The Holocaust Podcast | Episode 2:
European Antisemitism – Part 1
The Holocaust was the greatest crime ever perpetrated in the history of human civilisation. In The Holocaust Podcast, created by Standpoint Zero, we want to take a fresh look at the history of the genocide of millions of people at the hands of the Hitlerist Nazi regime to see what lessons we can learn for the times in which we live.
Episode 2: Many on the political left — and I say this as a socialist — quite enjoy the illusion that antisemitism is a disease of the political right, and it is popularly assumed that Jewish people themselves cannot be anti-Semitic. But nothing could be further from the truth. Antisemitism — or ‘Jew hatred’ — is a deep-seated form of racism which permeates European and North American, Western, culture and society, and one that can be and often has been internalised and reproduced by Jews in the West. Even today, 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, we encounter antisemitism everywhere.
Not only is this about history — about something that happened in the past, the Holocaust is a warning for our future. With right-wing racism on the rise, with racist and intolerant parties and personalities again entering the mainstream of European and American politics, the Holocaust stands as a terrible reminder of what happens when we use hatred and intolerance as instruments to achieve our own patriotic and nationalistic political ends. The Holocaust remains the most important lesson of the twentieth century — and Trump, Brexit, and the war in Ukraine only serve to remind us that this is a lesson we need. The Holocaust Podcast aims to inform us of the past and warn us for the future.
Jason Michael McCann, M.Phil. (TCD) Conflict Studies The author holds a postgraduate degree in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and an academic fellowship in the study of conflict from the University of West Flanders. He has published on the history of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp and the murder of the Hungarian Jews in 1944.