But, hey, that's just me.
Wendy Lampert, a Ceej functionary, sees things entirely differently. For her, the Holocaust may have been undeniably horrific and singularly awful, but it gave rise to a whole gamut of wonderful stuff, which she itemizes in the National Post:
The Holocaust embedded the concept of genocide into the world's collective conscience. From its ashes rose the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on Genocide--the foundation of contemporary human rights advocacy. All subsequent international human rights developments must be viewed through this lens. The CMHR understands this irrefutable link.In other words, we have the Holocaust to thank for the UN's whacked-out version of "human rights" (the one that does nothing to stop genocides but that obsessively trashes Israel) as well as our gloriously misguided Trudeaupia, the one that enshrines a pecking order of victimhood and substitutes fake rights--the "right" to shower in the chicks' locker room if you're transgendered; the "right" to spark up a "medical" doobie and blow your "medicinal" fumes in a restaurant, etc--for genuine, crucial rights, including the most valuable one of all, the right to free speech.
Equally important is the Holocaust's impact on Canadian society. Lester B. Pearson was a key player in the creation of the United Nations, and there is a direct link between post-Holocaust international human rights initiatives and Canadian human rights structures. Equality, elimination of racism and discrimination, respect for diversity, and minority community rights protection have become enshrined in Canadian legal structures. Not surprisingly, many Canadian Holocaust survivors were among the creators of our federal and provincial human rights codes, anti-hate legislation and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Holocaust has also fostered a culture of openness and outreach among the myriad of cultural, faith and ethnic groups that are such a rich element of Canadian society...
And the bitter joke of it is Wendy actually thinks it's something to brag about and the argument for why the Holocaust should be genocide numero uno in Canada's mausoleum for "human rights".
I say we mothball the sucker and use the money to teach Canadians about freedom and liberty, concepts now being drowned in half-full glasses of Islamism and political correctness.
Update: I am delighted to report that Wendy has it all wrong re the Holocaust being directly responsible for "human rights" in the contemporary UN sense (as quoted by FFF):
The contemporary human-rights movement is demonstrably not the product of a revulsion against the worst crimes of Nazism. For one thing, the Holocaust did not figure in the deliberations that led up to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN in 1948.Maybe so, but it had a lot to do with the kind of thinking that gave rise to Canada's cockamamie "human rights" system and oppressive state censorship laws, a heavy enough burden for us Jews to have to bear.
As Moyn notes, “In real time, across weeks of debate around the Universal Declaration in the UN General Assembly, the genocide of the Jews went unmentioned in spite of the frequent invocation of other dimensions of Nazi barbarity.” (...)
Contrary to received history, the rise of human rights had very little to do with the worst crime against humanity ever committed.