Poland, Hungary, Croatia, and Lithuania all received a “red” rating, indicating that these countries have a serious incapability of “living up to their tragic histories.” — RT
So concludes a study as reported by RT, published on January 25. It was conducted by Yale and Grinnell Colleges and endorsed by something called the European Union of Progressive Judaism. The study:
… suggests that Holocaust denial is at its worst in Eastern Europe, where “revisionist” governments driven by feelings of “victimhood” try to erase their nation’s culpability in the massacre of Jews.
Look guys, this works both ways. Jews were culpable as Communists and Soviet collaborators. One million Poles murdered or deported to Siberia.
Poland keeps a passionate and faithful rememberance of her own martyrology. Hungary, Croatia, and Lithuania, no doubt, also keep their own histories alive in the hearts of their people. Jews are free to do the same in Israel.
Nobody cares about other people’s history. This is why, for example, when I talked about WWII with my Armia Krajowa veteran grandparents, it was in a different way than how I write about it now on an English-language blog. Here, I try to tell an interesting story and relate to things that are on Westerners’ minds. Taking that approach, I framed the Katyń Massacre as an example of when the Left “goes for the head.” I write about the 1944 Warsaw Uprising to show that sacrifice today means glory forever. Western Rifle Shooters Association distilled the four elements of whacking opposing-force leadership in my recent article about the execution of Franz Kutschera: adjudication, intel, cached weapons and ammo, courage.
Respect your audience, is the name of the game. You beat others over the head with your national pathos and at first, they’ll be sympathetic out of politeness. Then bored, if you keep on pounding that drum. Eventually, they will feel like you’re telling them that they’re not allowed to have their own history. This is when they begin to hate you.
Poland is particularly taken to task in the study. The authors describe the country as run by a “right-wing nationalist government” engaged in “competitive victimization, emphasizing the experience of Polish victims over that of Jewish victims.” — RT
The Greek word hubris and the Yiddish word chutzpah mean a similar thing. “Hubris” is a cautionary word for us because it instructs one to know when to stop.