Why doesn't Dublin have an official/public memorial/statue to all the victims of the Holocaust?
Should it construct one now?
Where should it be?
What form should it take?
The merits/morality of Neutrality in the Second World War is one argument which people can have. But surely that fact alone cannot explain why Dublin does not have an official and public Holocaust memorial?
Is the omission by reason of Ireland's amoral reaction to those suffering from the second world war? (From a speech last year by Minister Alan Shatter)
Irish minister admits for first time that Jews fleeing Nazis were denied visas in 1930s by 'morally bankrupt' regime | Mail Online
That the Jewish population in Dublin is quite small is another non-consideration. Other communities including homosexuals, Poles, disabled and Roma, live in this city and the persecution of those social groups should also be remembered in a public memorial.
The Holocaust survivors are becoming fewer and fewer and there appears to be an increase in the prevalence of Holocaust denial. A statue, piece of art or other public space dedicated to the victims could act as a timely reminder to all if the horror which was inflicted on those social groups - with the Jewish population being the foremost who suffered in number and the fact that they as a group were targeted for extermination.
The other point of such a memorial is to remind people of the complicity of ordinary people in the Holocaust. This was one of my lasting memories from leaving Auschwitz - once the sheer horror subsided. This was the work of one psychopath and his close henchmen. It required prison guards who clocked out each evening to have a meal with their family. Architects, builders, local officials oversaw its construction. Bakers, drapers, farmers supplied it. Doctors undertook vile experiments. Local bars and restaurants and business thrived on the income derived from the large number of people earning their wage from it. Train drivers and transport workers delivered the victims while many ordinary people gave up those for slaughter.
Edit: this evening the 27th January, a memorial service will be held in the Mansion House in the Round Room. DCC have hosted this even since 2003 when he began under Lord Mayor Dermot Lacey
List of Holocaust memorials and museums - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Eg Neutral Sweden
The Holocaust - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jews 5.9 million
Soviet POWs 2–3 million
Ethnic Poles 1.8–2 million
And from Ireland's only public memorial (in Listowel)
Holocaust Education Trust - Ireland & the Holocaust
Go home from this place and tell your children and your grandchildren and your great-grandchildren that today in Listowel, you looked into eyes that witnessed the most cataclysmic events ever unleashed by mankind upon mankind. Tell them that you met people who will still be remembered and still talked about and still wept over 10,000 years from now – because if they are not, there will be no hope for us at all. The Holocaust happened and it can happen again, and every one of us, if only out of our own sense of self-preservation, has a solemn duty to ensure that nothing like it ever occurs again.