Side Notes On The Holocaust and Culture

© Tom Rogers, August 2016 (except the video, which is © David Yorkshire).

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Recently I commented on an interesting video talk by Nationalist intellectual, David Yorkshire:

David Yorkshire, Introduction: about Culture

David Yorkshire states in the video:"The Holocaust is a myth."

This strikes me as an interesting statement to make in the context of culture, which is the subject of the video.

I think the Holocaust question is related to any discussion of Western culture. The ancients (I'm thinking here mainly of the Romans, but also the Greeks to some extent) seem to have had very particularistic, sacramental cultures based around religious worship of ancestors. As their societies developed and complexified, the cultures seem to have universalised, first around 'gods' that the entire society shared, then around more sophisticated secular and republican ideas.

I think the Holocaust could be seen a derivative type of religious ancestor worship. I wonder if the ancient ‘Jews’ had something similar to that Graeco-Roman tradition of 'religion of the family' (or even originated it)? My point is that an underlying element of this ritual and philosophical complexification and aggregation of associations would have been the substitution of a stronger group's ancestors for the weaker.

Thus, we can surmise that the Holocaust myth is more than just propaganda, it is also symbolic and representative of conquest - our ancestors are being substituted for the Jews' ancestors in ordinary Gentile minds.

It's a way for Jews to pay homage to their ancestors and there is a strong element of sacrifice to it. As David Yorkshire says, it's a myth. Whether, and to what extent, it really happened is quite beside the point in a cultural sense. You could even say a strong mythic quality is important to it, much like we have our own ancestor tales dating back to the Greeks and Romans, and the Vikings and Saxons, that we know are mythic but built on partial truths. Except that our ancestor tales and sagas are heroic and anti-heroic, whereas the Jewish ones tend to be about Jews as victims or Jews as indestructible underdogs overcoming a greater enemy. The contrasting cultural signatures are clear, and interesting.

The Holocaust, then, could be seen as part of a (probably unconscious) Judeoification of Western culture. It represents the supplanting of the Jewish ancestors for ours.