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January 27, 2015 4:40 pm

Actor Ben Kingsley Warns: ‘Europe Did Not Grieve the Holocaust’ (VIDEO)

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Actor Ben Kingsley in a scene from Holocaust drama, Schindler's List. Photo: screenshot.

Actor Ben Kingsley in a scene from Holocaust drama, Schindler's List. Photo: screenshot.

British actor Sir Ben Kingsley, who starred in the movie Schindler’s List and other Holocaust-related films, said he believes the climate for Jews in Europe is deteriorating and that another Holocaust could happen again, Israel’s NRG News reported Tuesday.

Speaking at the fourth annual Let My People Live forum in Prague, on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Kingsley discussed the subject of the Holocaust and antisemitism at a memorial in honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

“I am here as a messenger, as an artist, as an actor,” he told reporters, and expressed his “gratitude and awareness of the profound responsibility I do have as an actor and a storyteller in bringing the Shoah, the Holocaust to the minds of young people who knew nothing about it.”

Kingsley, who called on the public to be “vigorously persistent in telling the story of grief-stricken Europe,” according to Israel National News, went on to say that, “Europe did not grieve in 1945. It moved on. It found another enemy, it found other issues.

“The first step in healing is for us to collectively grieve – we have missed that crucial step,” Kingsley contended.

Pointing to a painfully ironic experience he had on the set of a Holocaust-related film staged in Budapest, he recalled an elderly passerby who told him, “It never happened, and if you don’t shut up it will happen again!”

“How about that? Isn’t that totally screwy?” Kingsley asked.

When asked if the Holocaust could happen again, he immediately replied, “of course,” noting that Adolf Hitler was once quoted as dismissively saying, “‘who remembers the Armenians?’ after the Turkish massacres – that’s what he said,” Kingsley emphasized.

Watch a clip of Kingsley’s remarks via Israel National News:

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    Excellent !! I like this comment. “I am here as a messenger, as an artist, as an actor,” he told reporters, and expressed his “gratitude and awareness of the profound responsibility I do have as an actor and a storyteller in bringing the Shoah, the Holocaust to the minds of young people who knew nothing about it.”

  • theox

    Hitler never said that. If he did, please post the original German version and the original source where he actually said anything about Armenians. I have research for almost 10 years and have found not a single shred of evidence of Hitler actually saying this so, I really would like to know when and where Hitler said this.

    • J. Ewers

      Good question; many regard the statement as, at least partially, apocryphal, however testimony by various parties seems to corroborate Hitler having either made the statement during a speech given to commanders of his Wehrmacht on August 22nd, 1939 in Obersalzberg or during an interview years earlier, if not on both occasions.

      American journalist Louis Lochner, who was stationed in Berlin, claimed to have received a transcription of the speech from an imbedded informant, wherein the quote reads:

      “Wer redet heute noch von der Vernichtung der Armenier?”
      (Engl: “Who today speaks of the extermination of the Armenians?”)

      The further source comes from Richard Breitling, the editor of a Leipzig paper, whose notes from an interview with Hitler in the summer of 1931 quote him as having noted the ease with which most of the world forgot the Armenian Genocide. In response to questions of how Hitler imagined he could put into action plans that would massively resettle (and murder) millions he alluded to similar instances of cataclysmic events in biblical times and the middle ages, adding,

      “…erinnern Sie sich doch an die Ausrottung Armeniens.”

      (Engl: “Do remember the annihilation of Armenia.”)

      The University of Minnesota has a primer on the subject.

  • Ron

    The Main Stream Media, and many politicians today, studiously refrain from mentioning the ideology of hate which is motivating latter day nazis [ie the Qur’an]. It is not a coincidence that anti-semitism and violence against Jews, has increased in Europe in direct correlation to Muslim immigration, and against Christians in Islamic dominated countries. There is little violence against Jews and Christians [the People of the Book] in Saudia Arabia because they have been purged from that country. Western women working in Saudi have been raped, but since sharia requires 4 male witnesses to prove an allegation rape, they have received little help from Saudi authorities, and in some cases have been locked up for “zina” – sexual misconduct.

    Q. 98.6 “The People of the book and the pagans shall burn for ever in the fire of Hell. They are the vilest of all creatures.”

    Q. 5.51 “O you who believe! Do not take the Jews and Christians for friends; they are friends of each other, and whoever among you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.”

    Q. 8.12 “God revealed His will to the angels,saying; “I shall be with you. Give courage to the believers. I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers!”

    Note there is no caveat to leave peaceful, law abiding infidels alone, and only kill nasty infidels who attack Muslims without cause. Nor are Muslims told to “live and let live”. On the contrary, they are enjoined to attack infidels BECAUSE they are infidels. Period.

    Q. 9.29 “Fight those that believe not in Allah, nor in the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are)of the People of the Book until they pay the Jizya [non-Muslim poll tax]with willing submission and feel themselves subdued.”

    • Hey, you seem to be knowledgeable about this topic so I have some sincere questions for you that I hope will be met with sincere answers.

      1. How can anyone in positions of power- statesmen & diplomats- seriously state that Islam by itself is an inherently peaceful religion when there is so much evidence to the contrary? It seems to me those responses are disingenuous, reek of political correctness, and pass the buck to later generations to actually address & solve.

      2. I live in the southeastern United States. Jews are nonexistent here, outside of south Florida anyways. I mean, you’ll occasionally come across some families with Jewish last names but they are either agnostic or Christians by now who have almost zero knowledge of Jewish culture. So my question is– WHY are the Jews the most universally despised people in history? What is it they do exactly that provokes such unanimous hatred? I mean, there’s got to be a reason, right? Since Jews are practically a phantom where I live, I know very little about them.

      • Ron

        A couple of good questions there. Hope I can give you a reasoned and objective reply. I am not an academic, just a layman who got fed up trying to equate the myths most politicians have been spouting [such as the “religion of peace” & “this is a distortion of a great religion”] after each atrocity committed by followers of this intolerant and hate guided ideology, and the evidence of the actions and deeds displayed by these same followers, who “misunderstand” their own “religion” and quote the ideology taught in their “holy” book after every act of barbarism. I therefore started to read the Qur’an and the Reliance of the Traveller (Sharia Law)as well as knowledgeable authors such as Robert Spencer, Nonie Darwish, Wafa Sultan, Walid Shoebat and others. I wanted to know my enemy, who relies on most Westerner’s ignorance of what is actually taught in the Qur’an in order to deceive us. Don’t burn the Qur’an, READ IT!

        In reply to your first question, I believe that many in the West, and, unfortunately, that includes those leaders who should be defending our civilisation, are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome and Cognitive Dissonance.

        Do your own research, but here goes:-

        Stockholm Syndrome [captive bonding] is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages or abuse victims express empathy, sympathy, and have positive feelings towards their captors/abusers – sometimes to the point of defending them. It is a a survival technique. Four conditions are found to exist in the development of Stockholm Syndrome:-
        1) the presence of a perceived threat to one’s physical or psychological survival and the belief that the abuser (in this case, Islam) would carry out the threat [which it does all too frequently].
        2) The presence of a perceived small kindness from the abuser [like, perhaps, not killing you if you convert to Islam – the word means “submission”] to the victim.
        3) Isolation from perspectives other than those of the abuser [ISIS has already been burning any non-Islamic books, and constant efforts to enforce sharia blasphemy laws occur in the West]
        4. The perceived inability to escape the situation.

        People find themselves supporting abusive and bizarre situations. Supporting abusive situations is “Cognitive Dissonance” eg “it’s only a “tiny minority” of Muslims who are beheading, bombing and shooting non-Muslims & hypocrites [Muslims who aren’t Muslim enough}. It’s only 2% of Muslims. Well, 2% of 1.5 Billion is 30 Million. Only 19 jihadists slaughtered 3,000 innocents on 9/11 – that about 150 each. you do the math.

        I therefore consider Islam to be in an abusive relationship with every unbeliever in the world, threatening and carrying out violence in reaction to anything or any one it doesn’t like or approve of.

        2. I am not Jewish. I did,however, live in Israel from 1973 to 1976. I was there for the Yom Kippur War. If Israel had not defended itself so successfully, simultaneously on two fronts, at a cost in lives it would have been eradicated with genocidal slaughter. It was like living in a modern European city. I made good friends and enjoyed a rich social life. Children are not born hating. The hatred displayed towards the Jews has been taught,by some early Christians because they thought they had the only true teachings about God. Within Islam the hatred taught, as far as I can see, is much more virulent. Mohammad, [who I don’t believe ever really existed] according to Islamic tradition, was taken in by the three Jewish tribes of Medina after his own tribe rejected him. He threw his teddy into the corner when the Jews refused to accept him as a prophet. He ousted two of the tribes, then besieged the remaining tribe in Medina in the Battle of the Ditch. When they surrendered, again according to tradition, he had 3 trenches dug, and then personally beheaded 600-900 of the male members of the tribe, thus setting a precedence for today’s beheadings by jihadists. He followed that up by attacking the oasis of Khaybar, North of Medina which the other two tribes had fled to. The Jews of Khaybar were put to the sword. When Muslim mobs now gather they often cry “Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews the army of Mohammad will return.”

        Mohammad believed he had been poisoned by one of the Jewish women who had cooked him and his men a meal after their men had been put to the sword at Khaybar. In 632 AD he vowed that if he survived he would expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian peninsular. He did not survive, and that is why there will never be a peace settlement. Hezbollah, Hamas, Egypt, Syria, Iran, ISIS, Al-Quaeda etc want to wipe Israel from the map because they are Jews. It is nothing to do with the tiny bit of territory that Israel occupies. They are carrying out Muhammad’s wishes.

        I hope that is of some use to you. Don’t take my word for it, do your own research. There is plenty of information out there. It is a pity our politicians don’t avail themselves of it!

  • Fred

    Europeans were very much complicit in the murder of the European Jew. One has to go into many little towns in the NAZI occupied areas to see the earth mounds still there where the good folk murdered their own towns Jewish people, their “friend”& “neighbours”. With the blessing of the church. Now there is a new NAZI who is Muslim who moved into Europe creating his own NAZI credo,
    does not abide by the Law of the Land only into their own fantasy grievance +hatred of the left over Jews. Governments are being brought down by multiculturalism, political correctness to intimidated to act and protect its few Jewish citizen. Go figure….

  • Stupid people are always doomed to repeat history. Europe’s streets are all filled with blood they just choose not to see it. Yes there will be another Holocaust in Europe, but this time the part of the Jew’s will be played by Europeans (the infidels) and the part of the new age Nazis will be played by Extremist Arabs. PS Not all Arabs hate Jews and not all Jews hate Arabs.

  • Hinda

    Europe has forgotten it’s past. It’s embraced the partners of the Nazis (Islam) and have allowed the multitudes to settle and declare Islam as the true law and faith over many parts.

    Even in the US this has been happening for twenty years. Instead of bringing in refugees who do want to live with others and adapt in a peaceful manner as my grandparents had; the Clinton Administration allowed the UN to decide who to bring in and to them I place the blame of what we have now.

    The Islamabergs around the US should not be allowed. We used to scoff at “redneckvilles” and even comedians would make jokes about them. But today if one makes a joke about Islamberg, then one is deemed a racist and most likely their life is in danger. Why are we allowing this?

    Plus our current government has an Ambassador to Islam! That in itself is against our own laws but our Congress is silent as to the attrocities this current administration has been doing and allowed to do since 2009.

  • Zal Lazkow

    Ben Kinglsey is a great human being, A MENCH, one of the most memorable actors of the end of 20th century and 21st century, and most of all BEN is one of the best friends of the jewish nation and Israel.

  • Rachel Sabarit

    Absolutely it could happen again…. Europeans hate the Jews, always have, always will. They couldn’t give a damn whether Jews live or die, they have no concept about the value that Jews provide humankind, nor do they care. Let the Jews of Europe make aliyah to Israel and leave the Europeans to rot in the new EuroIslamadan that they’ve created.

  • Bernhard Rosenberg · Top Commenter · Rabbi at Congregation Beth El, Edison NJ

    My father Jacob Rosenberg, of blessed memory was in Auschwitz. Contrary to what we are told, the passage of time does not ease our pain, nor does it diminish the scope of the horror that was the Holocaust. Oh yes, there are those, few in number, who feel that it is psychologically healthier to avoid reminders that keep painful and unpleasant events alive. Why subject our young to the brutal story of Nazi bestiality toward the Jewish people? What purpose will it serve? It would be wiser not to talk about it so that it can disappear. Never! We must never stop telling this story. Tell it we must, in every gory detail! We must do this because it is our sacred duty to alert them to the evils of men, so that they will never be lulled into a false sense of safety and security. We must alert them so that our children will be vigilant and will never be caught unaware as were the Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Although we are cognizant that our children will be adversely affected, that they will feel great pain upon learning the true facts of the Holocaust, we know that this is something we must do. I urgently beg of you, my fellow children of Holocaust survivors, keep alive the memory of the courage and will to live possessed by your parents. Time is growing short. Soon, like my parents of blessed memory, they will have left this world. Speak with them now. Learn all you can about their Holocaust experiences and about your grandparents and great-grandparents. Communicate with them before it is too late! This is our mission. This we must vow to do. Join me, my fellow Holocaust brothers and sisters, in this holy mission. Let us join hands and loudly acclaim, “We will keep the memory of the Holocaust alive”. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg 2g.

  • Jonah

    Europe will get a chance to grieve. Islam is going to do something similar to them that Hiltler did to the Jews….and it is inescapable. Islam has woven itself in to the matrix of the European civilization which will doom the western way of life. Islam is like bindweed once it takes root it kills every other living plant but itself.

  • Robert Davis

    It coiuld happen again,yes but…not to the same people!

  • Golum

    Sir Ben Kingsley is a Great Man!!!

  • Efram

    He is all too correct. Frequently, when I read articles about the middle east and Anti-Semitism, there is a core of haters posting, who are totally committed to Jew hatred, and are blind on all of the subjects. Further, they are not interested in dialog, its ‘I don’t care what they may say, I don’t care what they may know.’ They even make threats. Just go to Discus to see how widespread this cancer really is. I do not think for a moment that Germans have truly changed their tone. Oh, they realized that what happened went beyond the pale, even for them. They have been reluctant to say anything negative about Jews. But their latent Anti-Semitism has returned. It never left, it just went underground. 58% of Germans believe the Holocaust needs to be consigned to history. All of those Germans taught their children, who have taught theirs.

    I have a friend who is very obviously an Aryan. When he has visited Germany he has heard things you will not read in the press, and not hear for yourself. Seeing him as a fellow Aryan, many of them make it plain that they never really renounced Hitler’s ways, they just kept such beliefs covert.

  • steven L

    Most EU countries are and will remain antisemitic. The Jews don’t get it.

  • NuritGn

    Well said, well analyzed. Europe did not grieve, it wiped the event as if it never happened. If took its guilt elsewhere, now using the Moslems in its midst, to bring Europe back to an uncivilized world of murder, killing and anti-Semitism. Shame on Europe through out the ages. Europe never paid for its crimes enough to know it must never happen again, so it is back to its own ugly self.

  • Leo Toystory

    Europe didn’t grieve for whom? The Jews? Fat chance of that!

  • One might have thought that the United Nations’ mandating the formation of the State of Israel was symbolic of the “grieving” that Ben Kingsley opines is (and always has been) missing from the European psyche over its historic treatment of the Jews, including the Inquisition, culminating with the Holocaust, and continuing to this day.

    But the establishment of the state of Israel, rather than being an expression of compassion for the historic plight of the Jews, may have been the European members’ United Nation’s version of Hitler’s “Final Solution” of the Jewish problem. The perennial anti – Semites of Europe convinced the rest of the world that giving the Jews the tiny parcel of land that was once their ancestral homeland would rid them of the ( Jewish ) problem. Set this small but troublesome ilk out in the middle of the desert, they reasoned, and let their Arab neighbors do what comes naturally.

    Well, the Arabs have not yet achieved their dream, but the increasingly pro-Arabic membership of the UN is certainly doing all it can to facilitate it – and has, since Israel was established.

  • NCS

    Kingsley gets it.

  • Eric R.

    Of course Europe did not grive the Shoah.

    It celebrated it.

    They are now counting on their Muslim friends to finish the job.

  • victoria brandeis

    thank you Mr.. Kingsley……your awareness is a gift…….yes, it can happen again……it is already…….shameful time in history and a gift as well…….we will live to watch the fall of all this i trust.