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DR. CATHERINE CHATTERLEY: INTRODUCING “THE SEVENTY YEARS DECLARATION” ON ITS FIRST ANNIVERSARY

By Dr. Catherine Chatterley, February 14, 2013

The Seventy Years Declaration is the product of two brave and principled minds: Dr. Dovid Katz and Dr. Danny Ben-Moshe. Dr. Katz was Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Vilnius University (Lithuania) and is currently the editor of Defending History, and Dr. Danny Ben-Moshe is Associate Professor of Political Science at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

 

January 20, 2013

 

On this, the 70th anniversary of the formal adoption by the Nazi leadership of the “Final Solution of the Jewish Problem,” we the undersigned: 

 

Remember:

 

With humility and sadness, the Final Solution plan which formalised and industrialised the by-then ongoing Holocaust of European Jewry

 

The horror and brutality of the genocidal campaign of total annihilation of European Jewry conducted by the Nazis and their collaborators

 

That the mass killing of European Jewry preceded that formal adoption of the Final Solution plan by half a year, and began on the Eastern Front in 1941 upon the initiation of Operation Barbarossa and the Nazi attack on the Soviet Union

 

That millions of non-Jews suffered in numerous ways under the Nazis and other forms of tyranny in Europe during the Second World War

 

Recognise:

 

The Nazi campaign of annihilation of the Jewish people was philosophically, qualitatively and practically profoundly distinct and different to other forms of oppression experienced by European people during World War II, such as the horrors of Stalinism also before and after the War

 

Our dismay that the lessons of the Holocaust were not learnt and genocide continues to occur in the international arena

 

The nobility of Jewish partisans who survived ghettos or camps and went on to fight the Nazis and their allies

 

The efforts of European states to acknowledge forthrightly their role in the Holocaust past

 

That discussion about genocide in Europe must be based on the definition of the UN Genocide Convention 1948

 

That antisemitism continues in various forms in Europe and beyond

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