Muslim girls complain of Polish racism on Holocaust study trip'
27 June 2017 [One of Top-Ten Most-Recommended Stories on BBC World News Feed for 27 June] [Link]
German Muslim schoolgirls who went on a visit to Holocaust memorials in eastern Poland say they were racially abused by locals during their trip. The girls, from a Berlin school, spoke on Deutschlandfunk radio about their experience. Four were wearing Muslim headscarves -- and they suffered abuse.
One girl said a man had spat on her in the street in Lublin, as police stood by grinning and did nothing. Another girl said she was expelled from a shop for speaking Persian. She had been speaking to her brother on the phone.
"They came up to me and said 'can you leave, you're disturbing the people here'. And I thought: Why? Just because I'm speaking Persian and I'm a foreigner? Yes," she told the radio station.
Spitting and knives
A third girl said that in Lodz "a woman just came up to me and shouted 'get out!' and threw her drink over me and my camera - she said 'get lost!'"
In Lublin, the girls said that a market stallholder had refused to sell them water because they were foreigners. On another occasion, one girl was reportedly threatened with a knife.
They were among a group of 20 children - mostly Muslims - from the Theodor Heuss Community School in Berlin-Moabit.
The Holocaust is a sensitive topic for many Muslims because Jewish survivors settled in Palestine, on land which later became the state of Israel.
The Poland trip was arranged by a German Holocaust memorial body, the House of the Wannsee Conference.
Comment: I see several things in this story:
(1) "Always Keep the Holocaust in the News." A few people were rude to some girls somewhere, perhaps because of ethnic or linguistic or religious or some other vague prejudice. Right. This is very soft 'news' (similar stories could probably be written daily, 10,000x over, across the world, but would never get much coverage). The BBC considers this one our planet's top ten news stories of the day? Only because of the Holocaust connection.
(2) There is an element of sacrilege to this story. Revisionists can sometimes bog down on technical details, but the fact is that the Holocaust Story as it exists today is religious in nature. This is a story of sacrilege, people offending the sanctity of holy sites. Though the boorish Poles who offended these Muslim girls were just in towns in 'eastern Poland,' the trip was still a Holocaust Trip and thus a pilgrimage.
(3) The perpetrators of the sacrilege are not the Muslims, at least not as the story is here presented, but the local (allegedly) boorish Poles.
Similar stories might be imagined to have circulated in a more Christian era of the West, in which local Semites/Levantines boorishly offending pilgrims to the sacred sites like Calvary and Jesus' Tomb.