She is a very smart and capable girl but she hadn't heard the word let alone the history. This is not a pro Jewish post. It's one about misinformation that circulates on the internet and it shits me to tears that people in good faith forward this rubbish to the point that it reaches millions. Many of whom believe it. Emails like this are a-plenty. Whether it's warnings about women being abducted in carparks by perfume peddlers or serial killers stalking your area, cameras hidden in your bathroom . . . for goodness sake what happened to common sense. As my father frequently said, it is extremely uncommon!
It's not the first time I've been called a 'killjoy' for exposing these idiotic things for what they are, moronic misinformation that whips up all sorts of 'anti' sentiment.
The email read:
In Memorium:This is completely inaccurate and how Iranians were brought into the frey I can't begin to imagine. I tip my hat to sites like Snopes and Hoaxslayer who manage to research and debunk such rubbish. No wonder the world is in a state of permanent paranoia.
Recently this week, UK removed The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it "offended" the Moslem population which claims 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 after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated with the German and Russia peoples looking the other way!
Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be"a myth," it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets
This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide!
Join us and be a link in the memorial chain and help us distribute it around the world. Please send this e-mail to 10 people you know and ask them to continue the memorial chain.
You pass on funny emails, so please pass this one on. It will only take you a minute to pass this along - Thanks!
The email began in early 2007 and is totally bogus but thanks to the speed of the 'net' who knows who's read it and believed it and forwarded it. Fortunately, in our little office it actually lead to a discussion and some degree of enlightenment among the younglings as to what actually happened. Today I educated four younglings on this horrific event. (I also found out that snakes and lizards have two penises - discussion is rife at 3:30pm in the Quad!)
In England teaching about the holocaust is compulsory, in Scotland and Wales it is voluntary but encouraged. In Australia, I don't remember it being a huge part of the curriculum but it was covered. What wasn't, was offered to me over lengthy dinner table discussions by my father. Nope, I'm not Jewish but he was a war child and wanted us to know what happened so that it may never happen again.
Sadly, it's happening all over the world. But we don't care much for Hutus and Tutsi, Zimbaweans and Zulus, Falong Gong or Uyghur or the Janjaweed or Bangarra nomads. We let genocide begin without ending it, again and again.
However, forwarding this highly inaccurate and misleading chain email will only serve to sow confusion and misdirected anger.
We have a government sponsored TV station here called SBS, it's wonderful but brutal and it's window on the world shows clearly that we have learned little from history. Amazement is still buzzing around my head that a 28 year old mother of two is so insular that she didn't know the meaning of the word, let alone the history of the event. I am friends with a 20 year old who knows more about the Third Reich than anyone I know, so there is hope out there!
On a lighter note, who'd have thunk it, a reggae singing Hasidic Jew . . He's good, really! (shame I don't like reggae) OK he was born in Pennsylvania and his name's Matthew Paul Miller but . . .