This week I watched a repeat of the BBC's six part documentary Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution' on one of the repeat entertainment channels on Sky. Originally broadcast in 2005, the series traces the establishment and history of the Auschwitz death camp using various documentary sources and eyewitness accounts of the atrocities committed there. The result is a series which is both compulsive and repulsive, as one seeks to grapple with the concept of how humans could plan the systematic murder of millions of fellow humans in that manner, and what went through their minds as they engaged in the most unspeakable acts of cruelty and horror. The problem is, we forget so easily, which is why the BBC is to be commended for making a quality documentary like this.
It all begs an important question, namely, the motives of those who blatantly liken Israel to the Nazis. It is quite one thing to criticise and oppose strongly Israeli policy and actions, but when that opposition translates into comparing Israel with the architects of the Holocaust, it surely indicates one of two things: either a complete ignorance of the realities of the Holocaust, or else a pathological hatred of Israel and its people that spills over into anti-Semitism. Having been reminded again of the Nazi horrors, I can't see any other alternative.