I did find this, however, from the AP which was picked up by Yahoo! News, from Warsaw, Poland:
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Holocaust survivors, politicians, religious leaders and others marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday with solemn prayers and the now oft-repeated warnings to never let such horrors happen again.
Events took place at sites including Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former death camp where Hitler’s Germany killed at least 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, in southern Poland. In Warsaw, prayers were also held at a monument to the fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.
And the article quoted a little from the Pope’s message:
The memory of this immense tragedy, which above all struck so harshly the Jewish people, must represent for everyone a constant warning so that the horrors of the past are not repeated, so that every form of hatred and racism is overcome, and that respect for, and dignity of, every human person is encouraged.
While giving lip service to the “respect” and “dignity” of human beings, he failed to mention that most basic of human rights: the right to defend themselves against tyranny.
And that’s the message that was missing even from this lightly reported event, due no doubt to the raging debate over the Second Amendment in the US.
What’s most remarkable to me is how many liberal Jews hate guns. When I was doing my research for a recent article about Senator Dianne Feinstein’s determined push for gun control, I stumbled across this published by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO). It’s a joint effort by Rabbi Dovid Bendory, Director of the JPFO, and Alan Korwin, the author of the website GunLaws.com. Although I didn’t include any mention of it in my Feinstein article, I considered doing so. Here’s why:
Why then do so many American Jews hate guns and fear gun ownership so much?
Our research identifies ten reasons why these Jews feel the way they do about self defense in general, firearms specifically and your own right to keep and bear arms.
Here they are:
The adamantly anti-gun-rights Jews are bowing to:
1. A desire for utopian moral purity
2. A disproportional incidence of hoplophobia
3. A quest for power through victimization of peers
4. A utopian delusion that if guns would just “go away,” crime would end and the world would be a peaceful safe place
5. Self hatred and a wish to be helpless, acting out guilt-based behavioral problems that develop in childhood
6. The Ostrich Syndrome
7. Garden-variety hypocrisy
8. Adulterated religion — Jews In Name Only (JINOs)
9. Feel-good sophistry
10. Abject fear that yields irrational behavior
What I found especially interesting is that not all Jews are so infected. There is a “remnant” called the Shomrim:
These people exist, typically “in the closet” of Jewish thought and behavior, and may be thought of as Shomrim, “The Watchful.” Non-aggressive and usually conservative in their views, they stand as silent and unobserved guardians of their Jewish brethren, without acknowledgment.
Anecdotal evidence indicates that a significant percentage of discreetly armed Shomrim are present in synagogues on a regular basis. Their numbers appear to be increasing, as gun ownership, marksmanship practice, the shooting sports and gun safety training increases nationwide…
As the study concludes:
While American Jews may not be required to learn about arms as civilians (unlike their Israeli cousins), it’s corrupt for them to attempt to force other law-abiding adults to suffer a government ban on the tools of self defense.
Amen to that.