Silent Holocaust

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The silent holocaust is a phrase that is used to refer to multiple unrelated items.

Referring to assimilation of Jews[edit]

Concerned Jewish people sometimes refer to assimilation as a type of Holocaust. This is because assimilation is the leading cause for the shrinkage of almost all Jewish populations in Western countries since World War II. This shrinkage has been called the Silent Holocaust (in comparison to the genocide against Jews during World War II) by communal leaders such as Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald of the National Jewish Outreach Program.[7] Buchwald said in 1992 that the Jewish community would not be recognizable in 25 to 30 years.[7] According to the 2000—2001 National Jewish Population Survey, from 1996, 47% of American Jews married a non-Jew.[8] The NJPS survey said that higher levels of education are associated with lower levels of intermarriage.[9]

In reference to abortion[edit]

To pro-life activists, the "silent holocaust" refers to the estimated 60,000,000 fetuses that have been aborted in the United States since 1973.[10][11][12] One activist group, known as the "Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust," feels that everyone has been directly affected by this holocaust because all people have been denied the company of aborted individuals. This group believes it is their job to "defend the right to life of future generations and end America's genocide."[13][14][15]

In 2014, a pro-life politician, Senator Mike Fair, brought this terminology into the political domain, during a debate in the South Carolina State Senate. The debate was over a proposed bill which would ban abortions past 20 weeks. Fair said, "This Holocaust of our making in our country is 60 million and counting," referring to the estimated number abortions performed since Roe vs Wade legalized abortion in the US. Fair also said Hitler believed "because you're a Jew you had no right to live. In essence, some people are more qualified to live than others. And that's what we're saying here", referring to abortion. This sparked an outcry from Senator Joel Lourie, who is Jewish. Lourie said, "We can debate science and medicine and personhood all day long. But when 6 million people, men, women and children, are dragged into gas chambers, I don’t think that's an appropriate comparison." Fair responded with, "Six million, it shouldn’t have been one, for crying out loud. Six million is incredibly horrible, what they endured. But those 60 million taken out of the womb will never have a chance to be dragged into anything. They’re gone."[16][17] Fair has also compared Planned Parenthood to Hitler.[18][19][20]

In 2013, Jim Bob Duggar, former state legislator and star of the reality television series 19 Kids and Counting, compared abortion to the Holocaust at the Values Voters Summit. The comparison sparked criticism, to which Duggar responded, "Let me clarify, We have since 1973 had 55 million abortions, so what we have going on is a baby holocaust." Opposition to this statement prompted a petition to cancel Duggar's reality television series.[21][22][23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Berger, Ronald J. (2010). Surviving the Holocaust: A Life Course Perspective (1. publ. ed.). New York: Routledge. p. 149. ISBN 9780203848517.
  2. ^ Edgar M. Bronfman, Beth Zasloff (2008). Hope, Not Fear: A Path to Jewish Renaissance. Macmillan. p. 24. ISBN 9781429947213.
  3. ^ Wyler, Grace (26 November 2013). "The New Face of the Anti-Abortion Movement". Vice. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  4. ^ "GUATEMALA 1982". Peace Pledge Union Information.
  5. ^ 83% of the "fully identified" 42,275 civilians killed by human rights violations during the Guatemalan Civil War were Mayan and 17% were Ladino. This estimate come from applying the 83% and 17% proportions to the 200,000 disappeared and killed during total war .< See CEH 1999, p. 17, and "Press Briefing: Press conference by members of the Guatemala Historical Clarification Commission". United Nations. 1 March 1999. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  6. ^ Group says files show U.S. knew of Guatemala abuses. The Associated Press via the New York Daily News, March 19, 2009. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
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  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2004-08-15. Retrieved 2004-07-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Wyler, Grace (26 November 2013). "The New Face of the Anti-Abortion Movement". Vice. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  11. ^ Smith, Tim (2 May 2014). "Mention of Holocaust in SC abortion debate sparks anger". The State.
  12. ^ "Who Are the Survivors?". Survivors LA. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  13. ^ Wyler, Grace (26 November 2013). "The New Face of the Anti-Abortion Movement". Vice. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  14. ^ Abcarian, Robin (31 March 2014). "The liberal professor who stepped right into an anti-abortion trap". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Who Are the Survivors?". Survivors LA. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  16. ^ Smith, Tim (2 May 2014). "Mention of Holocaust in SC abortion debate sparks anger". The State.
  17. ^ Borden, Jeremy (1 May 2014). "20-week abortion ban moves to S.C. Senate floor". The Post and Courier. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  18. ^ Smith, Tim (9 April 2014). "Fair criticizes abortion bill poll by group". The Greenville News. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  19. ^ MCDONOUGH, KATIE (April 9, 2014). "Republican lawmaker: "I have no more confidence in Planned Parenthood than I do in Adolf Hitler"". Salon. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  20. ^ Bracco, Butler (9 April 2014). "South Carolina State Senator Compares Planned Parenthood To Hitler". The Global Dispatch. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
  21. ^ Jones, Laura (13 Nov 2013). "'19 Kids And Counting' Jim Bob Duggar Compares Abortions To Holocaust, Now Show Protested". The Global Dispatch. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  22. ^ Haley, Garrett (11 Nov 2013). "Abortion Advocates Call for Cancellation of Duggar Family's '19 Kids and Counting'". Christian News Network. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  23. ^ Dries, Kate (16 Oct 2013). "Jim Bob Duggar Thinks America's in the Midst of 'A Baby Holocaust'". Jezebel. Retrieved 6 May 2014.