ZioNation - Progressive Zionism and Israel Web Log

ZioNation home Archives Site map Policy Definitions FAQ timeline history documents Links Photos Contact

Articles and Reference

History of Zionism and Israel
Middle East Encyclopedia
History of Anti-Semitism
History of Anti-Zionism
Encylopedic Dictionary of Zionism and Israel
Zionism and its Impact
Zionism - Issues & answers
Maps of Israel
Six Day War
War of Independence
Bible  Quotes
1948 Israel War of Independence Timeline Christian Zionism
Christian Zionism History
Gaza & the Qassam Victims of Sderot
Zionist Quotes
Learn Hebrew
Israel Boycott?
Boycott Israel?
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Jew Hate
International Zionism
Commentary in Russian
Middle East
The Grand Mufti Hajj Amin Al Husseini
Albert Einstein
Palestine: Ethnic Cleansing
History Arab-Israeli Conflict
Boycott Israel?
Amnesty International Report on Gaza War

Subscribe to
email newsletter for this site and others

Powered by groups.yahoo.com

Some of us were shocked to learn that a local Italian official, Tommaso Coletti, used the slogan "Work makes you free," in pamphlets advertising unemployment centers (see story below). Of course, this is a translation of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" slogan that was written across the gate of Auschwitz death camp.

The lesson is apparently not that Italy is becoming Fascist or Nazi or that Coletti is an anti-Semite. It is much more subtle. Coletti wrote in the pamphlet:

"Work makes you free. I don't remember where I read this phrase but it was one of those quotes that have an instant impact on you because they tell an immense truth."

The lesson is that ignorance is pernicious, and that this pernicious ignorance is spreading. Coletti, and perhaps many other millions of European Colettis, was never really taught much about the rise of Fascism, the evils of anti-Semitism or the Holocaust.

It is the memory of the Holocaust and Fascism, and of the specific slogans that helped legitimize and popularize anti-Semitism and Fascism, that at least temporarily suppressed traditional anti-Semitism in European culture, as well as the worship of national power.

Clearly, these lessons are being forgotten. In the USA, a great lobby militates against teaching about the Holocaust and insists that there is a "Zionist inspired" "Holocaust industry." In Europe, with the possible exception of Germany, it is not necessary. Apparently nobody learns about the Holocaust and Fascism, and nobody wants to know.

Coletti had what certain historians and psychologists call an "AHA experience" - a feeling that he has come upon an "immense truth." This sort of psychological reaction can be quite valid, as for example when Archimedes discovered how to tell specific gravity of metals by testing their displacement of water versus their weight, and supposedly ran out of the bath naked, yelling "Eureka!"

But the "Aha" experience does not guarentee that what has been discovered is "true." Once can equally well have an "Aha" experience after "discovering" or being told, a falsehood. As they are not vaccinated by an understanding of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and Fascism, people are equally open to the "immense truth" hidden in falsehoods such as "Jews [or "Zionists"] rule the world," "Jews have too much power" "Jews are responsible for the war," and "our people are great, but they are denied their true greatness by the machinations of the Jews." All over the world, these theses are being advanced by racists and demagogues.

Anti-Semitism was endemic to European culture before World War II. The emerging tragedy of the post-World War II era is that the horror of the Holocaust only suppressed it for a time, but did not, apparently, destroy anti-Semitism, which is gradually re-emerging around the world. It is evident in street demonstrations, cartoons, political parties and Web sites, some of which masquerade as "anti-Zionist."

It is not work that makes you free. Christian society, as well as Arab society, should perhaps pay more attention to another adage, by a well known Jewish thinker. Jesus said:

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free" (John 8:32).

That is what the so-called "Holocaust industry" is really all about.

Ami Isseroff

Politician uses Nazi slogan to promote work
Wed Aug 30, 1:13 PM ET


ROME - An Italian politician has used the "work makes you free" slogan that topped the gates at Auschwitz in a brochure to promote local job centres, saying he could not remember the source but was impressed by the quote.

News agency Ansa reported the vice-president of the Jewish community in Rome
had sharply criticised Tommaso Coletti, president of Italy's southern Chieti province and member of the centre-left "Daisy" party, for using the quote. Countless photographs have focussed on the "Arbeit macht Frei" sign at Auschwitz to encapsulate the horror of the Nazi death camps.

"Work makes you free. I don't remember where I read this phrase but it was one of those quotes that have an instant impact on you because they tell an immense truth," Coletti wrote in the pamphlet, Ansa reported.

Coletti could not be reached for comment and the regional job centres were also unavailable. Ansa said the governor of the Abruzzo region, which includes Coletti's province, had apologised to Italy's Jewish community.


Original content is Copyright by the author 2006. Posted at ZioNation-Zionism and Israel Web Log, http://www.zionism-israel.com/log/archives/00000228.html where your intelligent and constructive comments are welcome. Disributed by ZNN list. Subscribe by sending a message to ZNN-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Please forward by e-mail with this notice, cite this article and link to it. Other uses by permission only.

Click to Reddit! Facebook Share

add to del.icio.us

Add to digg - digg it

Constructive comments, including corrections, are welcome. Do not use this space for spam, publishing articles, self promotion, racism, anti-Zionist propaganda or character defamation. Inappropriate comments will be deleted. See our Comment policy for details. By posting here, you agree to the Comment policy.


Please take our reader survey!

Our Sites

Zionism News Net
Zionism-Israel Pages
Brave Zionism
IsraŽl-Palestina.Info (Dutch & English)
Our Blogs
Israel News
IMO Blog - IsraŽl & Midden-Oosten (NL)
Israel Like this, as if
Zionism News Net
Israel & Palestijnen Nieuws Blog
IsraŽl in de Media

Blog Roll:
Adam Holland
Blue Truth
CIF Watch
Contentious Centrist
Dutchblog Israel (NL/EN)
Harry's Place
Ignoble Experiment
Irene Lancaster's Diary
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Jeff Weintraub Commentaries and controversies
Jewish Issues Watchdog Meretz USA Weblog
Meryl Yourish
Middle East Analysis
MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log
Modernity Blog
Pro Israel Bay Bloggers
Point of no return
Simply Jews
Something Something
Tempting Topical Topics
The Augean Stables
Unplugged Mike
Oy Bay! San Francisco Bay Area Jews
Vital Perspective
Israel Mon Amour
Liberty & Justice
On the Contrary
Magdeburger Chossid
Tulip - Israeli-Palestinian Trade Union Assoc.
Southern Wolf
Sharona's Week
Sanda & Israel
Fresno Zionism
Anti-Racist Blog
ZOTW's Zionism and Israel News
Zionism On The Web News
ZOTW's Blogs
Christian Attitudes
Dr Ginosar Recalls
Questions: Zionism anti-Zionism Israel & Palestine
Liberal for Israel

A Jew with a view
Realistic Dove
Christians Standing With Israel - Blog
SEO for Everyone
Vision to Reality: The Reut Blog
Calev's Blog
Candidly speaking from Jerusalem
Dvar Dea
Ray Cook
Shimshon 9

Mark Halawa

This link space is 4 your blog - contact us!

Other Web sites and pages:

PeaceWatch Middle East Commentary Christians Standing With Israel
Zionism On the Web
Guide to Middle East, Zionism
Z-Word blog
Labor Zionism
Le Grand Mufti Husseini
The Grand Mufti Hajj Amin El Husseini
ZNN - Zionism News Network Middle East
Euston Manifesto
Jewish Blogging
Peace With Realism
Israel Facts (NL)
Space Shuttle Blog
Love Poems
At Zionism On the Web
Articles on Zionism
Anti-Zionism Information Center
Academic boycott of Israel Resource Center
The anti-Israel Hackers
Antisemitism Information Center
Zionism Israel and Apartheid
Middle East, Peace and War
The Palestine state
ZOTW Expert Search
ZOTW Forum


Judaica: Jewish Gifts:

RSS V 1.0

RSS V 2.0

Help us improve - Please click here to take our reader survey

All entries copyright by the authors and or Zionism-Israel Information Center. Please forward materials by e-mail with URLS. Other uses by permission only.