The Ignored History of the Holocaust

NEW LINK: Sepharadi / MizraHi Museum

Devin Naar: Shoah in Solanika

Rav Haim `Asa

Dr. YitzHaQ Kerem

March of the Living (Unofficial)

Trying to be Pro-Sepharadi (without forcing the rest of the narrative down our throats)
























Anonymous (Un-Official) "March of the Living" Response On Sepharadi Shoah

We are actually in the throes of revamping so much of our Holocaust curriculum to make certain that the plight of the Jews of Greece & Albania & Bulgaria are appreciated as well as that of Polish Jewry. You have to understand that after the end of WWII, it was the Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe who began writing the history of the Holocaust and as any historicity is developed it all depends on the agenda of the scribes.  

My father’s wife (my step-mother from the time I was 7 months old) family was from Salonika. I have made it a point to be certain to teach about the demise of the Jewish community of Salonika.  There is a great deal of literature on it now – more so than there was 15 years ago. One of my revelations was when I was studying at Yad Vashem two summers ago and discovered the Bulgarian story. I was awed by it. And it took until I was quite older for me to discover it.

You have to realize that the study of the Holocaust is like a 6,000,000 piece jig saw puzzle. So far we’ve found the corners and pretty much over the past 70 years have been able to put together all of the straight edges. We are now working on filling the puzzle. The Polish pieces are pretty much in place with a few revelations here and then. The Sephardic involvement of the Holocaust are starting to come together now – those pieces were very difficult to fit into the puzzle. Just three years ago under the discoveries of Father Dubois of France we uncovered the hundreds of pits in the Ukraine where 100,000 Jews were slaughtered by the Einsatzgruppen and we didn’t even know about it.  There is also a follow up story about the Jews of North Africa and how they fared under Rommel’s drive to Egypt. There too we have scant information. And what has also been ignored are the Jews of Japan & Shanghai under Japanese rule. It’s a giant jig-saw puzzle – with the weirdest shapes and sizes…

There is much still being discovered about the Holocaust. The puzzle is by far very incomplete. This summer I will be attending a seminar as a guest of the new Polish National Museum of the History of Polish Jewry. Who knows what I will discover during that week long seminar.

I hope I addressed some of your comments – I didn’t really answer your question other than to say effective Holocaust educators today include the story of the Jews of Greece. It is an important story. Albeit their numbers weren’t great, as you say it their percentages outflank that of Polish Jewry.