Source: New York Times
Anti-Semitism ‘destroys your nations,’ a Holocaust scholar told world leaders.
Leaders spoke out in Jerusalem against the rise of anti-Semitism and commemorated the liberation of Auschwitz.
Reaching back to Hitler’s prewar correspondence, a pre-eminent Holocaust scholar warned world leaders at a state dinner at the Israeli presidential residence Wednesday night that anti-Semitism “is not a Jewish illness, but a non-Jewish one” that threatened all their countries with a “deadly cancer.”
Jerusalem was overflowing with Western presidents, premiers and potentates, all descending on the Holy City to recall the Holocaust and speak out against anti-Semitism some 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz.
But an event that might seem to be focused squarely on the past has been caught up in controversies and concerns of the present, with violence against Jews on the rise in Europe and North America, and with a noisy row between Russia and Poland over their roles in the start of World War II, playing out this week on Israeli turf.
Yehuda Bauer — a 95-year-old historian and adviser to Yad Vashem, the hillside Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem — told the monarchs, presidents and premiers at the dinner that Hitler had pushed for war not to give Germany living space, or “lebensraum,” but because he believed war was inevitable to prevent “all of humanity” from being subjected to “international Jewry.”