"Some 200 to 300 young people launched the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and in other ghettos there were more survivors. Is the grandmother who survived in Lodz worth less than those 200 individuals who launched the uprising?"
Holocaust Memorial Day “Does Not Apply” To Haredim, Haredi Leader Claims
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The co-chairman of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, Aryeh Deri, told haredi radio station Kol Barama today that Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, “does not apply” to haredim, Israel Hayom reports.
The interview with Deri is scheduled to air tonight.
"Personally, I don't see any sanctity or distinctiveness in this day. Israel's Chief Rabbinate has designated the 10th of Tevet [the Hebrew month corresponding to December-January] as a general mourners' day, and that is they day when, religiously speaking, we remember the victims of the Holocaust. Then came the state, the secular authorities, and decided that Holocaust Remembrance Day would be in the month of Nisan, and we all know that you don't mourn during the month of Nisan [March-April] and that there are special rules on the issue in Jewish law,” Deri reportedly said, noting that the Nisan date was chosen because of the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which falls on the eve of Passover in the month of Nisan. He reportedly argued that the anniversary of the ghetto uprising should not serve as the basis for Yom HaShoah, because so many Jews were killed in the uprising.
Jewish ghetto fighters, vastly outnumbered and underarmed, held off German troops for almost one month. 7,000 Jews were killed and tens of thousands were captured and deported to death camps or labor camps. But the uprising shocked the Nazi machine to its core.
"Some 200 to 300 young people launched the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and in other ghettos there were more survivors. Is the grandmother who survived in Lodz worth less than those 200 individuals who launched the uprising?" Deri reportedly claimed.
Addressing the group of haredim who were videoed having a barbecue on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Deri was unapologetic.
"No one can come and tell us about the Holocaust. The Holocaust Remembrance Day that 'they' declared because of the Warsaw ghetto doesn't apply to us as haredi Jews," he reportedly said.