by Hannah Gal
Wednesday, 27
January 2021

Why is a Holocaust museum putting on a George Floyd exhibition?

A universal progressive politics is influencing museums around the world
by Hannah Gal
What does George Floyd have to do with the Holocaust? Credit: Orlando Sentinel

When a George Floyd exhibit was announced at a Florida Holocaust museum — overlapping with today’s Holocaust Memorial Day — it provoked uproar within the Jewish community. Featuring photos taken at the spot in Minneapolis where Floyd died, the exhibition’s implied comparison between Floyd and the Shoah left many feeling outraged. In a later statement, the Museum offered its rationale:

When someone faces an act of antisemitism, racism, or any form of identity based hate, whether it results in death or not, there is an uprising of many emotions. We felt it was important to bring the human experience of the aftermath to our museum. 
- Holocaust Memorial Center, Florida

Critics argued that the comparison relativised the Holocaust in spite of the museum director’s saying in a later statement that it was “not a comparison of pain”. But the incident was the culmination of a trend in which Holocaust museums around the world are adopting an increasingly universal progressive narrative in their shows.

Over the last few years, there have been museum discussions about Bullying PreventionWhite Myths Black Lives: The Root of Racial Oppression in America, and a poetry event in which students were “empowered” to write about their “unique identities and backgrounds.” An image of the Capitol storming event greeted recent visitors to USHMM’s website, and Steven Goldstein of The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect publicly blasted the Trump administration. Even Israel’s YadVashem is embroiled in a controversy over the alleged removal of a photo showing the 1941 meeting of Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Amin Al Husseini.

With a recent survey suggesting that 56% of US millennials had never heard of Auschwitz, and 31% of Americans believing that two million or fewer Jews perished in the Holocaust, it is time for museums to focus on education about the events of the Holocaust itself. They should not present the Holocaust as part of a universal genocide phenomenon, but instead, depict it for what it was — history’s most horrific antisemitic crime, an atrocity targeted at the Jewish people.

Just before Jews were sent to the Auschwitz gas chambers, men, women and children were violently forced to undress; supervising them were the Sonderkommando, who would later drag the victims’ dead bodies to the crematorium. One Jewish Sondercommando who miraculously survived has testified that the tortured souls’ only wish was to tell the world “what these evil people did to us” — museums must focus on honouring the six million victims’ dying wish, and concentrate on telling their story.

Hannah Gal is a London based journalist with credits including The SpectatorUS, The Guardian, The Jerusalem Post and LotusEaters among others

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  • I suggest the body cam footage from the arrest is put on mainstream TV. The police did nothing wrong, it was a fair arrest of a drugged up thug. All that rubbish of ‘can’t breath’ started before Floyd was put in the car, and was a result of being hopped up to his eyeballs on 11mg/ML fentanyl a fatal dose that caused his lungs to fill with fluid.

    The BLM riots that followed were a nonsense, simply using this incident as an excuse.

    The police officers have been charged with murder, but there isn’t a jury in the world that would convict them, so get ready for more riots when the not guilty verdicts are given out.

  • View the police bodycam and street cam video here to see what actually went on before and after Mr Floyd’s death.
    Powerlineblog. com/archives/2020/09/the-george-floyd-documentary
    Take out the space before com for the link to work.
    However, I guess some will view it and still be in denial that he died of a drug overdose and the police officers had a difficult task with this gentleman.

  • Very revealing – thug dies of overdose, police blamed, riots ensue. So very predicable.

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