Is Another Holocaust Imminent?

Because we are three generations removed from the Holocaust the world’s collective remembrance of it is fading into remote history. This emboldens people and institutions  to promulgate Anti-Semitic lies and tropes and engage in violent hate crimes. Anti-Semitic lies, misinformation and hatred-mongering will never disappear. They serve a useful purpose as a politically exploitative tool of demagoguery to manipulate public sentiment; a tried and proven tool for capturing attention and consolidating power, effective at every level of political organization. Furthermore, the current autocratic rulers of Sovereign states that collaborated with the Nazis are taking advantage of the historical distance from the Holocaust to revise the historical record of their country’s complicity and memorialize Nazi collaborators as heroes.

The question is, when does this Anti-Semitic activity,  historical revisionism and world-wide enthusiasm for Neo-Nazi ideals become sufficiently amplified in frequency and volume to cause the alarm that we are on the verge of another Antisemitic calamity of world-wide proportions?

I am not going to make a prediction; instead I  present to you recent articles published in a variety of respectable news outlets. The increasing frequency of this reportage is making me concerned. Feel free to let me know how you feel.

I survived the Warsaw ghetto. Here are the lessons I’d like to pass on –  Stanisław Aronson took part in the Polish resistance under Nazi occupation. He lives in Israel.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/05/survived-warsaw-ghetto-wartime-lessons-extremism-europe

American Federations of Teachers building defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.
https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/american-federations-of-teachers-building-defaced-with-anti-semitic-graffiti

Viktor Orbán Is Exploiting Anti-Semitism.
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/12/viktor-orban-and-anti-semitic-figyelo-cover/578158/?utm_medium=offsite&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=newsstand-ideas

The G.O.P. Goes Full Authoritarian
https://nyti.ms/2G85B5S

The latest poll on anti-Semitism in Europe looks bad. Trust me: It’s true.
https://www.jta.org/2018/12/10/global/the-latest-poll-on-anti-semitism-in-europe-looks-bad-trust-me-its-true.

What Happens When a Holocaust Memorial Plays Host to Autocrats
https://nyti.ms/2zQoqVD

Steven Spielberg warns: Genocide as possible today as it was during Holocaust.
https://www.jta.org/2018/12/06/news-opinion/steven-spielberg-warns-genocide-as-possible-today-as-it-was-during-holocaust

Anti-Semitic crimes rise by 60% in Canada
https://www.jta.org/2018/11/30/news-opinion/anti-semitic-crimes-rise-by-60-in-canada

Jewish Professor Finds Swastikas Spray-Painted in Office at Columbia
https://nyti.ms/2zzS6WH

Europe’s Jew Hatred, and Ours
https://nyti.ms/2zuCrrS

FBI: Jews Subject to 60 Percent of Religiously Motivated Hate Crimes in 2017, Despite Being Just 2 Percent of U.S. Population
https://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/274937/fbi-jews-subject-to-60-of-religiously-motivated-hate-crimes-in-2017-despite-being-just-2-of-u-s-population

Radio ad for Ohio congressional candidate rages about ‘billionaire Communist Jews’.
https://www.jta.org/2018/11/05/news-opinion/radio-ad-ohio-congressional-candidate-rages-billionaire-communist-jews

‘We were never taught’: Young Jews in the U.S. encounter Anti-Semitism first-hand.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2018/11/04/we-were-never-taught-young-jews-us-encounter-anti-semitism-first-hand/

As Brooklyn Hate Crime Suspect Is Arrested, Time for the Left to Rethink Its Attitude to Anti-Semitism
https://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/274258/as-brooklyn-hate-crime-suspect-is-arrested-time-for-the-left-to-rethink-its-attitude-to-anti-semitism

On Social Media, No Answers for Hate
https://nyti.ms/2yEtpIk

The Pittsburgh attack affects Jews worldwide – we need more than your silent support.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/28/after-violence-pittsburgh-need-more-than-silent-support?

British lawmaker blames Israel for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
https://www.jta.org/2018/10/28/news-opinion/british-lawmaker-says-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooting-shows-israel-reignites-anti-semitism

Anti-Semitism has moved ‘into the mainstream,’ ADL director says.
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/28/anti-semitism-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooting-943932

The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting and the Return of Anti-Semitism to American Life.
https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-tree-of-life-shooting-and-the-return-of-anti-semitism-to-american-life

Fliers blaming Jews for Kavanaugh assault allegations target Iowa organizations.
https://www.jta.org/2018/10/11/news-opinion/iowa-organizations-target-anti-semitic-fliers

Pope Francis Warns of Anti-Semitism and Revisionism on Baltics Trip
https://nyti.ms/2zpGOEO

Pope warns Lithuanians against rebirth of Anti-Semitism.
https://www.apnews.com/66c0e9285d3c4873878d502e8d5c7602/Pope-warns-Lithuanians-to-guard-against-anti-Semitism