The Perversion of History
All the women were taking their clothes off.
That aspect of the scene got my attention. Another odd feature was that the
movie was in black and white. Some guys were playing the VHS tape in the living
room of our high school dorm.
All the naked women were told to enter a huge room which
was then locked. The unclothed women started to scream.
The whole scene was confusing.
Then water started to flow from the shower heads above
them. There was relief and laughter.
Did they fear that the water would be too cold? That was my bewildered thought.
The scene was from this movie.
The scene was set in
My confusion was alleviated later when I read of the
Holocaust and what happened to the millions of Jews and other undesirables whom
the Nazis murdered with industrial-scale efficiency.
How could I have been so ignorant? The answer is simple.
The first ten years of my education (I use the term loosely) were in
. I didn't learn anything about the World Wars from my curriculum during that
time. Before coming to the
for my last two years of high school, the sum total of my World War II
The German dictator, Adolf Hitler, started conquering
was one of those countries.
The anti-Hitler countries were called the Allies. The US
were a part of this
The Hitler supporters -
- were called the Axis.
The Axis lost the war.
That's it. I got that cursory information from watching
foreign TV shows in
Why don't the Saudis and Pakistanis teach their students
about the Holocaust? I'll offer a good guess. When the purpose of their history
is to show that the non-Muslims, especially the Christians and Jews (in modern
), are always trying to cheat, convert and butcher the Muslims, then the
Holocaust undermines the whole narrative. Muslims are always to be the only
victims and sufferers in the world.
Also, for a Muslim, an awkward question arises from
learning about the Holocaust. How could six million Jews be annihilated when, as
we all know, they rule the world? The facts about world War II, or rather the
truth in general, would shatter the woe-is-me world view of many a Muslim.
Westerners learn from, and teach about, the Holocaust.
Deplorably, for hundreds of millions of Muslims the Holocaust simply doesn't