Farty's Fortunes

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Trust No-one

I've tried to write a post on this subect once before, but found it too disturbing to finish. Then today (Saturday) I received this email from a friend.

Remember This

It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower found the victims of the death camps, he ordered all possible photographs to be taken and for the German people from the surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead. He did this he said, in words to this effect; "Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the track of history some ******* will get up and say that this never happened."

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke


This week, the UK removed the Holocaust from it's school curriculum because it "offended" the Muslim population because they say it never occurred.

This is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.

It is now more than 60 years since the 2nd. World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, starved, burned and humiliated while German and Russian people looked the other way!

Now more than ever, with Iran among others, claiming the Holocaust to be a myth, it is imperative to make sure that the world never forgets.

This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide! Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.

Don't just delete this; it will only take a minute to pass it on...

So I did. You may even find the email in your inbox now.

Then I started thinking about how best to present it in this blog.

Step 1 - Check the facts.
I clicked on Google News and entered holocaust curriculum removed.
Oddly enough, there were only five hits and the first of those was this one regarding the University of Kentucky: Viral vicious rumor.

The UK Prime Minister believes in compulsory teaching about the Holocaust.

Step 2 - Apologise to those people to whom you forwarded the email.

Step 3 - Have a word with the person who sent it to you. Done.

The other salient fact is: Sunday 27th January 2008 is Holocaust Memorial Day.

Thank you for visiting.


Ricardipus said...

Good lord.

If there's one thing worse than those who censor historical teaching on dogmatic grounds, it's people who make up stories to suggest that it's happening.

Gosh, what a convoluted sentence. But you know what I mean... I think.

Cat said...

Interesting, though, the way these things happen. And in all honesty, in the current climate where we bend over backwards to avoid alienating or offending anyone, no entirely unrealistic.

Honey said...

lol the day that happens is the day I renounce myself as british and become a nomad of the world with no origin, actually that sounds fairly tempting already.
ah well it does us all good to eat a bit of humble pie once in a while, but I do hate being wrong

Sewmouse said...

I cannot tell you how many times I've gotten e-mails of that sort from my dad...

And checked them out.

And called him up to tell him that he seriously needs to stop forwarding stuff he hasn't checked out. *sigh*

Mr Farty said...

Ric - Yep, I know just what you mean.

Cat - Which is why I forwarded it without thinking.

Funny how sitting down to write a blog post concentrates the mind, though. You have to actually think about what you're writing. Not that I'm arsed about offending anyone here!

Honey - I wasn't wrong, just, er, misled.

Sew - I've told you before, I'm not your dad.

john.g. said...

Never mind , Mr.F, it happens!

Marie said...

LOL I was just about to check Snopes too. I'm one of those people that gets pissy with people for forwarding something without verifying it first. And have created a few monsters along the way.

PI said...

I wish the people who deny the Holocaust would see the newsreels we saw as teen-agers - never to be forgotten.

Mr Farty said...

John - It happens too often.

Marie - Haven't we all?

Pat - Amen.