Why the Jews Are the Canary in the Coal Mine

by J. P. Golbert
July 15, 2015 at 5:00 am

Jews have been called the “canary in the coal mine.” Miners used to take canaries into the mines with them because the canary would die from coal gas escaping into the mineshaft before the level of gas could kill the men or become explosive. When the canary stops singing, it is a warning to the men to get out of the mine. How is that an apt metaphor for the Jews? Underlying the metaphor is the realization that what happens to the Jews will befall everyone. Why should that be so? This is the subject of this essay.

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The Story of the Miracle of Israel (1945 to 1948)

Earlier we posted the video, Faith and Fate, The Story of the Jewish People in the 20th Century. The video below is a continuation that will take you through the years following the horror of the 2nd world war and the establishment of the State of Israel.

Rabbi Berel Wein, uncovers the events that occurred after the Holocaust, leading to the establishment of the State of Israel. What was termed “Liberation” had a different meaning to the victims of Nazi terror. Suddenly, after years of horror, torture, starvation and other atrocities, the survivors of the prison camps were “set free”. The problem was, what were they to do now? The sick, starving mass of humanity had no homes or family to go back to, no resources with which to move forward, in short there was no place for them to go.

It is our duty to remind ourselves of our history,
and to pass it on to the next generation…Rabbi Berel Wein

Faith and Destiny~The Miracle of Israel After WWII (1945 to 1948)

Link to Faith and Fate:

Holocaust~After Seventy Years Have We Learned Anything?

Alfred Hitchcock Documentary Shelved for 70 Years Is Revived
For seventy years a single topic has been consistently reviewed, remembered and reviled. There will always be deniers. There will always be haters. There will always be anti-Semitism.

So, one must ask,after seventy years have we learned anything at all? Are we doomed to repeat our mistakes over and over again?

Survivors of the Holocaust are slowly dying out. There are a mere handful of those who made it out of the camps to testify, while the deniers are gaining strength. Do a search on any film from the days of the Holocaust and you will find many more declaring them to be lies.

In Israel we have a concentration of survivors, who, for the most part live their lives outside the public eye. Some do speak out when approached, and some to this day refuse to come to terms with the disaster. In some families there is a combination, one who has learned to deal with it, and one who lives every single day in horror.

The Holocaust was very real. The meticulous records created by the Germans themselves have proven this beyond a doubt. The fact that the Jewish people survived, is a constant thorn in the side for the world in general. Perhaps, because as a collective they did nothing. It was left to tiny groups of people with a conscience and a sense of basic human decency to do what they could in the most difficult of situations. There are no end of stories about those who risked everything, just as there are endless tales of betrayal, thievery and cold blooded murder.

When the liberation came, many tried to return to their home countries, only to find that their homes had been “taken over” by their neighbours and they were not wanted. After years of abuse at the hands of the Germans, the Jewish people were once again placed in camps, or left to drift, with nothing but the few rags on their backs, until they could find a place, a new home to start over.

A new HBO documentary, Night Will Fall (26 January 2015), directed by André Singer and narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and Jasper Britton, tells the story of how, seventy years later, a lost documentary filmed by Alfred Hitchcock and shelved in the British archives, came back to life. As to why it was shelved in the first place, the LA Times offers a clue:
The British needed the German people to “pick up the pieces and help energize the destroyed Germany economy. They didn’t want to demoralize the people further by rubbing in their guilt, and the ‘German Concentration Camps Factual Survey’ would not have helped restore confidence,” Singer said.

There was also a concern, Singer added, that “it would provoke most sympathy for the Jewish refugees still in the camps after the war [who] wanted to go to Palestine. The British were having problems with nascent Zionism and felt the film would be unhelpful.”

Below is the trailer for “Night Will Fall”. Following the trailer is the original documentary footage filmed by Alfred Hitchcock~it was his only documentary film. You may find it difficult to watch, but perhaps, the original footage is what the world really needs to see.
As for the question “After Seventy Years Have We Learned Anything?”, one would sincerely hope so, but looking at what is happening in the world today, the inclination is to say, sadly, No.
Trailer for “Night Will Fall”

This is The Original Footage Filmed and Then Shelved for Seventy Years

How Faith Has Carried the Jewish People

History has been a subject that Rabbi Berel Wein (25 March 1934~) has concentrated on for many years. He has stated that we must know where we have been in order to know where we are going. Jewish History is integral to our understanding of the current rise in anti-Semitism and the ongoing anti-Israel/anti-Western hatred. Knowledge is power, and Rabbi Wein believes that it will empower us with the tools to dispel lies and myths about the Jewish people and Israel. It is knowledge that allows us to stand against baseless Jewish hatred and attacks, and to raise public awareness about the accusations of Islamophobia that are currently permeating the press with the intent to make the perpetrators of terror appear as victims.

Rabbi Wein is well known for his books, CDs/DVDs, audio tapes and drama documentary film projects produced through the Destiny Foundation. He is the Rabbi of Beit Knesset Hanasi in Jerusalem and regularly travels back and forth to America to teach and lecture.
Rabbi Wein continues to teach, write and produce documentaries as well as a weekly parsha for the press. He is involved in many causes and shows no signs of slowing down. When he is in Jerusalem he can usually be found at Beit Knesset Hanasi on Shabbat where he gives a Torah teaching after the morning service.
“The past is directly connected to our present, and both the past and the present,
whether we understand it or not, will impact upon our future…Rabbi Berel Wein”

The video below is one in a series that follows the path of the Jewish people in the last century. It is the story of a people striving to find their place in the world, and should be watched by all.

Follow the Jewish People at the Dawn of the Century~Knowledge is Power!