of the Holocaust is congruent with that mission.

Unfortunately, Krauthammer either doesn’t realize or acknowledge that when the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., the Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity, and our own Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust (this May 5th at Temple Beth Shalom) educates people about the Holocaust the focus is not on self-pity or martyrdom.

The focus is on the call to action, “Never Again!” – learn from that horrific event and put to an end to genocide everywhere and forever.

Hershel Zellman


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