Originally published by Contributoria October 2014.
The Holocaust was undoubtedly one of the most significant events in modern history, one that continues to influence today’s geopolitical agenda. Its legacy is still hotly contested, precisely because of its political magnitude; the struggle for meanings ascribed to language and historical events is ultimately the struggle for power. Is the most pertinent lesson from the Holocaust that, as a historically subjugated people, anti-Jewish sentiment presents a slippery slope to genocide? Or is it that when the power of a militarised state is directed at a group of people based on something as arbitrary as ethnicity, this can lead to genocide and therefore should be curbed? Need there even be any polarisation of these positions and are they mutually exclusive? Of course not. But the Holocaust is repeatedly invoked by both supporters and critics of the Israeli state.
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