The mission: to spread the truth about the Holocaust – the Shoah - in the Middle East, the 21st century anti-Semitism hottest bed. To raise one million US Dollars to translate the book: Humanity NOT into at least 12 languages.
The background story: The holocaust, some call this phenomenon Genetic Terrorism and some call it Banality of Evil is indescribable; there are no words, in any language, to describe what the Nazis did to 6Million Jews.
The Persian Language, also known as Farsi, is the most widely spoken member of the Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian languages, a subfamily of the Indo-European languages. It is the language of today's Islamic Republic of Iran (formerly Persia) and is also widely spoken in Afghanistan and, in an archaic form, in Tajikistan and the Pamir Mountain region. (http://www.farsinet.com/farsi/).
Until Dr. Ari Babaknia took action, there was not one reference book about the Holocaust, in Farsi, a language spoken by 150 million people.
Dr. Babaknia's story started approximately 30 years ago. As a young physician he had a burning question, "Where was the world during the Holocaust? The Holocaust did not happen on another planet, it did not happen 500 years ago; it happened during a century that just ended, only seventy years ago; it happened during our time. The Holocaust took place in the heart of Europe, assuming, in the most intelligent, advanced and cultured country [Germany] in the world?"
Though he was a busy practicing physician, for his own interest he read few books about the Holocaust. Then one sentence changed Dr. Babaknia's life and his view on the subject, about the indifference to the Holocaust.
In 1993, Dr. Babaknia was invited to the inauguration of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. and Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel, the most known public figure to bring the Holocaust subject to the front page, stood by his side. President Clinton delivered a speech in which he said, "I am ashamed of my government's complicity during the Holocaust and the untimely rescue of the victims of the Holocaust."
The word complicity cut sharp through Dr. Babaknia's brain; his mind could not grasp what his ears just heard. He understood that Clinton knew what the people did not know. It was 50 years since the war ended and information about the war was going through the president's office for declassification.
Dr. Babaknia received his clearance and for four months, following Clinton's speech, he spent in the national archives searching for what really happened in those darkest days. He was able to find several hundred papers referencing the Holocaust. The papers showed that the War Department, the State Department, the American media, the American people were not ignorant about what was taking place across the ocean in Europe during the years when the Holocaust was in the making. It was all a willful indifference, not willful ignorance. President Clinton, Elie Wiesel and many other people call it complicity.
Dr. Babaknia decided to share what he knew with the world. He took a year off from his medical practice to extend his research on the subject. Already during the mid '90 he has found out that there were more than 50,000 books, in English, about the Holocaust but there was not even one book about the Holocaust in Farsi. His first priority was to write his book in Farsi but help to complete the project was scarce. While Dr. Babaknia was still researching, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became the president of Iran and in his rhetoric he publically denied the Holocaust on every possible occasion. The idea of writing a book on the Holocaust in Farsi became an immediate necessity to many and the help Dr. Babaknia needed came fast. After fifteen years of work, assisted by four people, Dr. Babaknia completed his first, a 4-volume books, The Holocaust, on the Holocaust subject, in Farsi. The book will be available in the Internet, for free, to any Farsi speaking scholar, student and the curious ordinary person. The books are about how it happened, when it happened and where it happened, to whom it happened, the procedure of the Ghettoization, the labor and concentration camps, who was involved, from Hitler down, the process and the outcome. (http://memorah.org/index.php/en/bookstore)
What disturbed Dr. Babaknia a great deal and to which he dedicated a large portion in one of the volumes was the Americans – from President Roosevelt and the State Department to the media - involvement and reaction, or lack of, to what was taking place in Europe; the failure of a timely rescue by the American leadership, and that includes the American Jewish leadership – headed by Rabbi Stephen Wise, who, in his selfish and misguided inaction, failed to rise up to rescue his fellow Jews of Europe.
In the last volume Dr. Babaknia writes about other, modern time genocide, the Armenian, Bosnian, Ruanda and Darfur, some are Moslems killing Moslems genocide.
With the writing of the book Dr. Babaknia gave the Moslem society the opportunity to discuss the Holocaust, most unfamiliar subject to most Moslems.
Now that there is awareness about the Holocaust among Farsi speaking people, the book could not only educate the people about the Holocaust but dismiss the lies Ahmadinejad propagated about it during his presidency.
This entire project is about speaking up for the 1.5 million children who had no voice and whom the Nazis killed. It is about keeping the memory torch aflame and keeping the memory and the story alive, all on behalf of these 1.5 million innocent children.
This project has become humongous and, way too big for one person; Dr. Babaknia needs help from all four corners of earth to tell the story about the Holocaust as it was never told before in other languages; to help spread this truth is to become part of the project.
The Holocaust was a human tragedy like no other. It was the death of human conscience, it was the failure of Democracy. Sadly, today Europe regressing to pre 1938 era and anti-Semitism, that brought about the Holocaust, is on the rise in the evil European continent and many other spots on earth.
Jews do not own the Holocaust, they were its victims. Humanity owns the Holocaust. The Jewish nation has lost 1.5 million children who never got the chance to grow up and to contribute to their Jewish nation and to humanity. They never got the chance to become adults, to procreate and create the next generation of Jews. To make sure it NEVER happens AGAIN, the duty of the generation, born to the surviving victims of the Holocaust who are now fast expiring, is to make sure, in words and deeds, that humanity does not EVER slip into making such atrocity happen AGAIN.
This video sums up, precisely, the Holocaust subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B084EmNeNDk
Dr. Ari Babaknia is a man of valor, we can all be his like.