George Simion, in his eloquence often full of skates and bursts, empty tirades and desires for visibility, said that the history of the Holocaust is a “minor theme”. Taken by the wave, the man escaped a dune. He took the wave of political discourse and wanted to look ironic, superior, smart, thinking of other priorities. And a thought escaped! Just ask yourself, “What did I say?” and be amazed, frightened, and backward. I’m surprised that after he got home he didn’t realize that he was on his way back to where he had said it and that he was trying to get his words back.
Is Holocaust History a “Minor Theme”? I definitely answer no!
Fortunately, in Romania, at the time of committing this uninspired statement with possible unfortunate references, the history of the Holocaust with all its tragic sequences was not in question. It was an idea of President Klaus Iohannis, if I am not mistaken, at one point, even a promise made during a visit to Israel. On the same occasion, the President of Romania promised an Eastern European Holocaust Research Center and a museum (which became overnight, in the minds of Iohannis and Ghinea, the National Museum of Holocaust History, for which Romania would spend 40 million euros from PNRR ).
The GOLD statement was in the context of discussions about teaching Holocaust history in Romanian schools as an independent subject. Which is a little different.
George Simion’s Zanatic, then, did not refer to the entire history of the Holocaust, but to the transition of the tragedy from a chapter in the history textbook to a separate historical discipline. As a distinct subject and chapter in history textbooks, the Holocaust has existed since the time of Andrei Marga’s ministry. As an independent subject, with a thesis and an annual average, no. And there is no separate discipline in almost any country I know of.
Introducing the history of the Holocaust as a separate subject in Romanian schools is a newer idea, an ambition of Klaus Iohannis and, after him, of the Muraru brothers, his main trumpets in the fight against anti-Semitism.
I say George Simion’s reaction is unthinkable. That is, unruly and undisputed. Like the promise of Klaus Iohannis and the Muraru brothers, it is still unthinkable. We are facing personal beginnings. That’s what they thought, for various reasons. Has there been a public debate in Romania on this subject? Even among education professionals alone? No way. It was Iohannis’ promise to the Jews, and now the war is being waged by the Muraru brothers, who say that the history of the Holocaust must be studied as an independent subject in school.
Why not the history of Germany, because that’s where it happened and where the causes came from?
Why should the Holocaust of the Armenian people not become a separate matter? Because it’s a little smaller?
Who measures and determines the scale of human tragedies?
Why not make a separate issue from so many other dramatic situations of some ethnic groups? Some have disappeared!
I am a supporter of in-depth lessons about all the tragedies and important events in the world, including the teaching of the history of the Holocaust and communism. I note that, despite the large number of tragedies caused by each, I do not mix them.
But Romanian communism is not a matter of study, despite the fact that it has ruined Romania for centuries, if not forever.
And the history of the Holocaust to be an independent matter because Klaus Iohannis promised to soften (to sweeten) the FDGR’s takeover of fascist assets confiscated by the Romanian state based on international conventions and decrees of the time.
When the FDGR declared itself the successor of the German Ethnic Group (Deutsche Volksgruppe) by taking over assets worth hundreds of millions or billions of euros, nothing was debated. There was no need for a debate in the courtroom or to say that it would be good to study the effects of Nazism. Nor was the Holocaust to which the Jewish population in European countries was subjected at the time.
George Simion spoke without thinking. More precisely, he spoke without expressing himself precisely, with a clear statement. Trying to oppose an ambition of the president and the Muraru brothers to make the study of Holocaust history an independent subject, he came up with an ambiguous wording, quickly passed by Iohannis-Muraru and co in the category of blasphemies.
I take it that the statement is far from a tragedy, a threat. I think we are only faced with an impropriety of expression and exaggerations.
I am also against the passage of the Holocaust as an independent subject in Romanian schools. Study topic, multiple lessons, topics for debate, yes. As research on some aspects of the Holocaust in Romania is a mandatory topic of work. But for historians, not for bodies created overnight just to accuse Romania of anti-Semitism.
Why doesn’t Klaus Iohannis ask for documents, data and works about the abuses of the Germans in Romania committed against our Jews in the years 40-44?
Why doesn’t the contemporary history of Romania have its volumes in the libraries of the world, in all languages? Iohannis, the Muraru brothers, struggling to gain Jewish sympathy and support, exaggerate on their own. Despite their positions, only they and their ambitions are represented. The population of Romania thinks differently and far from them.
At parades and parades they are welcome, in truth and at work, in line!
Turning a thoughtless saying, a bad wording by George Simion into a pretext for banning a parliamentary political party that does not have a doctrine with such ambitions and does not have an anti-Semitic program seems to me a scam devised by some bastards.
Not to mention some poor in character and spirit, refugees in politics!
Source: Cotidianul RO by www.cotidianul.ro.
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