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Haunted PresentsEuropeans, Muslim Immigrants and the Onus of 
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Amikam Nachmani

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993078

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993078.001.0001

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Haunted presents: the Holocaust as a yardstick

Haunted presents: the Holocaust as a yardstick

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(p.59) 3 Haunted presents: the Holocaust as a yardstick
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Haunted Presents
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Amikam Nachmani

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784993078.003.0003

In Europe today the Holocaust (1933–45) has become a “hot potato” in the complex perceptions and relations between the Muslim and European communities. The attitudes of Muslim migrants to the Holocaust are contradictory, drawing on its lesson as a warning of their future, while simultaneously denying or distorting its historical factuality. As for Christian Europe, its present-day guilty conscience reacts to the atrocities committed against the Jews by demonstrating politically correct behaviour and excessive tolerance to Muslims reaching its shores. Socially, Muslim migrants remind themselves not to believe that Europeans will ever fully accept them however much they assimilate into European culture. Politically, the rapidly expanding European far-Right substitutes the Koran for The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and describes Muslim migrants as “the new enemy from within.” Muslims counter-claim the Arabs paid for Europe’s Holocaust atrocities with Israel’s establishment and the Palestinian’s disentitlement. In a bizarre twist to the Triangle, European right-wingers (previously Holocaust deniers and deeply anti-Jewish) are now courting Israel to gain legitimacy for their nationalist view of a shared threat in the form of Islamic world domination.

Keywords:   Holocaust denial, Koran, Assimilation, Integration, Right-wing politics, Anti-Semitism

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