- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rafael Medoff indicates inaccurately that the victims of the Holocaust were predominantly Jewish (“Too much Holocaust?” Commentary, Friday).

While being sensitive to Jewish suffering, I suggest Mr. Medoff expand his definition of the Holocaust and those whom it affected. It is estimated that about 11 million civilians were victims of the Nazis and that many of them were non-Jews. For instance, in Poland, the Holocaust is viewed mainly as an attack on Polish Catholics, while in Russia, it is seen mainly as the massacre of millions of Russians.

The column further laments that in 1943, the Allied leaders listed the victims of Nazi war crimes only by mentioning the countries where the victims had originated, not their religions. I suggest that this was not a slight against Jewish victims, as the Allies didn’t list Jehovah’s Witnesses, Catholics or members of any other persecuted faiths. Nor did the Allies include a list of targeted political groups.

All the victims of the Holocaust should be acknowledged. Unfortunately, there were enough victims of this horror to go around, and they all deserve our remembrance and prayers.


Timonium, Md.

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