The Jewish Free Press of Calgary, September 3, 1998 (Extract)
Stuart Eizenstat, the Clinton administration's point man on Holocaust restitution, stressed that Holocaust education in Europe would be one of the most important outgrowths of the settlement, because "it will outlive the survivors and all of us."
This will lead to more "sensitive and moral" people in the future and "more just policies by countries," Eizenstat, US undersecretary of state for economic affairs, said in a telephone interview following the Swiss agreements.
Establishing Holocaust education in schools is one of the projects the state department is "most pushing for" as it pursues settlements with America's European allies, Eizenstat said.
Were it not for the proliferation in recent years of Holocaust institutions and educational programs in the United States, others point out, the current claims would never have received the support of American politicians whose efforts in Congress and at the state and local levels brought pressure upon the Swiss banks to settle.
Rabbi Irving Greenberg, president of the Jewish Life Network, a group that develops continuity programs, called the restitution efforts made by national and local politicians a "moral breakthrough."
"People are now in favor of memory instead of against it," Greenberg said. "It means we really got the message across."
Greenberg, who also is a member of the US Holocaust Memorial Council, said the Swiss banks settlement "will be a further stimulus to preserving the memory of the systematic murder of six million Jews."
This text has been displayed on the Net, and forwarded to you as a tool for educational purpose, further research, on a non commercial and fair use basis, by the International Secretariat of the Association des Anciens Amateurs de Recits de Guerres et d'Holocaustes (AAARGH). The E-mail of the Secretariat is <[email protected]. Mail can be sent at PO Box 81475, Chicago, IL 60681-0475, USA..
We see the act of displaying a written document on Internet as the equivalent to displaying it on the shelves of a public library. It costs us a modicum of labor and money. The only benefit accrues to the reader who, we surmise, thinks by himself. A reader looks for a document on the Web at his or her own risks. As for the author, there is no reason to suppose that he or she shares any responsibilty for other writings displayed on this Site. Because laws enforcing a specific censorship on some historical question apply in various countries (Germany, France, Israel, Switzerland, Canada, and others) we do not ask their permission from authors living in thoses places: they wouldn't have the freedom to consent.
We believe we are protected by the Human Rights Charter:
ARTICLE 19. <Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.>The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948, in Paris.