The Revolution is Not a Dinner Party

It's Just Lunch....or IS IT??

Friday, January 14, 2005

White Man's Burden

Would the real Nazis please stand up?

A couple of observations:

1) I am going to host a "Colonizer-Colonized" party before I leave law school

2) Most American 20-year-olds don't even know who Rommel is

3) Forcing ANYONE to go to Auschwitz is cruel and bizarre. I hate holocaust tourism. I went to Thereseinstadt when I was 16 w/ a Jewish youth group. Our bastard tour guide had the nerve to reach in to the ovens and smear ashes on his forehead saying, "this is the only way I truly feel the pain of our people." I threw up. That is just sick and wrong and symptomatic of a culture as obsessed with death as the Nazis. There should be no holocaust tourism, the places should be open to the public and allowed to rot back into the earth. Think of how insane it is that we maintain these sites. I'm not even going to mention the atrociously gaudy "art" memorials that one is forced to ponder at these sites. I loved Krakow, I spent 5 days there a couple summers ago....I didn't once consider making the 20 minute trip to Auschwitz. I think its pathetic and wrong that I have to explain this decision to anyone. "We must never forget" is dogma, and rightfully so....I'll admit that. But why must society constantly pander to the lowest common denominator when trying to follow through with such dictates.

4) Prince Harry may be stupid, but Price Phillip (pictured, top left) is stupider.


At 2:33 AM, Blogger dzhayteabee said...

So did nobody see him leaving the house to go to the party? In normal families I would ask "Where are the parents?" But in this case, it's equally appropriate to query "Where was the butler?" How did he get the costume, dress up in it, and leave the house without being questioned? The best analogy I can come up with is, what if the Bush twins attended a Slaver and Slave costume party? What would be society's, and, unfortunately more imporatantly, the media's reaction to that? Imagine Jenna done up in blackface while Barbara pretended to auction her off. That's really the most apt analogy of the situation Harry introduced himself to.

By the way, if you want to see a truly interesting display of Holocaust Tourism I highly recommend Salaspils outside of Riga, Latvia. It was the local concentration camp of the time, but the memorial was created in the Soviet style of "victims of national socialism" rather than being associated with any specific religio-ethnic group. The musuem is contained in a toppled obelisk that represents the broken pillar of fascism, and the grounds are filled with absurd realist statues of gnashing and wailing and rending. Meanwhile, a clock loudly ticks every second audible for acres. It's moving; it's compelling not only in the holocaust sense but also as a Soviet interpretive exercise. Oh, and there's no ashes to smear.

At 3:52 PM, Blogger JS said...

The Soviet war memorial in East Berlin is one of the city's most interesting sites. Uncle Joe knows how to mourn.


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