A personal view

I note this news item on the BBC.

As one of  of ‘Jewish heritage’ (one on each side of my grandparents was a Jew by birth) I wish this man had left the training of this dog to just ‘Sieg Heil’.

One of my grandparents, one each side I was informed, had lost a relative in one of the ‘death camps’, coupled with the fact that one of my family had been a member of an army unit that ‘liberated’ such a camp.

As a result perhaps readers will appreciate just why I, as one of ‘Jewish heritage’ find the phrase: ‘gas the jews’ offensive?

I have always believed in the right of ‘free speech’, unfortunately where such beliefs are held there also comes a point when those beliefs are questioned. It is acknowledged that whatever anyone may say, there will always be someone who is offended – but are there not degrees of offensiveness?

The husband of the couple, whose apartment we rent while we are in Switzerland, is German; and with whom we have become friends. I can only hope that he has not seen the aforementioned news item.

Time heals, so it is said, but recall the reputed words of George Orwell:

They say that time heals all things, they say you can always forget;
but the smiles and the tears across the years they twist my heart strings yet!

Perhaps those that enjoy and use the right of free speech could temper their words?

Afterthought: Taking this man to court does what exactly? Perhaps public ridicule is a far better ‘punishment’?

 

3 thoughts on “A personal view

  1. at this time of year people in the Baltic states parade through the streets of the capital cities in commemorative marches, however these marches consist of neo nazis and also some of the surviving “originals” from the last war, in other words nazis can openly march in modern Europe, you’ll never see any condemnation of this by the EU, or the BBC, totall silence is all you get, shockingly we call these people our allies

    for more information see the website defendinghistory.com

  2. In 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall I took a long tour through Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. My travelling companion was a German speaker but no language skills were needed to read the anti-Semitic graffiti seen from time to time. And today that mood lives on here in the UK with an odd twist. An Indian friend of mine tells me some Afro-Caribbean people like to taunt Indians by calling them brown Jews.

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