Fri, Jan 28, 2005 - Page 1 News List

Sharon says Jews can rely on no one in Holocaust speech

THE GUARDIAN , LONDON

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Wednesday marked the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz 60 years ago with a warning that the Holocaust taught Jews the lesson that they can rely on no one but themselves for their survival.

Sharon added that the world did not like the Jews fighting back, and when they did, it fueled anti-Semitism.

"The allies knew of the annihilation of the Jews. They knew and did nothing," he said.

"On April 19, 1943, the Bermuda conference gathered, with the participation of representatives from Britain and the US, in order to discuss saving the Jews of Europe.

"In fact, the participants did everything in their power to avoid dealing with the problem," Sharon said on Wednesday.

As Holocaust survivors listened from the gallery, the Israeli prime minister said that, after 6 million murders, Jews realized they could only rely on themselves for protection -- a lesson that had been carried through to the present day.

"The sad and horrible conclusion is that no one cared that Jews were being murdered ... This is the Jewish lesson of the Holocaust and this is the lesson which Auschwitz taught us," he said.

"The state of Israel learned this lesson and since its establishment, it has done its utmost to defend itself and its citizens, and provide a safe haven for any Jew, wherever he may be. We know that we can trust no one but ourselves," he said.

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