PUBLISHED: 16:18 07 February 2008 | UPDATED: 06:55 30 May 2010
ON FRIDAY night, January 25, at the Helena Romanes School in Dunmow we listened to the remarkable story of a holocaust survivor Joanna Millan as she spoke of her experiences with dignity and certainty. However, I found it hard to accept that, from the Je
ON FRIDAY night, January 25, at the Helena Romanes School in Dunmow we listened to the remarkable story of a holocaust survivor Joanna Millan as she spoke of her experiences with dignity and certainty.
However, I found it hard
to accept that, from the Jewish perspective, not enough had been done by the free world to help the Jews who were being murdered in dreadful camps.
We bled ourselves white to fight the evils of Nazi Germany. Our population accepted deprivation and endured aerial bombardment with fortitude, and many casualties but we were prepared to pay the price to drive away forever the third Reich from occupied Europe.
With the defeat of Nazi Germany the Jews and many others were liberated and could breathe the free air again.
Undoubtedly the Jews would have wished for active intervention for relief of their camps, but the very survival of civilisation was at stake and that could only be achieved by the unconditional surrender of the German armed forces and to that extent I believe that our leaders were correct in their priorities.
Significantly it might be
as well as to reflect that
had the course of the war run differently there would be no safe haven for Joanna in this country or anywhere in Europe.
In a nation that has suffered such mind numbing persecution during the years of Second World War, how does one even begin to criticise them?
However, I must express what I feel and I think it was a pretty poor thank you to the people of Britain from the Jews to wage such a murderous campaign against the British in Palestine to establish their state of Israel after all the sacrifices that we had made to rid the world of Nazi profanities and inhumanities.
Morgan M Rees