Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Never again.

And let the Holocaust be fully remembered. The Nazis attempted two genocides: of the Jews and of the Roma.

My friend Kateland, proudly Jewish and Roma both, put up a moving post this morning about the latter. It is not easy reading.

Grievous persecution of "Gypsies" still persists. The news has been full of reports of thugs in Eastern Europe making their lives a living hell.

To rub salt in a wound that will never heal--the Porraimós, the "devouring" that is the Romani word for "Holocaust"-- Canada is being represented at ceremonies in Auschwitz today by none other than Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

Kenney recently slammed the door in the faces of Roma refugees trying to escape from the age-old ethnic persecution that continues to deform the cultural landscape of Europe to this day. On his desk sits a photograph of the Nazi collaborator and accomplice in genocide, Aloysius Stepinac, whom he considers one of his heroes.

It is hard to think of a more appallingly inappropriate choice of a Canadian representative at the ceremonies. I share Kateland's disgust, and I hope others do as well.

Never again.

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