Conclusions of the
All of which were clearly recognized by World Nations including Iran and its successive governments and regimes that were to abide to these conclusions and participate along with all members of the United Nations to the global awareness of these crimes and actions that led to the advent of a Second World War.
the Conclusions of the Nuremberg Trials and the drafts above did not put an end
to military conflicts or crimes of equally horrifying nature during the
20th century, it did nevertheless lead to a global awareness of the
dangers of ideologies that promote genocide of a race or people in any form or
manner. Even at the height of tensions during the Cold War, Super Powers of the
time be it the United States or the Soviet Union could not simply ignore the
above drafts without risking to threaten global security and stability. In
addition the term genocide and its characteristics were clearly defined
so as to allow recourse to international law and justice if ever a nation or
people were indeed threatened by similar crimes. Recent examples in the
aftermath of the Cold War such as Rwanda or Serbia have been reminiscent of
crimes of genocidal nature that continue to be subject to international
investigations as has been the case for ex-Yugoslavia through the La Hague
International Tribunal. Some countries such as
However the scale of crimes committed by Nazi Germany and the nearly scientific procedure of eliminating the Jewish population was supported by the ideology that was at the source of the Nazi Party’s creation and rise to Power in the person of Adolf Hitler and ironically through democratic elections in a country that would soon see all its politically legitimate and democratic institutions replaced by a totalitarian structure of government where all opposition was eliminated either politically or physically. Before the Nuremberg Trials the true nature and extent of crimes committed in the Nazi Concentration Camps were not revealed in all its horrific magnitude to the World or even to the German population. From this perspective the Nazi crime record remains unique in the annals of history even if nothing can justify other crimes of a similar nature in the decades that followed WWII or in our present times. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict for that matter cannot either be solved by ignoring this past reality nor can the sufferings and unjust treatment of all concerned be put into a balance as if one crime should justify the other.
By claiming that the Holocaust was a Myth the current President of Iran has also spoken in the name of his compatriots on an issue that was neither mentioned in his electoral campaign nor suggested in the political agenda on which he campaigned in order to become president of a nation, where 70 % of the population was not even born at the time of the Revolution and aspires to change and Freedom. The result however has been disastrous not only for the Iranian Jewish minority but also for the Iranian nation as a whole in that it has created a psychological environment where political opportunism and economic ambitions of the regime can thrive upon the same nationalistic and ideological arguments that in the past, in Nazi Germany in particular, have proved determinant in the advent of racial mindsets and bellicose behavior which far from solving issues such as unemployment or economic and social depression have served only as arguments to justify the current regime’s own shortcomings and totalitarian system of government.
In this context it is all the more encouraging to see that not only the Iranians in Iran removed their support to President Ahmadinejad at the last elections but also to see that the Iranian Intelligentsia in the Diaspora has become much more outspoken and unambiguous in condemning the Holocaust Denials and historical revisionisms that have been supported by the current regime and its henchmen.
Thanks to Human Rights Activist Ladan Boroumand and Sister Roya a statement has circulated this month clearly underlining their condemnation of the Tehran Holocaust Conference and expressing their homage and empathy for the victims and survivors of the Nazi extermination machine as well as all similar cases of crimes against humanity. Amongst the 100 signatories many are known faces in the community such as film directors, writers, actors, journalists or intellectuals others being unknown activists or simple citizens concerned by the return of dangerous ideologies that in the past have proved fatal.
Below is the drafted statement and names of all the current signatories: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/19831
And the recent UN resolution that condemns without reservation denials of the Nazi Holocaust by consensus: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2007/ga10569.doc.htm
It should be noted that the Iranian signatories of the draft had the credit of doing so before the UN Resolution was even voted proving if needed of that when issues of Human Rights and dignity are concerned the Iranian Diaspora and its best representatives can unite and transcend political, religious or ideological differences in the name of universal humanistic principles.
May this constructive and necessary approach continue in the future.
About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Media Consultant.
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