Also, so as not to cause offense I did ask Elie Wiesel, Yehuda
Bauer and Deborah Lipstadt if my work could actually redress the
indifference 'christianity' previously showed. They were all of
the same mind, that I should proceed, marking with respect the Jews
of the Holocaust and I have my 3rd Book due for Publication in the
next few weeks, which I hope lives up to this ideal.
When asked why I continue to write about the Holocaust, my answer
"..how can I not write when we have yet to learn from it!"
There are certain answers which I regularly offer to suggest there
is perhaps good that might have come from the Holocaust:-
1) The fact that it was not 11,000,000 Jews as Wannsee would have
2) The fact that the conscience of some has left its mark upon us;
3) The State of Israel!
These three are not in any priotiry, though if the scale of the
atrocity could be more reliably reduced, if we did not have to face
the facts that 6,000,000 Jews were murdered, that would be my priority
response. I suppose in truth I am bound to moral Judaism, as the
Jews have so much we can learn from. In much the same way as Maximillian
Kolbe did more than most of 'chrisendom' to retrive our total indifference;
and though I could not swear to pass that ultimate test, I would
stand ethically before God and state my loathing of all things anti-Semitic.
Maybe it is too easy for me to condemn those who Perpetrated the
crimes, as it seems that this too readily rebounds on the Jews of
the World. But condemn I do, and my Books have an e-Mail address
which has invited fury, outrage, hatred and denial. Thankfully Jewish
responses have been more than favourable.
But Jews too ask me, though differently, and perhaps what else can
I say? I suppose I do not want the World of History to know only
that 'christians' were hostile, indifferent and intolerant. Jews
emerging from the Holocaust have the best way to show us forward.
This world of ours is moribund, as a profit led, hatred driven and
uncaring society cannot deliver the message of 6,000,000 Jews who
simply sought a place in this world! .
I recently accused someone from Israel over the overgrown grave
marking of Rudolf Kasztner. Thought a collaborator, though in fact
a saviour of his own People, Jews! In Etty Hillesum's diary she
too looks to save her Parents till last and given that Kasztner
probably knew that all Jews would be eliminated, in your belief
that saving a life is the world entire, how many worlds did Kasztner
manage to save? Armed with what we know now, would we not deliver
10,000 Trucks for 1,000,000 Jews? In fact what would we not do to
save 1 Jew. If I could go back and save Tokele, I would pay an ultimate
(c) 2005 Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Dempsey is a noted author on the subject of the Holocaust.