Actor Ben Kingsley Warns: ‘Europe Did Not Grieve the Holocaust’ (VIDEO)
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:
[iframe width=”640″ height=”360″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/iGmxJVlp1lE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>]