Holocaust Tales in Thuppahi

 April 14, 1945 – Pile of ashes and bones found by U.S. soldiers at Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.


April 12, 1945 – Dwight D. Eisenhower views the charred bodies of prisoners at Ohrdruf concentration camp.

 Cameron Stewart: The Maisel Twins: Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust reach Their 100th Birthday,” 7 August 2022, https://thuppahis.com/2022/08/07/the-maisel-twins-polish-jews-who-survived-the-holocaust-reach-their-100th-birthday/

Fiona Harari: Profound Testimonies: Aged Holocaust Survivors in Their Last Testaments,” 27 January 2018, https://thuppahis.com/2018/01/27/profound-testimonies-aged-holocaust-survivors-in-their-last-testament/

  Zygmunt Swisrak:  “Overcoming Hate: A Lesson for Tamils and Sinhalese from A Holocaust Survivor,” 28 January 2018, …………………………………………………. https://thuppahis.com/2018/01/28/overcoming-hate-a-lesson-for-tamils-and-sinhalese-from-a-holocaust-survivor/

https://mhm.org.au/ …. the Melbourne Holocaust Museum

https://www.ushmm.org/ …. US HolocaustMemoriam Musuem


PLUS ………………… Roughly Comparative Motifs

Michael Roberts: Anguish as Empowerment …and A Path to Retribution,” 22 March 2017, https://thuppahis.com/?p=24595&preview=trueWalia

Michael Roberts: Kill Any Sikh: The   Anti-Sikh Pogrom of 1981 in Delhi in Bilawan Singh’s Images,” 26 March 2017, https://thuppahis.com/2017/03/26/kill-any-sikh-the-anti-sikh-pogrom-of-1984-in-delhi-in-bhawan-singhs-images/


A Hindy Mob hunting Muslims at Bhagalpur in India in late October 1989 …. see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_Bhagalpur_violence#:~:text=The%20Bhagalpur%20riots%20of%201989,and%20250%20villages%20around%20it.

Michael Roberts: The Agony and Ecstasy of a Pogrom: Southern Lanka, July 1983,” Nēthra, April-Sept 2003, 6: 199-213 …….

….. A violent mob at Borella Junction in Colombo 23/24 July 1983  … Pix by Chandragupta Amarasinghe



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2 responses to “Holocaust Tales in Thuppahi

  1. Lakshman Gunasekara

    Very interesting. It prompts deeper thinking:-
    Why does ‘holocaust’ have to be solely tales of ethnic community victmisation/targeting? The massacre of humans (i.e. killing on a mass scale) can happen irrespective of ethnic differentiation. Also the nature of the mass killng/elimination need not be instantaneous or even something perpetrated over a short period of a few years. Actually, even when the targeting is that of a specific ethnic group or cluster of ethnies, the systematic elimination has happened over a century or even longer period (e.g. the Caribs, and, right now, the Palestinians). And what about the starvation and death of socio-economic classes? Such as peasantry famines of early modern Europe or even later? Such as the famine mass deaths in Ireland? There are many concrete case examples already highlighted in historiography and available to be included in such ‘tale’ listing, no? The episteme of your current list blinds us to much savagery parallely occurring. I doubt whether this notably narrow episteme is in accordance with scholarly disciplinary selectivity. Is the selectivity more ideological than scholarly? ‘Ideological’, that is, in terms of usage conventions for ‘holocaust’. You are a pastmaster in analysis of ideology. I have learnt much. Your response will certainly teach me more.

  2. Senaka Weeraratna

    Sri Lanka has yet to establish a Museum of International standard devoted solely to display the crimes committed against humanity during colonial rule. The Portuguese Inquisition (1505-1658), the Dutch destruction of the Dalada Maligava and looting of the King’s Palace in 1765 (some of the looted items are now exhibited at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam), and the death and destruction of the Kandyan Sinhalese peasantry under unjust Waste Lands Ordinances commencing from 1841, are worthy of being told to both local and foreign visitors. It will also pay tribute to the Freedom Fighters of Sri Lanka during colonial rule.

    Almost every former European colony has such a Museum dedicated to the country’s freedom fighters except Sri Lanka. This shame is compounded by the lack of interest to show the people of the colony (Ceylon) as victims of rapacious colonialism under the very same countries that now play the hypocritical role of inquisitors in International fora more specifically at UNHRC in Geneva.

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