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Blogspot | 14Apr2013 | blackrod
Another of Gail Asper's Human Rights Museum lies exposed
Canadian Museum for Human Rights is in the market for a new lie to
replace the old lie they were using to justify a stand-alone gallery on
the Holocaust and their potpourri approach to other genocides.
You remember how Gail Asper and her champions were going around
everybody how the study of the Holocaust and of human rights in the
modern world are synonymous, with one leading directly to the other,
and without one there wouldn't be the other?
how Gail Asper summarized the argument in Maclean's magazine:
In conversation: Gail
By Jonathon Gatehouse -- Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Q: The Ukrainian-Canadian Civil Liberties Association has charged that
one horror -- the Holocaust -- is being “elevated” above all others at
museum. What’s your response?
A: ... All the experts agree that no human rights museum could ever be
established without a full examination of the Holocaust. It was
fundamental to our notion of human rights today, the catalyst for the
world coming together to say “never again,” precipitating the
anti-genocide conventions and the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human
so fast. It seems there's a phrase among scholars for Gail
Asper's declaration -- a crock.
Asper's deathgrip on all things CMHR was broken (about the time her
other big lie was exposed, the one about how taxpayers would never be
asked to cover the runaway costs of construction), independent experts
were hired to produce the exhibits for the museum. And lo
and behold, guess what they concluded?
answer comes from the horse's mouth in an interview with Dr. Clint
Curle, the museum's "head of stakeholder relations", in the most recent
edition of the Winnipeg Jewish Review.
The organizational framework for the museum has evolved over time. One
of our challenges has been to conceptually locate the Holocaust and the
UN Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in the Museum. The historical
proximity of these two events suggested an inspiring relationship
between violation and response. As content development
moved forward, the Museum, with the input of experts in this area,
realized that this relationship oversimplified both the history of the
Holocaust and the history of the Universal Declaration, and exaggerated the actual
historical connections between the two. In its present conceptual
articulation the Museum has de-linked a direct causal relationship
between the Holocaust and the Universal Declaration."
Experts hired by the museum say that claims that the Holocaust was the
cause of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights are exaggerated
and unsupported, so the CMHR has eliminated any allegation that one was
the cause of the other. Well, how about that.
We told you this very fact two
years ago when Gail Asper was going around telling Canada's Ukrainian
community to shut up:
Holocaust on its own terms in this way speaks powerfully to broader
human rights concerns regarding the power of the modern state, the
vulnerabilities of civil society to become an instrument of oppression,
and the controversial relationship between war and human rights
does not instrumentalize the Holocaust to tell a creation myth about
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
A creation myth? You don't say.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights was always
to have "a gallery devoted to the subject of the Holocaust." said
Curle. The question facing content developers was how to fit the
Holocaust gallery into the framework of the museum which was not on
they decided that if they were going to teach about human rights they
had to start somewhere ("the Holocaust as an entry point") and that
somewhere may just as well be the Holocaust (" a mainstream pedagogical
approach to human rights education").
had to have a reason to start there, though, so they decided that since
Germany was a developed, civilized, constitutional democracy and Canada
is a developed, civilized constitutional democracy--- without the
Nazis--- then maybe they could say, to paraphrase George
Orwell, that all genocides are equal, but
the Holocaust is more equal.
"However, we want our visitors to
think about how such features of modern nation-states were mobilized in
Nazi Germany’s genocide against European Jewry and attacks against
other groups. Because of these structural affinities, the Holocaust
holds special relevance for countries like Canada."
It seems the other mass murders of ethnic groups hold no
modern society, because they're not getting the same treatment.
While the Holocaust gallery will contain "(p)ersonal testimonies and
associated artifacts and images (that) make the themes accessible for
visitors", the five genocides recognized by Parliament will be touched
on in a gallery called Breaking the Silence.
focus of Breaking the Silence, said Curle, is "on how people have used
the rights available to them in Canada in order to speak out and raise
about gross human rights abuses."
plans for the Holocaust gallery have not changed in response to
criticisms questioning the inclusion of a devoted Holocaust gallery in
the CMHR," sniffed Curle.
He dismissed complaints by the rest of Canada's ethnic groups
Holocaust is getting preferred treatment at the CMHR.
CMHR has endeavored to have constructive dialogue with many of the
parties involved and continues to do so." he brayed.
not even getting "constructive dialogue" are the
Palestinians. Asked how the CMHR planned to handle the
Arab-Israeli situation, the director of stakeholder relations was
are still in development." he said.
Twelve years of planning and the best they can say about
how Israel impacts the human rights of
Palestinians is "plans are still in development."
The market for lies just got bigger.