This essay is so good, and has so much truth in it that I find it hard to explain how much I love it.
It is probably one of my favourite essays on this topic, and believe me-I've read a lot about the Holocaust and memory.
Read every single word. I've read it several times.
"I don't remember the Holocaust because of a museum. I remember because of my grandparents. I remember because my Jewishness doesn't come from a memorial, it's always been a part of me....
The Holocaust told us a harsh truth about the world and human nature. Its commemorations soften the edges. But we need those harsh truths to know what lies behind the comfortable curtain."
"Death is the harshest truth. The next harshest truth is betrayal. And the Jews have most often been betrayed by Jews escaping their Jewishness."
"The Holocaust doesn't need hundred million dollar museums. To commemorate it, we must pay attention. And we must never let the propaganda of the killers blind us to their crimes. That's easy to say about the Nazis, it's a lot harder when it comes to the PLO, Iran and Hamas.
"It's easy to feel good about disavowing a discredited and fallen ideology. There's no act of courage there. But try disavowing the Two State Solution and the Iran Deal. That's a commemoration."