[Marxism] The Meaning of the Holocaust

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Wed Aug 4 10:14:59 MDT 2004


Available now as an online publication, Richard Koenigsberg's paper:

THE SACRIFICIAL MEANING OF THE HOLOCAUST

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Denis Winter writes about German soldiers as they were transported to the
front in cattle cars during the First World War:

"The railway took the men toward the front line. To a generation with visual
memories of the railway lines running into Hitler's death camps, tense faces
peering from cattle trucks, there is something disconcerting about the
imagery of this journey from base camp. The soldiers went in wagons of the
same type, forty of them in each wagon, kit hanging from hoods in the roof.
Death was a high probability for both generations of travelers in these
cattle trucks."

People remember the Jewish Holocaust, but forget the first Holocaust: the
nine-million young men slaughtered in the First World War.

The Holocaust occurred in order enact the repressed experience of war, to
depict the horrific fate of a body that has been given to, taken over by the
collective.

Jews in the death camp symbolized death at the hands of the nation-state,
now stripped of words such as honor, duty and glory.

THE SACRIFICIAL MEANING OF THE HOLOCAUST

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