Vad har ändrats på 65 år?

För en gångs skull frångår jag principen att allt material på denna blogg ska ha direkt anknytning till Sverige. Jag läser om Moshe Holtzberg, som skulle firat sin 2-årsdag i lördags. Men det fanns inget att fira. Han är nu föräldralös av ett enda skäl – han är jude.

Bild på Moshe Holtzberg

Precis som min egen pappa blev föräldralös 1945 därför att han var jude. Min farmor, Ilona, mördades i en gaskammare i Auschwitz i maj 1944, tillsammans med sina två yngsta barn – Erwin (12 år) och Katalin (4 år). Min farfar, Samuel, dog i Mauthausen 1945, ingen vet hur. Kanske blev hans död någon annans livlina – förhållandena i Mauthausen var mot slutet så eländiga att fångar vässade skedskaften till knivblad, och använde dem för att skära loss skinkorna från liken i likrummen för att få mat. Kan man få tröst i tanken att farfar kanske åts upp av sina medfångar, och därmed blev någons räddande kaloritillskott?

Var kommer Moshe att finna sin tröst? Hur ska han stå ut med grubblerierna kring hur hans föräldrar, Gavriel och Rivka, dog?

Doctors working in a hospital where all the bodies, including that of the terrorists, were taken said they had not seen anything like this in their lives.

”Bombay has a long history of terror. I have seen bodies of riot victims, gang war and previous terror attacks like bomb blasts. But this was entirely different. It was shocking and disturbing,” a doctor said.

Asked what was different about the victims of the incident, another doctor said: ”It was very strange. I have seen so many dead bodies in my life, and was yet traumatised. A bomb blast victim’s body might have been torn apart and could be a very disturbing sight. But the bodies of the victims in this attack bore such signs about the kind of violence of urban warfare that I am still unable to put my thoughts to words,” he said.

Asked specifically if he was talking of torture marks, he said: ”It was apparent that most of the dead were tortured. What shocked me were the telltale signs showing clearly how the hostages were executed in cold blood,” one doctor said.

The other doctor, who had also conducted the post-mortem of the victims, said: ”Of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture marks. It was clear that they were killed on the 26th itself. It was obvious that they were tied up and tortured before they were killed. It was so bad that I do not want to go over the details even in my head again,” he said.

Vad har egentligen ändrats sedan 1945?

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Uppdatering: SvDs ledarblogg nämner idag terrorattacken i Mumbai.

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