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Monday, February 09, 2004



More on history

Via Outside the Beltway blog found a debate on the uniqueness (or not) of Holocaust. Some of the comments are of interest.

Will return to that spot later to see if anybody finally comes up with the obvious suggestion that uniqueness may not be the relevant point here - it's rather the way Holocaust came to obscure most of the WWII history. The really important point is to understand how this transformation happened exactly and what it means today (meta-holocaust rather than "post-holocaust").

I would not care to argue against the uniqueness of Hitler's Final Solution. I'll continue to argue against the centrality of Holocaust to our view of this historical "period" - it is indeed a distortion of alarming proportions.

Revealingly enough, this view is only current in North America and some friendlier parts of Western Europe - this is politics, not history.





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